The newsletter for and by rental home owners:
I only advertise my house on the internet, and I'm booked for 11 months of the year. How do I do it? Actually I'm not quite sure, but I must be doing something right, so I'm going to tell you what I do know.
Everything my friends and I have learned about getting more rentals over the internet will be at your disposal through the Lay My Hat newsletter, because we all have the same goal in life - more bookings!
Whether you use holiday rental sites, or your own website, or (perish the thought) you don't use the internet because you don't know how: read on - we'll tell you how to do it, how not to do it, and invite you to share your ideas too.
I reckon between us we must know everything there is to know about renting holiday homes - it's just a question of getting together to discuss it. That's what this newsletter is all about. If you find it useful, please click here to subscribe to future editions now.
Subscribing is free, so what's the catch? There isn't one - if you want to know what's in it for me, there's some stuff about it towards the bottom right. But basically I'm just a rental-owning enthusiast. Perhaps you are too?
UPDATE! Since I wrote this newsletter, the Lay My Hat forum has been launched. It's where rental owners talk about anything to do with the business of rentals, and plenty else besides! See the forum by clicking here.
Top tips for photographing your property
Is a picture really worth a thousand words? Probably a bit more. One really good picture of your holiday home can sell it on an immediate, emotional level, and then a renter will forgive any negatives that may follow. It's like love at first sight - you can't explain it, you just know when it's happened.
And yet...we keep seeing pictures on the web that simply aren't doing their job. Pictures only a cave-dweller would find appealing. So these are the golden rules of photographing your home - follow them and you simply can't go wrong.
Find this useful? Disagree? Tell us what you think, and send in your best tips for photographing your home - email us at
These are so good you should really keep them under your hat...
Owner's secret #1
It is a universal truth that people love to watch films on holiday. They'll happily sightsee and explore from dawn to dusk, but at the end of the day, what many people want to do is just put their feet up and watch a good film. So here's a tip that won't cost you much, but will bring you repeat visits from grateful renters.
Buy 10-20 blank videotapes and fill them with classic films - two to a tape. These films are on all the time on television, at all times of day. In a few weeks you'll have a classic movie library which you can promote as a selling point.
If your rental home doesn't have a VCR to play the films on, buy one! They are incredibly cheap these days, and the cost will soon repay itself when renters decide they want to return to that place with the movie library.
Owner's secret #2
Why not get your renters to write a comprehensive guidebook for your area, with restaurant reviews and ratings, day-trip advice, and a great mass of useful suggestions you may not have thought of? How, you ask? Incredibly easy:
You've probably got a guestbook in your home, for renters to write their comments about their stay. All you have to do is rename it a 'Suggestions Book', and on the first page explain that the book is for guests to write about what they particularly enjoyed during their stay - favourite places, restaurants, activities, shops, etc.
What you'll get is an invaluable, always up-to-date guidebook that you don't even have to pay for. Renters love the chance to share their opinions.
And best of all, people will not only do all that for you - they will also write the glowing endorsements of your home which you would get in a normal Guestbook. So go on, get your guests working for you.
Do you have any good owner's tips? Let's share what we know about holiday rentals - email your tips and suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll discuss them in future newsletters.
In the next Lay My Hat newsletter, we'll tell you how to make your site more 'findable' by search engines, and how to write un-putdownable descriptions of your home, to get those enquiries rolling in like never before. There'll be more Owner's Secrets, and rental tips galore.
Then we'll work through the whole renting process, from responding to enquiries; to how to treat your renters; to after-stay tips.
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