Common Questions about Property Management
Will my cabin make a good vacation rental cabin?
It depends. Size, location, and amenities are very important when deciding whether or not your cabin will make a good vacation rental. Try to imagine yourself renting a cabin for your yearly vacation and what would appeal to you. We are happy to preview your property and offer our expert advice on if your cabin would make a good vacation rental. If your cabin isnt quite ready for rental we can make suggestions on ways to make your property more appealing to vacationers.
How much will my cabin rent for?
This is probably the most common question we get and its also the hardest question to answer initially without previewing your property. There are many factors that go into determine the rate structure. We are happy to visit your property to recommend pricing suggestions and options. You may also want to look for comparable cabins on our website as a way to determine a similar property and pricing structure.
How many weeks can I expect my cabin to book throughout the year?
There are lots of variables to consider here, but the length of our season is a good place to start. As you may know, Ely has a pretty short summer season; this is when we get the most visitors to the BWCAW and Ely area. Fishing opener in mid May is really the start of our season, and most people close their cabins early in October due to lower temps, which gives us approximately a 20 week season. During our 20 week season, we have 12 prime time summer weeks ( July & August are our busiest months). Factors that determine how many weeks we may rent your home include cabin amenities, location, owner use during prime weeks, and pricing. It may take a couple years to establish a good repeat clientele for you cabin at which point, with a high occupancy %, we would likely increase your rates.
If I have a year round cabin, what can I expect for bookings in the winter?
We do have a handful of cabins that are available year-round; however the winter season here in Ely is very quiet. Most of our owners have found it more cost effective to close their cabin down for the winter months or rent to a long term winter renter if possible.
If I rent out my cabin can I still use it?
Of course! Most of our cabin owners only use their cabin 2-3 weeks throughout the season and we rent their cabin for them when they wouldnt have been using it anyway. We are happy to work with you on a schedule that works well for you and also maximizes revenue and occupancy when you are not using your property.
Are renters hard on the cabins?
We strive to find a qualified customer base that will treat your cabin with care and respect just as if it were their own cabin. The majority of our guests are families in search of the same privacy and amenities that appeal to you the owner. You should expect normal wear and tear over the years; damage of any type is extremely rare.