While the allure of owning your very own Maui vacation rental is an attractive and prestigious idea, there are many factors to consider before pulling the trigger. Helping clients buy and sell vacation rentals is a speciality of ours, so we have first hand insights of the work and expenses that go into maintaining one.
Read on for some more of our tips.
Since owning a vacation home entails not being able to spend time at the property all the time, a management company is a sound choice to help maintain the property and look after rental reservations.
There are a few options available to be utilized. At some South Maui condos, there is an on-site management office that can handle the services required to maintain a vacation rental; however, depending on the rental revenue splits agreed upon, some on-site offices (usually the larger ones like Aston or Outrigger) will charge as much as 50% of rental revenue.
Aside from on-site management offices, there are local property management companies that specialize in offering their services as vacation rental property managers. Their rental revenue splits can be a little more favorable than on-site management, but they do have other accounts to look after and are not solely dedicated to a single complex like on-site management offices.
Although there are plenty of property managers out there, look for one who specializes in vacation rentals or who at least has some experience in handling them.
In addition to revenue splits with management companies and capital gains tax, owners are burdened with two other tax requirements that buyers may not always be aware about.
Vacation rental income is subject to:
- General excise tax of roughly 4%
- Transient accommodation tax of a little over 9%
It’s always best to consult a tax professional for a full break down of the tax obligations associated with owning a vacation rental.
Between each guests, hiring a cleaning service to do a full top to bottom cleaning is a necessary step in providing an excellent accommodation to guests and building your vacation rental’s reputation. Nobody likes a dirty accommodation. Over time, cleaning fees add up and is often an overlooked expense when figuring out the bottom line.
We recommend trying to negotiate a flat vs getting charged per cleaning. Owners should try to negotiate a favorable pricing structure considering you will be sending a lot of business the cleaning company’s way.
List of Backup Vendors
Creating a list of back up vendors is always a good idea in case anything pops up unexpectedly. Have a back up cleaner, handy man, plumber, etc on file in case you need something in a pinch.
Wear and Tear
Guests aren’t always considerate of and aware the unit they’re staying in is somebody’s property and don’t care to treat the unit as if it’s their own. So it’s inevitable units will have repair costs at times throughout guests’ stay.
Whether it’s fixing a hole in the couch, updating furnishings, repainting scratches on the wall, replacing outdated kitchen appliances, or deep cleaning carpets, vacation rental wear and tear will happen.
Again, similar to the wear and tear, guests are not always aware of their use and who is responsible for paying utilities. Especially in Hawaii, where A/C feels like it’s a must, guest will probably choose to run the AC 24/7 and that is where the bill can get expensive.
Other things like leaving lights on, leaving iphone/laptop cords plugged in, or leaving the the TV on all night can also run up the electricity bill.
Set Aside a Rainy Day Fund
Just like in life, anything can and will happen. As a best practice, you should set aside a sizable rainy day fun for the unexpected repair.
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