Adding a welcome book at your vacation rental property serves several purposes:
- To let the guests know about the local area restaurants, shopping, attractions, and sites
- To answer questions regarding your vacation home, especially the amenities
- To eliminate phone calls from guests during their stay (and during your dinner!)
- To ensure the greatest possible vacation for your renters
In addition to reducing the number of questions you'll have to answer, your guests will appreciate having your suggestions and recommendations at their fingertips. You can also insert a bunch of blank pages for your guests to jot down their own "local finds", too. It's an easy and inexpensive way to improve your guests' experience.
To create a welcome book to leave in your vacation rental home for your guests, purchase a high quality three-ring binder (the cheap ones will fall apart too quickly) from your local office supply store. You should also purchase some top-load sheet protectors to keep the pages from getting torn. A handwritten and signed welcome letter inserted into the front of the book adds a personal touch. Then just start collecting and adding many of the items listed below and slip them into the binder.
Your welcome book could include: