As the season melts to a close we smile at the success of our first winter in the vacation rental business and breathe a sigh of relief at having survived it relatively unscathed. Although we were always confident in ourselves, one simply never knows until one tries.
We have no doubt that we will spend more than a few nights discussing the details of this winter while enjoying a glass of wine or beer at our favorite Breckenridge restaurants. We definitely learned some lessons about ourselves, but also human nature in general. All of our tenants have given us positive feedback and many of them have taken a genuine interest in the house and provided us with some ideas or suggestions. Some suggestions are so obvious we can’t believe we missed them, like putting a rug in the hallway. Some ideas are surprising, like providing a vacuum cleaner… we never thought people would want to vacuum while on vacation. No matter what the suggestion we’ve spent many nights discussing all them; we really are our own biggest critics. Most of all however, this winter reinforced something we had already believed and that is… if you model your business to serve your clients the way you would want to be served, then success will follow.