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Celebrating 300 Google Reviews!

Roelens Vacations staff celebrate their 300th Google Review! Thank you for all of your support!

With the continued support of our loyal guests and community we have managed to reach 300 reviews! The Roelens Vacations Family would like to thank each and every single one of you for trusting us to host you and your families on your much needed SWFL vacations. It is that trust that has allowed us to become the top Vacation Management Company in the City of Cape Coral and we could not be more grateful. So thank you to the 300 happy guests who thought so much of us they wanted to tell the world. We appreciate every single word! Cheers! Here is to the next 100!

COVID-19 UPDATE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media contact: Betsy Clayton, APR/CPRC

Communications Director

Lee County Government

239-826-4606

bclayton@leegov.com

State approves Lee County’s amended minimum standards for vacation rentals

Fort Myers, FL, May 21, 2020 – The state today approved an amended version of Lee County’s minimum standards regarding out-of-state reservations.

Pursuant to Executive Order 20-123 signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis on May 15, and effective immediately, the following amended measures are required as minimum standards for vacation rentals throughout Lee County that are accepting reservations and guests for any length of stay (see the strikethrough language replaced with the underlined language):

 Vacation rentals reservations and stays will be allowed from all U.S. states with COVID-19 case rates less than 700 cases/100K residents. COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population by state can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/index.html then hover your curser over the vacationer’s state of residence. A box will open with information including cases per 100,000 population.

 Shall prohibit rentals to persons traveling internationally. or from a state or locality with a substantial community spread of COVID-19.

 Shall allow adequate time between the conclusion of a guest stay and the check-in of the next guest stay for appropriate cleaning and sanitation.

 Shall clean and disinfect all frequently-touched surfaces in the property between each guest stay.

 Shall wash all linens, dishware, and other service items available for use by guests between each guest rental.

 Shall ensure adequate safety protocols are in place and publicly displayed, in line with CDC guidance, regarding shared or multi-residence amenities such as pools, gyms, and other communal spaces.

 Shall follow CDC guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting their facility, per the CDC site www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/disinfecting-building-facility.html

In anticipation of the state’s decision, the Lee Board of County Commissioners at their regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday had approved the measures. Secretary Halsey Beshears of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) notified the county Wednesday of the approval of the county’s originally submitted plan for vacation rentals.

When the county sent DBPR its original plan for review, it did so quickly in an effort to allow vacation rental property owners to reopen as soon as possible. The county now has had the opportunity to review Vacation Rental Safety Plans that have been approved for several other counties.

“Some of them use language that does a much better job of capturing the spirit of the statements made by Gov. DeSantis during his press conference on Friday, May 15, regarding out-of-state reservations,” County Manager Roger Desjarlais said.

The county received word from Secretary Breshears today, May 21, that Lee County’s plan is amended.

Enforcement and regulation falls under DBPR, which has an Emergency Information Page at www.myfloridalicense.com/emergency.

Lee County updates, information and documents can be viewed at www.leegov.com/covid-19.

Updated Cleaning Standards

Here at Roelens Vacations, your health & wellness are our top priority. We have taken extra measures to ensure that you and your family feel comfortable while staying with us at your home away from home. Feel free to look at our updated Roelens Cleaning Standards for more information or further details.

We hope to see you and your family here in beautiful Southwest Florida soon!

Best Regards,

Your Family at Roelens Vacations

The Roelens Way!

Why choose Roelens Vacations? We do business the Roelens Way! Which means we deliver the highest possible return on your investment. We treat your home as if it was our very own. Our goal is to maximize your income every day with transparency in every step along the way.

Celebrating 200 Reviews!

Roelens Vacations staff celebrate their 200th Google Review! Thank you for all those who support us!

What better way to celebrate than with cake?! Just a few months back we gathered to celebrate reaching our goal of 100 Google Reviews, going from about 12 to 100 in a matter of months. Since then we were able to DOUBLE that goal reaching 200 reviews just last week! Excellent customer service is part of our mission here at Roelens Vacations and with the help from our loyal guests like yourself we are able to make our goals a reality. With these reviews you have made us the top Vacation Management Company in the City of Cape Coral and we couldn’t be more grateful. So thank you to the 200 happy guests that wanted to share their experience with the world! Here’s to the next 100!

 

Five Steps to Give Your Rental Property a Competitive Edge

Investing in real estate to help grow your income can be a thrilling venture. However, you need to be smart and research what you need to do to attract the best clientele — and keep them coming back! Before you dive into the rental market, here are some ideas to consider.

Research Your Market

It may seem simple to start researching, but it goes beyond pricing. After all, you must also factor in size, amenities, and what your location offers. The nearer it is to transportation links, active businesses, and safe walkable spaces, the higher the likelihood that you can charge a better rate. However, if you’re near to vacant properties, closed businesses, or don’t have easy walkability, then you may be less likely to rent at a price you’d prefer. Of course, once you get going and see how many applicants are interested, you can adjust the price as necessary.

Stand Out

Very rarely is a property ready to go from the moment it is purchased. In fact, you may need to put in a bit of work to make it viable and stand out from the competition. Take, for example, the first impressions that come with curb appeal. How does it look on the outside as compared to surrounding properties? Even if it blends in, that isn’t enough, as you want it to inspire and be pleasing to the eye. Don’t ignore the inside either, as it should be in excellent condition, from being dust-free to having freshly painted walls. By giving your property some proper TLC, you also give yourself time to stage it so that you can wow from the get-go. To further sweeten your offer, consider including a reputable security system. Not only is your property protected, but your renters will also feel safer in their new home.

Make Payments Easy

To keep things easy for potential tenants, as well as for yourself, try to simplify rent payments. Although you can still accept cash, checks, and credit cards, going online will streamline the process for a tenant, giving you both a little peace of mind.

Gadgets and Tech

By investing in technology, you’ll not only make your property attractive, but give yourself the means to keep an eye on things from a distance. For instance, a smart lock can ensure no one makes duplicate copies of a key, offering you an extra layer of security as you go between tenants. Likewise, a smart thermostat allows you to ensure energy is saved, but might also draw in renters. You can even get a smart leak detector to prevent water damage from spiraling into the thousands. Most of these devices aren’t expensive, and can serve you well in the long term.

Beautify It

Making your home look beautiful goes beyond staging the furniture and gets into the small details of hardware and wall color. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that bold colors will appeal to young or business-minded people, and stick to neutrals when possible. As you choose your shades, stick to a paint that’s easy to clean to ensure your walls stay spotless, especially between renters. Next, consider what hardware, including door knobs and drawer handles, you put in throughout the property. Even if you don’t opt for expensive options, you must, at the least, have them match the furniture, cabinets, and doors they are attached to.

Turning your rental into a steady stream of income is no quick venture. It may take a little work to get your property competitive, but the right tenants will make it worth the effort. Do your research, and be sure that your house looks as attractive as possible.

Content courtesy of Suzie Wilson

Image courtesy of Pixabay

Guests Always Want to Know Where to Get Fresh Fish in Cape Coral, FL

After conversing with guests for the past several years one of the top questions we are asked is “Where can we get the best Seafood?” Now since this is Florida, there are many great, great locations to recommend. There is always, however, one that stands a bit ahead of the rest. This has to do with the freshness of the fish, the atmosphere of the location, and the fact that the family owners are also the fishermen. I always like to send people to fun and funky places while they are visiting here in Southwest Florida. Everyone should take a trip out to St. James City, Bokeelia – Museum of the Islands or Pineland while they are here. If visiting Pineland do not forget to make the Randell Research Center a stop on the way. Learn a bit of history of South Florida and the native Calusa Tribe. To make your way to these interesting locations you will pass through Matlacha (prounounced Mat-luh-shay).

This colorful slice of turn of the century Florida fishing village will delight you with it’s bohemian charm. Colors galore, hole-in-the wall art galleries and eateries offering a laid back style is a field trip everyone should take. I often take the motorcycle on a sunny Sunday morning and drive through the island bridge, Matlacha out to Bokeelia and back again. It is a ride that feeds my soul!

So now on to seafood question. It will be hard to choose, but while you are in Matlacha you will need to get a bite to eat and just as everyone has asked about the best seafood…Matlacha is one place you will find it. My recommendation is to visit Island Seafood Market & Cafe. This place is owned and operated by locals, who also catch their own fresh fish. You can order and take home or eat in the boutique cafe. In addition, to the fresh fish and seafood they also sell specialty sauces, dips and spices. Do you love smoked fish? They have that cooking out back as well. It doesn’t get any fresher than right off the boat delivered to the table Florida Fresh snapper, grouper, shrimp and more. Do you love to cook and learn new recipes? Be sure to check out their cooking classes held January – April. There is my answer where to get the fresh-est best-est seafood and fish while visiting Cape Coral, FL.

      Enjoy and bon apetit!

Smart Home Technology is it Right for Your Asset?

How to Choose Wisely When Deciding on Smart Home Technology

 

Are you thinking it’s time to invest in technology for your home, but you’re not sure about the ramifications? One of the biggest concerns for many homeowners is the impact their decisions could make when it’s time to sell. Here’s the relevant information you need so you can factor smart home technology into your market-smart decisions.

 

Integration and communication

 

There is a wide range of smart home devices out there for homeowners to consider. As such, there are several things you should investigate when making your choices, especially if you plan to integrate your equipment into one system. In that case, your final choices need to be compatible so devices can “talk” to each other. You might want to link them all to a single hub or to a voice-operated assistant like Siri or Alexa. Another suggestion is to use IFTTT (If This, Then That). In this case, you set circumstances through an app or website for your devices to essentially domino each other, which is called a “recipe.” For example, you might set up your thermostat to turn off your lights when you aren’t home.

 

Your best bet for installation of your gadgets is to hire the work so you know it’s done correctly.  For a professional electrician to install electrical outlets, fixtures, or switches in Cape Coral, Florida, you can expect to pay between $161 – $737.

 

Here are some popular smart home devices to consider:

 

  • Thermostat. Smart thermostats are popular choices since they can potentially save you a bundle on your utilities, and at the same time, they offer ample convenience. These gadgets “learn” your behavior and make adjustments based on your routine and habits.

 

  • Smoke detector. Smart smoke detectors are particularly handy for homeowners who work outside the home or travel a lot since they can alert you to trouble when you’re away. And as Smore points out, these devices offer a light alert when there is a problem, which is handy if you or someone in your household is hearing impaired.  It’s a terrific option in all ways for improving peace of mind.

 

  • Outlets and switches. Smart outlets and switches are popular for homeowners since virtually anything electric can be controlled through them. Whatever you plug into them can be manipulated from your phone, tablet or computer.

 

  • Security systems. There is a little of everything when it comes to smart home security, from locks, doorbells, and cameras to various options that involve some of each. You can choose cameras that will tell you when people come to your door, then record what they look like and say. Or, choose locks with special codes which expire, so when you have a short-term house guest or repairman, that person can have their own code, and it can only be used for as long as you dictate.

 

Fun and Functional

 

How do you decide what smart home devices are best for your home and lifestyle? One of the biggest driving forces for many people is the convenience factor. For instance, if you end up working later than expected or run extra errands on your way home, you can use your phone to tell your lights to turn on so you don’t come home to a dark house. Energy efficiency is another big player. Studies cited by Electronic House indicate as much as a 25 percent energy savings from installing smart devices and systems, so it’s a worthwhile consideration.

 

Listing Your Smart Home

 

When it comes time to sell your house, plan to create a list of the items which are in place, and contact tech support regarding the transition. Automation may or may not help sell your home, but either way, you will want to ensure both your and the buyer’s security when the sale is complete. As far as which options are most likely to help your home sell, thinking in terms of popularity, ease of use, and convenience.

 

Adding automation to your home can feel complicated, but with a little research, you can make wise decisions. Ensure you choose gadgetry you’ll enjoy using, and chances are other people will appreciate those items as well. Your selections could pay off in the long run!

 

 

 

 

WOW …. We just Turned 100!

Roelens Vacations Staff celebrate their 100th Google Review! Thank you for all those who support us!

So we had a goal a few months back…how to make our guest experience so fantastic they want to review us with 5 stars. Getting good reviews as you can imagine is a lot more difficult than getting a bad one. But in just a few months we went from about 12 Google Reviews to 100. Our 100th review came in Friday afternoon. How did we do it? Offering great customer service! Because at the end of the day even when things happen…and yes my friend, things happen. It all comes down to how you handle it and how you respond to it. It is something we strive with each guest or owner we serve. We teach our staff about servant leadership and how that translates to exceptional customer service. We lead our customers to an exceptional customer experience. All of our staff know how to ask…”What can I do for you today? So thank you to the 100 happy guests who thought so much of us they wanted to tell the world. We appreciate every single word! Cheers! Here is to the next 100!

Black Friday & Cyber Monday Specials!

Book your next 7-night stay to arrive in May, September or October 2019 and receive 25% off your rental rates. This special is available for reservations being booked on Black Friday or Cyber Monday! Some black-out dates and some property restrictions apply. Coupon will auto-apply to a qualified period.