Vacation Homes with CouponsIf bookings are slow due to the economy and you are afraid that you will end up with empty weekends, try giving things away as extras for your clients. Coupons for restaurant meals and tickets to attractions and parks could make a difference in how they choose their rental house.

Orlando Vacation Homes – Valeston Realty: In this time of economic difficulty your vacation home might be more slowly booking than you had wished. Why not try a trick of the commercial hotels and room rentals? Try giving perks to your renters to help them with their enjoyment of the week or two they spend in your vacation house?

If you are close by one of the popular theme parks you might offer a family ticket pack to one or more of them. Go to the local boating rental or sport fishing boat business and see if you can buy gift certificates to help your renters offset the costs of the things they like to do. Gift cards to the local liquor store or grocery market are always appreciated. Any of these ideas will give your potential renters a good reason to rent your house instead of someone else’s.

Why not try a trick of the commercial hotels and room rentals? Try giving perks to your renters to help them with their enjoyment of the week or two they spend in your vacation house?

Depending on what your rental rates are, do what you can afford and still make a profit. Booking the room with slightly less profit to show for it is much better than no profit at all and an empty rental unit. This is just basic good business practice. You see discounts and sales at stores, gifts and perks offered to stay at rooms in hotels, and all sorts of enticements given to those who patronize the businesses. It’s a competitive time out there now and getting tourist dollars has become a challenge. Making your guests believe that you want to help them by offering discounts to the things they like to do while there will help you to get more bookings.

  • If you are close by one of the popular theme parks you might offer a family ticket pack to one or more of them.
  •  Go to the local boating rental or sport fishing boat business and see if you can buy gift certificates to help your renters offset the costs of the things they like to do.
  • Depending on what your rental rates are, do what you can afford and still make a profit.

You might find that struggling businesses in your local area might appreciate your help as well in bringing tourism dollars to their facilities and stores. For example, there is a popular coupon site that allows people to buy coupons that are good for twice what they pay for them at local businesses. A $50 coupon for the restaurant on the next block from your vacation rental home will get the renters $100 in dining value. You can spend $50 to give your guests $100 worth of free meals and see if your bookings don’t improve. Chalk the costs of the coupons and vouchers up to advertising or marketing costs for tax purposes. People love free stuff and you can most likely find lots of free things to give away if you look for them.

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Charles Valeston is a national and international Vacation Home Specialist and Commercial Realtor. He specializes in the sales of Vacation Homes and the sale and leasing of industrial, retail, multifamily, office and vacant land real estate. He represents sellers, buyers, tenants and landlords.


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Charles Valeston is a national and international Vacation Home Specialist and Commercial Realtor. He specializes in the sales of Vacation Homes and the sale and leasing of industrial, retail, multifamily, office and vacant land real estate. He represents sellers, buyers, tenants and landlords.
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