Vacation Rentals are getting so complex because guests use technologies and administrations impose compliance rules that it becomes a daunting task to manage a VR company. Technology can help, but identifying the right technologies for your company has become a terrible task. It take a lot of time to research and test. We are trying to help you with that. Here you will find news, test, reviews...all straight from the battlefield, as we test on our own company and with friendly companies.
Unlike the Queen of England, we are not neutral.
If we think Brexit is bad, we will say it. Unless you are in the U.K., you may not care much about what we think of Brexit, but these should interest or concern you:
We have skin in the game, we are in the trenches with you and yes, some of our advices will be subjective. But we'll be happy to gather your feedback, comments, discuss and enrich these pages with different views - it is a diverse vacation rental world, and someone's miracle feature will be a curse for another company. See the codelock example on how we try to deal with that.
This got so complex that we do not understand how some manage dozens of properties with Excel only (Cristina, you will have to show me ;-)). On the other hand, we do not know of one great solution that would fit any vacation rental company. We do know of a few great solutions that will do the job for companies in a given region or with a specific profile. So we will not write much now, but we'll be happy to discuss...And later we'll write guidelines/an assessment guide/checklist with questions you can use to choose the best/worst except for all others in your case.
To give you a few examples, we know:
We had tested several before- they did not work. But now we tested the Noiseaware Gen3 https://noiseaware.io/ - it really works, giving the right notifications to the right teammates with adjustable sensitivity. And it costs just the price of a rental.
We do believe sound detectors are necessary to be fair to guests, nice to neighbors, please owners and keep or gain properties. And, as an industry, we must promote them as a way to eliminate the exceptional nuisances and prove with facts that we are not noisy neighbors ;-)
They enabled our vacation rental company Rentego to propose a more flexible check-in process and save money since 2004. And they are still working, 15 years later. Talk about a great technology lifespan...
We do hear from managers of luxury properties that they want to keep the precious human touch that separates them from the rest. And yes, depending on your positionong and margins, you will have to conduct the arbitrage.
One fact struck us in PhocuWright data, though: only 10% of guests or so want to have a discussion with their host upon check-in...most of them just want to relax and enjoy the property and city.
So the solution seems to make all necessary information easily available (Wi-Fi code, parking, food...). And we are considering giving guests the option to join us for a coffee or drink on friday evenings, so we can all enjoy the human connexion at a better moment than after exhausting hours of travel.
We believe a shared translation engine powered by AI and leveraging post editing by humans is our future. We are already working on that, leveraging our multi-lingual website development experience with www.vrbooster.com, but the more will join, the better our translations will me and the more money we'll all save on translations.
Other applications include but are not limited to:
We are looking into https://www.thirdhome.com/ a great way to travel the world in luxury homes in exchange for a few shoulder weeks of your properties. Your property owners might love that ;-)
Virtual visits in augmented reality are the future, but a nice virtual tour on a tablet is already a great way to visit a property hundreds of miles away. We already leverage the Matterport technology and just found out it will soon be displayed on Homeaway and VRBO ;-) Another technology that seems lighter and more affordable is https://www.insidemaps.com/.
They helped a lot by bringing:
That comes at a price:
What PMs can do today:
What PMs could do tomorrow:
Coming soon- but you can already register ;-)