Management

Maximizing Your Vacation Home Investment: Tips for Year-Round Maintenance

May 9, 2023.

Vacation homes are an excellent investment that can provide you with many benefits, including a place to escape the daily grind and a potential source of rental income. However, owning a vacation home also comes with responsibilities, including maintaining the property to ensure it stays in good condition.

To help you maximize your vacation home investment, we’ve put together some tips for year-round maintenance:

Schedule Regular Inspections

Your vacation home may be sitting empty for long periods, making it more susceptible to issues like water damage, pests, and mold. Scheduling regular inspections, both before and after each rental season, can help identify any potential issues before they become costly problems.

Winterize Your Home

Depending on where your vacation home is located, you may need to winterize it to protect against freezing temperatures. This may include draining water from pipes, sealing windows and doors, and covering outdoor furniture and equipment.

Maintain Your HVAC System

Your vacation home’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system is critical to maintaining comfortable indoor temperatures and air quality. Make sure to change the air filters regularly and schedule annual maintenance with a professional.

Keep Gutters and Downspouts Clean

Leaves, branches, and other debris can accumulate in your vacation home’s gutters and downspouts, leading to clogs and water damage. Clean them regularly to prevent damage to your property’s exterior and foundation.

Maintain Your Landscaping

Caring for your vacation home’s landscaping can enhance its curb appeal and prevent damage to the property. This may include pruning trees and bushes, mowing the lawn, and removing any dead or diseased plants.

Secure Your Property

Your vacation home may be more susceptible to break-ins and theft when it’s unoccupied. Invest in a security system, change the locks regularly, and consider installing motion-sensor lights to deter potential intruders.

Consider Professional Property Management

If you’re unable to maintain your vacation home yourself or live too far away, consider hiring a professional property management company. They can help with everything from regular maintenance to marketing and renting your property. Property management agency Mayren Management can provide you with all services including winter maintenance, rental, cleaning during guest shifts, and guest care. For more information, contact miren@mayren.hr

By following these tips, you can ensure that your vacation home stays in top condition and provides you with many years of enjoyment and financial return on your investment.

Rentals

Luxurious Villas in Croatia: Your Guide to the Best Vacation Rentals

February 28, 2023.

Croatia is a popular vacation destination known for its crystal-clear waters, beautiful beaches, and historic cities. If you’re planning a vacation in Croatia and looking for a luxurious accommodation option, renting a villa is a great choice. In this blog, we’ll introduce you to five handpicked villas in Croatia that you can rent for your next holiday.

Luxury villa in Vižinada

Located in the charming village of Vižinada in Istria, this villa is a luxurious retreat that can accommodate up to eight guests. Spread across 170 square meters, the villa boasts four spacious bedrooms, each with its own ensuite bathroom.

Vižinada, Blagovaonica u smještaju tipa house, dostupna klima i WiFi.

The villa also has a modern kitchen, a living room with a fireplace, and three terraces that offer breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. Outside, there’s a private pool where you can take a refreshing dip and a BBQ area where you can grill up some delicious meals.

Vižinada, Terasa 1 - pogled u smještaju tipa house, WiFi.

If you want to explore the surroundings, read the guide through the selected towns and villages of magical Istria: Discovering the Hidden Gems of Istria: A Guide to the Region’s Most Picturesque Villages and TownsTo see more or book your stay click this link:  Villa Vižinada

Stone villa in Malo Grablje, Hvar
Malo Grablje, Hvar, Dvorište 20606 - Kuća za odmor sa šljunčanom plažom.

Nestled in the picturesque village of Malo Grablje on the island of Hvar, this beautiful stone villa oozes charm and elegance. The villa has three bedrooms, each with its own ensuite bathroom, and can accommodate up to six guests.

Malo Grablje, Hodnik u smještaju tipa house, WiFi.
Malo Grablje, Hvar, Dvorište 20606 - Kuća za odmor sa šljunčanom plažom.

The highlight of the villa is its wellness area, which features a whirlpool and a sauna, as well as a fitness room and a tavern where you can relax with your friends and family. The villa also has a private pool and a terrace with stunning views of the greenery and village.

Malo Grablje, Hvar, Dvorište 20606 - Kuća za odmor sa šljunčanom plažom.

Interested? Check availability by clicking this link:  Villa Hvar

The villa in Milna on Brač is perfect for large groups
Milna, Brač, Dvorište 16743 - Kuća za odmor u Hrvatskoj.

Set on a sprawling estate spanning over 10,000 square meters, this luxurious villa offers a range of amenities to keep you entertained during your stay.

Milna, Brač, Dvorište 16743 - Kuća za odmor u Hrvatskoj.
Milna, Brač, Dvorište 16743 - Kuća za odmor u Hrvatskoj.

The villa has five bedrooms, each with its own ensuite bathroom, and can accommodate up to 14 guests, perfect for large families, groups of friends, or team buildings. The villa boasts a private tennis court, a basketball court, a mini-golf court, and a ping pong table, as well as a fitness room and a private pool. You can also relax in the outdoor whirlpool and take in the stunning views of the sea.

Milna, Brač, Objekt 16743 - Kuća za odmor u Hrvatskoj.

For more info and bookings click this link: Villa Brač

Villa near the sea in Pag
Mihovilje, Pag, Objekt 16124 - Kuća za odmor blizu mora sa šljunčanom plažom.

The Villa on the island Pag is a luxurious and spacious property situated on a large plot of land measuring 5000m2. One of the highlights of the villa is the tennis court, basketball hoop, mini-golf course, swimming pool, and table tennis, all available for guests to use during their stay. There is also a BBQ area for outdoor cooking and dining.

Mihovilje, Pag, Objekt 16124 - Kuća za odmor blizu mora sa šljunčanom plažom.
Mihovilje, Pag, Dvorište 16124 - Kuća za odmor blizu mora sa šljunčanom plažom.

The Villa has five bedrooms, providing comfortable accommodation for up to 10 guests. The living room is spacious and cozy, with a fireplace for cooler evenings. The fully equipped kitchen has everything guests need to prepare meals, including a stove, oven, refrigerator, microwave, and dishwasher.

For guests looking to relax, the villa has a steam sauna, fitness equipment, and billiard table, all available for use during their stay.

The Villa is located just 100m from the sea, offering guests easy access to the beach and stunning sea views from the property. Guests can enjoy swimming, sunbathing, and water sports during their stay.

Mihovilje, Pag, Dvorište 16124 - Kuća za odmor blizu mora sa šljunčanom plažom.

Start planning your vacation by clicking this link:  Villa Pag

Modern Villa in Baška, Krk
Baška, Krk, Objekt 19534 - Kuća za odmor sa šljunčanom plažom.

Looking for a modern and stylish villa for your vacation? This villa in the charming town of Baška on the island of Krk is a perfect choice! The villa has four bedrooms, each with its own ensuite bathroom, and can accommodate up to eight guests.

Baška, Spavaća soba 1 u smještaju tipa house, WiFi.

The villa boasts an industrial design aesthetic, with exposed concrete sealing and polished floors. The villa also features a fully equipped modern kitchen, a spacious living room, and a private pool. The villa is located just 700 meters from the sea, making it the ideal base for exploring the island.

Baška, Krk, Dvorište 19534 - Kuća za odmor sa šljunčanom plažom.

If you want to spend your year on the island in this beautiful villa, check availability:  Villa Baška

Rentals

Experience the Charm of the Kvarner Gulf: A Guide to the Best Beaches, Islands, and Activities

February 9, 2023.

The Kvarner Gulf is a beautiful region in northern Croatia known for its breathtaking beaches, picturesque islands, and diverse leisure options. Whether you are looking for a relaxing beach vacation or an active vacation with hiking, biking, or water sports, Kvarner has something for everyone. In this guide, we will examine some of the best beaches, islands, and activities in the region.

Beaches

The Kvarner Gulf is home to some of the best beaches in Croatia. Some of the most famous beaches in the region include Rab Beach, Baška Beach, and Crikvenica Beach. These beaches offer crystal-clear waters, white sand, and stunning views.

Baška Beach
Islands

The islands in the Kvarner Gulf are a popular destination for tourists looking for adventure and relaxation. The most famous islands in the region are Krk, Cres, and Lošinj. These islands offer picturesque landscapes, historic sites, and excellent leisure options.

Island Cres
Activities

The Kvarner Gulf offers a plethora of leisure options, from hiking and biking to water sports and fishing. Visitors can also explore the local cultural and natural heritage, such as the Bašćanska ploča, one of the most valuable monuments of early Croatian literacy or the Učka Mountains.

View from Učka

The Kvarner Gulf is an excellent travel destination for anyone looking for a relaxing beach vacation or an active vacation. From breathtaking beaches to picturesque islands and diverse leisure options, the region has something for everyone. So on your next vacation in Croatia, be sure to take a break and experience the charm of the Kvarner Gulf.

Rentals

Discovering the Hidden Gems of Istria: A Guide to the Region’s Most Picturesque Villages and Towns

February 2, 2023.

Istria, located in the northwestern region of Croatia, is known for its stunning coastal scenery, rolling hills, and charming towns and villages. While the popular tourist destinations in Istria such as Pula, Rovinj, and Poreč are certainly worth visiting, there are also many hidden gems waiting to be discovered. In this guide, we’ll take a look at some of the most picturesque villages and towns in Istria that are often overlooked by tourists.

MOTOVUN

Perched atop a hill in the heart of Istria, Motovun is a medieval town that boasts stunning views of the surrounding countryside. This charming town is surrounded by walls and is known for its narrow, winding streets and well-preserved architecture. Visitors can also enjoy a stroll through the town’s charming main square, visit the local church, or sample some of the delicious local cuisines.

Motovun
The idyllic hill town of Motovun aerial view, Istria region of Croatia
GROŽNJAN

Another hilltop town, Grožnjan is known for its vibrant arts scene. This small town is home to numerous artists, galleries, and cultural events, making it a must-visit destination for art lovers. Visitors can also enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside, as well as a stroll through the town’s charming streets and squares.

Grožnjan
Grožnjan Historic Center
HUM

Dubbed the “smallest town in the world,” Hum is a charming and unique destination that is well worth a visit. This tiny town is located in the heart of Istria and is known for its well-preserved medieval architecture and narrow, winding streets. Visitors can also explore the local church, sample some of the delicious local cuisines, or simply take in the breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside.

Hum
Hum in Istria, Croatia, the smallest town in the world
BUJE

This charming town is located near the border between Istria and Kvarner and is known for its well-preserved medieval architecture and narrow, winding streets. Visitors can explore the local church, sample some of the delicious local cuisines, or simply take in the breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside.

Buje
Town of Buje cobbled old street, Istria, Croatia

In conclusion, Istria is a treasure trove of hidden gems, waiting to be discovered by tourists. From hilltop towns to charming villages, there is something for everyone in this beautiful region. So, the next time you visit Istria, be sure to explore beyond the popular tourist destinations and discover the hidden gems that this region has to offer. Do you need a recommendation on where to find accommodation? Contact us: miren@mayren.hr

Management

Things To Think About Before You Buy A Vacation House in Croatia

May 3, 2021.

You’ve decided to buy a holiday home in Croatia? Congratulations! Before you sign a sales contract, we give you tips on what to attend to when choosing a home.

The purpose of the holiday home

When buying a holiday home, be sure what purpose will have; for personal use, tourism, or both.

If you use the house only for yourself, you can customize it to your own needs and desires. Keep in mind if you want renovations and interventions on the property, that you may not be present. You will have to give the key to various contractors.

Most holiday homes in Istria and Primorje are suitable for the summer season, so they probably do not have an adequate heating system. Fireplaces are rarely or never used. Therefore is necessary to check their functionality and efficiency.

If you want to make money from renting a property in the period when you do not spend time in it, here are what you need to think about:

  • be prepared to take time in the beginning to obtain documentation to meet the rental conditions
  • be sure you have a place in the house to store the things you don’t want your guests to see and use
  • do not forget the cost of equipping the accommodation for tourists. Bed linen, pillows, and others require an additional 160-180 € per bed. For instance, the equipment for a house with a capacity of 6 people costs about 1000 euros,
  • of course, tourists do not come alone. You will need to advertise the accommodation, set the rental price based on the position and characteristics of the facility.

Maintenance of the house in the period when it is not used

In winter vacation house must be aerated and inspected once a month. Closed not heated vacation houses often develop mold on the walls, mattresses, and bathrooms, and their repair requires time and money.
Pipe ruptures, storms, and other disasters require urgent interventions.

Swimming pool and garden

Do you want a neat lawn and garden? Quality, thick grass requires regular mowing, depending on the rains. The more regularly the grass is mowed, the denser and more beautiful the grass is. If you have a swimming pool, starting it for the season requires expertise to bring it into a state with ideal Ph and chlorine parameters.

Sounds discouraging? Whether you are buying a vacation home exclusively for yourself or want to earn extra income from tourism, find a property management company in the area. The most ideal are those companies that do both maintenance and rental of accommodation because they have to receive good reviews for cleanliness and kindness. That directly reflects on the bookings. If you find a local cleaner paid by the hour, you will have a hard time motivating her to excel because her salary will not depend on good reviews.
If you are buying the property in eastern Istria or around Opatija, feel free to contact our company Mayren management and rentals through e-mail miren@mayren.hr to solve all issues related to renovations and other interventions on the property, monitoring and documenting the phases of work, holding keys, obtaining rental documents, purchasing tourist supplies, maintenance houses in the period when not in use, interventions, landscaping and swimming pools, rental services, tourist reception and cleaning in shifts.

You buy a vacation home to rest in it and not to work on it. Feel like VIP guests in your home away from your home!

Management

10 ways to increase rental income from your vacation property

February 7, 2021.

Both interior and exterior updates increase your property value and profit from renting your property. Whatever your budget is, always choose the upgrades that give you the best returns of investment. We’re sharing 10 clever tricks to upgrade your property without breaking the rental rules.

Repaint

A new coat of paint modernizes your property and makes the property appear well-maintained, clean, and luxurious.

As a vacation rental owner, you should choose neutral paint colors. A neutral interior palette draws in a variety of guests. We suggest painting one feature wall with luxury effects, or if you want to add colors in the room, use changeable accessories such as pillows, rugs, vases, and artwork.

If you paint your vacation rental property yourself you will save money, but you won’t save your valuable time and nerves, especially if you have no experience. The rates for a professional painter are between 3€ – 6€ per square meter excluded preparations and repairs of the walls.

One feature wall with luxury effects costs between 200€-300€ per wall depends on the size of the wall and effect. We highly recommend using effects. Your house will look in the photos more expensive and more luxurious and can increase your renting price or you will stand out among the many similar holiday homes offered on the market.

Renew The Bathroom & Kitchen

An outdated bathroom or kitchen can decrease the value of a vacation rental property. The benefits of updating your bathroom or kitchen are worth the investment, you can charge more per night if you have a beautiful property.

But, you might not have the money to do this type of renovation. Here are some simple updates that increase your properties value:

Kitchen:

  • Replace light fixtures: Lighting influences mood. Lighting fixtures add character to your vacation rental property. Put the LED lighting under the cabinets, change the ceiling lights.
  • New tiling or backsplash: A simplistic way to add color. Backsplash and tile can update a space.
  • Change or repaint cabinet fronts, it is much cheaper and the kitchen will look like new!
  • Add Kitchen Appliances: Renters book vacation rental properties over hotels since they have kitchens. Use this to your advantage. Draw in foodies by purchasing extra culinary tools, such as coffee makers, mixers, or an icemaker.

Bathrooms:

  • Update the showerhead, sink, or towel racks for a sleek look.
Hire a Professional Cleaning Service

After you have updated your vacation rental, it is important to clean thoroughly. A dirty property detracts from the updates and changes you have made. Potential guests will focus on the cleanliness of your property first.

Thus, you should hire a third-party professional cleaning service. A professional cleaning service ensures that every part of your property is ready for guests.

Style Your Rental House

 Just because you’re renting doesn’t mean you need to settle for someone else’s design style. Here are our top decorating hacks for rental properties:

  • The more plants the better – choose the plants that are hard to kill. Artificial flowers and plants don’t smell like the real thing, but they’ll give your home a real boost.
  • Buy beautiful bedding – there’s nothing quite like slipping in between the satin sheets in bed. The bed makes up one of the largest surface areas in the bedroom so a new quilt and cushions will have a dramatic impact. For the photoshoot, decorate the bed with at least 4 pillows and 2 cushions for a luxurious look
  • Curtains – if you want to add luxury to the interior, you can easily achieve it by choosing 2 sets of curtains on one rode – one transparent and one blackout curtain. Install them near the ceiling to get real luxury looks.
  • Show off your art – it doesn’t have to be expensive, it should be beautiful and match the colors and style of the room.
  • Invest in the perfect furniture – if you can’t change the rooms, buy furniture that is durable and will boost your space.
Renovation-Mayren
Villa Emma Maria – before and after
Extra Values

The easiest addition to your vacation rental property would be adding everyday items. For example, provide a collection of DVDs, books, or board games. Or have a stereo/gaming system in your vacation rental property. These are simplistic items that renters use throughout their vacation especially during bad weather.

To stand out among the competition, find the room to put table football, darts or billiard.

Provide a “Welcome” basket or tickets to local events. This will surprise guests. Your generosity will be the added value for your property.

Landscaping

Choose greenery that does not require a lot of attention. Purchase drought-tolerant, local plants. In Istria, it is lavender, fig, and an olive tree. Yet this doesn’t require large amounts of maintenance.

Sago palm is a good choice because adds luxury to your rental home, they are durable, only in the winter should be covered. If your budget allows, plant a pair of Mediterranean cypress to get the Tuscan look

Bushes, mature trees, and different sized rocks also add dimension to your property, without needing constant care.

Remember, your landscaping should complement your vacation rental property. Overgrown landscaping, particularly if it overshadows the building or home, detracts from your main selling feature.

Create an outdoor living oasis with a gorgeous pergola

Your guests come on vacation to spend most of their time outdoors. Pergolas are designed to increase the enjoyment and comfort of your outdoor living space, and offer respite from the sun for your guests. Investment in the well-built pergola increases your rental value but also the value of your property. Guests are willing to pay top euro for holiday homes that already have attractive, well-designed spaces for outdoor living. After all, you love the shade, style, and sophistication of a pergola — and a potential guest will, too. For more information about pergola designs, costs, or advice please visit: https://kontra-aluminium.com/proizvodi/rjesenja-za-terase-i-zimske-vrtove/

Pergola Kontra Saxun
Pergola Saxun – Kontra aluminium
Walkways & Driveways

For curb appeal and safety, repair any cracks in your walkways, sidewalks, or driveways. If you seal or repave your driveway, you will have a smooth surface that lasts for a longer amount of time. Clean it with a high-pressure washer or hire a professional to do the job. This will also save you money long term, and add to your property’s visual appeal.

Exterior Lighting

Sidewalk lighting adds charm and style to your vacation rental property’s exterior. Above the outdoor dining table should be romantic lights. This provides added value for guests who like to entertain in the evening. Use solar lamps along the path leading to the house – besides the aesthetics, contributes to the security of guests.

Playground

Parents want to rest on their vacation, and the best way is to occupy their children. So, build the treehouse, put a swing, slide, or trampoline. Kids will be delighted!

As you can see, there are a variety of ways to add value to your vacation rental property. This ranges from additions like board games to kitchen renovations. The upgrades you make to your property depend on your budget, target audience, and property type.

If you’re not sure what is the best way to upgrade your rental property to increase your profit, visit our web site www.management.mayren.hr/en/ to see projects that we have done or contact us by emailing majda@mayren.hr, we are glad to help with our advice.

Rentals

Top 8 Things to Do With Kids in Istria

February 2, 2021.

Take your children to the promised land of fun – Istria! Your kids will enjoy it and you’ll remember how to be a child again! You can look forward to a variety of interesting things to do and places to see:

WATER FUN IN AQUAPARK

Treat your kids to the best day ever at the Aquapark Istralandia and Aquacolors Poreč! Adrenalin fun knows no age limit and it is available for everyone. With the spray arena, numerous pools for families and children, a wave pool, different slide shapes, closed slides resembling tubes, a steep slide, and attractions, you are in for a day of water fun your family will never forget. Just bear in mind that certain attractions require a minimum height of 1m, 1.20 m, and 1.40 m so that you can plan ahead.

www.aquacolors.eu/en/
www.istralandia.hr/en

ZIP-LINE ADVENTURE IN PAZIN

Zip-line Pazin Cave consists of four lines. Visitors start their adventure from the gorge below the Hotel Lovac. The first two lines are 80 meters long. The third is 220 meters long and reaches a speed of 40 km/h, leading to the courtyard of the House of writers (near the castle).

The fourth line is the longest one – 280 meters, and also the fastest which is a maximum speed of an amazing 50 km/h. It is also the favorite one as it allows you to enjoy the view of the cave and the famous castle which is situated above it. This line ends above the Babina kuća cave, on the lookout, which is named after the famous French writer Jules Verne, which in his Mathias Sandorf novel (1885.) wrote about Pazin Cave and the Kaštel.

zipline.pazin@gmail.com

PREHISTORY AT THE DINOPARK

For all Jurassic world fans, there’s the theme park Dino Park Funtana full of fun attractions making it an excellent destination for a family trip. Set on a journey to the distant past when the dinosaurs ruled the world and get to know more than 80 different dinosaur species in their natural size. Also, get to enjoy numerous other attractions – from a circus show to a mini funfair and playgrounds. Become an archaeologist for a day and join the workshop of digging out dinosaur bones and study prehistoric sea creatures

dinopark-istrien
THE AMAZING WORLD OF FISH

Take a look at the breathtaking underwater world! Aquariums in Rovinj, Umag, and Pula give your children the chance to see up close a variety of sea creatures, while in Poreč they can also admire reptiles at the Aquarium & Terrarium.

http://aquarium.hr/
info@aquarium-travel.com

DISCOVER THE CASTLE’S SECRET

Magical things have been happening in the Morosini-Grimani Castle in Svetvinčenat ever since the Venetian times.  Unlike classic escape rooms, Escape Castle Svetvinčenat encompasses the whole Morosini-Grimani Castle area, info point, all three towers, the dungeon, armory, and throne. The players must go through all seven knight temptations: loyalty, bravery, faith, justice, caution, knowledge, and persistence to unveil the secret of the castle.

It is an innovative and unique concept based on old Istrian legends and historical texts. The game is adequate for all generations and lasts between 30-60 minutes. A team can vary between two and five players. Get to know Svetvinčenat and its castle in a fun way – we guarantee you’ll have a great time!

https://en.grimanicastle.com/

AN UNDERWATER ADVENTURE IN VERUDELA

Right below the Hotel Brioni at Verudela, you can now set out on a completely different walk – a walk under the sea. With an innovative helmet that keeps you under the surface and enables you to breathe underwater, you can walk around freely, admire and feed the fish, sit down and take a break, explore the wrecks…

poceko@gmail.com
https://www.pulainfo.hr/hr/fun/podvodni-park-verudela

STARRY EXPERIENCE IN VIŠNJAN

Reach for the stars at the observatory near Višnjan! Surrounded by a forest, the modern building of the Tičan hill observatory is situated in the vicinity of Višnjan by the old church of St Panteleon and a replica of an ancient monolithic observatory. The charming town is itself a great reason for a trip. The visit consists of a lecture about the observatory’s work, the tour of the observatory, and the observations of the celestial objects with an amateur telescope outside the observatory.

RETURN TO THE MIDDLE AGES AT CASTLE SANC. MICHAEL

Sanc. Michael Castle is located on a beautiful 26,000m2 estate, only 3km north of Svetvinčenat. The castle is 400m2 big and it is made of wood trunks. Apart from being an impressive edifice itself, the castle offers a children’s carousel, torture devices, the witch’s dungeon, a souvenir shop and, other typically medieval attractions. Visitors can try their luck in archery with a medieval bow and arrow.

The opportunity to enjoy natural surroundings and environment, spend time with animals is an unforgettable experience. Learn to ride horses, see and feed domestic animals like the donkey, goats, sheep, chickens, bunnies, pigeons, and many more. To have a full medieval experience, the visitors can indulge in numerous grilled dishes and drinks from native clay pottery.

sanc.michael.park@gmail.com

If you have some time left, explore other attractions by the sea or in the green of the hinterland and discover more interesting things Istria has to offer. In case you are not sure where to stay, visit our website www.rentals.mayren.hr and choose a dream vacation in one of the houses with a swimming pool in our offer.