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Have you ever considered converting your property into a vacation rental? Renting a tourist property in Barcelona can increase your income, but we are aware that it can become a hard work due to the time and dedication involved. Therefore, it is essential that you avoid common mistakes that can make your experience a negative one.

At Ghat Apartments we are experts in the management of tourist apartments in Barcelona, so we know that if you do not know the sector well it is very likely that the rental management becomes a difficult task and does not end up offering the expected profitability by making several mistakes. Therefore, there are many owners who choose to hire companies like us that are dedicated to perform this work in a professional manner. In Ghat Apartments we not only help you save time thanks to our comprehensive management, we also have professionals who solve all kinds of incidents.

Some owners prefer to take the plunge and manage their own vacation rentals themselves. In this article we will tell you what are the most common mistakes that are made when starting the management of tourist rentals on your own.

Mistake 1: Neglecting property maintenance

Failure to maintain the condition of a property is one of the most common mistakes. Your guests will be dissatisfied and will start giving negative reviews, there will also be a decrease in the value of the property. To avoid this you can make regular inspections and timely repairs, ensuring that all aspects of the rental, from plumbing and electrical systems to cleanliness and aesthetics, are in top condition. Home staging can help you improve the image of your apartment without spending so much money. If your property is in good condition, you can increase its profitability and increase guest loyalty.

Mistake 2: Believing you can handle it all

The integral management of tourist apartments is a task that requires a great deal of time. To perform this function, you will be in charge of the publication of the offer on platforms, reception of guests, departures, cleaning, any incident that the tenant may have, and be attentive to their needs. So you have to be very clear that you will have to sacrifice some of your free time if you decide to do the management yourself since many tourists travel on weekends.

Mistake 3: Not optimizing prices according to the season

To get the most out of your property, optimization techniques must be applied: regularly evaluate and adjust your prices to stay competitive in the ever-changing vacation rental market, ensuring that your property remains attractive and appealing to potential guests. Take advantage of the high season to restrict discounts, apply a mandatory minimum number of nights on peak dates, increase cancellation fees and increase room rates as the most in-demand dates approach. You have to be aware of the city’s festivities in order to get the maximum profitability possible.

Mistake 4: Not knowing different languages

Keep in mind that Barcelona is one of the most visited cities by tourists from all countries and that the universal language is English. If you don’t know at least English, how will you explain to your guests how the boiler works, the rules of the community and even tell them a little about public transportation in Barcelona? The management of tourist apartments is a job that requires professional skills and knowledge of foreign languages is a necessity, due to the large influx of foreign tourism. At Ghat Apartments we have professionals specialized in the tourism sector, who can communicate in different languages with our guests.

Mistake 5: Inadequate Communication with Guests

Good communication with guests is vital. Neglecting to respond in a timely manner to inquiries, ignoring guest concerns or providing unclear instructions can result in negative reviews and damage your reputation. It uses a variety of communication channels, such as email, messaging applications or calls, to maintain contact with guests during their booking process and stay. In Ghat Apartments we perform Check In and Check Out in person to have a better communication with the guests, likewise we have a cell phone available 24/7 if there are any questions, queries or incidents.

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