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Research released today by Bosch Power Tools indicates a new trend that sees tourists shunning the traditional hotel stay in favour of renting rooms in modern homes.

60% of UK travel consumers questioned were keen to find an alternative to paying for expensive hotels, with 17% admitting to have already made the switch and stayed in short term rental accommodation during a recent holiday.

Inflated prices and impersonal service are cited as the main drivers behind this shift.

65% claimed that choosing a short-term rented accommodation option gave their holiday better value for money and 50% enjoyed the peace and quiet of not being surrounded by other tourists, suggesting this is a relatively new market.

And with the 2012 Olympics set to boost both international and domestic tourism, interest in short-term rental accommodation is clearly on the rise.

Andy Cockburn, Regional Director, HomeAway.co.uk comments, “We’ve seen a huge increase in enquiries for holiday rentals next summer. Staying in a private apartment or home provides a much more authentic experience, as well as more space and privacy, and with the hefty cost of Olympics tickets themselves, visitors are looking to save money wherever they can.”

Homeowners cash in

Whilst this might spell trouble for hotels, homeowners can cash in and make their rooms / homes rental-ready with relatively little effort.

Bosch’s DIY expert Chris Tidy advises: “Now is the time for homeowners to start home improvements in order to be ready to rent next summer. Simple jobs such as sanding down window sills and wooden doors and giving walls a lick of paint breathe a new lease of life into a space and can up the rental price and potential of your home or room. Just make sure you check with your local council to see if there are any renting restrictions beforehand”.

EASY SOLUTIONS FOR IMPROVING YOUR RENTAL POTENTIAL

1. Sand down window sills and wooden doors and give them a new coat of paint
2. Create storage units / put up flat pack bookshelves to tidy away clutter
3. Add a homely touch by putting up picture frames and mirrors
4. Give walls a fresh lick of paint
5. Fix a sturdy lock to the bathroom door

For further information and specific advice about DIY projects to help you get your home ready for rental visit www.bosch-do-it.co.uk/houseofbosch/.

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Notes to editors:

* Vision Critical polled 2,000 people in November 2011 on behalf of Bosch Power Tools

Additional information:

• Case studies available on request
• “The average rental price (for a family home in London) in summer 2012 is listed at around £3,400, or £900 per bedroom. Flats are typically being offered at around £1,300 per week” Rob Mearns, rentduringthegames.com, Guardian


For more information on the research or the Bosch Power Tools brand please contact;

Bethany Pearson, 020 7611 3875, bethany.pearson@ketchumpleon.com

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