Posted by admin | Monday, February 18, 2019
Know The Laws
Do You Enjoy It?
A Fun Investment
How to Use Your Vacation Rental in Breck for Tax Breaks
Posted by admin | Friday, December 28, 2018
14 Day Rule
What to Look for in Property Management Company
Posted by admin | Friday, November 30, 2018
Why Ski In / Ski Out Properties in Breckenridge Are Worth It
Posted by admin | Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Ideal for Families
More Time for Other Activities
Distance to Town
Best Places to Stay in Breckenridge
Posted by admin | Monday, September 24, 2018
Ski Hill Road
The Historic District
The Ideal Location
Renovating Your Vacation Rental in Breck? 5 Design Trends to Avoid
Posted by admin | Friday, August 31, 2018
When you are renovating your vacation home it can be tempting to follow all of the latest design trends. While you may end up with a beautiful home, it might not be the most practical space to share with a lot of people. Here are some trends to avoid if you want to keep your home simple and functional.
1) Open shelving
Open shelving shows up in a lot of photos of designer kitchens lately. While it looks nice in pictures, an article from Good Housekeeping points out that it is not a very efficient use of space. Rather than looking neat and tidy, renters are likely to stack up all kinds of this and that on the shelves and soon you will have a cluttered mess. The cluttered mess will collect dust if the items aren’t used regularly. Instead of open shelving, have nice, practical cabinets that conceal all of your necessary cooking items. Light cabinets keep everything feeling open and airy without having open shelves.
Many interiors include white carpet or furniture. While this creates a clean and bright look, it maynot last in a vacation home. If a vacation home experiences a lot of traffic, your whites will beginto look dingy from use. Instead, choose off-white, neutral colors. Beiges, tans, and browns will look fresh without looking dated and hide the wear and tear that comes with time.
3) Tiled Backsplash
Tiled backsplashes are very popular in kitchens. The patterns and colors add visual interest to the kitchen. However, tiled backsplashes can be very challenging to clean. Grout is always difficult to keep looking fresh and new, and backsplashes are prone to catching grease and other splatters. Choose an easy to clean paint instead. You can add a pop of color.
4) Artisan Fixtures
An article from the Huffington Post suggests that artisan or vintage lighting are popular this year.Unusual or statement lighting can date your home quickly. If you intend for the lighting to be timeless, choose classic fixtures. You also want to choose fixtures that won’t show off dust or collect dirt.
Bright florals are expected to be big according to the Washington Post. While bright patterns canbe fun and exciting, they are not likely to add to a relaxing vacation feel. They are also likely to loose their appeal quickly. Neutral wall colors will be more relaxing to the senses and are a timeless option. Design GoalsUltimately, your design goals for your vacation home should be to make an inviting space that iseasy to care for. Think neutral colors, plenty of storage and hiding places, and easy to clean surfaces and furniture. When there are people coming in and out of your home things will show wear and tear, by choosing enduring designs that will mask dirt you will spend less time cleaning and replacing items.
Full-Service and Partial Property Management: What's the Difference and Which Do I Need?
Posted by admin | Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Full-Service Property Management
Partial/Partner Property Management
Choosing Which Option is Best for You- What Is Your Time Worth?
How We Protect Your Vacation Rental from Damage and Bad Renters
Posted by admin | Friday, June 15, 2018
How Do We Prevent Bad Renters?
Professional Cleaning Staff
Processes and Policies
Offseason Must-Do Maintenance and Prep
Posted by admin | Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Mud season is coming up, that in-between time when the snow is not quite good enough for winter sports, but hanging around enough to make summer activities challenging. The end of April through the end of May is the perfect time to make sure your Summit County vacation rental is in top shape.
Here are a few items from our annual to-do list for the offseason.
Furnace and Water Heater
Check the Roof
Restock the Kitchen
Extra Amenities to Attract Families to Your Vacation Rental
Posted by admin | Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Family Friendly Kitchen
For family gatherings, the more kids you can get into a bedroom, the more space adults can enjoy. Making one or two bunk rooms that can accommodate 3-4 people can make a home a lot more enticing to a large family or a gathering of two or more families.
Pack ‘n Play
A Place for Gear
5 Upgrades to Add Value and Appeal to your Breckenridge Vacation Rental
Posted by admin | Saturday, March 17, 2018
1) The Kitchen Adds Function, and Creates Value
2) The Basement Can Hold Value, and Memories
3) “Eco” is Not Just for Show
4) Bathrooms Are the Hidden Superstars of Homes
5) Outdoor Attractions Are in Demand
A High Return
Prepping Your Vacation Rental in Breckenridge For Winter
Posted by admin | Friday, September 29, 2017
We love winter in Breckenridge! While all the seasons hold their charm, winter is the main reason people flock to Breckenridge. Since your rental property will be bustling throughout the winter, it’s important to prep it now for the upcoming busy season. The last thing you want is an emergency repair during Christmas week.
Here’s a few shoulder season prep items we recommend for every vacation rental in Breckenridge.
Make sure your furnace and all appliances are in great condition.
Have a technician to check the heating system, replace any filters and ensure that it is in working order for the busy season. Check all appliances for wear and tear. If any are starting to show their age, consider replacing now so you aren’t surprised with a repair at an inopportune moment. A major disaster could ruin someone’s vacation, equal income loss or poor reviews during a busy weekend.
Consider investing in a programmable thermostat or smart thermostat that you can control from your phone. Turning down the heat while you property is unoccupied will save a lot on utilities.
Clean and Inspect the Fireplace, Wood Burning Stove
If your property has a fireplace or a wood burning stove, have the chimney cleaned and inspected. Make sure the flue is in proper working order. Split and stack wood in accessible locations. A warm fire on a cold night is a big draw for many visitors. If you don’t have a fireplace or stove, you may want to install one to attract more renters. Also be sure to include thorough written instructions for use to avoid any mishaps and to make this amenity simple and easy to use.
Inspect the Roof
You should inspect your roof for any damage. Clean out gutters and remove debris. If you see any shingles that need repair, flashing that doesn’t look right, or damage to chimneys or vents, call a contractor to make the needed repairs. By taking care of your roof you will extend its life. Clean gutters and proper insulation can prevent problems caused by ice dams which are formed when heat from the house causes snow to melt. The melted snow then refreezes to make an ice dam. Water can back up behind an ice dam and seep into your home, causing damage to both your roof and your interior. Signs of water damage in the interior may indicate you have a problem with insulation or with your roof.
Hire a Snow Removal Contractor
If you’ve been through a winter here, you know you need a plan for snow removal. If you choose to hire a contractor, be sure to know what their rules are regarding parking during or after a big snowfall. Clean sidewalks and driveways will make your property pleasant for guests. However, guests whose vehicles are in the way can prohibit your contractor from doing their job. Make sure you and your guests have a clear understanding of how snow removal will work.
Winter in Breckenridge is magical. Don’t let a vacation rental that is not prepared for big snows and cold temperature hinder guests from experiencing the magic. Performing minor repairs and preparing your home for winter can save major headaches and expenses later in the year.
5 Tips to Maximize your Property Rental Revenues
Posted by toby | Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Are you getting the most out of your vacation rental property? These five tips will help you achieve maximum revenue so that you can enjoy your rental property even more!
1. Focus on Occupancy to Drive Revenue, Not Rates
One of the more common questions we receive about rentals is- “Should we raise rates and avoid discounting our rates to increase revenue?” Though rates are a very valuable tool in a revenue and dynamic pricing strategy, the short answer is “not really”. The math is simple: a single $300 (that could be lost by not having competitive pricing) will result in more income for you than three nights at $20 more per night. Over the course of a 100 night year, 10 extra $300 nights will equal more revenue than 100 nights at $20 more each. Always remember- Occupancy is the key to more revenue, not rates. Rates are only a tool to increase occupancy. If you want more revenue, book more nights at a lower rate! We are not saying that we should be cheap, or undersell. But we do recommend being competitive with rates, using a dynamic pricing structure based on market data and competitive analysis of similar properties on a daily basis.
2. Professional Photos Pay Off!
Your property may be impeccably clean, full of rustic charm, expensive upgrades, and stunning views, but if the photos in your listing don’t reflect those qualities, potential renters won’t be enticed. Poor lighting, bad angles and otherwise sloppy photographs might cause people to pass over your rental home. A professional photographer knows how to capture the true charm of a property, and tell its unique story through a lens. Though many people are able to capture very nice photos on point and shoot cameras, photographers use very expensive equipment to increase the color and light spectrum, and use techniques to accentuate the composition. In addition, most of the magic in photos occurs after the shot, on a computer, so editing capability is very important. Even a mid level property can look brand new and appealing with professional photography. Your photos are the first point of contact for your property- make them stand out!
3. Upgrades and Amenities- Don’t get lost in the crowd
Breckenridge is host to some 4,000 short term rental properties, and making your property stand out from the pack is fundamental to maximizing your revenues. With each purchase you make, upgrade you implement, and addition to your property keep in mind that you must focus on differentiating your property from the thousands. One way to stand out is to be creative when it comes to amenities. Every rental home will have internet and TV. Most properties will have laundry available. Many will also have a hot tub. All of these amenities are attractive to renters, but they don’t set you apart, as these have become expectations of most travelers. To capture the attention of more guests, consider adding more unique amenities such as, unique and useful kitchen appliances, a lounge area with hammocks, snowshoes and bikes and other outdoor activities equipment, an attractive fire pit, a game or theatre room, streaming movies, or even a massage chair. While these items may seem simple, they will set you apart from other rentals, driving guest interest and overall occupancy. Be sure to highlight these amenities in your description of your rental property, and build excitement when guests are looking at your property online. Remember- you only get one change to make a first impression.
4. Employ a Professional Property Manager
While renting on your own or with a limited service/cut rate company may be appealing, nothing will drive overall revenue to your property more than hiring a professional and experienced property manager. Breckenridge Resort Managers is a leader in the Breckenridge property rental market and the global vacation rental industry. In addition to our Internet marketing company that looks after our overall internet marketing bundle (SEO, SEM, SMO, email, PPC), the owners are competent marketing experts as well. They have experience as past board members of the Breckenridge Tourism Office, Breckenridge Central Reservations, Chair of the Vacation Rental Management Association Marketing Committee, and Treasurer of the VRMA. BRM’s credentials are unrivaled in Breckenridge relative to marketing, and we use that knowledge to assist our owners in outperforming the competition. We utilize a vast distribution network of many types of lead generation services and travel partners, a professionally managed internal email marketing, an in office marketing strategy, and a comprehensive SEM/SEO strategy to not only drive visitors to our site but convert them. Managing a short term vacation rental can be a time consuming endeavor and a professional property manager will take out the headache of that process for you and drive revenue to your property at levels not possible for an individual owner. Remember- just like the changes at VRBO put many owners in a difficult situation, changes in the global rental market must be watched closely to anticipate changes, react, and keep your revenue one step ahead of the competition.
5. Rent when rates are high, and enjoy when rates are low
It might be tempting to use your vacation rental during Christmas or New Year break, but in Summit County, these periods account for the highest rental rates of the year. Rental properties are in high demand during Spring break, Christmas break, and much of the summer. If you are using your home during these peak times, this will prevent you from renting it for maximum rates. To make more revenue, and avoid the traffic, come early or late in the summer, and directly following Christmas break. Late in the ski season such as the second or third week in April, is also a good time to use your home rather than rent it. Remember, when rates and occupancy are high, that is the time to cash in.
These five tips will help you get the most revenue from your vacation rental property. Contact Breckenridge Resort Managers to find out what else you can do to get more from your property.
5 Must Have Amenities for your Rental Property
Posted by admin | Friday, July 28, 2017
Are you thinking about renting your investment property in Breckenridge? Wondering how to make your property stand out from the many other properties in Breckenridge?
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to make your short term rental desirable. But there are a few easy things that you can do to make your vacation rental inviting and entice guests to come back, year after year. A return guest and positive referrals can significantly increase the amount of days your property is rented.
Here’s a few amenities that will make your renter’s stay unique and memorable, ensuring guest satisfaction, positive reviews and repeat visitors.
Tripping cites a survey that found wifi and internet was the most important amenity to travelers surveyed. Many vacationers won’t even consider a place that doesn’t have wifi available. People work on the go and almost everybody connects with friends to share their adventures. Staying connected is significant to your guests, so make sure your internet connection is fast and easy to use.
Fully Stocked Kitchen
Vacation rentals offer the advantage of being able to cook meals - something a standard hotel room cannot offer. Make your kitchen convenient by stocking items that most people wouldn’t want to buy for a weekend of meal prep. Basic spices are important, but also consider items like sugar, flour and cooking oil. Keep cereal, tea, hot cocoa, and coffee on hand. Storage containers are also a convenient touch. Small appliances, such as a slow cooker, blender, and mixer also make the kitchen easy to use for meal prep.
Outdoor Fire Pit
Everyone enjoys lounging under a starry sky around a warm bonfire. Create an inviting space with seating provided. Make sure your permits are clearly posted, as well as any important regulations such as fire regulations. If a fire pit isn’t a possibility for your location, any kind of deck or outdoor seating will be attractive. Hammocks, rocking chairs, or a porch swing also make a positive impression.
Adventuring can be messy. A great amenity to have on hand is in-unit laundry, at no additional cost. Families in particular appreciate this amenity. Go above and beyond and provide laundry soap to truly make your guests feel cared for.
Games, Sleds and Insider Info
And lastly, it’s important to do what you can to make your guests have a memorable and fun-filled vacation. Stock the house with board games and playing cards, sleds for family winter activities, brochures about various activities or recommended restaurants. Anything you can do to make your guests feel more at home in a new place and help them create memories. Some owners even choose to have a Netflix or Hulu account attached to the TV and ready for use by the guests.
The Small Touches
It is often the smaller, thoughtful touches that make the biggest impressions on guests. These six amenities will help your guests’ trips go smoothly and allow them to thoroughly enjoy your vacation rental. When you need help managing your vacation rental don’t hesitate to contact Breckenridge's professional property managers, Breckenridge Resort Managers to find out how we can help you offer the best possible stay for your guests.
5 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Investment Property
Posted by toby | Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Owning a rental property is profitable and can offer high returns. It can be a great way to fund a vacation property that you use occasionally or even to earn extra income. Nonetheless, it can also be complex. Here are five tips that will help you get the most out of your investment property.
1) Book Return Renters
One of the best ways to ensure a continual revenue stream is to keep it regularly booked. Satisfied renters like to take the guess work out of planning and will return to your property year after year. Going above and beyond to help you clients have a comfortable, fun and worry-free stay will encourage your guests to book their next trip as soon as possible. When your property is in high demand it sends a signal to other potential renters that your property is high quality and trustworthy.
Here at Breckenridge Resort Managers, client satisfaction and return customers are at the very core of how we work.
2) Know Your Tax Deductions
Did you know you can receive tax deductions on rental properties for renovations or repairs? However, claiming a vacation home as a rental property has some very specific rules attached. For example, you cannot use the home for more than 14 days of personal use or you must figure taxes using percentages of your time staying in the home. The more you know about the tax laws, the more potential you have to keep your profits. If you are not familiar with tax code, it will be worth your money to hire a professional to make sure you are getting the most out of your property.
3) Know Your Renters
Some vacationers want an affordable place to sleep but plan to spend the majority of their time on other adventures. Other vacationers want an attractive and luxurious place to stay with all of the bells and whistles. It’s important to know which clientele best suits your property.
If most of your renters are only looking at the price point, don’t spend extra money on fancy upgrades or expensive amenities. Keep the rental price low to attract a steady flow of adventurers. If your renters tend to be the latter, you will want to make sure your property is up to par. Comfortable furniture, a well stocked kitchen, a game room, a fireplace or fire pit, and a hot tub are all amenities that will that many vacationers will splurge for and will make your property stand out.
4) Excellent Customer Service
Renters want to feel like they are a priority. Consistent communication, a quick response to complaints, and a property that is easy to use will help your renters feel more at home. It’s crucial that quick and professional communication be the norm with clients, no matter the request. (Did we mention we have a 24 hour answering service for guests?)
5) Property Management Service
RealEstate.com reports that a property management service will help improve your returns, save you time and headaches, as well as increasing your profits.
It can be hard to offer excellent customer service, make repairs and ensure client satisfaction and loyalty when you live far away from your rental property, or even when you have a full time job that demands your attention. While a property management service costs a percentage of your rental value, the benefits outweigh the costs. A property management service like Breckenridge Resort Managers is crucial for getting the most profit from your investment property. We will ensure that your clients stay happy, are cared for and look forward to returning.
If you are considering a rental property or are already invested in one, seek out financial and property management professionals to help you determine how to get the most out of your investment property.
5 Things You Should Do to your Rental Property in Off Season
Posted by toby | Thursday, May 4, 2017
The periods from late April until mid-June and Late September to Mid-November are often called “the shoulder” seasons in Summit County. Locals also call them as “mud season” for the mud that used to line town streets before they were paved in the 1970’s. The unpredictable weather makes winter sports like skiing and snowshoeing more challenging and summer sports, such as mountain biking not yet feasible. Outdoor sports attract visitors to Breckenridge, so the mud season is the off season for vacationers. There is typically less demand for vacation rentals during this time, as many outdoor activities are not enjoyable. As a result of the decline in rental demand, mud season is the ideal time to conduct maintenance and complete the projects that gets pushed to the side during the busy winter months.
Here are a few things you should do to your rental property during the off-season.
1) Complete Big Projects and Large Repairs on Your Property
Rental properties will typically degrade over time, both from wear and tear, and age. If there have been repairs needed during the rental season, such as a new water heater, furnace, or updating furniture, now is the perfect time. Repairing or replacing equipment that is nearing the end of its life span during the off-season will save you time and money later on. If these repairs must occur during the rental season, you could lose considerable rental income if the repair is needed mid-season.
Secondly, remodeling your kitchen or bathroom will enhance the value of your property and increase rentals, and can easily be completed during these slow months.
2) Refresh Linens and Towels
Take stock of your linens and towels to determine if they are starting to become dingy, worn or stained. Your guests feel more comfortable when your linens look fresh and clean. Linens can wear out surprisingly quickly when you have a steady stream of guests using them. The off-season is an ideal time to remove old linens and replace them with fresh items. If you have a professional company providing your linens, this will be taken care of for you normally.
3) Brighten Your Property With Fresh Paint
A new coat of paint can work wonders in any property, both covering scuffs and scratches, as well as breathing life into dull or dingy rooms. It can make a home feel cozy and clean without having to invest in major renovations, and brighten up a room to become more exciting. A steady stream in renters results in minor wear and tear over time, which dulls the ambiance of the property. Dressing up a property with a fresh look can have a wonderful impact on guest satisfaction, and provide the appearance of a well-cared for property.
4) Enhance Your Property With New Amenities
Adding strategic amenities will bring renters to your property and may even allow you to receive a higher rental rate. If you have been considering adding a hot tub, pool table, fire pit or home entertainment center, the off-season is the opportune time to make these upgrades. Be ready to entice renters in the peak season with top-notch amenities.
5) Restock and Retool Your Kitchen
Most renters really appreciate a well-stocked kitchen, even if they dine out most of their vacation. Many tourists who rent vacation homes look forward to cooking their own meals, and some take great pride in family dinners. Off season is a perfect time to make sure your kitchen is well stocked with a good variety of kitchen utensils and cookware. If any of your utensils, cookware or tableware begin to show wear and tear, consider replacing them with upgraded products. Look at providing new and functional appliances like crockpots, food processors, and blenders. Providing a well-stocked spice cabinet is also a bonus many renters really appreciate.
Ultimately, you want to make sure that your rental property is excellent shape before a peak season hits. You can be confident and secure that your renters’ stay will be perfect when you have taken some time to prepare in the off season. When you work with Breckenridge Resort Managers, we monitor your vacation home throughout the year, as well as preform complimentary spring inspections. We will let you know what essential maintenance is required or projects that can bring value to your home. We can also connect you with trusted contractors for major repairs. Additionally, when the unforeseen does arise, we are local and available to assist you along the way.
We work hard so you and your renters have an excellent experience renting your vacation home, and you are able to focus on the needs of your primary home.
Licenses and Taxes You Need to Know about for Your Rental Home
Posted by toby | Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Navigating the legalities of renting your vacation home can be anxiety inducing, or, if not done right, it can be expensive. But it doesn’t have to be. You need to be aware that you will need to pay specific taxes and have the required licenses when you rent out your home. When you need help navigating the system, Breckenridge Resort Managers can help you make sense of these complicated rules.
Local, State, and County Sales Taxes
If you rent your property for less than 30 consecutive days at a time it is classified as a “short term rental”, and you will need to charge Colorado State sales tax on every dollar and rental. In Breckenridge you are also required to collect an accommodation tax of 3.4%. This tax is reported along with the town sales tax of 2.5%. Together with county taxes and state sales tax, the total comes to 12.275%. The Town Sales and Accommodations taxes can all be collected and remitted together. It is not a requirement to submit accommodation tax separate from sales tax. When you apply for your licenses, you will be given an ID number and required to submit your taxes either monthly or quarterly. Taxes will be submitted to both the State and Town separately, and you must file a return monthly, even if you had no rentals in that month. Financial penalties are levied for submitting late, incorrectly, or not at all.
To collect sales tax you will need to have a sales tax license from the State of Colorado. The Department of Revenue collects the sales tax, so you will receive the sales tax license from this entity once you apply for the license. In addition to a sales tax license, you will also need an accommodation unit license, or BOLT License. This license is applied for through the Town of Breckenridge. You will pay a fee ranging from $75-$175, which is determined according to the size of your unit. If your rental property is outside of the town limits of Breckenridge, different taxes and licenses apply. Check this 2017 Sales Tax Rates in Summit County to determine which taxes apply to your jurisdiction.
In addition to the sales tax you are required to collect, you will need to pay income tax on your rental revenues. This can become very complicated depending on how you use your vacation rental and whether it is classified as a second home or an investment property. To take advantage of the maximum amount of deductions available, you can only stay in your home for personal use for 14 days or 10% of the days you rent the home as a second home. Deductions include property taxes, mortgage interest and more. You may want to talk to a tax professional specializing in rental property in resort areas to ensure that you getting all of the deductions available for your rental property.
Working With a Professional Property Manager
When you work with a professional property management company like Breckenridge Resort Managers, we know the ins and outs of the legalities of vacation rentals. We can help you walk through all of the important tax requirements and licensing. Be confident that you are complying with all off the necessary regulations when you work with us. When you partner with Breckenridge Resort Managers, we take all the work and hassle off your plate and take care of all the details, so you can rest easy and enjoy renting you home and collecting the revenues.
Marketing Your Breckenridge Vacation Rental Property
Posted by toby | Wednesday, March 15, 2017
You own a property in Breckenridge, investing up to $1.5m of your own money, and now you are ready to rent it out to offset some of the cost. So what’s the plan for most owners and many management companies to obtain rentals? Get a $500 listing on VRBO. In today’s travel market, a wider net needs to be cast to capture the attention of savvy guests. There are a plethora of vacation rental websites and it quickly becomes very challenging to manage them all on your own.
Secondly, potential vacation guests use a complex network of social media sites and review sites to spread messages about positive or negative experiences with vacation rental properties.
Owners with Breckenridge Resort Managers enjoy a robust and nuanced marketing plan for their properties, ensuring that more guests will rent and return to your property.
Search Engine Optimization
SEO is a common term that is used to describe marketing on the internet, but what does it mean? The goal is for a specific website to turn up close to the top of the search engine results page for different keywords. For example, if someone searched for “Vacation rentals in Breckenridge,” we want to be near the top of the list of websites that are suggested by the search engine. We do this by implementing important “on page” keywords, developing new content, and ensuring that our listings and our website are current and up-to-date. In addition to maintaining a healthy website, we also stay active on various social media platforms so that we can be found on all corners of the web.
E-mail and Direct Mail Marketing
We also use e-mail marketing and direct mail marketing to make personal contact with potential clients. These forms of marketing remind potential clients about our services and listings, offer incentives and ensure that the properties we manage are on the forefront of clients’ minds when they begin planning their vacations. This type of direct marketing will be tailored for the various segments of guests, to appeal to their unique type of vacation preferences.
The best way to ensure consistent revenue when renting your property is to create return guests. We provide memorable experiences and hotel-like guest services to encourage loyalty and repeat visits. We ensure that properties are impeccably clean and free from damage or items needing repair. We also provide a variety of guest amenities and information, insuring our guests receive the best possible experience. In addition to giving renters an excellent experience, we constantly reach out to former renters via email with incentives to return. A well-executed guest loyalty program encourages renters to return, and they will share their positive experience with others through word of mouth and their social network. Positive word of mouth is an excellent marketing method, and by far the most effective tool we possess.
In addition to the important strategies listed above, we also utilize banner ads on partner websites, Search Engine Marketing (SEM) direct advertising and third party travel partnerships to direct people to your property. All of these marketing efforts work together to create a vast web presence, ensuring that potential guests find your vacation rental property. We work hard and have a specific marketing plan in place so that your property is not overlooked among the vast network of property rental sites, and the thousands of rental properties in Breckenridge.
How to Prepare Your Second Home for Vacation Renters
Posted by toby | Thursday, August 25, 2016
So your second home has been given the green light to be rented out to vacationers. Now what?
It's time to whip your home into tip-top shape for your first group of vacation renters.
If you're not sure where to start, we have you covered. Here are five steps to take to prepare your home for vacation renters:
1. Remove your personal items.
The first reason for doing this is to reduce clutter, and make the home comfortable and welcoming for your guests. You don't want your guests to feel like they're staying at somebody else's house. They want to feel like it's their home away from home. Reducing clutter involves removing any personal items or objects, such as picture frames and your favorite art fair sourced stuffed mountain squirrel, which will only cause discomfort to your potential guests.
Secondly, removing your personal items is a good idea because you don't want to leave behind anything that's precious and irreplaceable. Make sure everything you leave behind would not be noticed if it was lost. Everything in the home should have no personal attachment for you, just in case any accidents happen. We suggest keeping your personal and valuable items in an owners closet, so you can display them when you come out to visit.
2. Make sure all of the furniture is clean, comfortable, and presentable.
Todays vacationers have high standards, and expect the 5 star hotel experiences, even on a three star budget. It will be a financial and operational benefit to offer your guests new and comfortable furniture and high-quality bedding. Cleanliness and comfort should be your top priorities. The more comfortable the guest, the more he or she will enjoy the experience and return to your home year after year.
3. Repair any potential hazard.
Homes are full of failures waiting to happen, and accidents just around the corner. The last thing you want is for the water heater to quit working in the middle of a guest's stay, or a rip in the carpet to trip up a guest. Have a professional property management company thoroughly inspect your home prior to guests staying to make sure all the appliances, steps, wiring, and plug outlets are in working order. If they find a potential hazard, they are capable of getting it repaired as soon as possible, and saving you any headaches down the road. A good property management company will inspect prior to every guest, and will act quickly to anticipate and remedy potential issues for you.
4. Have your home deep cleaned.
Cleanliness is the #1 factor in the satisfaction of guests to your home, and is the one thing that can turn a vacation into a trip from hell for many travelers. Your best bet would be to hire a property management company that has an experienced and capable cleaning service. You want your home to start as a clean slate in order to give your guests the perfect experience. You also want your management company to preform 1-2 deep cleans per year, to detail your home, and clean all the areas that are difficult to budget in on a back to back vacation rental clean.
5. Stock your home with the basic necessities.
To ensure that your guests are happy and comfortable, follow this checklist while stocking your home (remember, this is just a start. A good management company will customize a list for you and your home):
|____ Plates, bowls, glasses, and flatware (double the number of guests you sleep)||____ Comfortable seating (enough for the number of guests you sleep)||____ High-quality sheets (two sets per bed)||____ High-quality bath towels (two per guest)|
|____ Coffee maker||____ Large TV||____ Pillows with pillow protectors (four per bed)||____ High-quality washcloths (four per guest)|
|____ Pots and pans||____ Basic cable||____ Extra blankets||____ High-quality hand towels (two per guest)|
|____ Cooking utensils||____ DVD player||____ Mattress pads||____ Hair dryer|
|____ Napkins & paper towels||____ Cards and board games||____ Alarm clocks||____ First Aid Kit|
|____ Dish towels||____ Coffee table||____ Reading lamps||____ Travel-sized toiletries|
|____ Knife set||____ Throw pillows and blankets||____ Feminine sanitary products|
|____ Condiments||____ DVDs|
What's the Best Place to Stay in Breckenridge?
Posted by toby | Saturday, July 23, 2016
When it comes to choosing the best place to stay in Breckenridge, there are no wrong answers. From secluded mountain homes, quaint Victorian style homes to ski-in/ski-out condos, Breck has something to offer for every type of vacationer. Nonetheless, choosing the right neighborhood can be daunting if you've never explored Breckenridge.
To help you figure out the best area for you and your family, we put together a list of the Breckenridge neighborhoods and the attributes of each.
The Peaks / 4 o’clock Rd
Most people stay around the Peaks or on 4 o’clock Rd for the access to the resort. This is the biggest selling point for this area. It has close proximity to several chair lifts and borders the trail 4 o’clock. You can ski within a few feet of your front door and many vacationers come back for lunch mid-day.
The downside to this is that town can be a good walk or a bus ride away. Since you are paying for the location, you can sacrifice space, luxury and the rustic atmosphere. Nonetheless, if you are looking for the traditional ski-cation, this is the perfect place to stay in Breck.
Breck Historic District
The town of Breckenridge has an adorable historic district with heaps of atmosphere. The houses are in the traditional Victorian style and the main strip features quality restaurants, shopping and nightlife. The gondola is on one edge of town, a beginner’s chairlift on the other and both a relatively easy walk for most, so access to skiing isn’t a chore. If you are looking for a well rounded vacation experience, with options for even the non-skier in the family, Breck’s historical district is your best bet.
Many prefer the quiet of a neighborhood. Warrior’s Mark is located on the south edge of Breckenridge and is set back from the main street. One one side, it borders Peak 9 and the Village, so ski access is nearby. It is also bordered by National Forest, giving access to the backcountry and great hiking.
This area is a quieter, more traditional mountain feel and just removed from the thick of things. You’ll likely want to take advantage of Breck’s transit, Summit Stage to get to and from the restaurants, shopping and nightlife. The buses stop between 12-1am so if nightlife is your priority, this area may not be your top pick. It is perfect for families looking for proximity, but a quieter experience.
Blue River is the perfect place to stay for the nature lover. This area sports the traditional rustic mountain experience. You are likely to see moose, elk, deer and even bear running through your backyard in this neighborhood! The houses tend to be more “retreat-style” and are nestled in the forest, with lots of space inside and out.
This neighborhood has the Goose Pasture Tarn and a stream for fishing, kayaking and other waterfront activities. You'll want to have your own car in this area, as it is located a few miles outside town.
Baldy Mountain is located on the hill opposite the ski resort. This area is popular with the local community for its amazing views and quieter atmosphere. We have several houses up here that are the quintessential snowy mountain retreat, with all the luxuries and comforts you could ever want.
The majority of the houses are above 10,000 feet, so you will want to be aware of the high altitude conditions. The buses run regularly up here, so access to town and the gondola is simple. This area is perfect for large groups, who want luxury at a decent price and need to appeal to a variety of guests.
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