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  • Representation - Easco
    Useful Links Useful Links Contact Us Contact Us Home Benefits of membership summary Representation Benefits of membership Subscription rates Online application form Code of practice Discounts for members Service to members Support to members Representation Members Login Username Password Login If you own a self catering business and would like to find out the benefits of becoming an EASCO member click below Join Today Representation One of EASCO s main functions is to represent the industry in the corridors of power We talk regularly to VisitBritain and are consulted by several government departments on matters that affect our members EASCO belongs to and takes part in British Tourism Development Committee A VisitBritain consultative forum Partners for England The Tourism Alliance Federation of National Self Catering Associations We watch for changes in legislation and red tape that may affect our members and represent their interests often long before the legislation or administrative changes concerned are implemented It is essential to have an input at the consultation stage so that the voice of the self catering industry in England is heard loud and clear Very often legislation is passed that has been drafted without adequate consideration of the situation in respect of

    Original URL path: http://www.englishselfcatering.co.uk/benefits-membership/representation-industry/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Using an agent - Easco
    competition and drives up professionalism quality and value for money it also presents challenges and loads pressure on to owners who must find ways of making their properties stand out from the crowd What does an agent offer to the home owner who wants to let a property As always it s all about matching and meeting individual requirements Some buy a property and go it alone improving and preparing it for holiday lets marketing it themselves and finding visitors to rent it But the bottom line is that letting your property through an agency makes life easier and more secure Although agents add costs through commission expertise and experience appear to count and good agencies significantly increase the chances of long letting seasons As a minimum a good agency should be a professional marketing outfit with excellent brochure website advertising PR direct mail and email campaigns But it should also generate more bookings than you reasonably could yourself thereby paying for itself The agency should guarantee owners full payment upfront for all bookings even cancellations and handle all administrative matters The best have a basic commission rate with no upfront registration fees or extra charges for website entries In return the foremost obligation of an owner is to deliver quality goods to the paying holidaymakers exactly as it was sold in the brochure at the appointed time and for every minute of the period booked But the 101 other responsibilities and attention to detail required of a home owner make the inputs and efforts of agency professionals helpful to problem free profitable holiday letting Any good agency is happy to give free advice early on For someone about to buy a property with a view to holiday letting an agent can give invaluable expert advice on best locations letting

    Original URL path: http://www.englishselfcatering.co.uk/your-business/using-agent/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Preparing a property - Easco
    list of dos and don ts A holidaymaker expects a home from home at least and hopes for a place that charms and wows his family or friends If your holiday home looks like it ought to be featured in a glossy magazine you re getting there Good design makes a home more efficient and therefore comfortable Holiday homes require less storage space but must have plenty of floor space and light to regularly accommodate a full house of guests Somewhere to store suitcases would be useful The maximum number a house sleeps must determine the size and nature of the dining table its chairs the sofas and armchairs Space is a luxury few can afford at home deliver it stylishly in a holiday property and it will delight wooing repeat bookings and many new ones Décor can lend a home an instant look For letting success so long as it s in keeping with the building s style the colour scheme you choose might as well be tastefully adventurous although pale light enhancing shades often make themes work better Don t be outrageous you have to appeal to people with many tastes and preferences so violet ceilings are out event though they are your own favourite Plain and practical is the best recommendation for a carpet or floor covering Soft furnishings and curtains should be warm of good quality and washable so you can keep them in tip top condition Curtains should exclude the light especially if the property has direct sunlight Furniture is best when solid and attractive clean and easy to keep clean Lighting in all rooms is crucial There should be lamps as well as ceiling and wall lights Low energy bulbs are highly desirable on ecological grounds and to keep your electricity bill in check Open fires and woodburners are loved by most They should be laid and left with enough logs or coal for the first night at least plus information on where to buy or get more In the kitchen ask yourself if you would want to cook with the utensils you provide Have a full inventory of utensils pots and non stick pans which are new or look new and of course they should be spotlessly clean The most suitable crockery is white nobody objects to white and as with glassware and cutlery it should be practical and replaceable Insects can be a problem in some locations and guests may not be used to them You can t control the world of nature but a kitchen fly killer machine will help Heating and hot water systems should be easy to operate and available on demand Good electrical equipment fridge freezer cooker microwave dishwasher washing machine is essential A sizeable television plus DVD or video player is a must and a radio CD player is appreciated as are one or two games a few recent coffee table magazines fresh flowers a handful of standard provisions a welcome bottle of wine perhaps if licensed

    Original URL path: http://www.englishselfcatering.co.uk/your-business/preparing-property/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Using an online sales site - Easco
    Agencies Associations Businesses North west Agencies Associations Businesses South Agencies Associations Businesses South east Agencies Associations Businesses South west Agencies Associations Businesses West Agencies Associations Businesses Useful Links Useful Links Contact Us Contact Us Home Running Your Business Using an online sales site Urban self catering Using an agent Preparing a property Using an online sales site Dealing with review sites Finance Insurance Regulations Getting your website right Using social media Members Login Username Password Login If you own a self catering business and would like to find out the benefits of becoming an EASCO member click below Join Today Using an online sales site An online sales site is an advertising site There are many such sites and they will take your money in exchange for a listing Many boasts will be made about the number of people who look at the site and its value to your business Online advertising can be valuable especially if you are advertising on a well respected platform Some local tourist sites can be good sources of business as can large international sites But before you part with a lot of money ask yourself a few questions and perhaps ask the salesman too

    Original URL path: http://www.englishselfcatering.co.uk/your-business/using-online-sales-site/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Dealing with review sites - Easco
    Associations Businesses South Agencies Associations Businesses South east Agencies Associations Businesses South west Agencies Associations Businesses West Agencies Associations Businesses Useful Links Useful Links Contact Us Contact Us Home Running Your Business Dealing with review sites Urban self catering Using an agent Preparing a property Using an online sales site Dealing with review sites Finance Insurance Regulations Getting your website right Using social media Members Login Username Password Login If you own a self catering business and would like to find out the benefits of becoming an EASCO member click below Join Today Dealing with review sites More will be added to this page later In brief we recommend that you engage with review sites Where possible contribute content and images If there is an opportunity to claim management of a listing claim it If you are not listed get listed if you can When a review is published use your right of reply if available In many cases you can reply so make sure you do both to good and bad reviews Negative reviews are of course the most difficult especially if they are unfair or inaccurate Be calm and polite stick to the facts and be businesslike Say

    Original URL path: http://www.englishselfcatering.co.uk/your-business/dealing-review-sites/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Finance/Insurance - Easco
    be a bit more difficult to forecast One of the most important considerations is the number of guests the holiday home will sleep and seat in comfort The other factors are the location the setting and of course the appeal of the property and its condition Charm comes with a bit more rent Location can be vital There is often a premium for a property near the coast especially if there is a sandy beach nearby But accessibility by car or train convenience for holiday attractions walking etc and availability of local amenities are also important It is not very likely that you will have a detailed knowledge of market conditions unless you have done a great deal of homework or know the area and the holiday let business well Generally a letting agent specialising in holiday letting would be a good friend to make talk to him or her about the local market the pattern of demand the likely length of the booking season and the sort of rental that you might expect to be able to charge If you are taking out a mortgage then it is probably best to speak to a specialist broker who understands that you don t plan to move in there yourself The mortgage provider will want to know about the commercial potential of the property as well as of course your own financial circumstances Your costs are going to include insurance cover and you ll need a specialist policy that s designed for the holiday home owner Try telling your normal home insurer that you ll be letting the house to umpteen people that you ve never met and sleeping there zero nights yourself in a 365 day period Exit your normal insurer Normal home insurance doesn t usually cover public liability

    Original URL path: http://www.englishselfcatering.co.uk/your-business/financeinsurance/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Regulations - Easco
    over sheer drops or into well shafts Whilst life threatening hazards such as bare wires on your toaster cable come close to the top of the priority list don t ignore the hazards that could cause an elderly person to trip and fall for example unstable paving stones on steps or a host of other issues that could cause harm to a guest Whilst you probably don t have to by law it is best to write down your risk assessment If you don t it will be hard to remember it and even harder to prove to the authorities that you did it properly in the first place It is important to remember that a risk assessment is specific to a particular property and is not a form filling exercise of tick the boxes Forms can help but can t cover everything Don t be daunted by safety it is usually straightforward and in a typical holiday home compliance will usually be quite easy and mostly based on common sense You can use a consultant to advise you of course but a consultant cannot take responsibility on your behalf Your local Fire Service may offer free advice but remember that they are also the enforcing authority Remember too that you are running a business and whilst you want to make your holiday home a home from home it is nobody s home but a commercial venture Your gas and electrical installations must be safe and you will need a testing regime to ensure that they are Similarly all the equipment that you provide needs to be safe to use If there s a pond in the garden either net it properly to prevent a small child falling in or fence it off If large the pond should have a

    Original URL path: http://www.englishselfcatering.co.uk/your-business/regulations/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Getting your website right - Easco
    Members Login Username Password Login If you own a self catering business and would like to find out the benefits of becoming an EASCO member click below Join Today Getting your website right Getting your website right is perhaps one of the key marketing things you have to do in the 21st Century For self caterers the old adage about a picture being worth a thousand words is true and if you get nothing else right make sure you include the best possible pictures of your property and plenty of them Your website does not have to be complicated or sophisticated customers are looking for a holiday home not a web designer It should of course be Easy to navigate Informative Accurate Informative yes we meant to repeat that It goes without saying that a website should tell the truth and that means the up to date truth so don t show pictures of what it used to look like if things have changed Being informative means thinking of everything that a potential visitor might want to know and including it Never say call us email us for more information If you have some more information then publish it Some things you should include in almost every case Location information Description of the property Description of the surrounding area Details of the amenities Information about telephone Wi Fi mobile reception Your access statement for disabled people You may also want to include some general tourist information about the area This may be more important in a rural area than if you are in the middle of Manchester In an urban area visitors are likely to know a bit more already and there are loads of other websites to look at but they may be less familiar with the joys of

    Original URL path: http://www.englishselfcatering.co.uk/your-business/getting-website-right/ (2016-02-15)
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