Given the ubiquity of Airbnb properties around the world, it’s easy to forget that the business concept grew out of the trend for casual couch surfing that began in the 1990s. Now the short let sector rivals the hotel industry for profitability, with huge numbers of home owners opening up their property to guests they’ve never met before.
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For Airbnb hosts – especially those with more than one property – dealing with the logistical challenges of managing the booking and check-in process, and the overall guest experience itself, can be a perpetual challenge. In response to this, there are now a huge number of Airbnb management companies that offer to take these burdens off your hands.
If you’re an Airbnb host in the Scottish capital of Edinburgh, or are thinking of becoming one, and are keen to alleviate your workload, we’ve looked into all the Airbnb management companies operating in the city and picked out three of the best.
Founded in 2016, GuestReady has rapidly become a highly reputable name in the competitive world of Airbnb management, winning several notable awards since launching. The company’s services include setting up your listing, sending professional photographers to snap your home, optimised pricing based on deep data, meet-and-greets with guests, professional housekeeping, and maintenance. As well as its standard services, GuestReady also offers hosts their own personalised dashboard where they can access real-time insights from their property, including a multi-channel booking calendar and revenue reports.
Evergreen has been managing short term let properties for over 4 years and averages a rating of over 9 (out of 10) on Booking.com and 4.8 (out of 5) on Airbnb. The company, which is an agency member of both the ASSC and Council for Letting Agents, offers bespoke packages for landlords with various levels of servicing, ranging from basic offerings through to full, hands-off packages whereby hosts hand a property’s keys over to Evergreen who take over and manage everything. Among the specific services on offer are creating your listing, photography of your property, controlling your home’s pricing strategy, guest liaison from booking to check-out, cleaning and maintenance. Evergreen also creates a 6-page property-specific welcome pack in both electric and hard copy form for all guest stays.
Born and bred in Edinburgh, Five Star BnB describes itself first and foremost as a hospitality company. It harnesses its knowledge of the local market to provide full management services every day, all year round, from listing, pricing and marketing to guest communication, housekeeping and maintenance, all using local suppliers. The company also offers 24/7 check-in, so guests never have to worry about what time they arrive, and every home also has its own dedicated property manager. Another USP is that Five Starr Bnb places a strong focus on green living and only uses eco-friendly cleaning products in its properties.