Wishes To The Perfect Landlord

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1. Please be honest. The descriptions need to be correct, nothing should be made to sound a little nicer than it is. The size of the apartment, the location - it makes quite the difference if an apartment is in the basement or on the fifth floor and without an elevator, but even the dimensions of the bed should be given.

2. Please list all electric equipment. It's really good to know if there is a washing machine, dishwashing machine, microwave, etc. Kitchenette can be just as misleading a description as "fully equipped" when there's only a camping stove and a Senseo coffee maker.

3. When there is electric equipment, that's great - but please, keep the manuals nearby. There's at least a dozen ways of not using a dishwasher properly.

4. Having your own website with a good description of the vacation apartment and with informative photos is the best advertisement. Just, please, don’t show everything at once. A homepage with 20 photos in poster size, two embedded videos plus links to a weather forecast and the calendar of occupancy are just too much. Less is more, and a website that gets a computer to slow down is nothing anyone would want to visit.

5. While we are at it: photos are the only way to really show the potential customer the apartment. Pictures that are out of focus or extra-small do not help at all, and also remember not to take your pictures looking towards windows with the light streaming in. That just results in a photo with dark rooms, the barest of traces of furniture, and a large white rectangle in the middle. Take your pictures with the light, not towards it.

6. If there are stairs in the apartment or house, please include them in your photos. It's particularly important for people who travel with young children or elderly adults; stairs that are too steep or too tight are only for the young and athletic.

7. As you may be aware, the first travel planning online is typically done by women. Thus, the furnishings should appeal to them. The same nicely made bedsheets on all beds, tidy rooms, enough light and a view to the garden or balcony should be included.

8. Tastes may indeed differ, but nobody likes old and abused furniture, creaky chairs, musty wardrobes, threadbare pillows and blankets, over-used mattresses or carpets in need of renovation. It's no use hiding couches or chairs under covers or blankets, the dirt remains.

9. Your guests will typically arrive on a Saturday, so having toilet paper, paper kitchen towels and tissues would be good.

10. Your guests will bring luggage. Please leave enough room for them to make themselves comfortable for the time they are there. Not all corners, cases and cupboards need to be filled. A vacation apartment is no U-Store for unwanted Christmas presents or superfluous stuff that should have been thrown away.

11. A list with the essential adresses and telephone numbers should be provided: the nearest stores, restaurants and bus stops, phone numbers for taxi, doctors, delivery services, advice for day trips and where the next laundry is…

12. Germany's waste separation for recycling is a science unto itself, and the different waste receptacles in different colors are differently used, depending on location. So, please help out and give a list of what trash bag belongs in what bin and is for what.

13. Of course it's tempting to provide just as many plates, glasses and sets of cutlery as there will be guests in the apartment, but doing so will only increase the cost for electricity and water as the few items will need to be washed all the more often. So, please provide a full compliment of tableware and cutlery, as well as pots and pans and all that.

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Gaby Leeser

This travel guide has been written by Gaby Leeser.

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