When you’re shopping for a vacation home, consider how location and key amenities will impact its appeal to your future guests—and how much you’ll earn. For example, there’s a significant difference between how much you can charge for an oceanfront home compared to just one a few blocks away. And if you buy a home where it’s impossible to install a hot tub, you might undercut your earning potential before you even start renting.
Here’s what we recommend you keep in mind:
Dog-friendly: It pays to allow four-legged guests—we see an average of $6,500 in increased revenue for dog-friendly rentals. While shopping for your second home, ask about any HOA or community pet policies. And remember that special touches like a fenced yard could make your home especially appealing to travelers with pets.
Hot tub: When our owners ask how they can earn more income, our first recommendation is to add a hot tub—we'll even help finance and install them for most Vacasa homes. Guests search for hot tubs more than any other amenity, other than pets. (This applies in most markets, but if you buy a second home in an area with year-round warm weather, a hot tub won’t pack the same punch!)
Internet: Modern travelers expect Internet access, even in remote mountain cabins, and we recommend providing it whenever possible. If you're buying a secluded getaway, remember to ask about connectivity.
Other popular perks include swimming pools (private and community), fireplaces, and washer/dryers, so if you're looking to earn the most possible rental income, add those amenities to your wish list.
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