Hi everyone, it’s our first post here, I discovered Airbnb a few years back when I wanted to transfer my lease and move into a new and nicer apartment, someone recommended I check this “new app” and started hosting almost right away.
After seeing the feedback I received and making improvements here and there, I was able to make a good income from it, I also realized my corporate job was not something I wanted to continue doing.
So I saved and planned and by last summer I took a 5 month vacation through Europe and Mexico with my girlfriend, with most of it being paid from my hosting profits.
But then we started staying in Airbnb’s just about everywhere we went, from London, Paris, Italy among many other places. It dawn on me that quality varied a lot!, hosting had such a low barrier of entry and anyone could do it, and was doing it, with very different levels of success.
Many of my friends back home were surprised I was able to take all this time off with what I’m sure seemed unlimited funds in their eyes (far from it) but even staying at a hostel would always end up being more expensive than Airbnb , so we never did that.
I started taking note and advising them about their listings ( many of them started renting their own places thanks to my advice and example I suppose ) and they started doing very well as well .
It all came down to most hosts and listings falling in a very mediocre place, not caring about customer or even walking in their shoes to know what it’s like to travel and arrive in a new city, going to a stranger’s apartment and wondering if it’ll be good experience or not.
Here’s my ask:
I’ve started my own management service (currently only in Montreal) as I want to make sure I can deliver great value locally before expanding anywhere.
the website is (www.uphost.ca)
I’ve designed a very simple website and been working with a few clients for a couple months now, it’s great and I love it.
But since everyone here is or would like to be a host, I would love to hear any feedback both from the presentation of the services as well as what YOU as a host would like help with, how someone like me could provide it and how it can be a win-win situation every time!
I’ve been encourage through all my research to find that even most Airbnb management services fall short since their quality control and consistency does not seem to deliver on what they promise.
I want to be proactive about preventing that, and if this is something that people want, then optimize the **** out of it, so we can all benefit. From guests, hosts and people like me.
Any feedback is appreciated! and if you prefer to do it in private you can either inbox me or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
This is not meant to be seen as advertising since for 99% of users here I am not offering my services in the area where you are located.