If you own one or more vacation timeshares and rentals, it is likely the case that there are times when you are unable to use it when you had planned. You might be a bit too low on funds to take that vacation you had been thinking about; and of course we all know how things come up when you least expect it. Even when the accommodations are already there for you and paid; there are plenty of other expenses which go into a vacation.
When you’re unable to use your timeshare when you had wanted to, what can you do with your timeshare week? You could of course do nothing; but this means you’ll just lose out. However, since you paid for that timeshare, there’s no reason you shouldn’t get what you can for it.
One option that you have is renting it out to someone else. You can generally make some pretty good money, or at least enough to cover what you paid for it. So how exactly do you go about doing this?
Since you own vacation timeshares and rentals, you probably only go there once a year at the most. This means you’re probably not familiar with the area and might not know where to start. Don’t worry, though. Renting a timeshare is easier than you think.
The first thing you must figure out is how much to rent your timeshare for. You don’t want to undervalue your week, but you don’t want to price yourself out of the market either. One of the easiest ways to figure out what your week is worth is to call the resort. Make them believe that you’re someone who wants to rent one of their available timeshares and see what price they give you.
Besides this method, your resort or timeshare company might have a timeshare rental program for your convenience. They want people in the hotel as often as possible because they can generate more revenue from food, drinks, activities, and other things. Therefore, they probably have some type of system in place for this. Just make sure they treat you fair if you decide to join their program. You don’t want them to rent your room out for a lot less than you could get it.
If you decide to do it yourself, you may have to accept a little less than what the resort would charge; after all, they have an advertising budget and an established client base to draw upon. Your budget is more limited and you may have to take what you can find.
When you find someone willing too rent your timeshare, the next step is to ensure that the paperwork is in order. You will want a renter’s agreement which spells out everything in print. Anything which could happen should be in writing. This is how you can protect yourself from a bad renter.
PayPal is a good means of accepting payment. The buyer (and you) both have a sense of security about the transaction; the renter won’t feel as if they are sending their money to some sort of black hole and potentially losing it. PayPal handles the proof of purchase documents and receipts for you and simplifies the entire process.
You should always get your money in advance. This shouldn’t be a problem with most renters, but if a potential renter has an issue with this, you should probably look for a different renter. By following these tips, you’ll find it much easier to turn your vacation timeshares and rental into a positive cash flow for you!