I wanted to know: What do you need to make a place an attractive one for potential renters?
Here is what I've learned from the 13 responses so far.
There wasn't a clear picture of the average length of rental. A few people rented for less than a month, a couple for more than six months, but most didn't specify. Perhaps I didn't format that question very well.
The most common size of household for Merida renters is two people (7 out of 10 responses).
Number of bedrooms required: 9 responses, all said 2 bedrooms required.
Number of bathrooms required: 8 responses, 4 wanted one bathroom, 4 said two bathrooms.
Got pets? 11 responses. 5 no, 6 yes.
Furnished -82 per cent want their place fully furnished, 91 per cent with a fully equipped kitchen.
Pool -73 per cent require a pool.
Fans vs. a/c -82 per cent require fans (I think that's low) but only 64 per cent insist on air conditioning.
Internet - 73 per cent want internet via cable or telco, only 18 per cent say a broadband USB connection is sufficient.
Cleaning service - 55 per cent want cleaning twice a month or more frequently, compared to 18 per cent favoring once-a-month cleaning.
TV - 55 per cent want a television, and 45 per cent want cable channels.
Unfurnished rentals : 9 per cent (1 response)
Phone: 9 per cent (1) want cell phone, 18 per cent (3) want a land line.
Green features: only 9 per cent (1) thinks features such as solar water heat are important.
Garage: only 18 per cent (2) require one.
Rent budgets run from under $400 a month to $1320. I will do a bit more work to compare what package of features people expect, and get, at the different price points. I'll write about that in a future post, and share some of the comments I received (avoiding detail that would identify the renter or owners).
I will leave the survey open for more responses.
What do you think? Does this seem to represent the rental picture in Merida or is it a skewed sample because of its small size?
It is enlightening to me to see what people want and need. Also, it supports Tom's longstanding view that we should go ahead and build that pool.