To increase the number of requests, an attractive presentation of your property is always important. Here are some useful tips that you should consider during the creation of your listing. Furthermore there are additional advertising options that may help, such as Photo Links back to your website, creating Last-Minute offers and more. By following these instructions you can fully optimise your listing.
1. Maintaining your availability calendar is always crucial. Accommodation with an updated availability calendar will receive up to 6 times as many requests as accommodation with no current booking times. This also helps to avoid double booking or losing clients who don’t wish to enquire directly about seasons and dates. In addition, a regularly updated availability calendar has a positive effect on the positioning in search result. Date availability calendars that have not been updated in more than 45 days are displayed as "property without an updated calendar". The same happens if the property has no recent seasons.
2. You can enter seasons and prices a year in advance. Pay attention to seasonal rates, which usually vary depending on high and low season. The more accurate, the better- It is important to clarify to the cost per guest in all available seasons as well as any extra costs, such as cleaning, that the guests will be charged during their stay. Only when all prices are given, can our price calculator calculate the correct final price.
3. Most holiday makers pay great attention to positive reviews left by other guests, when looking for a holiday property. Keep this in mind and ask your tenants to submit a review. In the "See ratings" section in your Owner Login Area, you will find a ratings section. There is already a template for a message that you can send directly to your guests reminding them to do this. You can edit this text or create your own. Positive ratings are displayed in the search results and on the homepage.
4. The minimum stay policy is there to make the booking worthwhile for the landlord. This rule must be observed. Exceptions are possible and offers are frequent, especially in the off-season, where guests are allowed for 1 or 2 nights. This is to increase the likelihood that your accommodation is booked during weak bookings months.
5. The first impression is the most important thing - the photos usually play a major role. You should consider the following tips if you want to use photos to good effect:
- Exterior: Photograph your house in good weather and, if possible, in the spring or summer. When the trees are green and the sun is shining, everything looks much more appealing.
- Brightness: we recommend well lit rooms - lighter images are and friendlier. Again, sunlight has the best impact on this.
- Size of rooms: rooms appear larger when photographed from one corner facing another corner diagonally. Make sure the room is clean and tidy.
- Digital Photo: Capture images using a digital camera instead of old photos to scan. The images should not be less than a width of 475 px and a height of 356 px.
- You have the option of uploading a main view photo as well as 20 additional photos. To give an overall impression of your holiday to possible tenants, you should take advantage of this and upload the maximum number of images.
- Remember to describe your property rentals as appealingly and as honestly as possible. Try to put yourself in the shoes of the tenant: What information would you wish for? What is essential for a rental property?
6. The following areas are usually of interest to people looking for a suitable property to rent:
- Position of the bedroom(s): Is the bedroom is facing a busy street or in a peaceful courtyard?
- If there are several rooms: What is the distribution of beds?
- How are the rooms furnished (including kitchen)?
- What type of flooring can be found in the property?
- Is there a garden and if so, what is it like?
- Are pets allowed?
- Is there parking space?
- Location of accommodation: Are there nearby shops, things to do, etc.?
- Is the holiday also well suited for families with children? Are there cots, high chairs, toys etc.
- Are extra services offered (eg breakfast, etc?)
7. Has your holiday home been awarded by a travel institution, such as the German Tourism Association (DTV)? Then make sure you share this with your prospective tenants! A positive assessment by an independent organisation creates trust with tenants, resulting in a higher number of enquiries.
8. Is there space for dogs on your property? Maybe you even live on a farm and have fields for animals to use? Then let it be known and increase the chance of renting out your property. In your Owner Login area you can select an accommodation category. The selected category will appear on the preview of your property. Additionally, you can give information and advice on the relevant topics here also.
9. Draw attention to your accommodation by using photo links. A photo Link is a small picture of your accommodation with direct links to your property presentation and is displayed on the home page of%% allg_site. This additional advertising raises your property advert more prominently and be viewable by a greater number of people. (Link)
10. Promote your property in addition to a last minute offer. If you want to close gaps in the short term rental, booking a last minute bid is the ideal solution to attract shortdecided vacationers at a discount of at least 10%. Your property will appear on our last minute page (LINK).