10 Things You Didn't Know About Vacation Home Rules

Owning a vacation home can be a great investment, but it's important to make sure you're getting the most out of it. That's where Scott McGillivray and his series, Vacation House Rules, come in. The HGTV series helps people discover what needs to be done with their vacation home to make it more attractive to renters. With his combination of creativity and experience, Scott can take even the most unattractive places and turn them into homes where people will fight for the opportunity to rent.

Read on to learn 10 things you didn't know about vacation home rules. Scott McGillivray is a happily married man. He has been married to Sabrina McGillivray for 12 years and they are proud parents of two daughters. Unlike Scott, who is dedicated to renovating houses, Sabrina is a teacher. Scott and Debra Salmoni, his designer, work together to direct every vacation home renovation. The couple has a blog on their website which includes useful articles such as 5 questions to ask yourself before buying a vacation home.

They also have a series on HGTV Canada called Scott's Vacation House Rules, where they help two homeowners upgrade their secluded but dilapidated lakefront home in a cozy, pet-friendly vacation getaway. For some people, the idea of renting their vacation home may seem more problematic than it's worth. However, with the renovations Scott and Debra can do, these landlords can sometimes charge so much for rent that they could probably afford to buy another vacation home in a couple of years. In one episode of Vacation House Rules, Scott and Debra help Chris and David turn their million-dollar party house into a successful vacation rental. The house was lacking privacy and walls, but with Scott's help they were able to transform it into a bright and spacious holiday hideaway. In another episode, Scott helps Tara-Lee and Bryan fix up their family vacation home in hopes of attracting renters and creating savings. With property taxes and maintenance fees skyrocketing, they need their little-used vacation rental to start paying for itself. Finally, Scott and Debra create a golf theme that turns an unattractive brown box into a country club-inspired vacation rental.

If you're like us, you probably see the Vacation Home Rules and dream of owning your own vacation home for rent or at least staying in one of the properties in the program.

Cathleen Testa
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