Getting the Most Out of Your Rental Property

Increase Rental Bookings by Following Our Top Tips to Make Your Breckenridge Vacation Home Stand Out in a Competitive Market

With magnificent scenery and a wide range of outdoor activities all 12 months of the year, Breckenridge is an ideal location for a vacation rental home that can earn secondary income or help cover expenses! In fact, Summit County is such a popular vacation destination that there are approximately 8,750 vacation rentals - with nearly half of those in Breckenridge alone.

With increasing competition and an ever‐changing array of short‐term regulations, it’s important to make your vacation home appealing to prospective guests.

Below are our top recommendations to help your home stand out and maximize your rental income:

1. High quality photos

While a beautifully written description of your home is important, potential guests always look to a rental listing’s images to verify the description's accuracy.

Using a professional real estate photographer who knows what images renters look for and has experience capturing the best lighting and angles possible is one of the greatest investments you can make when listing your rental property. For example, Breckenridge renters place high importance on the views from the windows – an image that isn’t always easy to capture on a phone or can easily be forgotten.

2. New bedding

Renters want to know that after spending the day around town or out on the slopes, they’re coming home to space that offers them rejuvenation.

A quick and affordable way to upgrade any bedroom is to update the bedding so guest feel assured they are staying in a clean and quality environment. Replacing the bedding every year or two can make all the difference in how your renters perceive the cleanliness of your home. Ditch the heavy comforter and go with a lightweight top layer that can easily be machine washed.

3. Hot tub

Hot tubs are by far the most‐requested amenity by renters in Summit County.

A hot tub can be a more expensive add on and requires maintenance, but most hot tubs will pay for themselves in a relatively short amount of time by justifying a higher rental listing price and with an increase in bookings.

We recommend hiring a professional hot tub company for weekly maintenance to keep the tub in functioning order and sparkling clean for guests.

4. Tasteful mountain theme décor

Renter flock to Breckenridge from around the world looking to experience quaint mountain life while here. Adding small touches of mountain themed décor is an easy way to quickly capture renters' attention and can be the deciding factor when it comes to choosing between your rental and other options.

Keep in mind that too much themed décor can detract from your listing. This means every room shouldn’t be adorned from top to bottom with moose and bear. Bedding, upholstery, and wall color should be neutral solids. Choose your favorite mountain‐related elements for accent pieces, throw pillows and wall art. 

5. patio furniture

A large percentage of visitors from Breckenridge are visiting from the south. While Breckenridge is known as a ski town, our southern guest also come to escape the summer heat and enjoying our pleasant daytime temps. Offering them a comfortable outdoor living space they can soak in the beautiful mountain landscape will help your property stand out from rental listings that don’t consider guests’ needs during other seasons than winter.

6. Consider allowing pets

The gut reaction for many homeowners is that they don’t want someone’s dog running around their home. Consider that most people who travel with their four‐legged family members have pets that are very well behaved and accustomed to being in strange places. They may shed a hair or two, but a leave‐no‐trace pet policy and a good housecleaning service can keep the home just as clean as one where pets are not allowed.

Plus, if a pet owner knows they can bring along their furry best friend and don’t have to go through the hassle of making other care arrangements, they are more likely to become a repeat renter.

7. Answer inquiries quickly

We live in an instant‐gratification society. No one wants to wait hours for the answer that helps them decide if your home is the best fit, especially when there are so many other options to choose from in Breckenridge and Summit County. Answer inquiries within an hour or less or hire a property management company to do that work for you.

8. Strive for 5‐star reviews

Happy guests will leave positive reviews which will in turn increase the odds for future bookings. Cleanliness and a well‐maintained home where everything functions property are vital for guest satisfaction. We recommend reminding guests at check-in that you want to ensure they have a 5-star stay while at your property and are available should they have any questions or concerns while in town.

The Breckenridge and Summit County market is unique. Your Breckenridge Associates Real Estate agent has decades of geographical expertise and a wide network of local experts to turn to help you be as successful as possible in renting your home.

We look forward to being your trusted partner in your search for a primary or secondary home here in the Rocky Mountains. Call us at 970-453-2200 speak with one of our experienced and knowledgeable brokers today!

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