Why Holiday Letting In Whitby Is a Great Idea

What is Holiday Letting?

Let’s start off by covering what holiday letting is. 

Essentially, holiday letting is the process of allowing someone to let, hire, or rent your property as a holiday destination for a short period of time. The type of property can range from an apartment, a house, a cottage – it can be almost any kind of residential building. 

If you let your holiday home in Whitby, you act as the host and welcome guests into your property. You don’t need any experience or business knowledge to get started, and we can guide you through your full holiday letting journey. 

In fact, it’s so easy that it’s something you can start almost right away.

Why Choose Holiday Letting in Whitby?

Whitby is one of the most popular seaside towns in England.

It’s full of rich history, beautiful coastlines, and lots of quirky bars, cafes, restaurants, and pubs. This makes it a highly desirable place to visit for people all around the UK and the world, which is great news for those who own property in the area.

This is down to the simple fact that the busier the area is, the more income you stand to make from it as a property host, and there aren’t many busier areas in North Yorkshire than Whitby.

There’s something for everyone to enjoy at Whitby, from museums to arcades, beautiful architecture as well as modern buildings. The Whitby Abbey and Dracula-themed attractions are also immensely popular, not to mention the sandy beach and seafront. 

Pubs and restaurants add to the charm of the town, and many people are attracted by something that is quintessentially British – fish and chips, of which Whitby has some of the finest in the country.

There’s so much to do in Whitby, that more often than not, people will look to spend at least a weekend exploring, rather than a day, which is of course brilliant for holiday home-owners looking to let their home.

Holiday Lets Whitby vs Hotels

While a hotel might seem like the sensible option, there are lots of downsides when compared to holiday letting.

Hotels run on a tight schedule, and there are often lots of rules in place for visitors. From meal-times to quiet times, it can be difficult to adhere to everything that’s set in place, particularly if you’ve got children. 

None of this is the case with a holiday let, as the majority are independent, residential buildings in the form of a cottage or house. They include a kitchen that can be used for dining whenever is needed, and meals can be prepared when guests wake up, rather than at the behest of a hotel manager. 

This means that if visitors have had a busy day or a late night, they can have a lie-in and easily enjoy meals to suit their schedule. There are also countless other amenities housed with a holiday let, such as a washing machine (which can be a huge help when the kids have been to the beach), as well as large-screen TVs, fridges, ovens, and microwaves. 

You also have space that a hotel can’t offer, and kids can let loose a little without getting in parents’ hair or distracting other guests. In a home that has a kitchen, lounge, bedroom, and potentially a garden, it’s nice and easy for different family members to spread out and enjoy their holidays together, and alone.

Renting a holiday let also means guests can benefit from a self-contained space, which in today’s climate is a priority for a lot of people. By booking a house or cottage, guests have access to the full property which takes away the worry of interacting with others and allows families to enjoy self-catering style staycations together. 

Why Not Airbnb Or Other Online Travel Agents?

Another alternative is to use Airbnb or one of the other OTAs (online travel agents) out there. Here, you’ll be able to let out your house, and people from around the country – or even the world – can take a look at your listing and choose you as their desired holiday let in Whitby. 

The downside for many is that to use Airbnb for example, is that it is essentially a do-it-yourself job. In itself, that’s no bad thing – they’ll happily show your property in search results pages and they’ll help you to arrange your calendar. 

However, there is a lot more that goes into making a success out of your property. From advertising to photography, detailed descriptions in the advertisement, arranging guests to access the property when they arrive, and changeovers following check out just to name a few. 

If you don’t have the experience or haven’t let a building or room before, this is a daunting prospect with lots of potential pitfalls. 

Advertising on an OTA such as Airbnb often means that homeowners miss out on other popular OTAs such as Booking.com or Expedia. This is where Host North Yorkshire come in. 

Using a centralised booking system, we’re able to connect your property’s calendar to over 60 online travel agencies giving you maximum exposure. Plus we’ll take care of everything for you. With professional photography and SEO-oriented, reader-friendly descriptions, our expert team can list your property to ensure you get the best results. We also have an in house customer support team who manage all reservations so you don’t have to. This includes all guest communications such as emails, messages, phone calls and reviews. 

This means you don’t have to worry about anything at all, as we handle it all for you. 

Letting out holiday properties shouldn’t cause great amounts of stress. Whitby is a desirable location so finding occupants isn’t too hard, but the management of your property is what causes many first-time-letters (not to mention second or third time) to struggle and stress over the details.

As holiday let management specialists, that’s exactly where we come in. Get in touch to find out more about how we can make the most out of your property today.

Advertising That Works for You

The creative marketing that goes into a holiday let is one of the most difficult parts of the process. From the photography to the writing of the actual descriptions, it’s a mine-field if you don’t have experience within the industry. 

Even though Whitby is an incredible place with lots of appeal, a poorly worded description can put off even the keenest guest. 

Your holiday home needs to be shown in the best light possible, and we have the skills to make sure that this is the case. We organise professional property photography to capture the look and feel of your property perfectly, and our experienced copywriters create a detailed, SEO-friendly, high-quality description of your holiday home. 

Painting a picture with words and topping it off with professional photography will ensure that your property generates the maximum interest.

At Host North Yorkshire, we’re proud of what we do, and we’re proud of our hosts and their properties. That’s why we aim to get the very best we can for your properties by placing the details of your Whitby holiday let on our own website, but not just stopping there. We also list your property on over 60 online travel agencies to give you the greatest possible reach. 

Your Property Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect

If you’re a little unsure about letting your property as you think it isn’t quite up to standard, that’s completely natural and nothing to worry about. Our property managers will be more than happy to make recommendations for your holiday home that can take it to the next level if it isn’t there already. 

Due to our experience in the holiday letting industry, we know what works and attracts guests, and perhaps more importantly, what puts them off. Some things are great for a family home that you occupy yourself, but don’t always make your visitors happy as short term, holiday accommodation. 

From the moment a guest walks through your door or sees your photos online, you want them to feel as if they have found a new home from home, a favourite place to stay for a weekend or longer stay. 

To help you with this, we have an incredible interior design team that help you get the look of your property just right so you can maximise the revenue-generating possibilities. If we feel that our interior design team will be able to make a significant difference to your potential, we’ll discuss it with you during our initial meeting.

Money to be Made with Holiday Letting in Whitby

The clearest benefit for any owner is that your property can begin to generate an income. The typical average occupancy rate for properties in Whitby is over 70%, which gives you an idea of how popular the location is, as well as how many guests you may be able to accommodate every year. 

For your guests, they’ll often find that staying in a holiday let is more cost-effective than booking a hotel, and the bookings can be more flexible. Even though the average length of stay in Whitby is a couple of nights, many hotels enforce a 1-week or 2-week booking which simply doesn’t work for many families. 

If you want to get away for a long weekend, or even a short midweek getaway, regular hotels will not always be willing to help. Giving your guests the chance to get away when they want to, in comfortable surroundings and a welcoming environment for the whole family, are the greatest benefits you can provide as a holiday home host.

Building the Local Economy

When people visit Whitby, they tend to visit businesses in the town itself, as well as the attractions in the surrounding area. This boosts the local economy and helps the town to thrive. You may think that one family buying fish and chips in Whitby won’t have a great effect, but when each let could house 30, 40, or more families a year, it soon adds up. 

This means that local business owners are always happy to be visited by sightseers and holidaymakers, as the income that is generated from these visitors often keeps businesses going through the quiet times. 

So it’s not only you that is benefitting and profiting from letting a holiday home in Whitby, it is also the residents and business owners in Whitby.

It’s Simple with Host North Yorkshire

At Host North Yorkshire we make everything as simple and straightforward for you as possible. 

The process is simple and organised – all you need to do is contact our team by email on hostnorthyorkshire@hostandstay.co.uk or call us on 01287 658171. 

After the initial phone call, we’ll arrange to meet you, the owner, and go through everything in more detail. By doing this we can see exactly what is on offer and give you guidance on the way forward, as well as answer any questions that you may have. 

We treat each host as an individual, providing advice on presentation and pricing based on our assessment of the current local market. We’ll make sure your pricing is optimised which is hugely important. 

If it’s too high, you’ll miss out on bookings, too low and people may not think your property is up to scratch. 

It’s a fine line, but our years of experience means we have the expertise to tread it perfectly for you.

Not only is it simple, but there’s money to be made, particularly in Whitby. An average amount of time that guests spend in holiday lets in the area is 2.5 nights, and at an average rate of around £128 per night, this can soon add up. With this in mind, a one-bedroom property can accrue £27,500 per year, with a 4-bedroom property making as much as £47,500. 

We work tirelessly to make the most of your property, ensuring that we take the load for you and personally deliver a service that is unmatched and bespoke to your requirements.

Host North Yorkshire give you all the facts before the process, so you’re fully in the loop and know exactly what you’re signing up for. We create an individual 4-year forecast for all of our customers, which shows the potential yearly profits on a month-by-month basis.

We’ll then discuss the forecast with you and only if you’re happy to proceed will we begin the process of getting your holiday let online and marketed to people around the globe.

Get Started with Whitby Holiday Letting Today

All in all, you can see why letting out your property with Host North Yorkshire is a great idea. Not only can you make a steady income on a property you don’t use, but you can also contribute and boost the local economy, as well as make many individuals and families happy with a stay in Whitby, North Yorkshire.

With Host North Yorkshire, it’s never been easier to get started, and with all the help and support we can give you, it’s a decision you won’t regret. 

Your property listing will be of the highest quality and marketed to the right people, so it won’t be long before multiple holidaymakers have stayed in your home and have had a truly enjoyable holiday. 

If you’re considering letting out your property as a holiday home in Whitby, get in touch with us today to start the process. We’re happy to answer any questions you might have, and we look forward to getting you into the letting market.

Contact us by email at hostnorthyorkshire@hostandstay.co.uk or call us on 01287 658171. A member of our team will be happy to speak to you and help you take your first steps with holiday letting in Whitby.

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