Biggest mistakes to avoid when selling a vacation rental

Selling your vacation rental? Avoiding these mistakes will save you time, money, and headaches.

1. Not optimizing the listing

First things first: make sure your listing explicitly states that your home is a vacation rental. To sell the property faster and smarter, highlight its value with rental history, projections, and professional photos. Never rented your home before? To help build credibility as a great rental investment, consider using a management company to rent it during the listing process.

2. Failing to coordinate open houses and last-minute showings

It can be hard to coordinate showings and open houses with guests staying in your vacation rental. Have your agent work directly with your local property manager to set up windows for showings.

3. Being out of the loop

Selling your home long-distance can leave you feeling stressed and disconnected. Your agent and property management company can help ease the discomfort by taking on the bulk of the decision-making and work. From cleaning and optimizing your listing to signing closing papers, a vacation rental expert can guide you through every step of the complicated process.

4. Not making money while your home is listed

You don't have to lose income while selling your vacation property—you can continue accepting bookings up to the final closing. In fact, optimizing your listing until the end is a great way to gain exposure via guests visiting the market. Who knows? After staying in your home, they might want to turn their trip into a tradition by purchasing it.

5. Not listing like a local

What makes your vacation home special? Whether it's the distinct local flavor, sunset views from a wraparound deck, or an infinity pool, highlight the qualities that make your property unique. Is there a feature that keeps guests coming back year-round, outside of the peak season? Call attention to it. It's important to present your home as a year-round property instead of just a summer home.

Learn more about the advantages of selling with Vacasa, or read a related article: Five steps to sell a vacation home faster—and for more money.

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