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How to Write a Check-Out List For Vacation Rental Guests

How to Write a Check-Out List For Vacation Rental Guests

Learn how to write a check-out list for vacation rentals in just a few minutes with our handy template!

Managing Late Check-Outs: 7 Solutions for Vacation Rentals

Managing Late Check-Outs: 7 Solutions for Vacation Rentals

How vacation rental property managers can limit and manage late check-outs, and how to turn them from a negative to a revenue-boosting positive.

The Top 7 Guest Communication Tools for Vacation Rentals

The Top 7 Guest Communication Tools for Vacation Rentals

These are 7 guest communication tools for vacation rentals that will help you save time, increase positive reviews, and build brand loyalty.

The Airbnb Guidebook Alternative That Guests Love

The Airbnb Guidebook Alternative That Guests Love

An Airbnb guidebook is not your only guest communication option. Check out the best Airbnb guidebook alternative that your guests will love.

How to Manage a Vacation Rental Remotely: The 2021 Guide

How to Manage a Vacation Rental Remotely: The 2021 Guide

Contactless travel is here for the long run. Check out this useful guide to learn how to manage vacation rentals remotely with just six simple steps.

How Track Partner Terry Whyte, AKA “The Vacation Rental Software Guy,” Uses RueBaRue

How Track Partner Terry Whyte, AKA “The Vacation Rental Software Guy,” Uses RueBaRue

With RueBaRue’s recent partnership with Track Vacation Rental Software, this seems the perfect time to unpack how Track customers use RueBaRue, the automated guest communication platform designed to help with time-consuming tasks property managers face from the moment guests book a home until they depart.

Hostfully Guidebooks: Review & Best Alternative in 2021

Hostfully Guidebooks: Review & Best Alternative in 2021

A review of Hostfully Guidebooks, plus a comprehensive explanation of why RueBaRue may be a better choice for vacation rental property managers.

Local Area Guides: Help Guests Plan the Perfect Trip

Local Area Guides: Help Guests Plan the Perfect Trip

Local area guides are a must for any successful vacation rental business. Read more to find out how to boost your guest experience with this resource!

10 Unique Welcome Basket Ideas for Vacation Rental Owners

10 Unique Welcome Basket Ideas for Vacation Rental Owners

Making your guest’s stay special starts the moment they arrive. Here are 10 unique welcome basket ideas for your vacation rental.

Touchstay Review: Features, Cost, & Alternative

Touchstay Review: Features, Cost, & Alternative

Read this TouchStay review to find out what guest communication tool is the right fit for your vacation rental business!

Vacation Rental Welcome Letter: 8 Ways to Impress Your Guest

Vacation Rental Welcome Letter: 8 Ways to Impress Your Guest

A comprehensive guide for property managers to why a vacation rental welcome letter is so important, how to write it, and a customizable template.

The House Manual Template That Every Property Manager Needs

The House Manual Template That Every Property Manager Needs

Our free house manual template is the perfect resource for property managers that want to avoid repetitive tasks and improve their guest experience.

How To Create Great Digital Guestbooks — and Why They Matter

How To Create Great Digital Guestbooks — and Why They Matter

Guestbooks are a basic feature of vacation rental homes, like thermostats and WiFi. But go digital, and guestbooks become a game-changing asset. Here are eight ways to create a digital guestbook that is a bonafide asset for you and your guests.

Extend Guest Stays: How to Encourage Vacation Rental Guests to Stay Longer

Extend Guest Stays: How to Encourage Vacation Rental Guests to Stay Longer

A guide for vacation rental managers on why extending guest stays can drive revenue, and how to do it with RueBaRue’s Extend Guest Stays feature.

How to Get More Direct Bookings for Your Vacation Rentals: 7 Proven Strategies

YourWelcome Tablet: Review, Cost & Alternative

Check out this complete YourWelcome tablet review to learn more about its features and whether it’s the right fit for your vacation rental business!

How to Get More Direct Bookings for Your Vacation Rentals: 7 Proven Strategies

How to Get More Direct Bookings for Your Vacation Rentals: 7 Proven Strategies

Want to know how to get more direct bookings for your vacation rentals? Here are 7 ways to boost bookings and profits and pay less OTA commissions.

Contactless Check-in for Vacation Rentals: A Guide for Guaranteed Success

Contactless Check-in for Vacation Rentals: A Guide for Guaranteed Success

Contactless check-in is here to stay! Learn about the benefits of popular hospitality technology and how you can implement it for the best results.

12 Ways to Increase Vacation Rental Occupancy in the Off-Season

12 Ways to Increase Vacation Rental Occupancy in the Off-Season

A comprehensive list of 12 easy ways that vacation rental property hosts can maximize vacation rental income and occupancy during the off-season.

How to Maximize Vacation Rental Income: 8 Tips for Property Managers

How to Maximize Vacation Rental Income: 8 Tips for Property Managers

Wondering how to maximize vacation rental income as a property manager? Check out these 8 tips to boost your business in a matter of days!

Top 22 Vacation Rental Tools for Professional Property Managers

Top 22 Vacation Rental Tools for Professional Property Managers

The must-have vacation rental tools for property managers; from automating operations, pricing, and insurance; to cleaning, and guest communication.

15 Vacation Rental Email & SMS Templates to Automate Guest Communication

15 Vacation Rental Email & SMS Templates to Automate Guest Communication

Curious to know how vacation rental email templates and message automation tools can be used for optimal guest communication? Read more to find out!

6 Ways to Increase Your Vacation Rental Reviews and Get More Bookings

6 Ways to Increase Your Vacation Rental Reviews and Get More Bookings

How to increase vacation rental reviews to get more bookings and boost revenue; and how to make it a key part of your business strategy now.

Vacation Rental House Rules: How to Make Sure Guests Read Them

Vacation Rental House Rules: How to Make Sure Guests Read Them

How to create and sending House Rules for your short-term rental so guests will actually read and respect them - plus a handy copy-and-paste template.

How to Make Your Digital Vacation Rental Welcome Book Shine

How to Make Your Digital Vacation Rental Welcome Book Shine

Digital vacation rental welcome books are on the rise! Find out everything you need to know about creating a guide and improving guest experience.

Hostfully vs TouchStay vs RueBaRue: Which Guest Communication Tool Is Best?

Hostfully vs TouchStay vs RueBaRue: Which Guest Communication Tool Is Best?

An in-depth comparison of the features, onboarding and pricing of vacation rental guidebook and communication tools Hostfully vs Touchstay vs RueBaRue.

RueBaRue Wins 2021 VRMB Keystone Award

RueBaRue Wins 2021 VRMB Keystone Award

RueBaRue is thrilled to receive the 2021 VRMB Keystone Award for Best Vacation Rental Property Management Software for Guidebook and Guest Apps. Four years ago we created our digital Destination Guide, and with that we launched RueBaRue. It’s been quite a journey. Here's a look at our journey on we got here.

How to Turn Vacation Rental Gap Nights Into Moneymakers

How to Turn Vacation Rental Gap Nights Into Moneymakers

An empty vacation rental home is a money loser, even on gap nights between bookings. But there’s an art to turning extended guest stays into moneymakers. Here are five ways extended stays can help enhance your business — and help you make money.

6 Upsell Ideas For Your Vacation Rental Business

How to Grow Your Social Media Following And Boost Your Vacation Rental Brand

There’s nothing like free publicity for a vacation rental home business. That’s just one reason why social media is a natural marketing tool for vacation rental managers who want to build their business and boost their brand.

6 Upsell Ideas For Your Vacation Rental Business

Personalized Destination Guides: Set Your Business Apart And Delight Your Guests

Customized destination guides are a thoughtful way to set your company apart from the pack and create an emotional connection with guests that can result in return visits and stellar reviews.

6 Upsell Ideas For Your Vacation Rental Business

6 Upsell Ideas For Your Vacation Rental Business

Upsell checks multiple boxes for vacation rental home companies. It brings in money without raising prices. It satisfies guests by making it easy to find the services they want and serving up trip-enhancing amenities they may not even have been aware of.

What Coffeemaker Do You Have?

What Coffeemaker Do You Have?

Your guests haven't left home yet, but their trip has already begun. They're making plans, and they've got questions. What kind of coffeemaker does the house have? Are beach towels provided? How's the internet? Giving your guests the right information before they ask eases their anxiety and saves you time — enough that you can reduce pre-arrival calls and emails by over 50%.

How To Capture Guest Email Addresses for Direct Rebookings

How To Capture Guest Email Addresses for Direct Rebookings

Does it sometimes seem like OTAs are constantly cooking up new limitations on how you communicate with your guests? Access to guest email addresses is the latest feature on the chopping block at a prominent OTA — and that's a problem for vacation rental home managers eager to harvest direct bookings from guests who previously reserved their property through an OTA.

How to Create a Great Experience for Your Guests during Covid-19

How to Create a Great Experience for Your Guests during Covid-19

It's no surprise that demand for vacation rental homes has skyrocketed as the country starts to reopen. But with no cure for Covid-19 on the horizon, it's important to let guests know what you're doing to keep your vacation rental properties clean and safe.

Why Timing Matters when Sending Scheduled Information to Guests

Why Timing Matters when Sending Scheduled Information to Guests

Like so much in life, timing is everything when it comes to sending information to guests about their vacation rental property, whether it's WiFi codes and rules for maintaining the house or a guide to things to see and do in the area. But it's essential that they receive the information that they need at the right time to minimize unnecessary questions and avert anxiety.

How to Make the Most of Guest Reviews in 2020

How to Make the Most of Guest Reviews in 2020

Most guests are excited to write a review after a stay. The result is a treasure trove of data that, properly mined, can provide invaluable information for vacation rental property managers.

Why Text Messaging Alone Won't Help Your Business — And Why You Need It

Why Text Messaging Alone Won't Help Your Business

For all its virtues, text messaging by itself is a limited art form. Yes, texting is fast, efficient and happens conveniently on a phone. But working solo, texting can't do much more than provide quick answers to guest questions.

How Team SMS Inbox Can Improve Your Business — And Why You Need It

How Team SMS Inbox Can Improve Your Business — And Why You Need It

No longer a novelty, text messaging is all-but-officially the fastest and most efficient way for guests and management teams to communicate. But every message needs a speedy reply, whether it's a request for late check in or reporting a leaky sink.

How to Use a Smart Text Communication System To Streamline Operations

How to Use a Smart Text Communication System To Streamline Operations

Text messaging is the travel industry's hottest trend and with good reason. It's the proverbial silver bullet that speeds up communication between guests and management teams, eliminates lengthy phone calls, helps teams proactively address problems and requires no added equipment or installation.Here are six ways to make smart communication work for your business.

How to Create Guest Satisfaction Surveys your Guests Will Want to Answer

How to Create Guest Satisfaction Surveys your Guests Will Want to Answer

As your guests depart, they head home rich in something that's vital to your business — freshly minted impressions of the area, their rental homes and your management team. Small wonder the hospitality industry has embraced guest satisfaction surveys, from hotels to vacation rental properties.

How to Create the Perfect Destination Guide

Why Text Messaging Is The Future for Vacation Rental Managers and Their Guests

No matter where your guests come from, chances are good they've got one thing in common. They like to communicate on their mobile devices. And that includes when they're on vacation.

How to Create the Perfect Destination Guide

How to Create the Perfect Destination Guide — And Why It Matters

Yes, your job is to help your guests find their ideal vacation rental property. But they're coming for a vacation.

Six Ideas to Jumpstart Your Blog

Six Ideas to Jumpstart Your Blog

Blogging is a great way to stay in touch with your guests and cultivate potential renters who chance upon your website.

Five Ways To Make the Holidays Extra Special for Your Guests

Five Ways To Make the Holidays Extra Special for Your Guests

A stay at a vacation rental house is always a holiday for your guests. But when a vacation holiday overlaps with The Holidays, it's time for things to get festive.

Five Ways to Give Your Guests the Personalized Travel Experience They Want

Five Ways to Give Your Guests the Personalized Travel Experience They Want

Personalization isn't new in the travel industry. César Ritz, the renowned 19th-century French hotelier, invented the concept, taking note of guests' wishes and desires, from how they liked for breakfast to who wanted a carafe of water on the bedside table.

Seven Ways to Make Instagram Work for Your Business

Seven Ways to Make Instagram Work for Your Business

There's nothing like free publicity for your vacation rental business. Used smartly and strategically, that's exactly what Instagram offers. As social media's premiere photo-sharing service, Instagram is tailor-made for the travel industry.

Six Reasons Why Digital Nomads Are Good For Your Business

Six Reasons Why Digital Nomads Are Good For Your Business

They travel the world, work remotely in coffee shops, public libraries and co-working spaces and owe their peripatetic lifestyle to smart phones, computers and reliable WiFi. They're digital nomads, international citizens of the internet age, and they're a ripe market for savvy vacation rental managers.

Five Smart Ways to Help Your Guests Live Like a Local

Five Smart Ways to Help Your Guests Live Like a Local

There's lots of reasons travelers opt for a vacation rental home. Location, price and being able to house multiple generations under one roof are high on the list. But a big reason visitors choose a rental property is they want a genuine taste of local life. As a vacation rental manager, you know a well-appointed house is just a part of the guest experience.

How an OwnerRez Partner Uses RueBaRue

How an OwnerRez Client Uses RueBaRue & Guest Guides

With our new partnership with OwnerRez, specialists in multifaceted vacation rental software, this is the perfect time to unpack how property managers and owners who partner with OwnerRez can use RueBaRue.

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