Friday, April 20, 2018

6 Tips for Choosing a Vacation Rental Manager

Do you own a second home or condo at the Lake of the Ozarks? Have you found that you don't use it as much as you expected? Have you thought about off-setting some of your expenses for that property by renting it out to other vacationers? To get the most out of a vacation rental at the Lake of the Ozarks, you'll want to work with a professional vacation rental manager.

Finding the right company to manage your vacation rental property can make a big difference in your overall experience. Keep reading for some tips on how to choose the right Lake of the Ozarks property manager for the job.

1. Find Someone with Experience. 


Obviously experience counts when trying to find the right property manager for the job. Find out how long they have been managing property and how successful they have been in renting properties similar to yours. Beware of any company that promises a certain number or rental nights or guarantees a certain amount of rental income. However, a good vacation rental company at the Lake of the Ozarks will be able to provide you with potential income and rental night numbers based on their past history with similar properties.

2. Ask About Their Support Services. 


Does the company offer housekeeping, maintenance, interior design, AC and appliance repair or landscaping and yard work? Are they available 24/7? When renting out your home to vacationers, you never know what could go wrong. You don't want to be the one dealing with them at 2 am in the middle of the summer when your AC unit stops working and they can't sleep because it's so hot in there. When you're working with a great property manager at the Lake of the Ozarks, those types of issues will be handled by the property management company so you don't have to worry about a thing. They will have a list of trusted vendors that they can call in any emergency situation. In addition, you don't have to worry about cleaning the home in between guests and you have someone that's looking after your property while you're away.

3. Understand Their Marketing Approach. 


The next thing you will want to check with a prospective property manager about is how they market their properties. Do they provide plenty of images, virtual tours, videos and detailed information about their properties? Do they utilize social media, digital marketing and e-blasts? Is their website easy to navigate and is the presentation professional? In addition to their website, how do they advertise their properties?

4. Look Into Their Screening Process. 


Since damage is always a possibility when renting your home, how does the company screen potential guests? Do they have age restrictions? What kind of questions do they ask prospective guests during the booking process? How do they handle damage if it occurs? Do they offer any type of damage protection? Have the company provide you with examples of how they have handled past damage situations.

5. Ask How They Rent Their Properties. 


Some vacation rental companies at the Lake of the Ozarks rent their properties on a rotating basis. If you have a nice property or a great location, companies using this procedure should be avoided. Your hard work, decor, amenities and location should be allowed to work in your favor. A company that presents all of their properties in the same manner and allows your features to sell your property to potential renters is your best bet. Wouldn't you want to be able to choose if you were a guest and not have to take the next unit in line?

6. Find Someone Honest with Good Ethics. 


Your potential property manager should have good ethics and be truthful about the potential for your property. Ask around to find out if the company you're considering has a good reputation. Does the company belong to other professional organizations? You should be able to get references from current owners, as well as other professionals within the Lake community. And finally, you should feel at ease and be comfortable with the potential manager.

If you have a vacation home at the Lake of the Ozarks and are considering hiring a property manager to manage it for you, give us a call at 573-365-3367. We would be happy to discuss our program and your rental potential with you. In addition, if you're looking to buy a home at the Lake of the Ozarks to use as a vacation rental, we can advise you on what type of properties rent the best. Don't hesitate to call with any questions you may have.

Nightly Vacation Rentals at the Lake of the Ozarks: 

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4571 Osage Beach Pkwy, Suite A
Osage Beach, MO 65065
Local - 573-365-3367
Fax - 573-365-5076  

Monday, April 9, 2018

Beautiful 4 Bedroom Condo at the Towers at Parkview Bay

Towers 9106


Enjoy a beautiful view from the 9th floor when you rent our condo at the Towers at Parkview Bay! This 4 bedroom, 4 bath waterfront condo at the Lake of the Ozarks features 3 master bedrooms. The grand master includes french entry doors, laminate floors, ceiling fan, king sized bed, walk-in closet, flat screen TV, electric fireplace, slider entry to screened deck, private bathroom with jetted tub, large shower with grab bars and hand held shower head, toilet with grab bars and two sinks.


The second master bedroom features a king size bed, flat screen tv, closet, slider entry to deck, private bathroom with jetted tub, corner shower and 2 sinks. The third master features a queen size bed, flat screen TV with DVD player (no cable in this room), closet, private bathroom with tub/shower and two sinks. The fourth bedroom features a queen size bed, exterior entrance, closet and access to the guest bathroom.


The open kitchen has full-sized appliances including a flat-top range, microwave, side-by-side refrigerator with water and ice in the door, and dishwasher. All the things you will need to cook are provided if you choose to do so! The dining table is a square pub-height table that seats 8 comfortably for dining or game playing. There are an additional 4 bar stools located in the kitchen.


The living room features 2 large couches, chair and half with ottoman, flat screen TV, DVD player, surround sound with receiver, gas fireplace, 3 slider entrances to the screened deck and a wet bar.



Once outside, enjoy the 6-top table, 4-top table and 2 cushioned chairs, screened deck with roll down shades (you can still see through them), large gas grill with lights and rotisserie and the extra large refrigerator for all your extra drinks. Oh, and we don't want to forget to mention that there is a flat screen TV to watch the game while you also enjoy the 180 degree unobstructed view!


Complex amenities at the Towers include elevator access to the 9th floor, indoor and outdoor pools, indoor hot tub, exercise room, 1 covered parking space and ramp access to the docks. This condo at the Lake of the Ozarks is great for couples, families or a small reunion as it will hold up to 10 people. You will love it!


Book your reservations by calling 573-365-3367. Your Lake Vacation is your premier vacation rental company at the Lake of the Ozarks with more than 90 different rental options to choose from! Let us help you plan your next Lake of the Ozarks vacation today!

Nightly Vacation Rentals at the Lake of the Ozarks: 

We make it simple. Paperless. Keyless. Stress-less. 


4571 Osage Beach Pkwy, Suite A
Osage Beach, MO 65065
Local - 573-365-3367
Fax - 573-365-5076  


Thursday, April 5, 2018

The Importance of Spring Cleaning and Maintenance for Vacation Rentals

Spring Is In The Air! 


Each year after the first of January, we begin preparing for the upcoming rental season. We send out notices to each of our property owners reminding them that their property needs a good spring cleaning. Along with the reminder, we send a spring cleaning check-list and a spring maintenance check-list. They can do the cleaning and maintenance themselves, hire someone or allow us to take care of it.

So what are the things we see each year that can affect Lake of the Ozarks vacation rentals or allow for less than stellar reviews?

1. Air Conditioning Maintenance 


Probably the most important item is to have a spring AC check-up and cleaning. Over the years, we've had numerous AC units freeze up or go out during the height of the summer. in 95% of those cases, either the owner didn't have their AC checked and cleaned, or they did and were warned that they needed to replace their AC unit and didn't. I had one owner that was told he needed a new AC unit. He decided to wait one more season. His AC conked out just before the 4th of July! He lost 2 rentals while he had to wait for a new AC unit to be installed (during the busiest time of the year). He lost approximately $2,000 in net income. That was $2,000 more that he had to come up with to replace his unit instead of having that income help pay for the new AC unit.

2. Power Washing 


The next thing that owners will overlook is power washing their Lake of the Ozarks vacation home, decks, walk-ways and docks. This is money well spent if you want guests to keep coming back to your property. This is mainly for homes, but even if you own a condo, ensure you are washing the outside of all your windows, your deck and the exterior siding on your deck. For homeowners, you want your deck nice and clean for your guests to be able to eat outside in the summer. It's especially important you clean your deck if you have a lot of trees around. Also, it doesn't take long for your dock, walk-ways and siding to get dirty. To retain guests year after year, you need to make a good first impression and remember you only get one chance to make that first impression!

3. Interior Cleaning 


On the inside of your property, ensure that you are cleaning the baseboards, behind furniture, ceiling fans, inside your kitchen cabinets & drawers, behind appliances, under beds, slider tracks and the inside of trash cans. Be sure you're disposing of outdated condiments and if necessary, replacing stove top drip pans and that old shower curtain. Finally, clean your gas grill, replace batteries in clocks, remotes and keyless door locks. Stock up on AC filters, light bulbs, batteries and check your brooms, grill brushes and grill drip pans. Our list has many more items, but you get the pictures!

Be sure your property is ready for guests this season by having us take care of all your spring cleaning and maintenance needs. Our thorough process will ensure your home or condo makes a great first impression on new guests, helping you get return guests year after year. If you have a vacation property at the Lake of the Ozarks, and it's not on our rental program, give us a call at 573-365-3367. We'd love to discuss our program with you, and now's the best time to join us, before the season gets underway!



Nightly Vacation Rentals at the Lake of the Ozarks: 

We make it simple. Paperless. Keyless. Stress-less. 


4571 Osage Beach Pkwy, Suite A
Osage Beach, MO 65065
Local - 573-365-3367
Fax - 573-365-5076  

Friday, March 30, 2018

Easter Trivia to Test Your Knowledge

Spring has sprung, and Easter weekend has arrived! Your Lake Vacation has gathered up some fun Easter trivia that you can use to test your own knowledge and that of your family and friends this holiday weekend. How much do you know about this popular spring holiday?

Easter Trivia Questions


1. The idea of the Easter Bunny originated in the 1700s in what country? 


A. United States
B. Russia
C. Ireland
D. Germany

2. The most popular Easter candy in America is what? 


A. Chocolate Bunnies
B. Marshmallow Peeps
C. Jelly Beans
D. Creme-Filled Chocolate Eggs

3. Most Americans bite off which part of a chocolate Easter bunny first? 


A. Tail
B. Feet
C. Nose
D. Ears

4. Easter is the second largest holiday for eating candy. Which holiday is the first? 


A. Christmas
B. Halloween
C. Valentine's Day
D. St. Patrick's Day

5. Approximately how many chocolate Easter bunnies are produced for Easter each year? 


A. 8 million
B. 90 million
C. 1 billion
D. 45 million

6. What flower is associated with Easter? 


A. Lily
B. Rose
C. Tulip
D. Peony

7. What does the Easter egg symbolize? 


A. Good Luck
B. Fertility
C. Rebirth
D. Hope

8. Where will you find the world's largest Easter egg? 


A. Germany
B. United States
C. Ukraine
D. Canada


9. Jelly Beans are an Easter favorite. What is the most popular flavor of Jelly Bean? 


A. Cherry
B. Grape
C. Lime
D. Orange



**ANSWERS**

1. D - Germany
2. B - Marshmallow Peeps
3. D - Ears
4. B - Halloween
5. B - 90 million
6. A - Lily
7. C - Rebirth
8. D - Canada
9. A - Cherry 

Happy Easter from the team at Your Lake Vacation! We hope you have a fun-filled weekend with family and friends. As you're hunting for eggs and eating delicious food, don't forget about the true meaning of the holiday, Jesus Christ's resurrection.

As spring continues and the weather begins to warm up, it's time to start thinking about your summer vacation plans! Our vacation rental company at the Lake of the Ozarks offers the best accommodations around. Give us a call at 573-365-3367 to book your reservations today!

Nightly Vacation Rentals at the Lake of the Ozarks: 

We make it simple. Paperless. Keyless. Stress-less. 


4571 Osage Beach Pkwy, Suite A
Osage Beach, MO 65065
Local - 573-365-3367
Fax - 573-365-5076  

Friday, March 23, 2018

4 Benefits of Hiring a Professional Property Manager

Do you own a second home at the Lake of the Ozarks? Are you, or have you, considered renting it out to vacationers for some extra income? Turning your home into a vacation rental at the Lake of the Ozarks is a great idea. But can you handle it all on your own? Today's blog discusses some of the benefits of hiring a professional property manager.

1. Property Managers have Reliable Vendors for Emergencies. 


What happens when your guest calls to say that the AC went out? You are responsible for accommodating them and finding someone to come out and get it fixed. When you choose to hire a property manager at the Lake of the Ozarks, they can take care of all those issues for you. They have a list of vendors that they work with on a regular basis, that they trust to get the job done right. Whether it's an HVAC, appliance, plumbing, dock, lawn care or any other type of problem, they've got you covered!

2. Housekeeping Services are Provided by a Property Manager. 


After each guest, your home or condo at the Lake of the Ozarks will need a thorough cleaning before the next guests arrival. Will you be doing that housekeeping? Will you have to hire someone to do it for you? What if they aren't available when you need them? Property mangers will either have housekeepers on staff or have contract with cleaning companies that they work with on a regular basis to ensure a flawless cleaning schedule.


3. Property Managers Know How to Market Vacation Rentals. 


You have a property that's ready to rent, great! Now how do you get people to come stay there? Aside from letting your family and friends know (who are going to want a discount), how will you market your vacation rental? While working with a property manager does incur a small cost, your property will have a lot more visibility which will lead to more reservations in your vacation rental. Property managers spend thousands of dollars each year on advertising to attract guests. Your home or condo could be included in that marketing.

4. You Don't Have to Deal with Money and Accounting. 


In addition to marketing help, a professional Lake of the Ozarks property management company is going to take care of all the accounting. The staff is going to take payments, send contracts and coordinate the entire guest stay from booking to arrival to departure. Their accounting department is going to handle your monthly statements, expenses and income distribution, and they will provide you with yearly 1099's to make tax season a breeze.

This are just a few of the many benefits associated with hiring a professional property manager to take care of your vacation rental property at the Lake of the Ozarks. For more information about the Your Lake Vacation rental program, give us a call at 573-365-3367. We would love to discuss adding your property to our program!

Nightly Vacation Rentals at the Lake of the Ozarks: 

We make it simple. Paperless. Keyless. Stress-less. 


4571 Osage Beach Pkwy, Suite A
Osage Beach, MO 65065
Local - 573-365-3367
Fax - 573-365-5076  

Friday, March 16, 2018

6 Bedroom Waterfront Home at the Lake of the Ozarks

All Decked Out 


Looking for the perfect vacation home at the Lake of the Ozarks for your large family or group? This is the one you've been looking for! Known as All Decked Out, this 6 bedroom, 4 bath luxury waterfront home in Rocky Mount is something you have to see to believe.

The home has 3 separate living quarters, so there's plenty of room for your family or other guests to spread out! Enter the upper level to enjoy the extra large living area. complete with flat screen TV and DVD player, gas fireplace and plenty of seating for the entire family. 


The upgraded chef's kitchen includes stainless appliances, granite countertops and everything you would need for cooking at home. Enjoy a home cooked meal in the extra large dining room with a view, which seats 8 at the table along with 4 at the breakfast bar. 


The master suite includes a king bed, flat screen TV and master bath with walk-in shower, jetted tub and a double vanity. Bedrooms 2 and 3 each feature a queen bed and flat screen TV. On the second level you'll find a 2 bedroom quarter, featuring 2 bedrooms each with queen beds and flat screen TVs, a living area with flat screen TV and full kitchen with seating for 4 at the table and 2 at the bar. The separate 1 bedroom quarter has a king bed, full bathroom, full kitchen and 4 top table. Each quarter also features a full laundry room. 


Outside, as the name implies, you get 2 full decks the entire length of the home. Plenty of seating, sunshine and shade! The home also features 2 outdoor gas grills. Overlooking Iguana Boat Rentals, with a lower level featuring a full service restaurant, this home has it all! Bring your boat or rent one. 


Before Memorial Day and after Labor Day, you can also rent this home separately as a three, two or one bedroom unit. Ask for details! Enjoy immediate access to Iguana Watersports' exclusive marina with boat and wave runner rentals: www.iguanawatersports.com or 888-365-2399.

Nightly Vacation Rentals at the Lake of the Ozarks: 

We make it simple. Paperless. Keyless. Stress-less. 



4571 Osage Beach Pkwy, Suite A
Osage Beach, MO 65065
Local - 573-365-3367
Fax - 573-365-5076  

Friday, March 9, 2018

Spend Easter at the Beautiful Lake of the Ozarks

Spring is in the air and Easter is just around the corner! How are you spending the holiday this year? Why not take a weekend family getaway to the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks? There will be fun for the entire family this Easter weekend, and Your Lake Vacation has the perfect place for you to stay!

Easter Events at Lake of the Ozarks 


From Easter egg hunts to Easter brunch, there's something for everyone to enjoy at the Lake of the Ozarks for the holiday weekend. Below you'll find the details for some Lake Easter events to check out.

4th Annual Osage Beach Easter Egg Hunt 

Don't miss this free community event at the Osage Beach City Park on Saturday, March 31st from 11 am to 2 pm. There will be an Easter egg hunt, pictures with the Easter bunny, face painting, balloon artist, bounce house, animal displays and a free hot dog lunch.

Easter Egg Hunt in the Park 

The Laurie Easter egg hunt attracts children from tots to teens to find 14,000 eggs hidden throughout the Laurie Fairgrounds. The Easter bunny always makes an appearance to the delight of everyone. The event will run from 2-3 pm on Saturday, March 31st.

Linn Creek Easter Egg Hunt 

Head over to the Linn Creek City Park on Saturday, March 31st from 12-2 pm for an Easter egg hunt for children of all ages. Start time is 1 pm and everyone is welcome. There will be a bouncy house, and Easter bunny, as well as police vehicles and firetrucks for the children to view.

Easter Brunch & Egg Hunt at The Lodge of Four Seasons

Celebrate Easter at HK's Restaurant at The Lodge of Four Seasons on Sunday, April 1st from 10 am to 3 pm. Visit with the Easter bunny and hunt for eggs starting at 1 pm. To make reservations for brunch or for more info, call 573-365-8509.


Easter Brunch & Egg Hunt at Captain Ron's

Easter Brunch at Captain Ron's will run from 9 am to 1 pm on Sunday, April 1st. The Easter egg hunt will begin at noon.

Easter Brunch at Tan-Tar-A Resort 

Swing by Tan-Tar-A for a fabulous Easter brunch in the Grand Ballroom. Reservations are required - call 573-348-819. Brunch will be served from 11 am to 3 pm on Sunday, April 1st.

Easter Brunch at Osage National 

Head over to Osage National on Sunday, April 1st for an Easter brunch starting at 11 am. They'll be serving up all the expected favorites!

Easter Brunch at Old Kinderhook 

Old Kinderhook will be serving their Easter brunch on Sunday, April 1st from 10 am to 3 pm. The menu will feature fresh pastries, fruit, cheeses, salads, shrimp cocktail, smoked salmon, Ahi tuna tartare, omlets, biscuits and gravy, pancakes, bacon, sausage, prime rib, ham, chicken, carrot cake, macaroons and more! Reservations are required - call 573-317-3560.

Easter Brunch at Inn at Grand Glaize 

Bring your family and friends to the Inn at Grand Glaize for a special brunch at J D Waddles from 10 am to 3 pm on Sunday, April 1st. The menu features prime rib, brown sugar glazed ham, baked salmon, biscuits and gravy, bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, salads, potatoes au gratin, assorted desserts and more! Call 800-348-4731 for reservations.

Make your reservations to join us at the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks this Easter weekend by calling 573-365-3367 today. We've got a wide variety of home and condos at the Lake of the Ozarks to meet the needs of your family or group. There's no better place to stay at the Lake than in one of our vacation rentals at the Lake of the Ozarks!

Nightly Vacation Rentals at the Lake of the Ozarks: 

We make it simple. Paperless. Keyless. Stress-less. 


4571 Osage Beach Pkwy, Suite A
Osage Beach, MO 65065
Local - 573-365-3367
Fax - 573-365-5076