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.

Make more money renting in Nice

If you want to make more money renting in Nice you must first find the right rental market. That’s where HB Property can deliver an outstanding service, connecting you with potential clients. But there are certain steps you can take to maximise the return on your holiday property by maximising its potential.

A new paint job

You should aim to refresh the decor in your apartment at the end of every holiday season. Take the time to thoroughly clean your property. Attend to any niggling maintenance issues like leaky taps or loose handles and give everywhere a new coat of paint. This is a great time to get inspired by your surroundings to deliver some real Riviera chic.

Add an en-suite

If you can squeeze in an en-suite, it’s well worth finding the money to do so. En-suite bath or shower rooms add a real cachet to a property and take up surprisingly little space. Even a small walk-in wardrobe can become a luxury walk-in wet room with a little imagination.

Upgrade kitchens and bathrooms

If you’re hoping to attract longer rentals, upgrading a tired kitchen or a grimy bathroom will elevate any Nice apartments and vacation rentals above the competition. There are some surprising bargains to be had if you buy online or hit the big French DIY stores – if you’re buying off the peg, pay attention to the small details like handles, taps and accessories to create a unique style that clients will love.

Make the most of outdoor space

It may not be possible to physically add more space to your rental apartment, but if you can create an outside ‘room’ with an awning or pergola and smart furniture and accessories you’ll automatically add value for your renters. If you can a unique experience you will start to make more money renting in nice.

Offer added extras

Whether that’s local artisan toiletries or high speed WiFi, you can target a premium market with those vital added extras. From the latest tech to stunningly unique decor, state of the art security systems to A+ energy efficient appliances, those details show care and thought that your clients will appreciate.

If you’d like to improve the rental income of your property and you’re looking for property management in Nice, France to achieve your goal contact us at Harrison Brook today.

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.

Once you’ve made the decision to let your property for holiday accommodation, you will want to do everything you can to ensure that it will appeals to guests and maximise your Nice holiday let. Here are our top tips for giving your apartment the wow factor:

1. Location

Nice is a winning location for holiday lets. The name is recognised the world over and brings with it associations of warm weather and beautiful scenery. Make sure that your listing makes the most of this, and of where in Nice you are. Are you close to any particular location or attraction which visitors may want to know about? Be sure they can tell.

2. Find your niche

Is your apartment particularly suited to one type of holidaymaker? Could it be perfect for families looking to escape to the beach, or is it the ideal romantic getaway? Is it close enough to the centre for those with mobility problems to enjoy sight-seeing or on a bus route for those without a car? Make the most of what is special about your place.

3. Tell a story

When creating your listing, don’t just deliver dry facts – tell people the story of what a stay in your apartment might be like. Talk about what other visitors have enjoyed, or what experiences are possible to have. Make it real – make it something that people want to experience, not just read about!

4. Exceed expectations

Having a great Nice holiday let is all about making the experience really magical for your guests. If you do then they are more likely to share their experience on review sites and help you build more business by word of mouth. Make sure everything is perfect, and if there are any problems then deal with them on the spot. It’s a rule of customer service that sometimes the clients who have the biggest problems end up being your biggest fans.

5. Let us help you!

We’d love to help you with listing your property. We are currently building up our portfolio of Nice holiday let properties, so if you have any questions, or you would like to hear more about who we are and what we do, then please contact us!

Visit Nice – 4 Great Reasons 

To visit Nice is to discover the beauty that is Nice in France, one of the best destinations in Europe for a city break or a long indulgent couple of weeks away. Here are our top four reasons why a holiday to Nice should be the next destination on your list!

1. Sunshine all-year-round

The city of Nice enjoys the longest hours of sunshine in the region of the French Riviera. It enjoys approximately 2668 hours of the sunshine per year which means there’s never a bad time to visit Nice. It all depends on what you want to do. If you fancy a dip in the sea, then the best month to visit is August when the average sea temperature is around 24°C.

2. It’s the perfect exploration base

If you fancy wandering beyond Nice, you’re in luck. The city of Monaco is only a low-cost bus ride away (around €1.50). It gives you the opportunity to bask in the lavish luxury of the harbour and its surroundings. You can also hop on a bus and discover many authentic ports and perched villages, which will enable you to see a unique side to Nice.

3. Nice oozes romance

Whilst Paris and Rome might be the first destinations that pop into your head when you think of romantic cities, Nice is underrated. Take the miniature train from the Promenade des Anglais up to the Château Gardens high above Nice. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy romantic company whilst embracing the beauty of Nice. You could even check out the famous flower market in Cours Saleya which is located in the heart of Old Nice. Stroll hand-in-hand amongst the smells and bright colours of the beautiful flowers – why not pick a bunch for your loved one?

4. Wine region

If you are a wine consumer, you will love what Nice has to offer. As well as its fabulous wines on offer in many restaurants, you have the opportunity to indulge in a wine tasting tour. Try an organic wine tour by visiting two vineyards on Bellet Hill. Taste organic rosé, white and red wines! Head to Côtes de Provence where you can taste wine from a region that specialises in the best rosé wines in the World.

Now that you’ve discovered visit Nice is the perfect destination for your next trip, the next thing you need is accommodation. We can help with that. If you’re looking for high-quality accommodation, then our holiday rentals in Nice. France are a perfect and affordable solution for you. HB Property specialises in vacation apartments in Nice. We offer a fantastic range of vacation rentals and Nice apartments that are guaranteed to suit your needs.

Contact us today to find out more.

Nice holiday home

If you’ve decided to rent out your Nice holiday home for the first time, there’s a lot to think about. One issue on your agenda should be the things you should leave in your property ready for guests to use. Aside from the essentials, like cutlery, bedding and crockery, here are four other items that could help make their stay memorable . You can boost their chances of recommending your property:

  1. A basket of goodies for their arrival

When guests arrive to stay, they’ve often been travelling for hours. They’re tired, thirsty, hungry and need a rest. What better way to greet your guests in their temporary home than by leaving a special basket of goodies to welcome them?

For example, a French stick, some local speciality cheese, butter, a bottle of French wine, soft drinks if you know children are coming, pastries, chocolate or biscuits. It doesn’t have to be expensive items, but if you package it up nicely in a basket. It will make a good impression when they arrive and they’ll have something to enjoy as they settle in.

  1. A welcome pack

It’s always a nice touch to leave your visitors some kind of guide to the property and the area. But rather than just leaving a bundle of information guides or home appliance booklets, why not go one step further and make a special welcome pack?

You could include details of the property, how things work, what to in the local area, details of restaurants nearby. Also what to do if there’s a problem and include details of how they can contact you if they need to. If you’ve got WiFi in the property, don’t forget to include the code too!

  1. Maps of the local area

While a lot of people rely on GPS or their mobiles for maps these days, it’s still nice to leave some paper maps of the local area in your property. It gives people the chance to pore over a map in the evening as they decide what to do and is especially useful if there’s poor, or no, WiFi in the area.

  1. Toiletries in the bathroom

Many properties don’t provide any toiletries for guests, but it can be a nice added touch to leave a few items. You can either add a small basket of essentials to a bathroom – a small bar of soap, a small bottle of shampoo or a shower cap – or add a larger bottle of bath and shower gel. The latter can be easily fixed to the wall and simply topped up when required.

Contact us for more information on renting out your holiday apartment in Nice, get in touch with Harrison Brook Property today.

 Holiday Apartments Nice – Maximise your income

We can show you how to maximise your income in Nice as prime holiday location for those from France and abroad. So it would seem ideal to own a holiday home in this location. Generating rental income from holiday apartments Nice is easy enough, but with so much competition in the area, it might be worth considering how to set your property above the rest.

This guide reveals how to make your holiday home an ideal stay for any visitor while using it to maximise your income.

1. Take a look at the competition

Have a look at some of the other holiday homes that are available for rent in Nice. This will give you a good idea of what holidaymakers will be looking for when renting a home out in Nice.

Some features may be specific to that property and may not necessarily be viable for you to include in your property. For example, you cannot add sea views to a property that is inland. Instead, take a look at the decor of the property and any simple additions that you can easily include, such as Wi-Fi or a welcome pack. These extras may not add to your income per visitor, but you should see extra bookings throughout the year.

2. Make your home pet-friendly

This addition may not appeal to every landlord as pets can cause damage to the property. However, 35% of French holidaymakers are likely to take their dog on holiday with them. Making your holiday home pet-friendly means that you are opening up your home to a whole other section of the market that may be limited with where else they can stay.

Again, you will likely see an increase in bookings throughout the year by opening up your property to pets.

3. Hire a property manager

Hiring a property manager is key to ensuring your holiday rental is successful. Harrison Brook Property offers property management in Nice, France, which includes marketing your property to the right people at the right price.

Property managers are professionals in their field and will ensure your holiday apartment Nice is booked for as many days of the year as possible. Contact us for helping you to make you as much money from your holiday home as possible.

Things to do in Nice

In this blog, we’ve already covered many of ideas of ‘Things to do in Nice’. We have revealed Nice’s myriad attractions, including the best beaches, day trips and, most recently, the finest art and culture to be found in this picturesque Côte d’Azur city.

What we’ve yet to mention, however, is OGC Nice, the city’s football team, who are currently flying high in third position in Ligue 1. Here are three reasons you should go and watch Les Aiglons (‘The Eaglets’) while you’re here in France.

  1. They play in an ultra-modern stadium

Nice have played their football at the Allianz Rivieira, a state-of-the-art, 35,000 capacity stadium, since 2013. Located on Rue Jules Bianchi and constructed at a cost of €250 million, this eye-catching structure played host to four games at last summer’s European Championships, including Iceland’s shock win over England. French rugby club Toulon – winners of three Heineken Cups in 2013, 2014 and 2015 – also trot out there.

  1. They’ve got Mario Balotelli

The maverick former Manchester City striker joined Nice in the summer after an ill-fated spell at Liverpool, where he managed just one league goal in 16 appearances. Since moving to France, the Italian has found a new lease of life, netting 10 times. Crowds never know what to expect from the unpredictable ‘Super Mario’; he’s already been sent off twice as a Nice player, but has inspired his team-mates to an unlikely title charge…

  1. This is their best team since the 1950s

A traditionally unfashionable club who have had to live in the shadow of south coast neighbours Marseille for much of their history, Nice haven’t won a trophy since 1997. Before this season, they hadn’t challenged for the league title since their golden era of the 1950s, when they won ‘le championnat’ on four occasions.

But, masterminded by coach Lucien Favre and star players Balotelli, Alassane Plea and Jean Michaël Seri, Nice started 2016/17 like a house on fire, remaining unbeaten until the start of November. A series of draws after Christmas have handed the advantage to the much-richer Monaco and PSG, but Nice are still looking likely to qualify for the prestigious Champions League for the very first time.

Interested in a holiday rental apartment in Nice or to know about things to do in Nice? Get in touch with HB Property.

Property management in Nice

With over five million visitors flocking to Nice each year, there’s plenty of potential for property owners  of using property management to make money from rentals. When you choose to use a property management in Nice, you can make money from your investment while remaining assured that it’s safe. If you’re still not sold on the idea, learning a little more about the benefits of professional property management may change your mind.

Property management in Nice makes life more convenient

With property managers, you don’t have to worry about the smaller nuances of short-term lettings that can make life inconvenient. For example, having someone on hand who can give guests the keys, deal with any problems they may have during their stay, and clean between stays. A fully dedicated company will also tend to matters such as linen changes. It’s ensuring your guests arrive to find a comfortable setting.

You can maximise your occupancy rates

While it’s easy to boost occupancy rates during the busy summer season, doing so is more challenging when the cold weather comes around. A manager with experience can balance your calendars so that your property is occupied more throughout the year. The manager is giving you the chance to enhance your income. In terms of admin, this is one less headache to worry about. The right manager will also actively advertise your property across the right platforms. Allowing you to make more money from your management fees, making them an investment rather than an additional cost.

Your guests will feel looked after and want to return

If you’re not always in the Nice area, making your guests feel well looked after so they want to return year after year is challenging. You will receive welcome packs through to advice about what to do in the local area, the right property manager will streamline the rental experience for your customers. Which increases the likelihood that they’ll remain loyal to you.

Finally, by using property management in Nice, France, you have the potential to turn your investment into a smooth-running business. With unique knowledge about the local area and smart strategies for maximising your returns. Your property manager can turn your apartment or home into a reliable source of income. Want to find out how this can work for you? Contact us today ,if you need help with your HB Property management in Nice.

Off-season bookings

It’s only natural for your holiday rental bookings to drop a little during the off-season. However, there are a few things that you can do to help bring in more visitors to your holiday rental in Nice, France when the main summer rush is over.

Sell the off-season benefits of holidaying in Nice

When marketing your holiday rental in Nice, make sure that you highlight the many benefits of an off-season stay. Think about what your rental has to offer guests for a winter stay, for example a log fire, a deep whirlpool bath, no light pollution so that guests can enjoy a great view of the winter night sky.

The spring months can also be a great time to explore Nice and the surrounding areas before the crowds arrive, and an Easter break could also be a good selling angle to try.

One of the main benefits of holidaying out of season is that prices tend to be lower. Remember to point out to potential guests that flights, car hire and visitor attraction entrance fees are all generally lower than they are during peak season. This could mean that visitors might be able to stay for an extra day or two.

Update your website images

To draw in out of season guests, it’s a good idea to include seasonal images of your accommodation and of the surrounding area. A cosy picture of a crackling log fire and pretty autumn colours in your gardens will help your guests to imagine being there during low season, rather than an image of a sun lounger and the local beach.

Local seasonal events

If there are any notable seasonal events taking place near to your holiday rental, such as autumn or Christmas markets or star gazing events, be sure to market these on your property’s details page. Try offering free tickets for an event as an incentive for booking to come and stay with you out of season.

It can also be worth approaching local restaurants to see if they would be prepared to offer discounted meals for your guests. Many restaurateurs will be open to this idea as their own footfall will be reduced out of season and any extra customers will be welcome.

If you need help with your HB Property management in Nice, don’t hesitate to contact us today for more information.