Holiday Home Changeovers

DSCF0542These are the days you choose to arrange when guests arrive.   You have the flexibility to choose to book guests to depart before the changeover day but this can create a void of unbooked days.  However, if rates are set with higher pro-rata charges for shorter periods, this arrangement can prove profitable even though there are times when your holiday let is not booked.

In the UK, until recently, the standard advice for changeovers was that the most effective days are Friday and Monday. This is because the arrangement opens up not only seven night rentals, starting and ending on Fridays, but seven night rentals starting and ending on Mondays, as well as short breaks from Friday to Monday and from Monday to Friday.

How changeovers are chosen and the flexibility depends on many factors.  Our UK experience tends to indicate that greater flexibility is the best approach.  However, even here, seasonal factors can apply.  For instance, at Christmas and New Year, clearly, holiday home changeovers need to be restricted to avoid unserviceable arrangements.  For owners who may have holiday homes which are accessed by long haul air flights, set change-over days may prove more practical.  There are many factors to consider when choosing the preferred arrangements.  See useful suppliers, national agencies & regional agencies

Greater flexibility can open up much more of the letting market for most UK cottages, bringing in more income for homeowners.

oldstables08aIn certain cases, for popular holiday cottages, homeowners opt to take bookings for only for seven nights or longer periods during busy periods. This prevents the danger of small unoccupied periods in peak seasons. However, pricing of short breaks can make it more profitable to offer short break options in peak periods, depending on the intensity of demand. Short breaks are normally priced the same for the three nights of a weekend break as for the four nights of a weekday break.  (Monday to Friday).

However, with growing competition and a more demanding market we now advise that greater flexibility for start and finish days will generate more income, especially in mid and low season periods. To that end we offer, and advise owners to do the same, the option to book ‘arrive any day’ and ‘depart any day’ in the week using a logical method of setting rates. To do this, we use a method assisted by our in house developed ‘Rates Tool’.

More about this is covered on the Prices and Rents for holiday let cottages page.

This information is provided by way of contrast and to prompt further investigation before acting.  As ever, seek relevant professional or competent people to check before taking any decisions.  Where applicable, all contents of this website are copyright Country Holiday Lets Ltd.   See useful suppliers, national agencies & regional agencies