As we have previously posted here, travelers need information in order to make an informed decision about what vacation rental to book. Not providing important data upfront may discourage travelers from even contacting you.
One very important tool that many vacation property owners overlook is their availability calendar.
Travelers in Rentalo have the option to enter their travel dates right from the home page. Properties that don’t have this information updated wont benefit from being displayed as one of the first options for the traveler. Travelers NEED to know if you are available or not, otherwise, many won’t even take the time to contact you.
Over the years I have spoken to many property owners that have given me similar reasons for not updating their calendar. Here are the top ones, and my thoughts on them.
1. I don’t have time to update my calendar every time someone books my property. I understand we are all busy, but owners should create a habit of updating their calendar online immediately after a booking has occurred. In Rentalo this takes no more than 2 minutes, and will help you get better inquiries and avoid inquiries for booked dates.
2. I don’t want to show travelers that my property has very little bookings. Again, I understand the reasoning behind this; however, travelers value information more than ambiguity. Leaving your calendar open with no booked dates, looks worst, than having at least a few days booked.
3. I don’t want thieves to know when my property is empty. I have heard this from more than one property owner in the past. If you don’t have homeowners insurance, you shouldn’t be renting your house in the first place!
Update your calendar today and make a habit of keeping it updated.