Easy ways to increase rental value of your property in Nice (which clients won’t mind paying extra for!)

Every renter wants to offer the best value property to their clients, especially if they are away on holiday. The south of France is an extremely popular destination for people from all over the world. More holidaymakers are choosing to rent  apartments in Nice for a more local experience rather than book a traditional hotel. Vacation rentals are proving popular with owners of apartments in Nice. Our experts have compiled a list of easy things you can do to increase rental value of your apartment which customers won’t mind paying a little bit extra for.

1. Newer, better windows

Nice is extremely beautiful, both the city and the countryside its historical architecture and stunning panoramic views. If you wish to increase rental value begin with windows. Not only will better windows allow your guests to enjoy the splendour Nice has to offer from the comfort of the apartment but it will also ensure that the property is full of natural light. A bright and airy apartment is more welcoming, guests appreciate relaxing comfortably before leaving to explore.

2. Increased facilities

you should try to make your Nice vacation rental as inviting and flexible as possible. This is key to providing a service that caters to all your guests’ needs which will increase rental value. Try adding an additional pull-out sofa bed and providing luxury touches such as a coffee machine or welcome hamper. Holidaymakers don’t want to be living out of their suitcase, they want the apartment to be as homely as possible. This means having a wide range of storage options, so your guests’ needs can be easily met. Additional shelving, storage and coat hooks are simple and cheap to install but will make a difference for those staying.

3. Free guidebooks and information packs

Although it’s easy to research Nice online, a personal recommendation from a local will be welcomed by any guest. Creating a list of your own favourite restaurants, bars and walks will show your guests that you really do want them to have the best time possible and that you are there to help them find all of Nice’s hidden gems. Make sure you try and accommodate everyone in these lists too, by highlighting the best vegetarian and Halal places, as well as suggesting some activities for families.

Harrison Brook Property is a short-term rental agency based in Nice, we pride ourselves on providing excellent customer service and complete transparency throughout the rental process. If you are interested in renting your property in Nice for short-term holiday rentals, then please look at https://www.hbproperty.fr/contact/ for further information.

Why rent out your apartment in Nice?

You may be asking yourself “should I lease my apartment?” Opening up your home to strangers on holiday in Nice may not be something that you had previously given any consideration to. So what would happen if you did? Nice is a much sought after spot and has holidaymakers flocking there all year round. This is your opportunity to cash in and make a very nice income from the burgeoning holiday rental scene.

Generate more income

“Why lease my apartment?” For a start, your apartment is in a prime area of France for a holiday rental – not only is Nice a stunning part of the world but it has great tourist opportunities and with that comes revenue. This revenue is there for you to partake in, if only you were to rent out your apartment! By taking the opportunity to put your property on the holiday rental market you could begin to earn more income. You do not have to do it for the whole year but you can cash in on the peak season when accommodation is going to be in high demand and short supply.

Provides you with more freedom

The cost that holidaymakers will pay to stay in your holiday rental could go towards doing so much for you. Why wouldn’t you want to make some money from your property? Let it work for you and you will reap the benefits.

Leasing your property could give you more freedom to do something fun for yourself. Why not go on an adventure of your own? You live and work in a stunning part of the world but why not explore other parts of the globe? Italy, Thailand, Australia – the sky is the limit if you decide to use the income that you could gain from your apartment.

Help others experience the beauty of Nice

If your answer to “should I lease my apartment?” depends on helping others You could improve a holidaymaker’s experience by being the insider with an intimate knowledge of Nice. By adding that extra je ne sais quoi you could potentially build a relationship with a set of holidaymakers who will come back to you time and time again to rent your apartment. This way it gives you the security of knowing who is renting from you and that they will treat you and your apartment with respect. You will begin to build a reputation as the go-to apartment ensuring that you will have a consistent flow of holidaymakers year after year.

HB Property always seeks to put people first whether it be you or the holidaymakers. We are transparent in our dealings and do not hide anything from you. You can trust us to keep your interests at heart and ensure that your property is cared for. So get online now and sign up with HB Property today, putting your apartment in the holiday rental market and giving holidaymakers somewhere to stay while you get to enjoy the rewards.

Three ways to make renting to families easier

The summer holiday season is by far the most popular one of the year in Nice. This isn’t just because the sun is shining and skies are blue, but also because there are loads more families free to jet off and enjoy the picturesque city. The question is: how can you make sure that you’re welcoming families as well as couples to your apartment? Luckily there are a number of things you can do to make sure that mums and dads are happy to book your holiday rental over others in the area. Here are three tips that should help with renting to families.

Proximity

Nice is so readily explorable, which is just one of the reasons why it’s such a hotspot for holiday-makers. However, if you’re to attract families you’ll need to emphasise your apartment’s proximity to key spots – such as the beach or Vieille Ville. This might include tips on using a hired car, a public bus or even walking routes. Just don’t underestimate that couples with kids will always have an added concern about getting around.

Beds

Your apartment could become a family-friendly home in an instant with the help of extra beds. You need not squeeze in extra mattresses because this could make the place look cluttered and turn away couples. Instead, the best option is to invest in fold-out cots that can be stored away and a pull-out sofa. These additions can make all the difference to parents travelling with young ones.

Itinerary

Families may need a small push in the right direction when it comes to their itinerary. Nice, as many people already know, can be a wondrous place for mums and dads with their kids, so make sure you put together a firm itinerary to attract them. This can include beaches with play areas, like Ruhl or Neptune Plage. This plan of action just means that families will feel like they can relax in your home rather than waste time searching for child-friendly places.

Try it!

Don’t let the summer holiday season pass you by without letting families know that your apartment is open for business. If you want to leave the responsibility to someone else, HB Property offer management services for a range of holiday apartments in Nice. Get in touch for more information.

When you’re preparing to rent out your apartment in Nice, it’s the attention to detail that will make the difference between an average review and a repeat booking. And a welcome basket should offer that unexpected wow that makes your guests’ stay a memorable one.

Create a five-star experience

Renting vacation apartments in Nice is now no longer the preserve of the holidaymaker on a budget. Experienced world travellers appreciate that renting holiday apartments in Nice offers greater freedom and flexibility to really experience a city, but they also have high expectations of their stay and expect it to offer the same comfort and convenience as a 5-star hotel.

So how can you replicate that experience? Imagine your guests are tired, stressed out and hungry on arrival and create a Nice apartment welcome that helps them to relax immediately in their new surroundings.

The food and drink option

A bottle of good Provencal Rosé chilling in the fridge and some carefully sourced artisanal Pâté and chèvre cheese with a fresh baguette and some delicious black Nicoise olives could form the basis of your welcome pack. Make sure that the kitchen is stocked with good coffee, herbal teas and drinking chocolate and that you provide bottled water and fresh milk. Fresh croissants, butter and delicious local jam will be welcome at breakfast time.

You could also go the extra mile and arrange a restaurant booking, set up options for click and collect shopping with the local hypermarkets and leave a full list of directions to your favourite market stalls, boulangeries and gelato shops.

Going the extra mile

If you’re welcoming a family with children, then provide age-appropriate toys – from a teddy to a games console – to keep them occupied. Discount vouchers from local attractions will also be appreciated.

For business travellers, hi-speed WiFi is essential so invest in a WiFi booster if necessary. You could also leave a useful power bank as a gift, branded with your logo and contact details.

If you offer a premium experience for a romantic retreat then scented candles, high thread count bedding, an iPod dock and samples of some delicious local olive oils, chocolates and other artisanal products will add to the atmosphere.

If you’d prefer to focus on the finer details and leave the management of your property to the professionals, then contact us at Harrison Brook Property and we’ll be pleased to discuss your requirements.

HB Property Wine Tasting

What a great way to end a work year and get ready for the holidays! A wine tasting with our friends from Vin de Terre. The HB Property team participated in an open house wine tasting event in the original location where Vin de Terre is based just in central Nice. We have tasted a large variety of white wines with special notes like the Duberny Chardonnay Viognier, Pouilly Fume and the Saint-Bris Sauvignon Blanc. Every sip came with a little anecdote and a piece of history so time and glasses just flew by.

 

Vin de Terre

We’ve learned that a good Chianti wine can be recognised by a label with a black rooster. An important lesson learnt! This will not guarantee that you are drinking the best Chianti but it will say it is a good quality one. We also tried Spanish red wine from our friends at Vina Ijalba and we were quite impressed by the Ijalba Graciano – the first 100% organically-grown Graciano in the world.
So whenever you are in Nice and you are looking for a nice experience that involves wine, friends and interesting historical facts don’t hesitate to contact Ewan from Vin de Terre. Needless to say, all tours and wine tasting events are bilingual so everyone can join in. You don’t even need to travel far thanks to their central location!

 

Vin de Terre

Feeling thirsty? Harrison Brook Property can arrange your stay on the French Riviera. We deal with everything from fresh linen to airport transfers. We’ll even stock your fridge, and of course, include a bottle of wine from our friends at Vin de Terre. So, whether you’re ready for a holiday or you’re looking to rent out your property get in touch today! We’ll remove all the stress and make your experience unforgettable.

If you’ve stayed in holiday apartments in Nice in the past and are thinking about the city for a property investment of your own, then you won’t go far wrong as long as you keep several considerations in mind during your property search.

Think about location

It’s important that you put yourself in the mind of a tourist whilst searching for a property. If you’ve been to Nice several times before, you’ll know all about the must-see locations. Think back to when you first set foot in Nice. Thinking where a new Riviera holidaymaker would like to stay could prove vital to your rental income. Locations such as Carre d’Or, Port, Massena, and the Old Town are examples of where a holiday let will draw the most bookings. Location is a vital part of property investment, especially in Nice.

Balconies

You’d be surprised how much difference a balcony can make. Although they aren’t that common in central Nice, when you get out to some of the surrounding areas, such as Mont Boron and Fabron, you’ll find balconies aplenty. A lot of holidaymakers looking to enjoy the French Riviera may be tempted to pick your place over somewhere else if you’re offering outside space and a great view.

Natural light

It’s no secret that renowned artists such as Matisse chose to come to Nice. With millions of tourists following suit year after year, you’re going to want to make a property investment that proves that the guests are on holiday. That doesn’t necessarily mean you should be put off by a darker property though. Not afraid of a little work? You could purchase a fixer-upper for a reduced price and transform it into a naturally lit holiday hotspot.

Sea views

We’re sure you’re serious about attracting a big return on your investment. If so you’re going to want to consider a property that boasts sea views. Any apartment or villa with a sea view in Nice is likely to fetch a higher rent. For maximum rental income,

Whether you’re currently renting our your holiday apartments in Nice to visitors and tourists, or you’re just thinking about leaping into your first property investment, there’s a lot to think about. While your decor might be acceptable, with so many stunning properties out there, it’s important to ensure yours stands out from the rest – impressing your guests and improving your chances of return custom. Here are some of the latest trends you can incorporate into your property to inspire your visitors and improve your profits.

Modern fixtures

Many vacation properties feature stunning views, gorgeous furniture and great proximity to local amenities. But can lose out with less than up-to-date features, such as an old-fashioned kitchen or a retro bathroom. Though these aren’t dealbreakers for most, there are always guests who want to feel at home in their apartment, from being able to cook a meal purchased from authentic French markets to relaxing in the tub at the end of a long day of sightseeing. Providing attractive modern amenities ensures every part of your guest’s visit exceeds their expectations.

Unique features

We’re firmly in the time of social media, and there’s nothing better than seeing your property elicit delight or encouraging additional bookings thanks to an Instagram post or Facebook review. Something as simple as statement wallpaper, beautiful toiletries or vibrantly coloured furniture can make your property attract a younger, more social media savvy crowd – offering you free advertising and great reviews.

French inspired decor

If modern isn’t your thing, Nice’s floral and romantic Mediterranean past is another way you can differentiate your property. Combine French decor with painted shutters, well-maintained climbing plants and luxury furniture for a more classic feel that can transport your guests back in time. To those who live in Nice, it may feel a bit cliche, but to holiday goers these little touches will add to the novelty and romance of a vacation in Nice.

Feeling inspired? If you’re ready and raring to rent out your Nice property, we can help. At Harrison Brook Property, we take the stress out of holiday letting, leaving you to enjoy your profits and positive reviews. Set your property apart with stylish decor, exciting features and a stellar management service and you’re sure to impress. Contact us today to start your journey to profitability.

Fall in love with Nice this autumn….

From beautiful vacation rentals to stunning apartments, the holiday rentals market is booming in Nice, and it’s not difficult to see why. Located in the French Riviera, right on the French coast of the Mediterranean Sea, and nestled at the foot of the Alps, there are more than a few reasons why people fall in love with Nice la Belle.

From as far back as the 18th century, the English have been packing up their bags and making their holiday plans in Nice, due to the stunning views, warm weather and beautiful beaches that delighted a country far more used to wet, windy weather throughout autumn. Since then, Nice has become a hotspot for visitors across every month, with visitors enjoying the laid-back metropolitan vibe that the city provides with plentiful shopping, great food and mild weather.

Here are just some of the reasons you’ll fall in love with Nice this autumn:

Visit the Riviera

With many picturesque coastal towns, beautiful blue seas and countless yachts dotted along the waves, you don’t get much more glamorous than the French Riviera – which is probably why all the celebrities choose to sun themselves there too. Boat tours, driving tours and more allow you to further explore the coast, from Cannes to Monte Carlo. Mediterranian architecture in earthy tones is everywhere, creating the feeling of a river lost in time that is anything but autumnal.

Experience the taste

Nice takes the metropolitan feel even further with a huge variety of eateries, delis and restaurants to choose from. If you’re looking for gelato or ice cream, you’ll certainly be spoiled for choice, with some establishments having been open for more than 50 years. Whereas it’s time for hot chocolate and warm jumpers in the UK, in Nice you can sample gourmet French cuisine, as well as get a taste of the Mediterranean with Italian-style cooking and bakeries if that’s more your kind of scene.

Take in the history

Not only is Nice beautiful, it’s got a long and storied history that’s fascinating to learn about. Discover the Victorian Promenade des Anglais, one of the most famous and lengthy beaches on the Riviera; or visit La Colline du château, the site of an ancient fortress that’s now the ideal place for a picnic with beautiful greenery. Nice also features multiple stunning art galleries and museums to explore, and thanks to the lack of rainy, miserable weather you can enjoy a picnic at many historical locations.

Want to explore the area for yourself with vacation apartments in Nice? Contact us today to discover what the French Riviera can offer you this autumn. We’re sure you’ll fall in love.

If you own a property in Nice and you’re thinking of letting it out to holidaymakers, you may be wondering whether to use a property management company or to take the DIY route.

Here is a run through of the advantages and disadvantages of using property management in Nice, France.

Advantages

One big advantage of handing over your holiday let is that you will have much more free time. Property management is time-consuming and can be a hassle, especially if you don’t live in France.

A good property management company will have a decent knowledge of the current rental market for the area. This should mean that you get more guests who are perfectly suited to your property. Happy guests mean repeat bookings. The management company’s tried and tested marketing strategy should also mean that they know who, where, and when to target. They will also have plenty of experience in dealing with guests who can be problematic and will have a good idea of which bookings to accept and which to decline.

A management company will take responsibility for all guest queries and will also take charge of chasing payments. In addition, they will look after guest arrivals and departures. Making sure that your property is left clean, tidy, and in good repair ready for the next arrivals is another great bonus. Your agent will also be on hand to handle any guest emergencies at any time; a very important consideration if you live in the UK and are not local to the property.

A good management company will look after all the paperwork associated with holiday letting, from booking confirmations, contracts, and accounts. They will also keep you up to date with current French legislation pertaining to holiday rentals.

Disadvantages

Despite all the advantages of contracting the management of your holiday let to an agency, there are still a few things to consider.

You will have to pay the agency’s fees, which could be between 20 and 40 percent of the letting income. This will reduce your potential profit, although the time and hassle you’ll save is worth the cost.

The other potential disadvantage is that you might not be able to use your property whenever you want to, depending on the contract you’ve agreed with the management company.

Do you have any questions about property management for your holiday apartments in Nice, or want to talk through the options? Get in touch with us at Harrison Brook today.

Nice marathon… the perfect excuse to see the city and stay fit

Whether you’re the sporty type or you prefer to watch the runners commit to a 42 kilometre run along to coast, the Nice marathon, otherwise known as ‘marathon de Alpes Maritimes’, is an event you don’t want to miss.

The event, taking place on November 5th 2017, will mark the 10 year anniversary of the Nice marathon. The marathon is open to everyone and offers a shuttle service for those a bit out the way. 

The run will see you beginning in Nice and crossing the finish line in Cannes. Your victory is rewarded upon arrival in Cannes as you’re given a “FINISHER” t-shirt courtesy of Skechers.

Taking place in November means a fresh air and maybe a slight breeze. But, sun lovers, don’t forget you are in the South of France. The sun is almost sure to be shining at some point during your trip.

The beautiful course is set along the coast. Running between palm trees with a beautiful sea view is juxtaposed by snowy mountains in the background.

If running 42 kilometres sounds a little bit steep to you, that shouldn’t put you off participating. You have the option to run the marathon and at the 21-kilometre mark switch with a partner who will finish the race you started! It’s a great way to get involved and run for the cause of your choice.

Practicality

The French Riviera is a popular holiday destination year round. Offering warm weather and beaches in the summer and Christmas markets, shopping and even skiing, just an hour away, in the winter. So if you’re coming from afar it’s important to book ahead.

With the large event drawing in athletes of all levels from across the world it’s almost certain that hotels will boost their prices. A private apartment may be the perfect solution.

Here at HB Property, we have on offer a range of apartments in and around Nice. With airport transfers, fresh linens, professional cleaning and even grocery shopping our rentals are perfect for a stress-free holiday.

If you’re interested in joining the Nice marathon or any events on the Cote-d’Azur, get in touch today for first class accommodation.