Thinking of letting your holiday home?
Letting your holiday home is a great way of generating an extra income but can be time consuming and difficult to manage at a distance. That’s where we come in!
Our fully managed service deals with all the marketing, bookings, cleaning and maintenace and we are always on hand if the guests need anything during their stay.
Is your home suitable as a holiday let?
If you use your property for holidays it is very likely that others would be happy to pay to rent it. But there are often adjustments to furniture, equipment or even decorations which would allow you to command a higher rent. We are happy to advise you on these questions. You should also be aware that certain types of property cannot be let on a holiday basis. These are usually leasehold properties (normally flats) where the head lease prohibits or restricts letting. Your deeds will confirm this.
Thinking of investing?
Whatever stage you are at we can advise on the best type of holiday let to purchace. We work closely with local agents and are happy to give you an estimate of potential income based on our extensive knowledge of the local market.
Why choose us?
We think of everything so you don’t have to. For over 70 years Rumsey’s have been associated with quality accommodation in Poole and specifically around Sandbanks.
Our office on the Sandbanks peninsula is ideally located for our guests to pick up keys and pop in with any issues they have during their stay. The office is open six days a week with an out of hour’s service to cover any emergency.
Our team have extensive experience in holiday letting. We do all the hard work for you, taking bookings and processing payments, arranging cleaners and contractors. We deliver excellent customer service too.
So you can rest assured that there is always someone on hand to assist your guests, making sure their experience is an enjoyable one and peace of mind that your property is being looked after whilst you are away.
Largest selection of properties
Full colour brochure
Links with local services
Processing of winter lets
Local key holder
Priority booking services
Where to Start
As an owner letting holiday accommodation you become responsible for the cost and enjoyment of your customers’ holidays. It is therefore important that their reasonable expectations are fulfilled. Some properties will let well from the start while others my take a season or two of our joint effort to realise their full potential. This is why we do not normally take on a property to fill in a short period. In addition we do not take on an owner’s main home.
Equipping the property It is important that the property is equipped and furnished to a good standard. We can help you make sure your holiday home is comfortable, beautiful and has all the facilities required.
Health and Safety. It is the responsibility of every owner to ensure that they and their properties comply with all Health and Safety legislation related to the letting of self-catering accommodation and indeed the signing of our Agency Agreement requires this. We can help you comply with the legislation including arranging Gas Safety Certificates, Periodic electrical Inspections and Fire Risk Assessments.
Maximise your bookings
Photography We take multiple photographs of your property to make sure it is shown at its best in our brochure and online.
Marketing In addition to our own website we also advertise across a number of different online travel agents and local information sites to make sure your property gets the maximum amount of exposure to those searching for a holiday home. We also produce an annual full colour brochure. Our Facebook and twitter accounts are updated daily with information about our properties and what’s going on in the local area.
Managing Bookings As well as our friendly staff taking bookings by phone our sophisticated online booking system ensures that your customers can book anytime of the day or night and payments can be processed immediately. Your calendar is always up to date so it’s easy to keep track of your bookings. There is no limit to the number of ‘owner bookings’ you can make so that you can use your holiday home as much or as little as you like, just let us know and we will update your calendar for you.
Priority Booking We offer a priority booking service to customers who have stayed in your property before so that you can retain loyal customers and ensure you have confirmed bookings with deposits paid up to a year in advance.
Short breaks and Winter lets In order to maximise bookings we also offer short breaks (which can only be booked four weeks in advance) and Winter lets for longer stays during low season (minimum of 8 weeks)
Income and expenditure
Holiday Charges A holiday period runs from Saturday to Saturday unless otherwise agreed commencing at 3pm and ending at 10am. The weekly charges for high, mid and low season are inclusive of all utilities (gas, electric, water, phone, TV, Broadband etc.)
Monthly accounting We pay owners monthly for transactions made in the previous calendar month and we pay direct into your bank account with commission and V.A.T. already deducted. Suppliers invoice us for your cleaning, linen and any other services and we pay them from your account with no additional charges, it’s all part of the service. We email monthly statements and can even provide an annual statement for your accountant.
Council Tax, Business rates, Insurance and legal advice. We are happy to advise you on all the latest requirements and laws to make sure you are covered.
Our Fees We charge 25% which can be reduced to 21% on payment of a £200 registration fee our fees are subject to V.A.T. There are no annual renewal charges or hidden extras (such as ‘invoice discounting’).
Day to day Maintenance
Cleaning Probably the most important item in the letting process is the cleaning. We liaise with your cleaner, letting them know when a changeover clean is needed. Most cleaning companies also hire and launder bed linen so you don’t even need to worry about buying and maintaining it.
Property Maintenance From time to time the services of other contractors such as plumbers, electricians and builders may be needed. We have a list of tried and trusted tradesmen who can attend promptly to make sure disruption of your guests stay is kept to a minimum and you know your property is being looked after and kept to the same high standard.
What to do now?
Property owners, if you have a second home in Sandbanks, Poole, West Bournemouth and the surrounding areas, contact Rumsey Holiday Homes for FREE advice on holiday lettings, including an assessment of your home and the likely income to be derived from it.