Where can you advertise short-term let properties?

Here at Hello Guest, we understand how difficult handling short-term let properties can be. It’s not only managing the property between stays and keeping everything looking ship-shape, but knowing where to advertise your accommodation in order to attract a continuous stream of guests through your doors.

Luckily, there are lots of easy to use sites on the internet that are available to help you. With plenty of people perusing them each and every day, they’ll make certain that your property is seen.

Here are just a few of the websites we recommend you check out…

Airbnb

When it comes to advertising short-term let properties Airbnb is an obvious place to start. Well-known, with plenty of traffic, it was specifically set up to connect landlords with rooms to spare with travellers looking for a unique place to stay. It certainly has lots to offer you, including full control over your availability, prices, house rules, and how you interact with guests, and leaves check-in times entirely at your discretion. It’s also incredibly easy to use – you simply set up a listing, welcome guests, and get paid through a secure system at the end of it. Best of all, the company will deduct only 3% from the total amount you earn, in the way of a very competitive service fee.

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor is similarly well recognised, and has plenty of people visiting it to see what’s available each and every day. This makes it a great place to list a home or room for let. With the largest travel community in the world frequently checking it out, it really is a good place to earn money easily, and has the added boons of no upfront fees nor contract. Like Airbnb, the site will take just 3% of your total profit as a booking fee, making it a highly attractive prospect for landlords like yourself.

House Trip

House Trip advertises over 300,000 holiday homes from around the world, making it another handy site on which to list your property. Essentially just another arm of TripAdvisor, it charges the same 3% fee as its parent company and has many of the same advantages. However, as it’s slightly more specialised than the former, it might still be worth placing an additional ad here.

OwnersDirect

OwnersDirect has an astonishing 775,000 holiday homes advertised on it, so perhaps yours deserves its place among them? Allowing you to easily input your details into its database, it will ensure that your property is viewed by travellers in 190 different countries across over 50 dedicated sites. Giving you the option to control prices, availability, and who stays in your property, there’s little to dislike about it, and it arguably has the best in-class booking tools on the internet.

Wimdu

Wimdu is another popular place to advertise a short-term let. With over 350,000 apartments and holiday homes on site, it gives hosts the opportunity to earn around 900 euro per month on average simply through letting their empty property, and is quick to pay up too. Automatically transferring your profits into your account within 24 hours of your guests arriving and having checked in, we would certainly recommend that you give it a try if you’re hoping to increase exposure.

HomeAway

One of the most frequently used sites for holiday homes, HomeAway has over one million listings, and your short-term let should be among them. Making it really simple to add your information to its database, it’s another part of the OwnersDirect family, and offers all of the same perks as its highly popular sister site.

Booking.com

Booking.com is available in over 40 languages, lists 1,495,104 properties and covers 228 countries. In London alone there are approximately 7,052 properties on their database.

Unlike some other platforms Booking.com do not charge your guests extra, the price you set is the price they pay. They also have a simple calendar that will integrate with other platforms.

Making advertising your short-term let properties easy, this plethora of handy websites can be utilised to make your profits soar. Be sure to include your short-term let among their listings today, you may also wish to consider smaller specialist sites for city rentals such as Only-apartments.

Alternatively, you could opt to contact a reputable property management company like our own and have them do all the hard work for you.

How to Target Business Travellers for your Short-Term Let

Workstation

With spending on inbound business visits to London in 2016 reaching 3.25 billion pounds (Statista) it is no wonder that property owners are looking to make their short-term let Airbnb listings more appealing to the business sector.

Making your property business ready can help you to fill gaps in your calendar, ultimately increasing your profits. This is because business people tend to travel more often during weekdays and businesses also generally operate throughout the entire year, even during off-peak times when tourists are less likely to visit.

Business people often lead busy lives and are unlikely to want to spend hours every time they travel searching for somewhere to stay. It is therefore common for them to remain loyal to a particular host if they have had a good experience with them in the past.

So how can you make your short-term let more appealing to business travellers? Read on to find out more.

Setup a workstation

If you have a spare room you could transform it into a study with a desk and comfortable office chair. Most hosts would prefer to make any spare rooms into bedrooms but you may have the space for a bed and desk and if not consider buying versatile furniture where beds can easily be stored away if a business person is staying. Alternatively, find an appropriate space elsewhere in the property, ideally in a quiet location.

The workstation could include a mouse, keyboard and computer (although business people tend to travel with their own laptops). You may also want to consider spare laptop and mobile phone chargers, a printer, fax machine, scanner/photocopier and a landline telephone.

WiFi

The majority of business people will need access to the Internet, so ensuring that you have adequate broadband speed is a must. Check to see if the broadband is accessible from all rooms within the property and if not think about ways in which you could improve this perhaps with a booster or having fibre optic installed. You should also ensure that you are on a sufficient broadband package so that you do not get hit with a hefty charge if guests go over the allocated usage. It is also a good idea to have an Ethernet cable plugged into the router so that guests can opt to have a wired connection. Most importantly ensure that they have the necessary password and instructions to login to the broadband.

Extras

If you are looking to go that extra mile you may wish to consider stationery items such as pens, pencils, rulers, rubbers, a calculator and notepaper. You could even get some of these things branded around your short-term let.

Another nice touch is to have a coffee machine; many business people lead hectic lives and will be grateful for convenience items like this.

Other items that will help to ensure that your business guests have a pleasant stay include an iron and board, hair dryer, clothes hangers, shampoo and conditioner, toilet paper and fresh towels. You could also leave them information on a local laundry service.

This goes for all short-terms lets regardless of the type of guest staying but you should ensure that you have carbon monoxide and smoke alarms installed and they should be regularly tested.

Check-in and out

Business people tend to be in a hurry so make their travel experience as stress-free as possible by creating a simple check-in and out process. This can be achieved with a lockbox, which also allows for 24-hour access.

Airbnb have a Business Travel Ready program, through which it aims to get more properties up to the quality standards expected by business travellers. Properties that are travel ready are also awarded with a badge. These listings have to meet certain requirements, most of which are covered above. With this in mind it seems that it is ever more important for hosts to adapt their properties to tap into the business sector.