To rent out your holiday home, you need to let the market know that it is available. There are various property listing systems and you need to register it and advertise it on these sites.

Take lots of photos, talk about the amenities and attractions of your home. Remember, you don't have to convince the tourist to choose the area, but rather your property. They've probably already done a lot of research and know what they're looking for in the area. The only thing left to decide is which property to rent, and this is where you should focus.

Research the market and analyze the prices charged in the region for properties similar to the one you are offering.

Respond quickly to contacts by email or telephone. Provide details.

Draw up contracts setting out what is and isn't included, rules, check-in / check-out times, etc.

Offer secure forms of payment, such as credit cards, PayPal and others.

In general, owners require a security deposit (between $150 and $200 on average) which is only returned once the guest has checked out and everything is in order.

The keys can be handed over in different ways. You can have someone deliver the keys personally, or set up automatic keyless systems or a lockbox, a small box that holds the key and also opens with a password.

Finally, put your guests at ease and make yourself available to help them if they need it.

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