Have you been thinking about renting out your property in the Catskills, NY, as a vacation rental (short-term rentals/seasonal rentals)? Whether you choose to market it through Airbnb, an established real estate firm, or by owner, there’s one amenity that will help you get yourself noticed above the others — a good, quality hot tub.
Perhaps you may be thinking that you really don’t need to concern yourself with getting people to rent your fabulous place. After all, during peak season, available properties are at a premium and vacationers line up to find a spot.
Maybe so. But what about off season? According to experts, a hot tub is one way to stand out.
“Being more attractive to a broader base of audience by adding a hot tub will help differentiate your property over others,” says Christine Karpinski, author of “How to Rent Vacation Properties by Owner” and “Profit From Your Vacation Home Dream.”
Indeed, when Best Hot Tubs spoke to Karpinski this week, she said that adding a hot tub provides “gravy income,” where property owners can make extra money.
“If someone is coming during the off season when there are other rentals available with similar amenities, they will most likely choose yours because of the hot tub,” she says.
Karpinski shared with us an example of when she had cabins in the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee.
“I made a lot more money than those without a hot tub because a spa is a main attraction for renters that can be used during four seasons. In the Catskills, it can be chilly at night even during summer, but when it’s hot, it’s not necessary to heat the water — and the spa becomes a cool plunge tub.”
After reading a newspaper article about Karpinski’s views on the value of hot tubs, a local real estate expert in Windham (Catskills), NY, confirmed the author’s experience.
“I am in total agreement with what she says regarding hot tubs,” says Lisa Jaeger, Associate Broker at Coldwell Banker Village Green. “Hot tubs give homes the sizzle that sells — for sure.”
A hot tub is also a great marketing tool, adds Karpinski. “You don’t have to raise your rate because you have a spa. If you price yours the same as others, you won’t get more money, but you will get the booking.”
The author is often asked if a hot tub presents any liability issues and if renters worry that a hot tub will be clean?
“Regarding liability, I always recommend the property owners contact their insurance person and add the hot tub to their insurance policy. And as for how clean will the hot tub be? This is a very common question you get from renters. And it’s an easy one to answer. We always explain that we empty, sanitize and refill the hot tub after each guest.”
However, making sure your hot tub is kept up to the highest standards could be a challenge when property owners live at a distance or are busy with other employment. There are many people who live in Long Island, NY, for example, who have vacation properties in the Catskills that they would like to rent out.