Author: Victoria Jackson

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Jul'16
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Deep Cleaning your Vacation Rental Home to Boost Your Bottom Line

You never get a second chance to make a first impression.  This is true with people and also for your vacation rental home.  Your guests’ expectations will be met or exceeded when they first arrive or they will be crushed and probably not recover during their stay.  Your home’s exterior and interior must make a good impression to attract repeat business.Fortunately, most vacationers are considerate and clean up behind themselves so that the weekly cleaners can properly maintain the home f... Read more
Categories: Airbnb

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Jul'16
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Airbnb Hosts Under Cloud of Discrimination

In January 2016, 3 Harvard researchers released a study, “Racial Discrimination in the Sharing Economy: Evidence from a Field Experiment”.  They concluded “In a field experiment on Airbnb, we find that requests from guests with distinctively African-American names are roughly 16% less likely to be accepted than identical guests with distinctively White names. The difference persists whether the host is African-American or White, male or female. The difference also persists whether the hos... Read more
Categories: Airbnb

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Jun'16
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8 Things to Expect When You Remodel Your Home

Failure to plan is planning to fail.  We have all heard this statement and it is true.  But, sometimes the best plans still hold surprises that we didn’t prepare for.  The 8 items below are common occurrences when major or even minor home remodeling projects are undertaken.  Knowing in advance what to expect will make it easier to deal with it should any (or all) of these happen to your project.MessDemolition is messy.  If you are tearing walls down in your house, know that the dust and d... Read more
Categories: Blog

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Jun'16
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How to Prepare for Hurricane Season on the Outer Banks

It's barely even June yet, on the Outer Banks we had our first tropical system this past weekend (and continuing to move slowly).  Hurricane season is from June 1 to Nov 30.  Typically, the season does not heat up until August.  It is always best to prepare in advance.  There is way too much to do once a storm is on its way. You may plan to ride out the event until the storm strengthens or appears to be coming closer.  Therefore, if you should decide to evacuate at the last moment having p... Read more
Categories: Airbnb

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May'16
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22 Tested Ways to Save Money on Your Utility Bills

You work hard for your money. I know I do. Being raised by depression-era parents, I hate the idea of wasting anything. That’s why I am always on the lookout for ways to save money; especially ones that cause no hardship.According to Energy Star, almost half of all the energy we use in our homes goes toward heating and cooling and a significant amount goes towards water as well. One of the best places to start looking for savings is where we use the most energy.Energy Efficient AppliancesWhile... Read more
Categories: Appliance Repair

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May'16
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Design a Coastal Kitchen that Doesn’t Scream “Beachy Kitschy”

Each room in our home should resemble our personality and interests. We spend a great deal of time in our home and the kitchen seems to be the place where family and guests congregate.  With that said, our homes should be a place of peace and tranquility; the kitchen is no exception.For many people all over the world, there is no place that embodies peace and tranquility quite like the coast. The wind, waves, and sand all embody relaxation and peace of mind. Luckily, it is possible to bring tha... Read more
Categories: Blog

29
Apr'16
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HomeAway Announces 5 Tier Pricing Model to End July 11

HomeAway, parent to Vacation Rentals by Owner (VRBO), just announced a dramatic change to the pricing structure for property listings. Beginning July 11, 2016, the company will stop selling and renewing the multi-level subscription plans for Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze and Classic. The company will only sell annual subscriptions at a flat rate of $349 when online booking is enabled or $499 when online booking is not enabled. The company will also allow the pay per booking option where there i... Read more
Categories: Airbnb

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Apr'16
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Essential Tasks for Homeowners to Get Ready for Summer on the Outer Banks

 It’s almost summer on the Outer Banks.  Tourist have begun arriving and bike week just finished.  It seems like spring was just skipped over.   While it has been unseasonable chilly; time is running out to get all the maintenance tasks complete to be able to enjoy the Outer Banks this summer.Clean Gutters & Down Spouts This can be a messy task but the power washer can make it easier.  Your gutters and down spouts should be cleaned out at least twice a year to make sure there is ... Read more
Categories: Blog

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Apr'16
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Guide to Finding the Perfect Vacation Rental Listing Site

  Ever since Expedia’s acquisition of HomeAway, VRBO’s parent company, travelers will now be charged an additional service fee, anywhere from 4-10% based on the total amount of the rental, but not to exceed $499, sources say. This new charge is in addition to the listing fees that are already being paid by the homeowner and the credit card fees that are collected by the company for online payments. To add further insult, the fee is cloaked as a “payment protection fee,” to imp... Read more
Categories: Airbnb

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Apr'16
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Genius Ways to Make Your Home Cooler for the Summer

As temperatures begin to warm up after a long winter season, it is time to take advantage of the mild spring weather. Over the winter months, it is often difficult to perform work around the house due to the cold temperatures. However, spring is the perfect time to get your home in top shape for the months of warm weather ahead. One way to ensure a comfortable spring and summer season is to take the steps necessary to create a cooler home. There are DIY home maintenance and improvement projects ... Read more
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