Promoting your rental guestrooms
My wife and I rent-out our house's downstairs guestrooms, featuring two bedrooms, a TV lounge, one full-bathroom and a private outdoor balcony. Our two-level home is in a semi-remote Northern California mountain community, which does not attract as many rental guests as if we were in a large city.
To help advertise our rental guestrooms, I have done the following:
- Purchase and maintain our own website (www.MeadowsLair.com) for $85 per-year through the WebStarts website company. Our website address is listed on our regional newspaper ads, business cards, plastic writing pens, 25-page note pads, 4-inch x 8-inch advertising rack cards, and on our local tourism office's website for area lodging recommendations.
- Our full-color rack cards are displayed in area gift stores and wine tasting rooms. We always carry our rack cards, which we give to visiting tourists we meet in our community.
- We have a Facebook page, which I often update with upcoming local festivals and special events. Plus, I post on this Facebook page our most recent positive reviews written by guests.
In addition to Booking,com, I have listed our rental guestrooms on Airbnb, FlipKey, TripAdvisor and Expedia. So far, Booking,com channels most of our reservations.