Resource Guide 3 - Are you the kind of owner who should not list their self catering accommodation?

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This is easy to answer.

You should rather not make your accommodation available to the Cape Town self catering market if you meet anyone of the following limiting mental and other issues. Well, you can do it but rather not through via CapeHolidays :)

Let me qualify this by saying that if you are a virgin owner you will be worried renting out the first time. We understand and will guide you through the process. But if your worries are so severe that it will affect the happiness of your guests then stay away.

Most issues you may have are addressed with your attitude, your terms and conditions, indemnity, third party liability insurance and a decent breakage deposit.

You can also screen your potential guests. But more about this later.


  • are indecisive: if you are unsure about letting people stay in your home.
  • do not allow people from all nationalities.
  • find it difficult to trust others.
  • think all people are out to abuse your home.
  • cannot agree on the income goals. This is critical. Miscommunicated expectations can ruin any relationship. If you expect an agency to maximise your income but your rules about minimum length of stay, expected minimum rates make it impossible then any agency will waste your time. Your agents must feel they can achieve the annual goal you set for them. (Agree on goals or don't use the agent).
  • have such expensive furnishings, cutlery, or whatever that the guests are afraid to use it. As they say, "Any sport has its accidents". If you cannot allow little accidents then don't get involved. In other words; if you want compensation for unmalicious damage then don't get involved.
  • are not investing money into maintaing your place
  • want to save money by taking your own photos

The next post I will share how to protect your interest


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What Others Say

Carmen Clews Homeowner

Thank you Cape Holidays for being so passionate about what you do - I sleep peacefully at night trusting that you guys take care of everything!I honor your commitment to this industry, thank you xxx

Alistair Clacherty Homeowner

It's great knowing that everything's under control when I am out of the country and would otherwise be stressed about managing things back home. And I know if push came to shove you would make a plan to sort it out. Very happy!