How to run your holiday let

There's so much to consider when you decide to start up a holiday let, from the furniture you choose and the equipment you provide in the kitchen to managing the cleaning and changeovers of your property. Whatever your situation, we're here to help you get everything in order so that you can make the most out of holiday letting without the hassle.

How should I furnish and equip my holiday cottage?

We appreciate that every property is unique with its own particular charms and challenges, however the look and feel of your property and those little unexpected extras are often what tips the scales to get you those all-important bookings.

Whether it's seating suggestions, wall colours, the absolute essentials or the finishing touches, we're here to help. Our property experts and local managers have years of experience in what works best for different property styles and locations, helping you to present your holiday home in the very best light.

For more information, get in touch with our friendly team today.

How many dates can I book for my own use?

If you're looking to enjoy an excellent level of bookings, but still hope to block out your own dates from time-to-time then Sykes are a perfect choice.

We'll work closely with you to ensure your holiday let receives the best booking levels possible throughout the year. However, we know it's your property, and that's why we'll provide you with the flexibility to get the best out of it and use it when you need to.

Contact our property experts to find out more about our flexible approach to holiday letting and discover how we can bring you more bookings with less hassle.

How should I run my holiday let?

When it comes to managing your holiday property, Sykes will take care of your bookings and payments, but we can also help with any other services you might need.

We know that each of our owners have different requirements. Some enjoy handling the maintenance and cleaning of their holiday property, whilst others rely on the support of a managed service. This is why Sykes are the best choice, as we'll work out your requirements and tailor our service to meet your needs. From expertly marketing your property and handling your bookings to taking care of everything needed to run a successful holiday let.

Seeking more information about how to manage your holiday let? Whatever you require we're here to help, with our dedicated team just a phone call away.

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Other frequently asked questions

What is the difference between a fully and partially managed service?

A fully managed service is one that looks after every aspect of your property from the cleaning and laundry to the maintenance and key collection. They may also be able to help with other tasks like providing a deep clean, gardening and general handyman services.

A partially managed service means that you opt for just one or two of these services. For example, you may choose to have a cleaning and laundry service at your property but would prefer to carry out any maintenance work yourself.

Whatever you require, we can help. So if you're considering using a property management service or want to find out more then speak to us today.

What if I don't want to clean the property myself? How much do cleaners charge for holiday let changeovers?

Not all of our owners clean their own properties; many prefer the services of a cleaning agency, or are simply unable to manage the property themselves.

If you're considering a fully or partially managed service or you're just not sure and are seeking some free advice on what to expect, then get in touch with our friendly team. They're here to give you all the information you need to help you make the right choice.

How should I prepare my holiday home for its first booking?

We like to think that every booking is equal, so whether you're taking your first booking or your 101st there should be no difference.

However, many of our owners tell us how nerve-wracking yet exciting it is to receive their first booking. To ensure your guests are just as excited about staying at your property, we can help you make sure everything is in place for their arrival. We'll guide you through the process and advise on even the small things that will help make a big difference, like offering local cakes and delicacies and providing good directions to the property – all the key elements to ensure your guests receive the warmest of welcomes.

For no-obligation, step-by-step advice on how to achieve the best possible return, speak to us today.

How easy is it to run a holiday cottage business remotely?

Many of our owners run their holiday let remotely; with the right agent, it can be a lot easier than you think!

We promise to help take the hassle out of holiday letting by keeping you informed and in control, which means you can enjoy all the benefits.

If you're not able to get to your property every time you have a booking or would prefer some help, then we can offer advice and support on the best options for you, and put you in touch with local contacts to help make your life easier. We'll be here every step of the way to make sure you get the best out of holiday letting.

What are the costs and fees associated with running a holiday home?

As with any holiday let business, there are regular outgoings. Our expert pricing analysts have the skills and knowledge to give you detailed information as to the gross earnings we'd expect your property to achieve, helping you to make sure your property can pay for itself and you get the best possible return.

Here at Sykes we work hard to make sure your holiday let is a success. Contact our property experts or ask us to call you back; we'll give you all the information you need to make the best decision.

Should I provide a welcome pack in my cottage?

There are lots of different things that will help your guests enjoy the warmest of welcomes, and a simple welcome pack waiting on arrival is often the icing on the cake!

This could be anything from a selection of guides to local attractions, a list of the nearest shops and restaurants, a pack of essentials or even just a pint of milk and a packet of biscuits. Little touches go a long way to ensure your visitors' holiday gets off to a good start, and will stay in their memory when they come to booking their next break.

For details of what you can do to welcome your visitors, our friendly experts are on hand to help. Get in touch today to arrange a visit with your local manager; they're happy to offer advice on what to include in your welcome pack to make your guest feel special, which will help promote positive feedback and ultimately get more bookings.

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Pick up the phone or request one of our friendly property experts to call you back. We're on hand 7 days a week to offer you free advice on getting the best out of holiday letting. It's what we do.

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