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So far Wendy Bixby has created 11 blog entries.
10 07, 2020

Xplorie and Alexa— Your Personal, Virtual Concierge in the Smokies

2020-07-10T15:57:51+00:00Property Management|

Here at Eden Crest, we’re always thinking of ways to make your vacation to the Great Smoky Mountains better. It’s not only our profession to provide you with affordable, luxury mountain accommodations— it’s our passion.  So when we heard our partners at Xplorie were building a virtual concierge program with Amazon Alexa, we jumped at the chance to try it out. A Voice Command Assistant Available 24/7  If you have an Amazon Alexa at home, you know how convenient and life-changing it can be. Simply say commands or ask questions like: Alexa, turn on the lights, Alexa, turn up the [...]

23 03, 2020

How to Deep Clean Your Vacation Rental Home

2020-03-23T14:17:29+00:00Property Management|

With the coronavirus crisis reaching its peak, you may be experiencing an understandable lull in guests at your vacation rental home. As with any crisis, this too shall pass, and you will again see an influx of visitors and rental income to your home. In the meantime, now may be the perfect opportunity to do a deep clean and refresh your home— or even do some small renovations.  The vacation rental experts at Eden Crest want to share with you the best way to deep clean and sanitize your vacation rental home. A deep clean should be performed every six [...]

13 03, 2020

12 Must-Have Amenities for a Successful Vacation Rental

2020-03-13T13:50:18+00:00Property Management|

Owning a home in an in-demand vacation destination— like the Great Smoky Mountains— is the first step to establishing a successful rental. Guests from all over the world flock to Eastern Tennessee for the stunning mountain views, family-friendly attractions, and world-class hiking and mountain biking.  But there’s a big difference between a rental home that attracts one-time guests, and a rental home that brings repeat guests back year after year. Establishing a glowing fan base and repeat clientele is key for a successful vacation rental home in any destination.  One way to bring guests back to your Smoky Mountain vacation [...]

17 02, 2020

Should You Allow Pets in Your Vacation Rental?

2020-02-17T14:55:56+00:00Uncategorized|

Tricky question. And one that every vacation rental homeowner needs to answer at some point in their rental journey. Here are a few things to consider when making this important decision. According to industry data, 87% of travelers with pets say that they wished it were more convenient to travel with their animals. As a homeowner, you must consider the delicate balance of being as accommodating as possible to your guests— while protecting your home from property damage, loss, and possible noise complaints from neighbors.  Unfortunately, there is no blanket solution for all homeowners— and this particular decision is a [...]

6 02, 2020

Unique Architecture- How to Make Your Vacation Home Stand Out

2020-02-06T21:05:26+00:00Property Management|

With more homes entering the vacation rental inventory every day, it’s easy for your short term rental home to get lost in the overcrowded shuffle on AirBNB and VRBO. Finding a way to make your home stand out on booking platforms is a challenge. But with the right mindset and a little imagination, it can be a fun one!  The experts at Eden Crest have put together a list of ways to make your vacation rental home more marketable and desirable by incorporating unique design elements into your home. Read on for creative tips and tricks to make your short [...]

21 01, 2020

Should You Hire a Decorator?

2020-01-21T15:05:17+00:00Property Management, Uncategorized|

In a previous post, we talked about the importance of good interior design in a vacation home rental. For some homeowners, an interior design project may sound like a task they can take on themselves. Browsing through online furniture stores. Looking at tile samples. Selecting interesting artwork. Trying out different paint colors. For some, the whole process of interior design is an exciting challenge.  But for others, the idea of decorating their vacation rental home is intimidating. What if that paint color looks weird? What if you end up hating that tile? What exactly is shiplap, anyway? If you’re the [...]

7 01, 2020

Maintenance and Housekeeping: The Unsung Heroes of Vacation Rental Success

2020-01-07T16:54:49+00:00Property Management|

The two areas that are sometimes overlooked with vacation rental management are also the two most important areas for guest satisfaction— cleanliness and preventative maintenance.  We know— not very exciting, are they? They don’t have the appeal or the visibility of our social media marketing, professional photography, or web site. But these two things— the overall cleanliness and the updated, on-going maintenance of your home— are the two workhorses that are going to generate stellar online reviews, encourage repeat bookings, and get you the vacation rental investment return you’re looking for.  Vacation Rental Home Maintenance Here at Eden Crest Vacation [...]

19 12, 2019

Smart Home Technology: The 4 Best Ways to Upgrade Your Vacation Rental

2019-12-19T14:35:08+00:00Uncategorized|

Technology is involved with everything we do these days. From ordering a pizza delivery on your phone to video chatting with a friend to chilling out on the sofa and watching Netflix all night— technology is the means of making all of that happen. As a vacation rental owner, technology should be at the forefront of your mind. As we mentioned in a previous post, there are many ways— from old school upgrades to professional photography— to attract guests and get them to book with you. But once your guests have arrived, you can impress them even more with some [...]

6 12, 2019

How to Write a Property Description that Gets Booked

2019-12-06T15:12:58+00:00Property Management|

Here at Eden Crest Vacation Rentals, we pride ourselves on our top-notch online listings. Each of our properties is given our careful consideration and our undivided attention. The photographs of our properties are important. We take beautiful photographs of all of our homes, from all angles, and in their best light. A lot of our guests will book their vacation home from online photographs alone! But to really stand out from the crowd and capture the booking, our property descriptions are written with the same care and attention to detail. At Eden Crest, we know that your home’s photographs are [...]

21 11, 2019

9 Tips to Maximize Your Smoky Mountain Vacation Rental Investment

2019-11-21T19:59:05+00:00Property Management|

It’s no secret that the vacation rental industry is growing at a breathtaking pace. And it’s growth is forecasted to continue— with no slow down in site. The market is currently poised to reach almost $170 billion by the end of 2019.  This explosion of growth is great news for Smoky Mountain short term rental owners. But with each new home that’s added to the market, it’s that much harder for your home to stand out. Booking sites are over-crowded with home options for potential guests. How do you stand out in this crowded space— and get the bookings you’re [...]

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