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Your Year (and Decade!) in Review

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2019 has been a heckuva year. 

We’ve seen a lot happen – both in the vacation rental industry in our city as well as just in general in the news. If we’re being honest, we’d have to say we’re ready for the clean slate of the New Year. 

But just because we are looking forward doesn’t mean we’re averse to looking back. 2019 marks a special place in time because we’re about to embark on a brand new decade. Change may be coming, but a whole world of possibilities will soon be opening, too!

Here are a few things to reflect on this week as you prepare for 2020.

 

Looking Over Your Gains and Losses

It may not be tax time, but it’s a good time to start getting prepared for tax season. As the year comes to a close, consider what you made and whether or not you lost money over 2019.

Look back at your goals for the year. Did you:

 

•Have big plans to increase your occupancy rate? 

•Hope to drive up your average nightly rate?

•Plan to hire a third-party management company?

•Intend to expand and take on additional rental listings?

 

Whatever your goals were, don’t be scared to look at them again – regardless of how well or poorly you did in achieving them. 

If you didn’t accomplish what you wanted to, be brave and break down the reasons why you fell short. Knowing where we messed up is powerful.

Armed with that knowledge, you’ll be better set up to really kill it in 2020.

 

Looking Over Changes in LA Home Sharing

The Home Sharing Ordinance has been undergoing more drama. 

Just last Thursday, December 19, the City Planning Commission agreed to raise the booking cap from just 30 days to 90 days per year and increase the number of short-term rental permits to approximately 15,000 instead of the much lower 3,600, among a few other things.

These and a few other recommendations will make their way to another committee – Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) – in the new year, so the fight is still not won. There’s still a need for each and every voice in the LA vacation rental industry to be heard.

If you haven’t given it much thought already, now is a good time to think about how these changes will affect your business and what you can do to shift accordingly. 

It’s also never too late to get involved with the Homeshare Alliance Los Angeles (HALA) movement. Sign up for their newsletter and follow them on social media.

 

Make the most of these last few days of 2019, friend. The end of every year is an incredible time to reflect and plan. 

As we enter into a brand new decade, reflecting holds even more importance. A new era of home-sharing and vacation rental rules in Los Angeles is upon us and, despite how much we dislike them, planning to comply and setting goals structured within those rules couldn’t be falling at a better time for hosts. 

We’re so grateful to partner with you and we’re wishing you the best this holiday season and into the new year. Here’s to your success in the new decade – happy 2020! 

 

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At first I tried to take care of all of the cleaning process myself, and it turned out to be a bigger headache than anything else. So a friend told me about MaidThis and its been fantastic. I’ve been working with my cleaners for a few months so far. I recommend you check out the service for yourself.
Brent
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I definitely think that as a company we've been able to make more money, not only because we're saving money by using Maid This, but also because they're helping take a few of the necessary evils with doing vacation rentals off of the property managers plate.
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Airbnb Host in LA
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Hours
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Vacation Rental Tips for Owners

Where can I schedule a superb Vrbo cleaning in SacramentoThe vacation rental business has experienced a huge boom in the 21st century. With the advent of the internet, and services like Airbnb and Vrbo, anyone can lease out their property with minimal effort. 

While this is great if you have extra space that you’d like to use to supplement your income, it also means the competition is stiffer than ever. Your rental property must be expertly cleaned, properly equipped, and competitively priced in order to garner positive reviews. 

In this article, we’ll tell you how to optimize your vacation rental in a way that catches the eye of anyone who sees your listing. We’ll also tell you how to optimize your Airbnb or Vrbo cleaning in Sacramento in order to truly make your vacation rental shine. Keep reading to learn more.

How to make your vacation rental stand out?

As with any business venture, you must take a good hard look at your rental property, decide what type of guest it’s best suited for, and then add features that these guests will be interested in. 

For instance, if your vacation rental is a cottage at the banks of the Sacramento River, it will likely attract families who are looking for a weekend getaway. Equipping the cottage with a barbeque and patio chairs will make your guests’ stay all the more comfortable and, more importantly, enable you to charge more.

Let’s look at another example. If your rental property is a single small room near a major university, it’ll likely attract many students who are coming to take exams. In this case, the students only really need a place to sleep, so a spotless Airbnb property that doesn’t cost much will be extremely popular. 

Good ways to improve your rental property include:

  • Add useful features. Air conditioning, a TV, free parking, Wi-Fi, a fully equipped kitchen and a washing machine are among the top 10 things Airbnb and Vrbo guests want. Furthermore, you can add specialized features that complement your specific property (barbeque for a riverside cottage, spa for a luxury apartment, and so on). 
  • Advertise. You can promote your vacation rental listings on social media, or pay for advertisements on local tourism websites. Getting a unique URL for your Airbnb or Vrbo listing is another excellent way to promote it. Finally, you can post signs, create business cards, and hand out fliers. 
  • Choose the right platform for you. Whether you choose Airbnb or Vrbo depends largely on which features are important to you and how much you’re willing to spend on service fees. Take the time to thoroughly inform yourself about both sites before you commit. 
  • Schedule recurring cleanings. Every guest is a person and therefore unique in their own way. But the one thing they all agree on is that they want their rental property to be 100% clean. Outsourcing this job to trusted professionals who use approved cleaning techniques and products is crucial if you want to ensure your customers’ happiness. 

Where can I schedule a superb Vrbo cleaning in Sacramento?

How to make your vacation rental stand outOne of the fastest ways to get a bunch of negative reviews is to cut corners when it comes to vacation rental cleaning. Cleaning yourself or expecting your guests to do it will inevitably yield lackluster results and frustrate the people who have chosen your property over a hotel.

The good news is, you’re not on your own! As the premier referral agency in Sacramento, Maid This is uniquely qualified to help you get the most out of your vacation rental. The expert cleaners we work with boast unrivaled skill, experience, and work ethic. They will show up at your doorstep ready to give your property a first-rate cleaning. 

Reach out to us today. We can’t wait to impress you with the quality of what we provide. 

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At first I tried to take care of all of the cleaning process myself, and it turned out to be a bigger headache than anything else. So a friend told me about MaidThis and its been fantastic. I’ve been working with my cleaners for a few months so far. I recommend you check out the service for yourself.
Brent
Airbnb Host in LA
90+

Hours
Saved

I definitely think that as a company we've been able to make more money, not only because we're saving money by using Maid This, but also because they're helping take a few of the necessary evils with doing vacation rentals off of the property managers plate.
Laura G
Airbnb Host in LA
90+

Hours
Saved

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How to Get the Most Out of My Vacation Rental?

What's better Airbnb or VrboWhile browsing Airbnb and Vrbo listings, you’ve probably noticed there are numerous properties that have middling ratings despite looking great “on paper”. Nine times out of ten, this is because their hosts failed to take full advantage of their vacation rentals

The reality is that short-term property leasing is a business, so it must be approached with utmost professionalism. Homeowners who cut corners or refuse to pay for the top Airbnb and Vrbo cleaning Sacramento can offer will inevitably receive negative reviews. And as we all know: bad reviews are the kiss of death for any vacation rental. 

In previous articles, we explained why vacation rental cleaning is so important, and how to remotely manage your cleaning. Now we’ll give you a few pointers on how to make your guests happy and maximize your profits. Read on to learn more. 

How can I increase my vacation rental?

Many hosts mistakenly blame lackluster profits or negative ratings on the properties themselves. They say things like: “Guests hate my place because it’s small,” or “My house is in a bad location.” Don’t fall into this trap. 

Unless you put false information in your listing (e.g., claiming that your property is located near the Crocker Art Museum, when it’s not), your guests will know exactly what they’re renting and won’t mind such drawbacks if the price is right. As always, the best way to achieve success is to provide a cost-effective service. 

You can improve your vacation rental income by doing the following:

  • Invest. Features such as air conditioning, comfy furniture, TV, Wi-Fi, free parking, etc., aren’t expensive, but they can make your property infinitely more attractive to potential guests. 
  • Charge less. Affordability is a massive advantage for a rental property, especially if it’s located in a popular destination that gets a high tourist turnover. After all, quantity has a quality of its own.
  • Book professional cleanings. A vacation rental must be cleaned to the highest standard, period. Guests can ignore the lack of a TV or washing machine, but nobody wants to shower in a moldy bathroom or to find the previous guest’s hair in the bed. 

What’s better Airbnb or Vrbo?

How can I increase my vacation rentalVrbo and Airbnb are the two leading platforms for finding alternative lodgings. They both connect customers who are searching for short-term rentals with homeowners who wish to lease out their property. 

Vrbo (Vacation Rental By Owner) has been around since 1995, while Airbnb (Air Bed and Breakfast) was founded in 2008. Although both of these sites serve the same purpose (showcasing home listings), each has its own pros and cons that must be carefully considered regardless of whether you’re a guest or a host. 

Airbnb is known for:

  • Having a huge host network that contains more than 4 million listings,
  • Offering creative and unique rental experiences (houses made of Lego bricks, underwater research ships, and more),
  • Renting out spaces of all sizes, from single rooms to giant manors,
  • Extensive customer reviews,
  • Having an “experiences” section that lists things like beach yoga, walking tours, and forest hikes,
  • Enabling you to make restaurant reservations.

Vrbo is known for:

  • Being focused on larger spaces, meaning you can only rent out whole condos, houses, apartments, etc.
  • Having a review section that allows hosts to reply to reviews, which gives readers a chance to learn more about the property in question,
  • Having a superior search system that allows you to serve by location (beachside, ski rental, mountain view, etc.) or property type (yacht, raft house, etc.),
  • Charging lower guest and homeowner fees.  

Where can I book the finest Vrbo cleaning Sacramento can provide?

You’re already at the right place! Maid This is a first-in-class referral agency that specializes in connecting Sacramento homeowners with the premier cleaning professionals in the city. This service is easy to schedule, offers various cleaning options, and comes with a 100% happiness guarantee!

Contact us today. We’ll make your vacation rental spotless before you know it!

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At first I tried to take care of all of the cleaning process myself, and it turned out to be a bigger headache than anything else. So a friend told me about MaidThis and its been fantastic. I’ve been working with my cleaners for a few months so far. I recommend you check out the service for yourself.
Brent
Airbnb Host in LA
90+

Hours
Saved

I definitely think that as a company we've been able to make more money, not only because we're saving money by using Maid This, but also because they're helping take a few of the necessary evils with doing vacation rentals off of the property managers plate.
Laura G
Airbnb Host in LA
90+

Hours
Saved

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Handy vs Tidy Vs MaidThis: Which Company Is Right for Your Airbnb Cleaning?

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There are lots of cleaning companies – and cleaners, for that matter – out there that you can call on to clean your Airbnb after your guests have checked out. But what sets one cleaner apart from the rest? Between Handy, Tidy, and MaidThis, where will you get the most bang for your buck? ✓ 

We wondered ourselves. So, we did a little homework. Take a look at our competitors below and see how MaidThis measures up.

 

Cleaning by Handy 

Handy has great customer reviews and operates in a number of different U.S. cities as well as locations in Canada and the U.K.

The folks behind Handy created a business of nearly all home-based trades: They offer home cleaning, specialized installations, handyman services, outdoor projects, and more recently, home renovations.

 

How We Compare

So how, exactly, does Handy compare to MaidThis? From what we can see, Handy:

• Offers everyday home cleaning, move-out cleaning, and special deep cleaning.

Keeps everything streamlined through their online booking portal.

Promises reliable and experienced cleaners they’ve vetted themselves and on whom they’ve run extensive background checks.

Provides flexibility and convenience in scheduling.

 

How We Differ

Here’s the biggest difference we see between ourselves and Handy: Handy does not specialize in Airbnb turnover cleaning.

As a host, it pays to have cleaning professionals who know the ins and outs of cleaning a vacation rental: It’s not like simply cleaning a home that is consistently lived in by the same people. 

Guests expect their Airbnb to be somewhat like a hotel, so turnover cleanings must turn over every stone and ensure that everything is pristine, like each set of guests are the first ever to stay.

While we’re sure Handy’s teams do a fantastic job, at MaidThis, every single one of the cleaners we match with you has vacation rental cleaning experience. We’ve been in this game for a long time and know what’s expected so there are no hiccups or learning curves.

 

Handy Tidy MaidThis
Partner with Other Vacation Rental Industry Service Providers
Report Low Supplies and Damages
Cleaners Send Turnover Completion Notifications
Automatic Calendar Sync – the App Schedules Cleanings for You
Airbnb-Specialized Cleaning
Flexible and Convenient Scheduling
Cleaners are Vetted and Background-Checked
Cleaning Fee Structured by Home Size
Cleaning Fee Structured by Hours Worked
App-Based Booking
Online Booking
Offers Specialized Cleaning Services
Available in Most US Cities Coming Soon!

 

Cleaning by Tidy

Tidy operates in major cities in over 20 U.S. states and like Handy and MaidThis, vets its cleaners and runs background checks on everyone they hire. Unlike Handy, however, Tidy sticks to strictly offering cleaning services to its clients. 

We’ll be honest: At first glance, it may seem like service between Tidy and MaidThis is a wash (pun intended).

 

How We Compare

How do Tidy and MaidThis compare? Tidy:

• Offers specialized Airbnb cleaning.

• Makes booking easy through their online booking portal and specialized app.

• Promises reliable cleaners who have specific experience with Airbnb turnover cleanings.

• Provides flexibility and convenience in scheduling.

 

How We Differ

Perhaps most interestingly, one of the biggest differences between Tidy and MaidThis is how we structure our turnover packages: Tidy structures their turnovers by the hour rather than by the size of your vacation rental.

This may seem trivial, but we argue that it matters. Here’s why:

No two stays are alike and some guests will be tidier (no pun intended here) than others. There are certain tasks that need to be done regardless of how messy your guests are or aren’t, but if you’re paying by the hour rather than by the size of your place, you run the risk of over-paying for what should have been a different kind of appointment. Alternatively, you may find that your place is messier than expected and if you haven’t booked a long enough appointment, your place may not be in tip-top shape for your next guests.

Here are a few other differences we spotted in our research:

At MaidThis, we provide our hosts with a software integration booking tool so they don’t have to lift a finger. Our booking system syncs with your calendar and books your turnover cleanings automatically. Tidy does not appear to offer any such system; hosts have to schedule individual cleanings themselves.

• Matched cleaners cross all their “t”s and dot their “i”s: Cleaners can send turnover completion notifications via the app with photos and timestamps so you know things have been done just the way you expect them to be. Tidy’s turnover cleaners may not report in real-time.

• When supplies are running low or something is damaged, the app will prompt your turnover cleaner to report it right away. Tidy does not explicitly offer this service to its hosts.

MaidThis knows the vacation rental industry and we work closely with a number of other partners in the sphere.

 

Guests expect their Airbnb to be somewhat like a hotel, so turnover cleanings must turn over every stone and ensure that everything is pristine, like each set of guests are the first ever to stay.

At MaidThis, we know that firsthand. After years of working in the Airbnb industry, we’ve learned how to keep your guests happy and ensure you get a 5-star review after every single stay, and we match you with cleaners who fit this bill.

Ready to take the leap? Book your first turnover cleaning with us now!

 

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Testimonials

At first I tried to take care of all of the cleaning process myself, and it turned out to be a bigger headache than anything else. So a friend told me about MaidThis and its been fantastic. I’ve been working with my cleaners for a few months so far. I recommend you check out the service for yourself.
Brent
Airbnb Host in LA
90+

Hours
Saved

I definitely think that as a company we've been able to make more money, not only because we're saving money by using Maid This, but also because they're helping take a few of the necessary evils with doing vacation rentals off of the property managers plate.
Laura G
Airbnb Host in LA
90+

Hours
Saved