Setting House Rules for a Smooth Vacation Rental Experience

Setting House Rules for a Smooth Vacation Rental Experience

After a rocky few years, New Jersey tourism is rebounding. People are traveling again, and that's great news for anyone who wants to host guests in their vacation homes.

New hosts often underestimate the importance of setting rules for guests. Rules protect you, your property, and the vacationers. You don't want to skip them.

But how do you set those rules? What should you prioritize, and how can you make the rules clear and fair? Let's talk about it!

Read on to learn all about setting vacation rental rules and guidelines for your property.

Establish and Display Basic House Rules

Define clear house rules that outline your expectations for your guests during their stay. These are the most "normal" rules that may include policies about noise levels, parties, overnight guests, smoking, pet rules, and use of amenities on your property such as swimming pools or hot tubs. Keep them simple.

Make sure these rules are displayed somewhere in the rental property (like on the fridge or on the bed when they arrive so they can't miss them) and that you have them in writing somewhere as well. Guests should know about your rules before they book their trip so they can decide whether or not the rules work for them.

Address Security and Safety

Safety rules are key. They protect both your guests and your property. Safety rules also tend to be easier to get people to follow.

Protect your guests by providing information about emergency procedures. This should include the location of fire extinguishers, first aid kits, and emergency contact numbers.

Depending on what type of property you own and the amenities that come with it, you may want to set extra rules. For example, if you have a rooftop or a balcony, you may set rules about leaning or sitting on the railings. If you have a pool and your property attracts families with children, you may set pool safety rules.

Be Considerate of Neighbors

If you own a multi-family property with multiple guests (or even some long-term tenants) or a property that's close to other nearby properties, you need to be considerate of your neighbors. After all, they live there, and they may not be keen on vacationing guests.

Make sure you include things like parking rules, noise rules, and pet rules that can lessen the inconvenience and annoyance to neighbors. Not everyone is vacationing, so loud and inconsiderate guests won't be welcomed.

It's Time to Set Vacation Rental Rules and Guidelines

So what vacation rental rules and guidelines will you set for your property? Remember, your rules benefit both you and your guests. Don't get in the way of their fun, but make sure they're treating your property and your neighbors with respect.

If you're new to owning a vacation rental in Avalon, NJ, you might want some support. PMI Saltwater is here to help. With our customizable property management services, we'll help you make the most of your investment.

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