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Vacation Rental Owners

10 Ways Vacation Rental Owners Can Upgrade for Instant Value

Small Upgrades that Create Big Value for Vacation Rental Owners

While many vacation rental owners may not have the funds or resources for major structural changes to their rental properties, there are several types of easy upgrades that can instantly add value. Below are our top recommendations for inexpensive improvements that will help maintain your vacation rental, impress your guests, and pave the way for repeat business in the future.

  • A fresh coat of paint can breathe new life into any vacation home – nothing improves your home’s appearance more than this. Painting is easy and inexpensive and sets the tone throughout the property. Consider adding an accent wall for a splash of color and an interesting design element.
  • Replacing older light fixtures not only improves lighting quality, but also gives your home an updated look and aesthetic appeal.
  • New cabinet doors, knobs and contact paper for shelves and drawers freshen up kitchens and make guests feel at home during their stay.
  • Upgrading to hardwood or tile flooring makes your property easier to maintain and gives it an updated look in online photos.  You will score big points with guests, as well!
  • Contemporary showerheads, toilet paper holders, towel racks or faucets may seem like small details, but they can give bathrooms a clean, personalized touch like that of an upscale hotel.
  • Flat-screen TVs add a modern, streamlined look to your home and greatly improve the viewing experience for guests while they relax on vacation.  With the cost of flat-screen TVs having come down dramatically in price, this is a great opportunity to swap out any older, boxy TVs that may be making your vacation rental look dated.
  • Programmable thermostats can add money-saving and functional elements to the home. Most are inexpensive and easy to install.
  • While it may not be possible to add square footage to your property – especially if it’s located in a condo building – storage within the home can be maximized by installing vertical shelving in workrooms, pantries, closets and garages.
  • Little touches, like updating light switches and doorknobs, can add a fresh feel to any room. Routinely upgrade the bedrooms with hotel-quality bedding, pillows, and mattresses or mattress toppers – all things that guests have come to expect when they travel. New door handles and locks can improve security, as well.
  • Save on energy costs by switching to energy-efficient light bulbs, routinely cleaning your refrigerator coils, and replacing older air conditioning or furnace filters.

Helping vacation rental owners succeed in Ocean City, MD and at the Delaware beaches is our passion. For more tips or to get a free proposal on your next project, contact Vantage Vacation Rentals at 877-319-5808 or email deb@vantageresortrealty.biz. Visit our Vacation Rental Management Services page to learn more about how Vantage can help you maximize your vacation home.

Vacation Rental Manager Questions

4 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Vacation Rental Manager

Hiring a Vacation Rental Manager? Be Sure to Ask these 4 Questions.

Do you own a vacation rental in Ocean City, MD or at the Delaware beaches? You may want to consider hiring a property management company to oversee its operations when you are unable to handle maintenance, communicate with guests and answer various questions. You do not want to end up with a management company that does not understand you and your needs, so here are some questions to ask every prospective organization.

1. What Are Your Fees?

You always want to know how much you will need to pay a property management company before signing a contract. The fees can range anywhere between 25 and 50 percent of the total rent. Consider how much you can afford to pay and still make a profit from your vacation rental.

2. What Do Your Other Clients Have To Say?

It is always advisable to seek out references. The management company should have no problem putting you in touch with current clients. These clients will offer their sincere opinions, and you will know whatever they say is the truth.

3. What Services Are Included in the Fees?

The fees you pay should cover most of the maintenance costs. Some aspects that should be included consist of marketing, maintenance, cleaning, in-person visits and pre-stay walk-throughs. Ask about everything, so you do not get caught off-guard about any extra fees that pop up.

4. What Is Vacation Rental Performance Like in the Area?

An experienced vacation rental property management company should be able to tell you everything about that industry in a specific city. They should be able to tell you when the slow and busy seasons are. You should also ask about any local regulations that could impact who you can rent to.

If you have a Maryland or Delaware rental property and are looking for a vacation rental manager to partner with, Vantage Vacation Rentalscan help. Visit our Vacation Rental Management Services page for more information about how we make the experience smooth and successful for property owners. Questions? Call (410) 723-1780 (opt. 5) or send a message through our online form, and be sure to request a Free Rental Market Analysis of your property. We will get back to you shortly!

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Our Top Vacation Rentals with a View

Ahhh… Vacation Rentals with a View

Whether it’s the sun rising over the ocean or setting over the bay, nothing says ‘vacation’ like a breathtaking view. Scenic views provide relaxation, natural beauty – and best of all – a fresh perspective. In a matter of moments, the stresses of work disappear, the busy pace of life slows down, and your world realigns. We think a view is even better when you can wake up and enjoy it right from your private vacation rental. Thanks to Ocean City’s skinny shape and unique positioning between the ocean and the bay, many of the vacation rentals around town are in close proximity to water and offer fantastic views. Just drop your bags and worries at the door and step outside onto the balcony – you are on vacation!

Ocean or Bay? Yes, Please!

From the Ocean City Boardwalk area to the Delaware beaches, Vantage Vacation Rentals offers a huge variety of homes along the ocean and bay that feature amazing views. For a panoramic view of the ocean, check out our oceanfront rentals at Gateway Grand or various buildings in North Ocean City’s “high-rise row” such as Braemar Towers, Century I, Sea Watch, Fountainhead Towers, Carousel, and High Point North. Not only do these rentals provide beautiful views, but they are located in family-friendly parts of town that are known for having some of the best amenities. If a sunset over the bay is what you’re dreaming of, there is also a wide variety of bayfront rentals where you can relax with a drink as the sun goes down. Some of our favorite bayfront communities are Sunset Island, Bahia Vista, Oasis on the Bay, Makai, and Sunset Beach – all of which are located in mid-town Ocean City near popular restaurants and nightlife. Or if you just can’t decide between the ocean or bay, we have vacation rentals with views of BOTH! Check out our luxurious properties in The Meridian, many of which offer beach-to-bay views for the best of both worlds.

Our Top Picks for the Best Views

    • Ponte Vista 201 – 2-BR/2-BA/Sleeps 6 – Located off of 94th St., this bayfront, end-unit condo is the perfect spot for watching sunsets! Step outside from the living room or master bedroom onto an extra-large waterfront balcony. Additional amenities include new furnishings, an updated kitchen, and an outdoor pool.
    • Sea Watch 1917 – 3-BR/2.5-BA/Sleeps 9 – Quite possibly one of Ocean City’s best resorts! Located on the south side of the building (115th St.), this spacious two-story penthouse has generous views of both the ocean and the bay. Guests have access to indoor/outdoor pools, tennis courts, a game room, a fitness center, a movie theater, and more.
    • Bahia Vista I 302 – 3-BR/2-BA/Sleeps 10 – Relax on your balcony and watch the sunset as boats and jet skis go by. This immaculate bayfront condo features bay views and an outdoor pool. Its downtown location makes for an easy three-block walk to the beach and Boardwalk (11th St.).
    • Mariner I 1N – 2-BR/2-BA/Sleeps 6 – Wake up to the beach right in your backyard!  This lovely oceanfront condo offers a private balcony with beautiful ocean views and steps that lead right down into the sand.  Convenient 45th St. location is just a short walk from Seacrets and the Convention Center.
    • Sunset Beach 103 – 3-BR/3-BA/Sleeps 9 – Stay in mid-town Ocean City (46th St.) in close proximity to Seacrets and the Convention Center! This beautiful bayfront condo offers gorgeous views, upscale appliances, a rooftop pool, a community dock, and a beach area.
    • Meridian 1003W – 3-BR (+Loft)/3-BA/Sleeps 12 – Located on 60th St., this exquisite ocean block penthouse features ocean-to-bay views that encompass the total width of the island. Additional luxuries include upscale décor, and extra HD cable/Netflix, along with resort amenities including a heated rooftop pool and a fitness center.
    • Belmont Towers 710 – 3-BR/2.5-BA/Sleeps 9 – This luxurious condo is situated on the south side of the popular Belmont Towers building located downtown on the Ocean City Boardwalk. From this unique vantage point, guests can see the ocean, inlet, bay, and Assateague Island in the distance.
    • Carousel 1603 – 2-BR/2-BA/Sleeps 6 – This oceanfront condo is the total package: gorgeous ocean views and fun resort amenities that the family will love. Enjoy indoor/outdoor pools, an ice skating rink, a fitness center, a sauna, a game room, an on-site restaurant, a pirate ship, a moon bounce, and so much more!
    • Gateway Grand 207 – 3-BR/3-BA/Sleeps 9 – Make your vacation memories in this elegant oceanfront condo located on 48th St. near Seacrets and the Convention Center. Guests can completely relax with top-of-the-line décor and appliances, plus resort-style amenities such as pools, a fitness center, and a game room.
    • Oasis on the Bay 103 – 2-BR/2-BA/Sleeps 7 – Immerse yourself in the laid-back atmosphere of mid-town Ocean City. This bayfront property features beautiful bay views, an outdoor pool, and is located next door to Fager’s Island, a local favorite that is known for its great food and nightly entertainment (59th St.).
    • Sunset Island 39 FDW 2B – 3-BR/2-BA/Sleeps 8 – Escape to this quaint bayfront island off of 67th St. Located along the water, this upscale condo features peaceful bay views and access to first-class amenities including indoor/outdoor pools, private beaches, an on-site restaurant The Landing, and more.

     

  • The first day of summer is less than six weeks away! If you haven’t booked your Ocean City vacation, now is the time to do it. Need help finding a vacation rental with a fantastic view of the ocean or bay? Visit VantageOceanCity.com and use our “Location” filter, which allows you to search by proximity to the oceanfront and bayfront parts of town. For more assistance, speak with our vacation rental “view experts” at (410) 723-2002 who are always available with recommendations for your perfect vacation spot.

Tax Day Deal MD

Tax Day Deal | Save in May & June

We Put the ‘Fun’ in Refund!

Vantage Vacation Rentals is continuing its 10th Anniversary celebration with a present for you: savings at Ocean City’s top vacation rentals. With Tax Day only eight days away, we think there’s no better way to spend your tax refund than with a relaxing beach getaway!

Tax Day Deal – Promo Code 1040EZ

Now through April 18th, take advantage of our Tax Day deal and claim a $40 ‘deduction’ on your May or June rental of $1040 or more (before tax/fees). Simply enter promo code 1040EZ when booking online at VantageOceanCity.com or mention 1040EZ to your Vacation Coordinator when booking by phone at (410) 723-2002. This offer is valid on all reservations checking in between the dates of May 1, 2017 and June 30, 2017 and can be used at any property on our website with at least a three-night minimum. (Offer does not apply to reservations made prior to April 10, 2017.)

Choose from Your Favorite Vacation Spots

May and June are two of the best months to visit the beach as there are fewer crowds, less traffic, and mild temperatures. Choose from all the locations that you love the most in Ocean City, Maryland and the Delaware beaches, whether its downtown near the Boardwalk, mid-town close to restaurants and nightlife, or the peaceful North Ocean City-Fenwick Island area. This includes many of the area’s most popular communities such as Sunset Island, Belmont Towers, Gateway Grand, The Meridian, and Summer Beach.

Hurry – this offer ends on Tax Day, April 18, 2017!  For more information on this deal and more, visit our Specials Page.