Advertising and taking bookings for your holiday home costs nothing for owners on SearchandStay.com. Search and Stay add a very small, affordable charge to the guest per confirmed reservation depending on the value of the booking.
If you list your holiday home on other sites, you may be used to paying commissions or booking fees for each booking. Some sites also have a subscription option, where you pay a set amount instead of per-booking-payment. The commission charged to owners on many of the holiday listing platforms and Online Travel Agencies (OTA) is generally between 3% and about 17%. This cost generally come straight off your bottom line and eats into your profits. Most owners who self-manage their holiday properties put an enormous amount of effort into organising and preparing their holiday house, cleaning and maintaining their holiday property, decorating their holiday house and creating a fantastic holiday guest experience around rental of their holiday accommodation. Some holiday rental property owners may add this commission to the cost of the booking or include in the rates of their holiday home, this is a completely acceptable way of reducing your loss however, it does inflate the cost of your property and could be off putting to guests booking your holiday property. Essentially, the multinational holiday rental booking sites are taking significant revenue at the expense of either holiday homeowners or both holiday rental guests and owners.