How To School Holiday Rent My Cape Town Home- FAQs
Local Cape Town schools have a six-week break during December and January. For those who own a nice home in Cape Town, this is an opportunity to earn extra income by renting their property while the owner takes a break.
Many Cape Town “school holiday” owners want to rent their home but they don’t know-how. They think they will need to take care of it themselves. They also think it may be difficult to charge correct rates, so they are unsure about the best way to do this. But there is help! There are people with them.
You can read that it’s a difficult task to match the expectations of “school holiday” owners, and the impact of expecting guests (with a managing agent if you want to use one).
When managing an annually available Cape Town holiday home, feedback loops vary–the house becomes more guest-ready or foolproof. Owners also learn everything there is to know about their property. The same is not true for infrequent owners and thorough checks are required to ensure guests and owners are happy.
- Owner Cleaning After Staying: The owner stays regularly. She wants us to do the management cleaning when guests stayed as well as marketing. She wants to save a few bucks by using her staff to clean when they depart.
- The Owner Manage All Guests: The owner wants us to do the marketing, guest vetting and administration and she will manage the guest at her location.
Owner Cleaning After Staying:
This is a high-risk solution to saving a few bucks.
We can understand why owners may want to do their own cleaning. Other new owners also wanted to do this. But they quickly learned that we carry the can. If there is a mistake, we cannot tell guests that the owners cleaned. We are the only ones responsible.
Your maid may be good. But is her “good” good enough for us? Or let me rephrase; is her “good” good enough for the guest? We are excessively concerned with minor cleaning details.
The review scores she gets measured are her ultimate measure. And 5-star is the least we expect. We cannot leave it to chance to let anyone clean on our behalf.
We may find a solution if the host agrees; the host will do a thorough quality check supervising the cleaner a few times (at call out fee). If our host trusts the cleaner, we may agree to the owner’s cleaning.
The Owner Manage All Guests
Guests score SuperHost CapeHolidays at 4.9 out of 5. And owner-managed homes score less. If they consistently score 4.7 out 5 or less we will have to correct the issue with the owner in no uncertain terms or cancel our agreement.
When the owner is directly involved with the full management and we only communicate with the owner, then it can work. And it’s working at 8 homes.