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Property Management

Whether to self-manage your short-term rental or appoint a property manager depends on various factors, including your personal preferences, time availability, expertise, and the scale of your rental operation.


Here are some considerations to help you make an informed decision:






Cost savings


Self-managing allows you to avoid paying property management fees, which can be a significant cost saving.


Direct interaction with guests


You have direct communication with guests, allowing you to build a personal connection and address their needs more intimately.


Hands-on control


You have full control over decision-making, property maintenance, and the overall management of your short-term rental.


Maximised profits


Since you're not paying management fees, you retain a larger portion of the rental income, potentially maximising profits.


Personal touch


You can add a personal touch to the property, ensuring it reflects your style and preferences.






Managing a short-term rental can be time-consuming, involving tasks like guest communication, property maintenance, and marketing.


Limited availability


Your availability may impact your ability to respond promptly to guest inquiries, emergencies, or unexpected issues.


Learning curve


You may need to learn and keep up with industry best practices, local regulations, and effective marketing strategies.


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Time savings


Property managers can handle day-to-day tasks, saving you time and effort. This includes guest communication, check-ins, and property maintenance.




Property managers often have expertise in the short-term rental industry. They can navigate market trends, optimise pricing, and ensure compliance with local regulations.


Professional marketing


Property managers may have professional marketing strategies to increase visibility and bookings for your short-term rental.


Emergency response


Property managers can handle emergencies and issues on your behalf, ensuring a quick and efficient resolution.


Local presence


If you're not local, a property manager can provide a physical presence for check-ins, inspections, and handling on-the-ground matters.




Management fees


Property managers typically charge fees, which can impact your overall rental income.


Loss of direct interaction


You may lose direct communication with guests, and the property manager becomes the primary point of contact.


Less control


While property managers follow your guidelines, you may have less hands-on control over certain aspects of your property.


Finding the right manager


Selecting a reliable property manager can be a challenge, and finding one that aligns with your goals may take time.




Your availability


If you have limited availability due to other commitments, a property manager may be beneficial.




Assess your knowledge of the short-term rental market. If you lack experience, a property manager's expertise can be valuable.


Property location


If your property is located far from your residence, having a local property manager can be particularly advantageous.




Consider your budget and whether the cost of a property manager aligns with your financial goals.


Size of operation


The scale of your short-term rental business may influence your decision. Larger operations may benefit from professional management.


Personal preferences


Consider your personal preferences regarding involvement in day-to-day operations, guest interactions, and property maintenance.

Further reading:


HCH Directory – Property Management

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