Shampoo and Booze Episode 46: How to Deal with the Off-Season Slump

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We live in a part of the country where people like to go on vacation. The big attractions are hiking in the Shenandoah National Park and floating down the Shenandoah River. The popular season starts around March when Spring is creeping in and ends around November when the beautiful Fall leaves finally all disappear. December, January, and February are usually pretty quiet.

In this episode, we brainstorm ways to attract people to our rental during these quiet months. While we can't imagine being fully booked, our goal is to at least attract the people who want to escape the city and have a quiet winter weekend. We will take advantage of the quiet time to do maintenance and some heavy cleaning, but letting our asset go empty for any length of time just feels wrong! Please share any suggestions if you also live in an area where bookings drop during a certain period of the year.

By the way, here's the link to that article we mention about ocean front property on the East Coast being a dangerous bargain because of future flooding from Climate Change. (Or a great deal if you don't believe in it.)

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Shampoo and Booze Episode 45: Update of our Renovation Project w/ Photos

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We are almost done with stage one of our renovation project on our second rental. This means we have gutted the house, built out and added almost 400 square feet of new space, and put it under a roof. It only took us a month to do this. Stage two is doing the electric, plumbing, HVAC, and insulation. Stage three is sheet rock, laying down the floors, and finish work. Can we finish and get it rented by Springtime? Let's see!

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Shampoo and Booze Episode 44: The Duplex, A Home and An Airbnb Business

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April lives and hosts in beautiful Lake Tahoe, California. She moved there when she was young so she could ski all winter. Being smart, she bought a duplex where she could live on one side and rent the other half. Add being a bartender and she created a pretty great life.

But recently when her long time tenant moved out, April decided to try Airbnb. Very quickly she was making much more money. Her duplex was an even better idea than she could have dreamed of when she bought it years ago.

We enjoyed listening to April share how she updated her interior design to attract Airbnb guests, how she does check-ins, and her experience living right next to her renters. Plus, her plans for the future. Check out the super cute duplex in the photos below.

We would love to buy a dulpex as well because it's often the price of a single home, but has two  units. If you live in a beautiful place, it's a great investment for renting to vacationers.

Just ask questions in the comments. We'd love to hear your experience.

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