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Vacation Cottages is the Premiere Agency to list your Maine vacation rental home with.  We offer several different home rental packages specifically designed to help individual home owners with their personal rental needs whether you just need some extra advertising to fill those hard to rent weeks or if you’re looking to fill 12+ weeks, our repeat client list dating back to 1979 and our powerful on line advertising will help get the job done.       

OUR PACKAGES

Our Non Managed Package  is perfect if you’re a Homeowners who advertises on you own or are just looking to fill empty or hard to rent weeks. Owners may not have the property listed with another agency but may rent all they want on their own without penalty.  For any  renters Vacation Cottages finds we will issue them a lease, collect and disperse funds including Maine lodging tax and will get them to the property via specific directions. Once arrived all the renters wants/needs will be the Homeowners responsibility to tend to and take care of.

Vacation Cottages creates a personalized web page and posts the property to www.vacationcottages.com then manages generic advertising to attract potential renters.

 

Our Full Managed Package is what you’re looking for if you’re a Homeowner who wants little to do with actually renting the property. Homeowners only responsibility  is to  have the water & electricity turned on and off at the beginning  and end of the each season and to give  6 of 8 week in July & August for renting.  Vacation Cottages pays for advertising, sends leases and once the renters have arrived we handle all the renters wants and needs. Homeowners never have contact with the renters and vise versa. Vacation Cottages is on call 24 / 7 and sees that the property is ready to rent in between guests and handles all problems and issues that may arise.  If Owner already has a caretaker and/or cleaner this package is still an option as we’d rather use people who already know the property!  Vacation Cottages schedules all maintenance help billing owner directly for usage of larger companies such as plumbers, electricians etc  however Vacation Cottages pays forward for approved cleaners/trash/lawn care and then will include funds in owner payment for reimbursement.

 

Vacation Cottages creates a personalized web page including extra photos and videos and then posts the property to www.vacationcottages.com After that we handle world wide advertising to attract potential renters. The property is listed on several other top rental web sites. Vacation Cottages spends an exuberant amount of money assuring a minimum of 6 weeks out of 8 prime weeks are rented.

 

Our Deluxe Package is for the Homeowners who wants nothing to do with renting and wants to relinquish all decision making and keys over to Vacation Cottages. Homeowners only responsibility is to cash the monthly checks which Vacation Cottages sends. Vacation Cottages handles every single aspect of renting including getting the house ready for rentals to closing the house up at the end of the season and handling all problems and emergencies in between. Vacation Cottages pays forward on all approved maintenance bills so money never comes out of the homeowners pocket.

Vacation Cottages creates a personalized web page including extra photos, videos and maps, then posts the property to www.vacationcottages.com After that we handle global advertising to attract the most potential renters possible. The property is listed as “top level” rentals on ALL top rental web sites. Vacation Cottages spends way too much money assuring all 8  prime weeks are rented plus off season weeks as bonuses.

We offer different levels of management packages therefore we need to know "How involved do you want to be? " Below are all the things to consider when renting

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It’s essential the rental price be accurate and consistent with other similar rentals to achieve max capacity. If the price is too high renters wont look and if listed too low you’re giving the house away. Do you need help in finding the correct weekly price for your property?
There are plenty of places online, in newspapers and magazine to list weekly rentals but which one is going to give you the best results? How do you make your house pop out above the thousands of other rental properties in Maine? Researching where to advertise is time consuming and frustrating when no results happen and a lot of time and money was spent. Do you seek help in advertising?
When renters are looking online they usually want to book a reservation then and there. Being available to pick up the phone or answer emails at any time of day/night is essential to filling weeks. Renters do not like to wait for answers and will move on to another property if they can’t get an answer within a short period of time (usually minutes) Do you want to be responsible for answering phone calls and emails from prospective renters by yourself?
It’s crucial to know and to keep up on Maine Rental laws. Do you have a lawyer on retainer need be?
When it comes to protecting your Property a solid Lease is essential. This is one area of renting you do not want to "cheap out" on. Sure there are certain web sites which allow generic leases to be downloaded and used for free however unless detailed to the State of Maine laws these leases would never hold up in a court of law and therefore its best to hire an attorney to make sure your are covered. Do you already have a Lease Agreement you send out to potential renters?
It’s important to figure out a payment option for renters and then send reminders of when money is due. When collecting money/deposits/sales tax it’s important to have a banking account. With security deposits an escrow account needs to be used. Do you want to be responsible for collecting and dispersing funds to and from the renter?
It’s important to draw up accurate directions to the property from certain points.(Not all GPS’s have accurate Maine address) Just as important it is to sit down and make a list of all the things renters need to know about the property, where to find the key, what to bring or what not to, what to do when the power goes out, who to call in case of an emergency etc. Do you want to be responsible for making sure the Renter has all this information?
The property will need to be kept up during tenancy- inside & out. Cleaners, Lawn care, grounds work/care taking, trash removal and someone needs to be on call 24/7 in case of an emergency. Do you want to handle the hiring, scheduling and paying of all these services?
The house will need all the amenities offered in the selling ad plus things like dish soap, and laundry soap etc.. The house needs to be properly cleaned, stocked and ready for each renter the day of their arrival. Do you want to be responsible to make sure this happens?
Finding Renters and keeping them happy is the goal. Do you want that responsibility?

 

 

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