If you own a villa but don’t have time to effectively market and manage it, a reputable property agency will deal with its upkeep for you, ensuring that it’s rented out to those who will look after it.
A local company is your best bet, as they will be on hand to deal with the property directly when you are not. They will also be able to meet with tenants face to face, as well as manage the upkeep and service of your holiday home. Smaller companies will usually provide a more genuine and personal service, too, so you’ll know you’re in good hands.
As well as being local to your villa, many smaller agencies will be able to tailor their service to your own personal language and culture, resulting in better communication all-round. Often doing business in other countries can be difficult, but the right agency will ensure it remains a smooth and stress-free experience for you.
These days, holiday rental agents will deal with everything concerning your property, so all you have to do is sit back and watch the money roll in and the great customer reviews accumulate!
A vacation rental agency will be able to provide you with a number of professional services, including the payment of property-related bills; coordination and payment of housekeeping, repairs and maintenance; employee management; marketing and online listings, including Facebook, Google and other business pages; as well as photography and videography services.
They will also be able to provide customers with airport transfers, recommendations for restaurants, spas and other activities, and ensure they have a stress-free experience staying in your villa. There will also be help on hand for finding local amenities and travelling to outside locations.
So, not only will a good agency keep your property in good condition, they will also deal directly with prospective tenants, and deal with all of the marketing and property analysis – saving you a vast amount of time and money. Make sure you find one with plenty of experience in real estate and property management in your chosen area.
Be aware of any prerequisites the agency you’re dealing with may have. Some companies will only work with luxury accommodation or properties with ocean views, for example, while others will only cover a particular area. Why not ask an agent to come and assess your property to see if it fits their specifications?
You’ll also want to discuss rental rates with them to ensure you are on the same page. Many agencies will specify a minimum nightly rate they’re willing to deal with. This will obviously depend on a number of factors – the size of your villa, its unique features, the location and security systems, to name a few.
Depending on the location of your holiday property, you may also need to procure a Municipal Business Permit before you can rent it out to the public. The most professional rental agencies will be able to help you organise this.
Find out if there are any other special requirements needed to rent your holiday property. Holiday rental agencies are usually experts in this area, so they will know exactly how to advise you. It’s a good idea to make sure there is wheelchair access to your property, as well as plenty of bathroom and kitchen facilities to you don’t lose out on custom.