Recommendation Needed | "Where to Offer Available Guest House Online?"

My husband and I have recently remodeled a small guest house, of which we would like to begin renting out to tourists and visitors for extra income. This would not be long-term rental, but more on a weekly basis. Several websites have been recommended to us, but many have drastic pros and cons in our eyes. Has anyone had any luck with websites like Home Away, Air B&B or Craigslist and could recommend one? Also, if you know of any pitfalls we should avoid, we are all ears. Thank you! - Mary Jane

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Anonymous said…
Any of those sites are good it depends on if you want to pay to advertise or not. Make sure they sign a contract that specifies very clearly all the conditions. Deposit, refunds, cleaning fee, electricity, a list of what is in the house etc. Protect yourself or you will end up paying way more than what you make. Good luck.
Anonymous said…
get. everything. in. writing.
Anonymous said…
I agree that you need a signed rental agreement. I am a rental manager for vacation homes and highly recommend VRBO site. I have several owners advertise there and have had a lot of response from that site.
Kelly said…
I like Airbnb. They have a pretty proactive approach to protecting the folks who use their site to advertise. Plus you can choose when you're available or the type guests you feel comfortable hosting. Good luck
Lynn said…
I have used VRBO & vacationrentals.com with great success. I tried craigslist with very problematic results. Because craigslist is free there are all kinds of other properties listed & folks want to talk about everything & then show up, unannounced, in town & expect the house to to available or YOU find them someplace else suitable. I promply took everything off craigslist. I have only heard about airbnb -- no real experience.
Anonymous said…
We did extensive travel last fall to the East and used HomeAway and were very pleased. We will be using them again in the future.

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