10 Tips to Manage Your Short-Term Rental Home with Ease

10 Tips to Manage Your Short-Term Rental Home with Ease

Our office knows a thing or two about managing short-term rental homes.

We’ve furnished homes with stunning furniture to create relaxing, serene getaways. We’ve responded to calls about the washing machine breaking down or the propane grill malfunctioning, all with prompt and consistent customer service. 

Just last month, we even saved a bird’s nest from a wreath on the front door that a guest noticed upon their arrival. With a short-term rental home, you never know what each guest’s stay will bring. You’ve got to be adaptable.

Owning and managing a short-term rental property can be a lucrative venture, providing an additional income stream and a chance to connect with travelers from around the world. 

However, effective management proves essential to ensure the satisfaction of your guests and the overall success of your rental business. 

Today, let’s explore 10 valuable tips to help you manage your short-term rental home with ease and create memorable experiences for your guests. Even when you have to deal with disposing of a wasp’s nest in the backyard on an early summer morning. (Yep, we did that, too).

Professional Photography Matters

First impressions are crucial in the world of short-term rentals. 

High-quality photos that showcase your property's best features can significantly impact your rental's success. Invest in professional photography to capture your property in the best possible light. Ensure that photos highlight each room, amenities, and the surrounding neighborhood. Well-lit, clear, and inviting images can attract more potential guests and set the right expectations.

Remember, when potential guests send a link to their friends and family about a home they want to visit, everyone says “look at the photos!” Just like preparing a home for sale, we want everyone to be enticed by each stunning look.

Create a Comprehensive Guest Guide

A well-prepared guest guide can enhance your guests' experience and reduce the number of inquiries you receive during their stay. 

Include essential information such as check-in/check-out procedures, Wi-Fi details, appliance instructions, emergency contacts, and local recommendations for dining, entertainment, and attractions. Providing this guide digitally or as a physical booklet in your rental will help your guests feel more comfortable and informed.

We also recommend asking guests to start a load of laundry of used towels and sheets before they leave. You’ll save you or your cleaning service a ton of time and energy, especially when the next guests check in on the same day.

Clear House Rules

Clearly defined house rules set expectations for guest behavior and help maintain the quality of your rental property. 

Rules could include guidelines on smoking, pets, noise levels, and partying. Communicate these rules during the booking process and reiterate them upon arrival. While you want your guests to feel at home, it's important to ensure they respect your property and the neighbors.

When something happens at your short-term rental property and you’re not there to deal with the situation, you want trustworthy neighbors that can help you manage those times.

Invest in Comfortable Furnishings and Amenities

Guests choose short-term rentals for the convenience of a home-away-from-home experience. 

Furnish your rental property with comfortable and durable furniture. Invest in high-quality mattresses, linens, and towels to ensure a restful stay. Consider including amenities such as a fully equipped kitchen, laundry facilities, and entertainment options like smart TVs, board games, or even a small library. 

These touches can elevate your property's appeal and earn you positive reviews.

Regular Cleaning and Maintenance

Maintaining cleanliness is paramount in the hospitality industry. 

Arrange for professional cleaning before each new guest arrives to ensure a spotless environment. Regular maintenance checks should be conducted to address any issues promptly. A well-maintained property reflects positively on your professionalism and commitment to providing a comfortable experience.

In our experience, a top notch cleaning service provider will also communicate with you whenever you start to run low on supplies, notice when something breaks during a guest’s stay, and offer suggestions to attract more guests to the home. A solid professional cleaner will be a co-manager with you on the property

Implement Dynamic Pricing

Maximize your earnings by implementing dynamic pricing strategies

Prices can vary based on factors such as demand, local events, seasons, and day of the week. During peak periods, you can charge higher rates, while offering discounts during slower times to attract more bookings. Utilize pricing tools or platforms to help you adjust rates strategically and stay competitive in the market.

Prompt Communication

Effective communication is key to building trust with your guests. Respond promptly to inquiries, booking requests, and any concerns that guests might have before, during, or after their stay. Providing a seamless communication experience can enhance their overall impression of your property and service. 

Not to mention, good news travels fast among guests online. Happy guests leave happy reviews. Treat them well and with respect.

Utilize Online Booking Platforms

Listing your rental property on online booking platforms such as Airbnb, Vrbo, or Booking.com can expand your reach to a global audience. 

These platforms offer user-friendly interfaces for managing bookings, inquiries, and payments. Be sure to create accurate and detailed listings that showcase the unique aspects of your property.

Collect Guest Feedback

Guest feedback is a valuable resource for continuous improvement. 

Encourage guests to leave reviews after their stay. Positive reviews can attract more bookings, while constructive criticism can help you identify areas that need attention. Consider implementing feedback surveys to gain insights into the guest experience and identify opportunities for enhancement.

Legal and Regulatory Compliance

Familiarize yourself with local regulations and laws related to short-term rentals in your area. Some locations may require permits or have specific zoning restrictions for short-term rentals. Compliance with these regulations is essential to avoid legal issues that could impact your business.


Successfully managing a short-term rental property requires a combination of attention to detail, hospitality, and effective communication. By following these tips, you can create an exceptional experience for your guests, earn positive reviews, and build a thriving rental business. 

Remember, consistency and dedication to guest satisfaction will set you apart in the competitive world of short-term rentals, especially in Orange County.

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