|Vacation homes: Not just for the
rich and famous
Karpinski and Boulanger both get most of their initial
rental inquiries by e-mail. However, they never actually rent out
a home until they've talked with the person by phone. "I can
read people pretty well, even over the phone, so I know who I'll
let into my homes," says Boulanger. He also has been fortunate
to develop a group of renters who occupy his properties every year,
without fail, and who have almost become personal friends.
Getting the green
Boulanger and Karpinski both eliminate potential payment conflicts by requiring
renters to send them at least half of the total rental fee to hold a reservation
(especially during peak season) and requiring the balance of the fee two to three
weeks before the renters arrive.
Both owners require security
deposits to ensure against damage. They also have detailed lists of rental requirements
regarding smoking, pets, cleaning arrangements, etc.
|9 tips for successfully renting your own vacation properties:
tell people all the time: You really can have a vacation home, even if you think
you can't," says Karpinski. "It's definitely not an impossible dream."
Cettina is a freelance writer in Portland, Ore..