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Kigo Vacation Rental Software
Laura,
This is a great and very informative article! I agree that proffesional photographers are essential to stand out from your competitors, especially if you are listing on portal websites. The photos need to bring out the vacation feeling for users, and the right lighting and furniture arrangement can do exactly that!

Francesca
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Elite Destination Homes
If you do choose to go with a rental management company, definitely seek the advice of people that have done this before (like in the comments above). Without having a professional manage things for you, it's going to become a second job. Here's a blog post we put together on what to consider when choosing a vacation rental agent: http://elitedestinationhomes.com/vacation-rental-management/agents/
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FeelsLike Heaven
Great tips and insights! We have a vacation rental in the Poconos PA and if we had read this article when we first got it, it would have been a BIG help. We do just about everything that you have listed but that was after a lot of trial and error. I agree with the management company, one thing I'll also mention is that just because you have a management company don't think that you'll be completely hands off.

The best thing you can do is treat your vacation house as a business. Always looking for ways to improve your guest's experience. One thing that helped us a lot in the beginning is inviting people we trusted to stay at our house and asking them for their opinion of what they would change.

Thanks for the article!

http://Feels-Like-Heaven.com

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