Be Your Own Guest
What’s that you say?
What does it mean to be your own guest? If you have a short term rental, cottage, vacation home, etc., we strongly recommend that you take a weekend or a couple of days to BE A GUEST! That’s right. Take a load off, pack a bag and check-in at your property.
The rules are this: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
1) only pack what you would pack if you were going to stay at someone else’s rental that you’ve never been to before.
2) don’t go out and buy anything beforehand that you wouldn’t expect your guests to worry about running out to get.
The goal here is to learn what it is that your short term rental is missing or what is lacking in ease of use. Put yourself in your guests shoes with every task that you do, from running the thermostat to looking for an extra roll of toilet paper. If things are hard to find or figure out, now is the time to make changes and improve.
Another tip is to give a friend or family member a complementary stay at your property in exchange for their raw feedback. They will give you another prospective that will be even more constructive for you.
We recently stayed as a guest at our Oak Street Cottage property and we loved it! But we did notice some minor things that we have since corrected and added to. But if we hadn’t done that, how would we know what needed to be fixed, updated, corrected, etc.? Don’t leave it up to your guests to tell you what’s wrong. Get to it before they do and we can almost guarantee that your reviews will improve.
Tell us, have you ever been your own guest? ⠀⠀⠀