Airbnb and Vrbo are undoubtedly two of the most popular vacation rental booking sites around. But, after you’ve listed your home on one (or both) of them and wait for the reservations to roll in, there’s still plenty more to do. How will you manage multiple booking calendars and overlapping requests? How will you screen guests and support them during their stay? Who will clean and stock your home after every stay? Which marketing methods will you use to give your home constant exposure online?
This is where vacation rental managers come in. Listing your home on Airbnb and Vrbo is just a small portion of the work required to run a flourishing vacation rental. To cover the rest, you can go either of two ways: self-manage or hire a vacation rental management company.
We’ve examined both to help you decide what’s best for you.
Managing a thriving vacation rental is a continuous cycle—market your home, manage your reservations, take care of guests, clean, stock the essentials, repeat. Not to mention the repairs, maintenance, and administrative paperwork in between. Things can get overwhelming fast.
Full-service vacation rental management companies take all of that off your plate, while also maximizing your bookings and rental income. Vacasa goes even further, automatically setting the optimal rates for every night to help you earn more and offering professional photography, expertly written home descriptions, and 3D Matterport tours—all included in the management fee.
This is an optimal solution if you:
Handing over the reins, not just the keys, to a vacation rental manager isn’t for everyone. Plenty of homeowners like to not only be a part of the process, but lead it. Managing your own vacation rental is ideal if you:
The biggest downside to running your own vacation rental business is the required time commitment and the never-ending logistics. In the industry, it’s common to hear homeowners liken their vacation home to a full-time job.
A common misconception is that Airbnb and Vrbo directly compete with vacation rental managers. In reality, we partner with them and consider them industry allies. They’re booking sites and serve as a vehicle to get more visibility for Vacasa vacation homes—essential for driving more bookings.
Larger and more established national property managers will have key connections with the top booking channels and are in regular communication with them. Vacasa has established tight-knit partnerships that result in getting our homes more visibility, frequent placement at the top of search results, and guaranteed support.
Airbnb or Vrbo
For your guests
You're responsible for any help your guests need
24/7 on-demand guest support, from booking to check-out
For your home
It’s up to you to find reliable contractors for cleaning and maintenance
Regular inspections, coordinating maintenance, and professional cleaning are 100% handled
To keep bookings and income flowing, you may need to invest a lot of your free time
Help with taxes and permitting, smart pricing, and an easy online dashboard to keep an eye on everything
For your community
You know the ins and outs of your area, but can't always be there to watch over things
Tight-knit local teams live in and know the market—they're on the ground, ready to help
Listing your vacation home on Airbnb and Vrbo is a great first step to get exposure. However, you still have to actually manage your property, support your guests, and continuously market to travelers beyond your online listing, like promoting your property on social media and in marketing emails. Deciding between self-management and hiring a property management company largely comes down to whether or not you’re willing to dedicate countless hours to make all that happen.
Explore all the ways Vacasa will help you earn more, book more, and keep your guests happy.
These two vacation rental channels are widely popular and offer many of the same benefits and features to homeowners, but they have two prominent differences:
If you want to rent out your entire home, consider listing on both channels to reach the largest audience possible. At Vacasa, we list all our vacation homes on top booking sites, including Airbnb, Booking.com, Vrbo, and of course our own platform, Vacasa.com. Select properties are chosen to be listed on Homes & Villas by Marriott International as well.
Managing your own vacation rental can be extremely rewarding, especially if you can dedicate the time and the effort to focus on your home and guests 24/7. Self-managing comes with a long list of to-dos—some day-to-day, others handled over the long term. We’ve created a growing library of homeowner guides to help you be successful. Some guides to start with:
Vacation rental property managers take care of everything and (mostly) anything required to keep your home thriving and your guests’ stays running smoothly. This includes:
There are many vacation rental property management companies to choose from. Start off by considering how much you’d like to take off your plate. Some vacation rental companies will market your home, yet leave the cleaning, maintenance, and guest support to you. Others are full-service, like Vacasa, and manage all the heavy lifting—marketing, housekeeping, 24/7 guest service, conducting maintenance, and coordinating repairs.
More tips when searching for a vacation rental manager:
You can connect with a Vacasa property management team member by calling 888-711-0781 or providing your contact information via our Connect form.
Call 844-518-0967 to speak with a Homeowner Consultant, who can answer preliminary questions and see if we’d be a good fit for you.
If you'd like to move forward, we’ll put you in touch with our market expert in your neighborhood to explore the financial potential of your home, outline our management fee, and introduce your local team.
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