3 tips to help you transform your family beach house into a vacation rental!

3 tips to help you transform your family beach house into a vacation rental!
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There’s nothing like a weekend with the family at the beach house. It’s a time of fun, sun, and family togetherness, but as we all know, organizing such gatherings is a lot of work! People have busy lives, and it’s tough to find the time when everyone can gather and take advantage of your beachfront property. So what’s the alternative, leaving your property to sit empty? We don’t think so.

Your family beach house is more than just a gathering place. It can also be a source of passive income as a short-term vacation rental. Our team at PMI Destin-30A is here to help you step into the world of short-term vacation rentals by offering our property management services and tips. So if you’re ready to take the plunge, here are our tips on how easy it can be to transform your family beach house into a fully booked vacation rental!

Tip #1- Target visitors coming for local fishing tournaments in Destin and the area
One of the best ways to market your property for vacation rentals is to highlight the unique local attractions and events in the area, and here in Florida, that’s fishing. Florida is home to some of the best deep-sea and shore fishing in the world. People come from all over the country to charter boats, participate in fishing tournaments like the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic, or catch some of the hundreds of different fish varieties. If you want to turn your family beach house into a successful short-term vacation rental, you need to leave the weekends of big fishing events open for renters instead of family. As a bonus, busy fishing events like the Destin Fishing Rodeo and others bring in a lot of visitors, so that you can charge higher rates.

Tip #2 – Clear out the kitchen for menus from South Walton and the area instead!
A home-cooked meal is one of the highlights of gathering as a family. So, of course, it’s only natural that your beach house kitchen is equipped with every culinary tool you’d need to whip up a family dinner. But your vacationers don’t need all that clutter. Remember, you’re trying to entice them to visit the local area and try some award-winning restaurants. So clear out everything except for the basics and leave a guide of delicious recommendations for your guests to try. You could even ask the family to each share some of their favorite restaurants and make personalized top ten lists for your guests to try. Don’t forget to remind your guests to take pictures of their culinary adventures and tag #southwalton on social media!

Tip #3- Share your favorite South Walton and Destin hotspots!
Share your favorite attractions with your guests in a fun guide. You could even decorate your rental with pictures and information on some local attractions that your family has loved visiting over the years. Try a few fan-favorite spots like:

  • Going for a hike at Hobbit Hole: Many families love this beachy trail hike. The white sand trail hugs the coastline as you walk through shrubs and oaks in the warm sunshine. Kids love climbing up and down the hills or watching for signs of wildlife like Loons or crabs. It’s the perfect trail because you can end the day at the water’s edge with a sea shell hunt while watching the waves.
  • Take photos (or exchange vows) at the Wedding Tree in Eden Gardens State Park. If your guests are looking for the perfect backdrop for family photos or even a wedding, there’s nothing quite as romantic as the 600-year-old Wedding Tree in Eden Gardens State Park. The whole park is full of beautiful Oak trees with long flowing branches, but the Wedding Tree is the most recognizable.
  • Appreciate some local art at The Grayt Wall of Art: if you want to show your guests the community’s spirit, you’ve got to direct them to visit The Grayt Wall of Art. This free community art gallery along Hotz avenue showcases artwork from community members. It’s the perfect backdrop for fun photos!

Our final tip: Work with our PMI Destin-30A team to manage your rental property
Transforming the family beach house into a vacation rental is no easy task. That’s why you need our team. We have the local know-how and skills to help you market, manage, and book your property year-round! So give our team a call, and let’s get your beach house ready to rent!