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Posted on Tuesday 07th June 2016 | Steve Thomas

Does your property appeal to sporty guests?

When you decide to rent out a holiday property it’s important to think about your demographic and who you are trying to appeal to.A big home with lots of rooms will often appeal to family or friend groups, while a one bedroom cottage or chalet might be better marketed as a romantic bolthole for two.

Sport-loving guests are an important group to take into consideration, especially if you’re planning to let a chalet in the Alps. Of course, you want your property to appeal to the snow crowd - skiers and snowboarders - but if you market it right, you can win over summertime walkers, mountain bikers and climbers too and increase your rental income potential.

Keep it clean...

Sports, especially those that are common in the Alps, tend to be messy affairs. Whether it’s snow from the slopes melting off jackets and salopettes or muddy walking boots, creating a space in your home that’s a bit of a ‘dirt airlock’ will allow your home to stay clean and your guests to feel like their space is a nice one.

A big boot room with chairs for guests to get undressed and a small bathroom for them to wash up will make your property really appealing to the sports fanatics. Plenty of hooks on hand to hang up outer layers and a robust heater to dry them off won’t go amiss either.

Outdoor storage

Sports equipment tends to be bulky and dirty, so an outdoor area in which skis, bikes and other sports kit can be stored will help to set your property apart from the crowd. A sturdy shed, garage or outhouse should do the job and pay dividends almost immediately.

This can also be pretty valuable stuff, so ensure that your storage space is secure - if you want to earn even more brownie points, you could even provide some spare locks for guests who wish to ride their bikes into nearby towns or villages during their stay.

Outdoor space

Sporty types also tend to be outdoorsy types, so a nice big decking area where they can chill out with a beer after a day on the slopes or a pretty garden in the summer months with plenty of seating is sure to appeal.    

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