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How to Turn Your Home or Property into a Money-Making Short-Term Rental

Investors, Real Estate

March 6, 2023

Have you ever thought about renting out your home or an investment home for short-term stays?

If you have, you’re not alone. Short-term rentals can be a great way to earn some extra income while having fun.

But what exactly are short-term rentals? And what are the benefits of running one?

Short-term rentals are properties that you rent out for a few days or weeks at a time, usually through online platforms like Airbnb, VRBO, or They can be anything from cozy cabins to luxury penthouses.

Here are some of the reasons why short-term rentals can be an awesome option for you:

  • You get to host guests who are excited about staying at your place and exploring your area. They’re usually easy-going and low-maintenance.
  • You get paid upfront when someone books your place, so you don’t have to worry about chasing payments or dealing with late fees.
  • You can charge higher rates than long-term rentals because you’re offering more value and convenience to your guests. Depending on where your property is located and what amenities it has, you could make thousands of dollars per month from just one property.
  • You can use online tools like websites, social media, and email marketing to promote your property and attract more bookings.

Before you start listing your place on Airbnb or VRBO, there are some things you need to know.

Short-term rentals are not a get-rich-quick scheme. They require some planning, research, and work.

Here are five steps you need to take before you welcome your first guests:

1. Be realistic about the time and effort involved. Short-term rentals are not passive income. You have to market your property, maintain it, clean it, and communicate with your guests. You also have to deal with taxes, regulations, and insurance. Do you have the time and energy to do it yourself? Or do you need to hire a property manager? And how will that affect your profits?

2. Think outside the box when choosing a location. Short-term rentals don’t have to be in touristy areas. There are many reasons why people may need a place to stay for a few days or weeks in your neighborhood. Maybe they’re relocating, renovating, visiting family, attending an event, or getting medical treatment. Do some research on what kind of demand there is for short-term rentals in your area and what kind of rates you can charge.

3. Do your homework before buying an investment property. If you’re planning to buy a property specifically for short-term rentals, make sure you do your due diligence. Check out the existing market and competition. Find out if there are any rules or restrictions from HOAs or local authorities that may limit or prohibit short-term rentals. And don’t forget about taxes and fees that may apply.

4. Create a business plan for your short-term rental. Don’t wing it with your short-term rental. Treat it like a business and plan ahead. Make a list of all the expenses you’ll have, such as mortgage payments, insurance premiums, utilities bills, cleaning services, furnishings costs, consumables supplies (like toiletries), and marketing expenses (like website fees). Then compare them with your expected income from bookings and see if it makes sense financially.

5. Work with an agent who knows the area well. Buying the right property at the right price is crucial for your success as a short-term rental owner. You don’t want to overpay or end up with a lemon that needs constant repairs or upgrades. That’s why it’s important to work with an agent who has experience in buying and selling properties for short-term rentals in your area.

By following these steps, you’ll be well prepared to start your short-term rental business and enjoy the benefits of hosting happy guests and making money from your property.

Are you ready to take action and turn your short-term rental dream into a reality? Let’s set up a time to chat about the opportunities.