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Time is money.  And if you have a well-established vacation rental, you know how important this can be.  Having a co-host can help maximize the time the property is available, and your income from it.

In this suddenly shaky travel industry, many are concerned about keeping things above water, let alone profitable. New rules regarding vacation rental cleaning and Covid-19 add a new twist and take away rental days, especially if you offer your property to first responders.

I am currently a private co-host for some friends who live in a different state.  I was also a former cleaner of many vacation rentals including theirs, having run a Airbnb cleaning business for 13 years.  In my experience, the most successful properties are the ones that are run as a business, not a side-gig.

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Why?

Popular properties can make a fair sum of money and a co-host will help you keep the sailing smooth especially if you have other things on your plate…you know, like kids, your job, your home, and maybe a vacation of your own.

  • They can be responsive to guests if/when you can’t. 
  • Be a backup cleaner if the cleaners don’t show up (they sometimes don’t).
  • If you and your property live in different parts of the country/world, they can be the local eye-in-the-sky for you.
  • Help you expand your property list, and
  • You can help someone earn money during these uncertain times.

Who?

This job can fall to anyone of your choosing. Depending on the responsibilities you would have them accept, from being just a back-up in case you can’t be reached to full-fledged supervisor doing everything from managing reservations to emergencies.

  • Do you have a friend or neighbor who has helped out in the past that you trust? 
  • Do you have a loyal and responsible cleaner who would be willing?  
  • A management company.
Person holding pencil near laptop. Photo by Cytonn Photography on Unsplash

Of course, the more you have them responsible for, the more you should pay them and that should be agreed upon ahead of time.  In fact, write it down.  And aside from the management company who likely has their own insurance coverage, YOU will be assuming all liability for your co-host.

Things happen, no doubt, and having a co-host can help in shouldering the what-ifs.

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The Best Ways to Deal With a Rogue Guest https://turnoverbnb.com/the-best-ways-to-deal-with-a-rogue-guest/ https://turnoverbnb.com/the-best-ways-to-deal-with-a-rogue-guest/#respond Thu, 28 May 2020 18:54:40 +0000 https://turnoverbnb.com/?p=3485 It’s a beautiful summer day and you get a phone call from your rental cleaner.  They’re upset because they walked in to find the house in a shambles.  They have other places to go and this is going to take a lot longer than they are able to do.  Your heart sinks. If you’ve been […]

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It’s a beautiful summer day and you get a phone call from your rental cleaner.  They’re upset because they walked in to find the house in a shambles.  They have other places to go and this is going to take a lot longer than they are able to do.  Your heart sinks.

If you’ve been renting for any significant amount of time, you know this is one of the risks of the business.  If not, you need to know that it’s not a matter of “if”, but “when” this will happen to you.  The chances of it happening can be minimized, but not entirely eliminated.

Messy room. Photo by Onur Bahçıvancılar on Unsplash.

What Can You Do?

  • Vetting your guests.  Checking reviews from other owners can be helpful.  Read comments and look at the overall “stars” for the guests.  
  • Don’t allow “Instant Booking”.  Last minute guests are far and away the most likely to be disrespectful of properties.
  • Be specific, VERY specific, about the rules of the property. Pets or no pets, smoking or no smoking, age requirements, occupant maximums, and even if you allow alcohol/marijuana consumption.  Make sure the rules ALSO state the penalties to the guests should they choose to ignore them.

Know that it happens all over the world.  You need to decide if renting your home out is worth it.

Cleaning Up

Preparation is never a waste of time.  If you have a plan of how to handle the situation, should it arise, then you will be less put out when it does.  Depending on the level of destruction, it’s a good idea to:

  • Have an agreement with your cleaner(s). Are they paid a flat rate normally? Is there a time constraint on their work? Do you expect THEM to clean when a guest has left the house exceptionally bad or are you going to step in?  Again, be specific in your expectations.
  • Pictures, Pictures, Pictures.  Before, or what the property SHOULD look like, and after EACH guest will protect you if you need to file an insurance claim.  The good news here is that most of the time you won’t.
  • If you’re not in the area, make sure you have a neighbor keep an eye on things.  If a wild party takes place on the 2nd day of a week-long rental, it’s better to know then, not when your cleaner arrives.
Handshake agreement. Photo by Chris Liverani on Unsplash.

After it’s all said and done and ready for the next guest, consider a possible revision to your rental agreements.  While it may seem like you don’t trust anyone, it only takes one…to break your trust.

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How to Switch Between a Long and Short-Term Rental https://turnoverbnb.com/how-to-switch-between-a-long-and-short-term-rental/ https://turnoverbnb.com/how-to-switch-between-a-long-and-short-term-rental/#respond Thu, 07 May 2020 22:32:16 +0000 https://turnoverbnb.com/?p=3465 Imagine that your long-term tenants are planning a move and you’re deciding on next steps. Since you’ve landed here, we’re guessing that a similar scenario is playing out with your rental property. You’re in good company: before the current pandemic, Airbnb listings had been booming worldwide; for example, the London short term let market saw […]

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Imagine that your long-term tenants are planning a move and you’re deciding on next steps. Since you’ve landed here, we’re guessing that a similar scenario is playing out with your rental property.

You’re in good company: before the current pandemic, Airbnb listings had been booming worldwide; for example, the London short term let market saw a four-fold increase between 2015 and 2019, with some online letting agents even allowing their clients to utilize a mixture of short and long lets to avoid void periods and maximize their return on investment.

But as it turns out, simply having a home to let isn’t enough to guarantee success in the short-term rental marketplace. Here’s our advice and top tips for switching between a long term and short term let.

Fully furnished bedroom.

Consider Local Regulations

Short-term rental laws weren’t a huge stumbling block in the past but these days, they’re popping up in many urban areas. These laws tend to change frequently, and they’re often complex, so it’s vital that you familiarize yourself with local codes as a first step toward switching between long-term and short-term rentals.

Curious about what short-term rental laws typically cover? Here’s a sampling:

  • Licensure requirements
  • Which types of housing may be used for short-term let
  • Whether or not hosts must be permanent residents
  • Number of days per year short-term rentals are allowed 
  • What information home sharing sites must disclose to local authorities 
  • Applicable taxes, fees, and fines for violations

Don’t let potential regulations stop you from working toward your goal. Many areas place only minor limitations on short-term rentals and some put no cap on the number of days short-term rentals are allowed, meaning you can benefit from high returns all year round.

Know What Tenants Want in a Rental Property

Demand drives the marketplace, particularly in the world of short term property rentals. Knowing what tenants want and satisfying those demands is key to success. See how many of the following boxes your property ticks:

  • Good location, near transportation and local attractions 
  • Desirable amenities and features including:
    • High-speed internet
    • Safe parking – Off-street parking is attractive; covered parking is even better 
    • Outdoor space – even a private patio for lounging and barbecues can place your property in the spotlight
    • Well-equipped kitchen with high-end appliances
    • Attractive bathrooms with spa-inspired fixtures
    • Comfortable, contemporary furnishings including white goods in bathrooms 
  • Space for relaxing and entertaining

Although location and proximity to local attractions are outside your control, providing desirable amenities and making your rental more appealing are comparatively simple tasks. And when your rental offers better amenities than a competing unit that’s a bit closer to the city center or a certain attraction, visitors will often choose to stay with you and spend a few more minutes traveling.

Plan to Meet Ongoing Demands

Having a short-term rental furnished and ready for your first guests to arrive is only half the battle. That’s one of the biggest reasons why so many Airbnb hosts turn to vacation rental management companies for help with everything from keeping the kitchen stocked with coffee to ensuring that there’s just the right amount of toilet paper in each bathroom.

In case you’re curious about typical tasks that take place between guests, here’s a quick checklist:

  • Remove rubbish and replace bin liners
  • Repair anything that was damaged by previous guests
  • Clean furnishings and ready them for the next guests
  • Stock supplies in kitchens and baths
  • Strip all beds and remake with fresh linens
  • Do all laundry and place fresh towels in bathrooms 
  • Clean all floors

Of course, these are just the basics. Your property’s specific needs will depend on the amenities you have onsite.

Check Your Schedule

There’s more to operating a short-term rental than providing the unit and keeping it in tip-top shape to ensure that great reviews from happy guests keep you in the black.

There’s a stream of inquiries, ongoing scheduling demands, and of course, responses to reviews need to be written. Guests need to be welcomed, checked in, and checked out. They often have questions and pressing needs that you’ll have to address.

Writing in journal with breakfast.

Decide How You’ll Manage

Despite challenges, switching from long-term let to short-term let has its rewards; for example, short term let yields can be far higher than long-term rental gross incomes in some places.

Some landlords opt to go it alone. If you don’t have a regular job, managing your own short-term rental unit or even managing multiple units might be a very satisfying way to spend your time.

If you are already pressed for time though, consider having a property management company handle all or part of the short-term letting process on your behalf or use a company like ours to manage the cleaning! We specialize in connecting landlords with pre-vetted cleaners, meaning your property is guaranteed to look hotel-ready in time for your guests.

The Takeaway: Is it Worth the Effort?

Once you’ve conducted a bit of research and decided that you’re ready to switch from long-term rental to short-term let, all that remains is prepping your property, marketing it, and maintaining readiness between guests.

Whether you do the work yourself or get professional help shouldering the load, you’re likely to find that in many markets, short term rentals are a lucrative addition to your portfolio.

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5 Popular Types of Vacation Rental Properties https://turnoverbnb.com/5-popular-types-of-vacation-rental-properties/ https://turnoverbnb.com/5-popular-types-of-vacation-rental-properties/#respond Tue, 28 Apr 2020 20:43:13 +0000 https://turnoverbnb.com/?p=3437 The fast pace of the modern lifestyle can be quite demanding. Sometimes we all need to take a break from our busy lives and unwind for a change. But how do you select the right accommodation among the numerous vacation rental options? Scroll on to learn more about the five popular types of vacation rental […]

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The fast pace of the modern lifestyle can be quite demanding. Sometimes we all need to take a break from our busy lives and unwind for a change. But how do you select the right accommodation among the numerous vacation rental options? Scroll on to learn more about the five popular types of vacation rental properties that fit different needs, preferences, and budgets.

City Townhomes

If you’re looking for a rental property that has everything you’d get in a full-sized house but you don’t want to spend too much, consider renting a city townhome. Slim yet fully-equipped, townhomes share side walls with other townhomes next to them and usually (although not always) come with multiple levels. Depending on the floor plan, they can fit a number of bathrooms and bedrooms, making them particularly convenient for families

Oftentimes, they’ll be located in the suburbs, but they can also be situated near the center of the city. They come with all the different amenities one would find in a regular, single-family house, only they cost a lot less to stay in. Usually, the neighborhoods these townhomes are situated in will also come with all the different amenities comers and goers might want to use, such as parking, swimming pools, and play areas for the children.

Serviced Studio Apartments

Although they tend to be smaller, studio apartments can be quite convenient for anyone looking to stay for a shorter period as they’re designed in a very practical and functional way. Their room-like structure provides a sense of a ‘home away from home’ and gives you just the right amount of space for enjoying some ‘me time’ while also giving you the option of lounging in the communal area where you can chat with other residents.

Renting a beautifully designed studio apartment is a great idea regardless of whether you are traveling on your own or bringing your partner with you. Serviced studio apartments also come with all-inclusive rent, a laundromat you can use whenever you need to, and a fully-equipped kitchen where you can whip up quick, healthy meals. Access to the rooftop where you can take a break while enjoying a pleasant view is just an added bonus.

House on the beach. Photo by Tuce on Unsplash.

Beach Houses

Ever dreamt of waking up to the sound of the ocean? Enjoying the pleasant summer breeze and soaking in the picturesque scenery composed of golden-hued sand, vivacious blue sky, and rolling waves doesn’t have to be just a distant dream. In fact, it’s often just a couple of clicks away and can be as easy as renting a beach house.

Whether you’re looking for a luxurious beach villa or a gorgeous beachside condominium, there is a wide range of beach property options available at different price points to fit every budget. They offer privacy, an abundance of fancy features, as well as access to the ocean which both families and couples can use to enjoy different activities and simply relax and unwind surrounded by beautiful nature.

Mountain Lodges

Whether you’re looking for a place to stay during the warm, summer months or simply enjoy winter activities year-round, renting an alpine lodge is a great way to spend your vacation days and get a well-deserved (and much-needed) break. Regardless of the time of the year you decide to visit, the view from the mountains is fantastic and makes for a perfectly Instagrammable spot for taking some great photos.

Aside from the breathtaking vista, visitors can try their hand at a plethora of winter sports, from skiing to snowboarding to mountain hiking. If you’re a family or a couple who likes to take part in outdoor activities, booking a mountain vacation might be the best way to spend your holiday.

Woodland cabin. Photo by Roberto Nickson on Unsplash.

Woodland Cabins

Even if you’re a lover of all things urban, everyone can benefit from spending some time away from the hustle and bustle of a big city. If spending a couple of days or an entire week surrounded by the forest and the beautiful sounds of nature is your idea of an idyllic getaway, renting a woodland cabin is the way to go.

It’s a great way to reconnect with nature and can come in handy for when you need some inspiration and creativity – something that writers and artists might benefit from. Something as simple as spending some time exploring the bountiful flora and fauna, basking in the sun, and enjoying some outdoor activities can do wonders for the mental and physical well-being and leave you feeling refreshed and reenergized.

Finding the perfect spot away from home is often the number one priority when selecting a vacation rental property. Do that and you can rest assured that you’ll be spending your long-awaited vacation in a rental space that works best for you personally.

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How to Add a Remote Workspace to Your Vacation Rental https://turnoverbnb.com/how-to-add-a-remote-workspace-to-your-vacation-rental/ Tue, 21 Apr 2020 01:55:26 +0000 https://turnoverbnb.com/?p=3428 Due to the recent events, more short-term rentals are now being used. The Washington Post reports how many Airbnbs and vacation homes are becoming a fallback plan for stranded travelers or those looking for a safe place to stay. Along with retirees and families, professionals are looking for a remote workspace to help them stay […]

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Due to the recent events, more short-term rentals are now being used. The Washington Post reports how many Airbnbs and vacation homes are becoming a fallback plan for stranded travelers or those looking for a safe place to stay.

Along with retirees and families, professionals are looking for a remote workspace to help them stay productive during these trying times. Here are some ways you can help make your property more suitable for remote work as this trend continues:

Optimize the Lighting

Eco-friendly products are something that homeowners should prioritize. In a previous post by Kacey Mya, she describes how a great money-saving tip includes changing your rental’s light fixtures. LED and CFL lights will last much longer compared to traditional lightbulbs and you’ll have to replace them much less.

In line with this, ensuring that the desk area is well lit will benefit remote workers. Investing in a unique desk lamp or a sturdy hanging lamp will make a huge difference in how your space looks.

Redecorate the Desk and its Surroundings

There’s nothing wrong with a plain office-style desk, but if you want to attract customers to your rental, there are some ways you can jazz it up. Take a cue from the sophisticated interiors of Industrious’ Miami coworking branches and add a hint of marble along with some cheery indoor plants.

The new office space in Coral Gables is designed with hanging lights and planters, making good use of the high ceilings without making the space look small or cramped. Some desk organizers and stationery can also make your desk area look a lot more polished and appealing.

Check Your Wi-Fi Connection

One of the most important things that a remote worker needs is access to a fast and reliable Wi-Fi system. If you have a slow and buggy internet connection, it can definitely compromise the quality of your vacation rental.

The good news is that all it takes is a few small fixes. An article on USA Today suggests repositioning your router to see where it has the strongest signal, or upgrading any old equipment to the latest version. Alternatively, offering a pocket Wi-Fi option can be easier on the wallet and add some flexibility to your rental.

Think About the Little Details

An interesting trend that sweeping the coworking market is restaurants-turned-coworking spaces. KettleSpace’s New York locations provide meals and discounts to remote workers, mainly located in dinner-only restaurants that would otherwise be empty during the day.

While you don’t have to go this far in terms of offering sustenance, supplying a little snack and coffee bar near the workstation in your vacation home is a neat touch that hungry guests will truly appreciate. If you feel like going the extra mile, add a handwritten note for an extra personalized touch.

In today’s highly competitive vacation rental market, it pays off to differentiate your rentals from the rest. By offering extra perks to remote workers, you’ll definitely boost the popularity of your listings.

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What to Do in Times of Uncertainty? Diversify. https://turnoverbnb.com/what-to-do-in-times-of-uncertainty-diversify/ Fri, 17 Apr 2020 22:12:52 +0000 https://turnoverbnb.com/?p=3408 This is a guest post from our friends at Whimstay, a last-minute platform for vacation rental reservations. Why diversify? Why, if you are a host in today’s uncertain times, would diversification be the tool for not only survival but outright prosperity? Here’s why. Because the traveler of today now more than ever is using alternate […]

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This is a guest post from our friends at Whimstay, a last-minute platform for vacation rental reservations.

Why diversify? Why, if you are a host in today’s uncertain times, would diversification be the tool for not only survival but outright prosperity? Here’s why. Because the traveler of today now more than ever is using alternate sales channels to book their vacation rentals.

As Airbnb finds its footing and the idea of major channel brand loyalty wanes, property managers and owners must understand that the traveler is no longer married to one channel/OTA experience. It’s time to take advantage of this new traveler trend.

It’s why we decided to found Whimstay. We knew that unsold nights were wasted revenue, and furthermore understood simply by watching the traveler trends around hotels, that they will always want to book last minute if they can find a deal.

So, we thought, let’s solve our occupancy/lost revenue issue, and at the same time satiate a clear traveler need. Everyone wins. The hotels have been doing it for years. This is the kind of thinking we need to adopt as an industry.

But before we get to far into that, let’s take a step back and examine the traveler her/himself. What trends do we see coming out of this COVID challenge, and how do they benefit us as an industry?

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First off, humans will always travel. Travel itself is embedded in the DNA of all human beings. It’s why we explore, adventure and tend to schedule our lives around the brief respites of calm we call vacation. So, regardless of what happens post-COVID, that impulse will never change. What will change however is the behavior of the traveler, and the arc of those behaviors bend towards vacation rentals? How you ask?

1. Less Planes, More Cars

Let’s face it, people will be avoiding planes like the proverbial plague. However, the itch to travel will never wane, so what to do? Pack the family in the car and drive! Drive-able micro vacations will take the place of months in advanced planned 10 day vacations. This benefits us.

2. But They Will Still Fly…

Of course they will. Can’t get to Hawaii by car after all.  So. when they do, you tell me, what do you think they will prefer? A hotel where social distancing is impossible? Or a vacation rental where the entirety of your stay will be spent within the cozy confines of your very own home. This benefits us.

3. Automate

One of the bummers of this whole thing will be the slow move away from 3D person to person interaction. Indeed a bummer, but again a huge potential advantage over hotels. So, the key will be COMMUNICATE but also AUTOMATE. The hotel industry CANNOT move to this model,  it isn’t built that way. It is, however, already baked into how we do it. This benefits us.

So, what does all of this have to do with my original point? Things are changing and travelers will come from every angle. As property managers we must diversify in times of uncertainty and plant our seed in as much fertile ground as possible.

Hotels do it, why wouldn’t we? And as we enter the era where vacation rentals will soon surpass hotels as the preferred means of lodging, we as an industry must follow suit. The traveler will want us to be on as many channels and OTA’s as possible, so accommodate them. You won’t regret it.

Alex Alioto
Co-Founder VP of Sales Whimstay
https://whimstay.com/

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Ways to Keep Your Property Tidy During Downtime https://turnoverbnb.com/ways-to-keep-your-property-tidy-during-downtime/ Wed, 15 Apr 2020 00:10:33 +0000 https://turnoverbnb.com/?p=3398 In this unprecedented time of a pandemic that directly affects our vacation rental industry we need to find ways to stay busy and protect our investments. Today’s blog post is on some ideas of ways to spruce up your property in this downtime and get it ready for action when the tourism industry bounces back.  […]

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In this unprecedented time of a pandemic that directly affects our vacation rental industry we need to find ways to stay busy and protect our investments. Today’s blog post is on some ideas of ways to spruce up your property in this downtime and get it ready for action when the tourism industry bounces back. 

I personally decided to go stay in my condo in this unusually vacant time to check things out and work on anything that needs to be worked on. I feel like being in the space for a few days really brings to my attention things that need to be fixed more than a stop by visit would. Here is a list I compiled of some ways to protect and upgrade your investment: 

Inspect Your Property

Go through the unit and make sure everything is working as it should. Turn light switches on and off. Plug electrical items into outlets to make sure they’re all operating. Open cupboards and drawers to make sure they’re all working smoothly. There’s a lot you can order online to upgrade your place and fix little problems without going to the store. 

Electrical outlet and plug. Photo by Clint Patterson on Unsplash

Be Proactive

This is a good time to do things that are harder to do when you have a full schedule of guests. Spraying the unit is a good example. I like this all-natural cedar spray that is non-toxic. It works great but is a very strong cedar smell for guests and I would normally do it 2 or 3 days before someone checks in. This is also a great time for spring cleaning. Do that deeper cleaning of the nooks and crannies around your place. I wrote about deep cleaning in a previous blog post titled “Spring deep cleaning checklist”. Check it out! 

Prioritize Security

Install a motion detector light outside your front door. Replace locks that are getting faulty. Now there are locks that are programmed wirelessly and the code can be changed for each new guest. This could come in super handy as I’m sure people will still be wary of contact even after the quarantine lifts. This could be the perfect time to order a new lock or motion detector light for your precious investment. 

Check Up on Your AC and Heating

Clean out filters and make sure everything is running properly. Check pipes and make sure everything is in order. Issues with these appliances can be difficult to deal with during busier times.

Photo of Social Media Apps. Photo by dole777 on Unsplash.

Give Your Online Rental Profile an Overhaul

Whether it be on Airbnb or one of the other platforms, go through every tab. Update anything that needs to be updated. Read over your condo description. See where improvements can be made in your description. Also, list any current upgrades you have added since the last time you updated the profile. 

I hope that helps, I’d like to remind everyone to keep their chin up. Remember to eat well, exercise, laugh when you can and do the things that keep your spirits up! This too shall pass! 

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New Tools to Help Vacation Rentals Compete with Hotels in the Age of Pandemic https://turnoverbnb.com/new-tools-to-help-vacation-rentals-compete-with-hotels-in-the-age-of-pandemic/ Fri, 10 Apr 2020 00:05:50 +0000 https://turnoverbnb.com/?p=3383 April 10, 2020 Honolulu-based TurnoverBnB recently announced a COVID-19 Education, Documentation, Verification, and Demonstration program to reduce the potential for spreading infection and improve guests’ comfort in booking vacation rentals in the future. Many experts believe when travel resumes following the current COVID-19 crisis, guests will make accommodation choices based primarily on safety. “To combat […]

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April 10, 2020

Honolulu-based TurnoverBnB recently announced a COVID-19 Education, Documentation, Verification, and Demonstration program to reduce the potential for spreading infection and improve guests’ comfort in booking vacation rentals in the future.

Many experts believe when travel resumes following the current COVID-19 crisis, guests will make accommodation choices based primarily on safety. “To combat the perception that hotels have stricter cleaning and sanitation protocols, Airbnb and its competitors will have to demonstrate to potential guests that hosts are following extensive cleaning procedures,” said TurnoverBnB CEO and founder, Assaf Karmon.

The program consists of 4 parts:

Education

The new program requires cleaners using the TurnoverBnB platform to complete a COVID-19 Education and Safety Course, based on CDC recommendations.

Cleaners who complete the course receive a badge that is visible to existing clients, as well as hosts looking for new cleaners on the TurnoverBnB Marketplace. As the CDC recommendations continue to evolve, the course will be continually updated, and the cleaners will retest monthly.

Documentation

As part of the company’s cleaner management system, hosts received cleaning and disinfection checklists based on current CDC recommendations. These checklists can be used as-is or mandatory COVID-19 checklist items can be added into existing property- specific checklists.

Verification

To verify their work, cleaners are required to complete cleaning and disinfection checklists and upload photo documentation of their work before each guest check-in.

Demonstration

Months after the current pandemic, guests will still be conscious of safety when choosing accommodations. Currently, none of the largest reservation platforms (Airbnb, HomeAway, Booking.com, and TripAdvisor) have a cleaning solution in place.

Given the current climate, a reservation system that can let potential guests know that enhanced cleaning procedures are in place will have a distinct competitive advantage.

While the primary purpose of the TurnoverBnB COVID-19 Education, Documentation, Verification, and Demonstration program is to reduce the potential to spread infection, it also positively changes the perception of safety for potential guests.

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Spring Deep Cleaning Checklist https://turnoverbnb.com/spring-deep-cleaning-checklist/ Mon, 30 Mar 2020 22:08:51 +0000 https://turnoverbnb.com/?p=3353 Spring is almost upon us and doing a deeper spring cleaning starts to enter our minds as vacation rental owners/managers. It’s definitely worth it to take the extra time and expense to do a deep cleaning around this time of year. This sets a great standard for the cleanings that you or your cleaners do […]

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Spring is almost upon us and doing a deeper spring cleaning starts to enter our minds as vacation rental owners/managers. It’s definitely worth it to take the extra time and expense to do a deep cleaning around this time of year.

This sets a great standard for the cleanings that you or your cleaners do on a regular basis. Spring is a great time to clean out the dust that has accumulated over the winter.

Woman lifting blanket. Photo by Volha Flaxeco on Unsplash.

Even more helpful, would be to do deep cleaning four times a year as the seasons change. This is the time to tackle all those items that don’t need cleaning on a regular basis.

As the list begins to grow, I utilize the TurnoverBnB checklist to keep track of all of the items that need to be taken care of. Here is a brief list of things to focus on:

Spring Cleaning Checklist

1.) Washing baseboards and window sills

2.) Washing fan blades

3.) Wash and vacuum all vents

4.) Dust blinds

5.) Wash window treatments

6.) Dust and vacuum light fixtures

7.) Washing windows inside and out

8.) Dust and shine lights and look for any burnt out light bulbs

9.) Dust curtain rods

10.) Dust/polish furniture

11.) Vacuum couches with smaller vacuum attachments

12.) Wash large areas such as the ceilings/doors/walls 

Key Takeaways

Doing regular, seasonal deep cleans will save you money in the long run by making it easier to clean each time. This should also get good reviews from guests who notice how squeaky clean your place is. Deep cleaning could result in repeat customers as well who really appreciate the extra sparkle in your place!

It’s a good idea to have your cleaner do extra deep cleaning when you have longer-term guests as well. Whenever I have guests stay for 2 weeks or longer, I have my cleaner spend extra time on the little nooks and crannies so they don’t build-up. Happy Spring cleaning! 

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