In this section, the Home Owners can find useful information on how to rent your property. In case you have any question, don't hesitate to contact us via the envelope icon on the upper part of the website.
How is Winter rental different from Summer rental?
Many of the well known big holiday homes websites treat winter rentals the same as summer rentals. They will give guests a discount for the long stay but otherwise they do not treat this special season differently. We suggest that home owners do treat winter guests differently, because of some simple reasons:
- Winter guests are usually couples over 50, that take very good care of their "winter holiday home".
- Winter guests like to rent a bigger house just so that children and grandchildren can come and stay for a week or so. But most of the time there will be there just the two of them in a maybe large house. And when the kids and grandchildren stay with them, they will behave like they should in their grandparents house: good.
- Winter guests stay long, and as soon as they are accostumed to the house they will require little or no attention. They know the ropes and they don't do anything foolish.
- A house that is occupied in winter stays in much better condition than a house that is empty for 5 or 6 months.
What does a winter rental agreement look like?
Base price: We suggest to agree on a base price per month or per week, just for the rental, just for an occupation of only two persons. That base price should be at its lowest for rentals of 3 or 4 months and over. If the rental is shorter, it is fair that the home owner asks a surcharge. But of course this depends very much how your desired period fits in the agenda of the house. The flexibility of a winter guest can be very useful for a home owner, even if its about arriving a few days earlier or later. So just talk between the two of you and see what is the best period for the both of you.
Consumables: We suggest that Electicity, Water and Gas are charged at meter price. This way the winter guest saves some money (compared to staying home) and the home owner does not have the risk of an unexpected heavy user.
Linen: The use of linen can be included in the base price, or a surcharge can be agreed. Some home owners agree with their guests that they leave the towels and sheets (except for the last used set) washed upon departure. Winter guests usually do not mind at all to wash as they will need to wash their clothes anyway. This makes things easier for the home owner. Of course the house needs to have a washing machine for this to work.
WiFi: In many houses it is available anyway all year and will be part of the base price, but there are situations in which WiFi is contracted per month. In these situations a surcharge makes sense, so that the winter guest has the option to use it or not.
Extra guests: some home owners might ask a surcharge for having guests staying at the house, since the base price was agreed assuming an occupation of two.
Cleaning: usually it is possible to contract a regular cleaning service (at a surcharge) but many winter guests opt for doing their cleaning themselves, thus saving some money and not have the hassle of the cleaners invading the house.
Is it difficult to advertise on this website?
We tried to make it as easy as possible. Creating the advertisment takes you less than 10 minutes, though we do suggest you take some extra time to write a good and detailed description. Also don't forget to add photos, to get a feel of a house photos are as important as the description.
Will this site always be free?
We are hoping to finance this site with external advertising (banners and so on). However it may be that at some point we will have to start asking a fee for advertising on this website, but this is not foreseen for 2017. But rest assured, if it happens we will inform the advertisers well in advance and we will create discounts for the ones that have been advertising with us from the beginning.
How to describe your property.
In order to enhance your potencial customers' experience while finding the correct place for their holidays, you should consider the following steps:
- Select an appropiate name for your property.
- In the Category field, select the type of property you will be advertising: a townhouse, a villa or an apartment. Then select the general location (West, Central or East Algarve).
- Address: you can input the address of your property. This will show your house in a map. You can also use coordinates in the following formats:
- Degrees, minutes, and seconds (DMS): 41°24'12.2"N 2°10'26.5"E
- Degrees and decimal minutes (DMM): 41 24.2028, 2 10.4418
- Decimal degrees (DD): 41.40338, 2.17403
Using coordinates in the address field.
You can use coordinates to show your property in the map. Make sure to use the recognised formats:
Degrees, minutes, and seconds (DMS): 41°24'12.2"N 2°10'26.5"E
Degrees and decimal minutes (DMM): 41 24.2028, 2 10.4418
Decimal degrees (DD): 41.40338, 2.17403
You can use a converter to get the right format.
If you want to know more about Google Maps click here.
What are the usual costs of electricity, water and gas?
Electricity and water are usually charged based on the meter, gas is usually charged at a fixed price per person per week/month, or it is agreed that you simply buy a new bottle of gas once the old one is empty. No worries, the home owner will help you with that!
Electricity costs on average about €0.22/KwH (prices can vary a bit depending on the provider). This is a bit more expensive than in The UK, about the same as in The Netherlands, and cheaper than in Germany.
Water is in general more expensive than in the north of Europe, partly because the water bill includes charges for waste discharge (which in other countries often is being charged separately). Costs vary per county and can also be different depending on the month (because heavier use is more expensive). Nett all inclusive price per m3 can be anything between €2 and €6.
Remember that in a warmer climate you will save on heating, so very likely you will spend less on these consumables than you would at home.