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: 

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  

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