(Please note - we do not manage the upkeep and cleaning of holiday homes but we do manage enquiries and bookings that come through the website. Listing a home includes photography and copywriting.)
We began Cairns Holiday Homes in 2005 for 2 reasons:
The wear and tear is a constant in long term tenancies because most tenants have not owned their own property and do not take the same care as you would.
Small problems which are not reported can turn into big and very expensive repairs.
Property managers do not always 'manage' your property in your best interests.
Most holiday rentals are for 1-2 weeks only so you get your home back regularly. Small problems can be taken care of almost immediately.
A well maintained holiday home is always ready to sell at a moment’s notice. Many investors are attracted by properties which have forward bookings. In the case of a sale to a buyer who does not want to rent out as a holiday house, the problem of existing bookings can be dealt with by forward planning.
The holiday home market is very competitive so you must present your home in the best possible manner – clean, well equipped and very functional. Short term tenants tend to take care of a well presented home – especially if they have been welcomed by the owner and have paid a bond.
We aim for a weekly rental of 3-4 times what an unfurnished house on a 6-12 month tenancy earns per week. This may seem a lot but you have the cost of furniture, bed linen, laundry, cleaning, electricity, internet provision, pool & garden maintenance and periods outside school holidays and during the wet season when you might not have bookings.
Costs are much higher, as indicated above, along with with commission and listing costs but overall we expect an annual return of 10-25% better than a long term tenancy.
Running a holiday home is an active business rather than a passive investment.
No need to worry about photographs or writing the description copy for listing on Cairns Holiday Homes website. We do it all for you.
We create your listing page on our website with a calendar to show availability and an online booking facility.
On Cairns Holiday Homes website:
You are protected by a comprehensive Terms and Conditions agreement between you and your guest customer.
Payment goes directly to you as we do not hold deposit, final balance or security deposit payments.
We do not charge a booking service fee to the guest but we do charge you a commission on every booking.
We are available 12 hrs a day, 7 days a week to deal with all customer questions and queries.
You are not as visible as you would like to be because of the number of other listings.
The large site is listing hotels and motels as well as holiday homes.
The cancellation policy is too favourable to the customer who booked months ago and cancelled 3 weeks before arrival. That period was blocked to anyone else and now you have little chance of getting a last minute booking. You are not like a hotel with a large inventory of rooms. Your inventory is just one house and you have lost income.
The listing site holds onto the payment until the guest has arrived.
You have a busy job and it is hard to respond promptly to customer enquiries and questions.
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