Monthly Archives for February 2020

Vacation Rental Tips: Get Reviews

Cape May News, Vacation Rental News - admin - February 21, 2020

One of the most important and often overlooked rental element for owners is the gathering of reviews. Reviews are critical for any listing. Travelers have no better way to gauge a rental than reading a review from a previous guest.

Reviews can make or break your vacation rental. If you put enough focus on the guest experience, you’ll generate a feedback loop that will lead to more bookings and higher occupancy rates.

However, that doesn’t come without a bit of effort on the owners part. You’ll need to regularly check and respond to your Cape May rental reviews–good or bad. Responding to a negative review gives you the opportunity to address the issue and improve it for next time. Responding to a positive review shows your commitment to and engagement with the guest experience. Simply thanking your guests for staying and leaving a review is better than doing nothing.

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Keep your Availability Calendar Up to Date

Vacation Rental News - admin - February 14, 2020

One of the most important item in any vacation rental listing is the availability calendar. To often owners forget to update calendars and travelers then lack the necessary information to make a decision on a particular rental. Owners only have one shot to grab a potential renters attention and if renters can not see important information they will move on to the next listing.
The guest starts long before visitors arrive at your home. Not only is it inconvenient for guests to learn their desired dates are not, in fact, available, but it can even penalize your ranking on some sites like VRBO. On CapeMayVacationRentals.com we do not penalize an owners ranking if they do not keep their listing current. However the owner will receive fewer inquiries if a listing is lacking current availability. The better the listing in terms of quality photos, thorough descriptions, reviews, current rates and an up to date calendar the more likely an owners listing will receive quality inquiries and bookings.

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Tips for your Cape May Rental

Cape May News, Vacation Rental News - admin - February 13, 2020

Provide a Manual for your rental guests

Want to avoid late night calls from guests regarding simple issues at your rental? Create a thorough guest manual with details about your rental.

Your TVs, sound systems, kitchen appliances, and hot tubs all have the potential to thoroughly confuse guests. A manual will help familiarize your guests with that particular amenity. It’s crucial to create a book or binder that details every item or function in your home. A few examples include:

  • How to program the thermostat and suggestions for settings
  • How to use your TV.
  • How to reboot your wi-fi
  • Cable Company phone numbers
  • Condo Rules
  • Check-in and Out times
  • Emergency help number for onsite issues
  • Local hospital and emergency care facilities.
  • How to use entry systems, electronic locks, and gates
  • Which remote controls pair with which audio/visual functions
  • How to operate kitchen appliances.

This manual should also include local attractions and history, any recommendations you have, a warm welcome, and instructions for departure.

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Photography Tips For Cape May Rentals

Cape May News, Vacation Rental News - admin - February 13, 2020

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Photos are the key to your listing. The better the photos the more likely your listing will be viewed.
Your listing is in competition with all listings in your area. How will you differentiate your listing from others?

Here are a few ways to do this:

  • Learn to employ composite lighting techniques. This is a great way to show off a room’s beautiful interior AND the amazing view out the window, all in a single picture. No washed out colors, no overexposed blocks of natural light. 
  • Show off the best features of your rental. Do you have a pool? Renters love pools. Views? Take photos of your ocean views. Highlight your listing with photos that grab travelers attention.
  • Think about how your photos will be assembled. There should be a flow that helps the potential guest understand which rooms connect where
  • Add a detailed floor plan as a photo. This helps renters visualize space and flow of your rental.
  • Use lots of photos in your listing to maximize its visibility. Studies have shown guests are 80 percent more likely to learn more about a home when there are more than 20 photos.
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Coast Guard Community Festival in Cape May

Cape May News - admin - February 10, 2020

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The annual Cape May County Coast Guard Community Festival takes place the first weekend in May. On Saturday, May 2, 2020, Training Center Cape May opens its gates to the community and more than 5,000 visitors are expected to visit the base. Volunteers are needed in a variety of roles ranging from greeting guests to selling merchandise to working in the kids’ area. Come join your friends and neighbors and support our community by volunteering at this year’s Coast Guard Community Festival.  Please complete the Volunteer Application form and mark the area where you would like to work and the shift you prefer. Every effort will be made to accommodate your request. 


LOCATION

Coast Guard Training Center Cape May
1 Munro Ave
Cape May, NJ 08204

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Cape May Restaurant Week 2020

Cape May News - admin - February 10, 2020

Cape May restaurant week

Cape May Restaurant Week offers fixed-price dining. For $35, you get to choose an appetizer, entree, and dessert from a special menu. Portions and ingredients will be on par with what the restaurant usually serves. Beverages, tax, and gratuity are not included (except where noted).Cost: $35 per person at participating restaurants.


LOCATION

Cape May City
Perry Street and Carpenter Lane
Cape May, NJ 08204

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