Your UK Holiday Let Needs an Access Statement – Here’s Why..

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When you have a prominent access statement on your website, it says something about YOU, not just your property.  It’s an immediate indicator, to people with OR WITHOUT mobility issues, that you really CARE about your guests. It’s an important signal that you are going to be really HONEST with your guests, not just about access, but about your holiday home in general. So an Access Statement is not just about providing accurate and full information to people with mobility issues, it’s also about building TRUST with people whether or not they have those particular issues.

This is important, because as you know, people really like to buy from people they trust.

An access statement, for those who are new to the business, is a document giving detailed information on physical accessibility to and around your holiday property.

  • It’s designed to help people with mobility issues to decide whether the property is suitable for them or not.
  • It’s recommended by VisitEngland and VisitWales and is in fact a requirement if you want your property to be part of the grading schemes of these organisations.
  • It helps to ensure that your holiday let is compliant with The Equality Act 2010 (which replaced the Disability Discrimination Act).
  • It’s an important part of your marketing, given that 1 in 5 people have some kind of disability.

Having a prominent Access Statement also avoids that awful situation that I heard about only the other day where a group of holidaymakers arrived at their chosen holiday property only to discover that one of the party could not even get into the house, never mind enjoy his holiday.

You can draw up your own access statement by measuring, taking photos, taking notes, then compiling it all together into a detailed statement, using one of several online tools. If this is your thing, save some money and spend three or four hours doing it yourself. But if you’re not really into this kind of work, or you’re simply too busy, why not let Holiday Home Stars take the strain and do it for you? It’s why we’re here!

Here is what we can do:

  1. One of us will visit your property at a convenient time to carry out a survey, take photos and measure.  We will also gather some information about local services.
  2. Back at base, I have a colleague who is an absolute pain in the neck when it comes to accuracy and detail. He will take the measurements & notes from the site survey and turn them into the most incredible professional Access Statement for you, not only taking away all of that hard work, but also presenting everything so that it’s clear & friendly and reflects the brand of your holiday home. He can even add professional photos and a floor plan!

As far as Access Statements go, here at Holiday Home Stars, we’ve got it covered. It doesn’t cost a lot, so if I can help you with this, please contact me now before we get too busy.


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