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Turn your house into a baby and toddler-friendly vacation spot. During the christmas season, schools are out so that’s the only time that people with children can travel. Mindful of babies’ and toddlers’ needs, you can have a high chair or two , portable crib and diaper changing tables in rooms where they are needed. If you want, you can probably charge a minimal fee for the use of these or have them ready at the common areas. Since your vacation house is baby-friendly, then you might as well be pet friendly too! But before you start accepting pets, be sure you and your house are both pet ready. Accepting guests with pets will increase your income because now, your guests’ pet will also be billed for its stay, to cover the expenses for cleaning pet stained carpets. And it is alright to charge them for their pet’s stay because anyway, they are going to pay boarding fees for them while they are away. If winter occupancy rate is still not good, it’s time to get creative. You could offer “customized” treats for your repeat guests. For example, if you happen to glance at the file of a repeat guest, you noted that they are celebrating their wedding anniversary over the weekend. You can give them a call and offer them a weekend stay at a reduced price. Or you can get aggressive. You can bring out your file of VIP visitors, give each and everyone of them a call and offer discounted rate bookings.