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When Assessing the Income from Your Rental Property, Don't Forget to Include These Costs

by Herbert Richards

Anyone who is serious about making a steady stream of income from a vacation rental needs to be cognizant of details such as how much he or she is paying for the property's mortgage, how much is being charged per night to guests, and how many guests are needed each month to earn the desired level of income. If you've recently bought a property that you'll be using as a vacation rental, you should definitely think about these details—but not forget that you'll have some other costs, too.

Being aware of additional costs may make you wish to charge more per night, or even have plans to occupy the property more times a week. Here are some additional costs to think about.

Residential Cleaning Service

You might not be keen on cleaning your vacation rental yourself, which means that you'll need to arrange for a residential cleaning service to visit after each guest has left. Consult a few cleaning services in the area to determine how they charge for their services. Some will want to sign you up for regularly scheduled cleanings, which isn't likely what you want. Instead, you'll need to hire a service that can come around your guests' schedule—it might be three times in a week, and then not again for 10 days, for example.

Lawn Service

One of the benefits of using a condo unit as a vacation rental is that you don't have to care for the exterior of the building yourself. However, if you have a cottage or house that you'll be listing, you're responsible for keeping the yard kept up. Some owners may choose to take care of this job yourself, but many others opt for hiring a lawn service that can visit weekly to mow the lawn, as well as perform any other seasonal tasks when they're needed. Doing so is also valuable as a security measure, as the house will look more occupied when its lawn is freshly cut each week.

Security Service

It's important for you to protect your investment, and that means getting a security system for your vacation rental unit. You'll need to factor the monthly cost of monitoring, as well as the initial cost, for when you're looking at the financial data for your vacation rental. Once you've determined the above monthly costs, you can move forward with pricing the unit accordingly so that you can earn your desired amount.

To learn more about the process, contact services that provide rental and private vacation homes.

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