Why Choosing The Right Property Management Company Is Always a Good Investment

With over 40,000 properties available for booking, Edinburgh's holiday property let rental market is now one of the biggest in Europe. Favoured by tourists and business travellers alike, these properties enjoy high and ever-increasing levels of occupancy all year around.

Make the Most of Your Property

Whether you own an attractive studio in the Old Town or a charming colony in Dalry or Stockbridge you may still find it hard to devote the time to fully concentrate on privately renting your property. The connection between landlord and tenant is often at best tenuous, and of course, you want to be sure that the most trustworthy clientele are living at your address. In short, the right tenants can often be hard to find on a longer term basis. But what if you turned this conundrum on it’s head? For long term financial benefits read short term lucrative income.

Airbnb Property Management is Big News

Airbnb is a global phenomenon that’s been around longer than you might think, but it’s really caught on in the last few years, particularly in the main cities. Property lets of up to ninety days tend to suit many people, from those seeking cheaper and more personalised accommodation for a long weekend, to celebrate an event, to European travellers on their annual fortnight’s holiday. Business people seconded elsewhere for the duration of a contract or a project, can also benefit from such accommodation. With such demand, your property becomes a constant stream of investment income and what you then need to do is get someone to help you manage the entire process, which is where Elite Property Management enters the equation.

Stress Free Airbnb Management Edinburgh

Instructing Elite Property Management will help make the entire letting process as smooth and efficient as possible, both for clients and their guests. Our intimate knowledge of the Edinburgh property scene means we’re second to none when it’s comes to providing bespoke property letting solutions that meet and exceed your expectations. We ensure your property is always maintained to the highest possible standard required for letting, and we always go that extra mile providing a suite of services ensuring the ultimate comfort of your guests.  

Maximising Your Rental Income

During our initial meeting with you, we’ll get to know the full details and specifications of your property, which helps give you an idea of how much revenue you could make over a specific period. We’ll discuss your preferred rental schedule, any special needs you may have, and any other things that are important to you to ensure that your holiday rental runs smoothly.

A Suite Of Outstanding Guest Services

We want to make sure that your guests have a memorable time and that starts the minute they arrive at your property. It’s important that your guests are greeted by a friendly face, and we can be there 24/7 to make sure that happens. As well as providing them with a warm welcome and fresh clean laundry for every guest, we’ll use the opportunity to tell them more about the property they’ll be staying in, as well as pointing out some of the local attractions they’ll doubtlessly be interested in. In fact it’s not only at the outset that we’ll be there for guests. Liaison with them continues throughout the duration of their stay, and if we attend to this communication, it means you don’t have to! And, by being immediately on hand, should guests need anything fixed, or something goes wrong at the property, our tradesmen will be straight round there to sort things out.

Elite For All Your Property Management Needs

So what are you waiting for? If you know you’re going to be away from your property for any length of time, or indeed, regularly throughout the year, why not come to us and we will help you manage the entire letting process, whilst your rental income grows.

Contact us today to find out how we can help.




Keeping Demanding Guests Happy

It doesn’t matter, whether you’re an Airbnb host in London, Dubai, Paris, Hong Kong or Edinburgh, chances are , from time to time, you’ll come across some very demanding guest(s). These are people who can, and very often do, find fault in even the smallest of things, as is their right to do so. Whilst it can test your patience; there’s another way to look at this type of challenge. It’s difficult, but you can actually thrive on this type of pressure, as a means to raise your game, seize an opportunity and improve all aspects of your airbnb property management service. So how exactly can you ensure you deliver a premium quality customer service each and every time for all of your guests and in return obtain great customer reviews? Read on to find out.

Always Set Realistic Expectations

Always be honest with the description of and the amenities that you advertise on your Airbnb property listing. If you’re even slightly disingenuous - sometimes accidentally - you may find yourself dealing with an irritated guest, willing to question any and all aspects of their booking. Guests naturally always want to know what they’re getting and what useful amenities are close by, so make sure your messaging is accurate and realistic. If they think they are getting a substantial apartment in the heart of Edinburgh and arrive to find a minimalist flat on the outskirts of the city – then you’re probably going to get a bad review. Part of providing a quality customer service, is to always be honest and informative with your guests. Letting them know where the city attractions are, and the heart of the action is - and how far away these are from your property - is absolutely essential.

Always Be Available For Questions

You’ve secured some lucrative bookings and it’s therefore very tempting to relax and switch off. However, things can and do go wrong when guests arrive, and as their host, it’s your responsibility to always be contactable, preferably 24/7, so that guests can text or phone you for immediate support. You can help things greatly by having a Welcome Pack and as much useful information available for guests. Things like, how to turn the heating up, where to find additional linen, and how timer switches work, may seem logical to you when you know the answers, but can easily irritate clients if they don’t. Remember the old adage to never assume. If you’ve another job it might be tricky at times to answer the phone or attend at the property, but you can ensure that you’re represented with a co-host taking care of guests’ concerns. It’s also vital that you take all queries and complaints seriously, as failure to do so could mean a very bad review coming your way. Which doesn’t help your future booking prospects whatsoever.

Cleanliness Is Next To Godliness!

In previous blogs we’ve discussed how vital it is to present a spotless property for guests. This should always feature heavily in any airbnb property management strategy. Whilst you can use a professional cleaning management service to help you, if you’re not, then you should take extra care. With a certain degree of chilling inevitability, you should focus on one room at a time, starting with the bathroom. The last thing a guest wants is to find hairs of previous guests floating around a blocked shower drain. Make sure the toilet, bath and shower are absolutely spotless and ensure the shower curtain is replaced regularly to avoid mould. Elsewhere, bed linen should be clean and dust mites removed from around cornices, light shades cleaned, and greasy fingerprints erased from light switches.

Help Your Guests Get A Good Night’s Sleep

One of the biggest complaints guests flag in reviews is that their bed was uncomfortable, or that sleeping arrangements for their family were less than ideal. Avoid putting off potential guests by investing in a mattress that’s firm enough to cater for all guests, adults and children. Provide a range of pillow types and good quality linen so that people can have the most enjoyable night’s sleep possible. It’s also not rocket science to establish beforehand how many people will be staying at your property, so that you’ll have proper beds for them all.

Always Stay Cool Calm And Collected

No matter what lengths you go to, even experienced Airbnb superhosts will still occasionally come across guests who are not best pleased about something. It’s important that you keep your cool and don’t react emotionally to any complaints and criticisms. This starts by making sure you set very clear expectations at the outset with your Airbnb messaging, house rules and provision of accurate information for your guests. If they can see you’ve made the effort, then this will minimise any fallout from the booking.

How Elite Can Help You Manage Guests

If the preparation and actual letting of your property sounds like hard work, it needn’t be. The good news is that Elite Property Management can help. Our team of dedicated Airbnb property management experts can arrange everything for you, reducing your time commitments and daily stress levels, letting you get on with your busy life. Elite works very closely with you at all stages throughout the letting process. As well as helping you get started as a host, we’ll take all the pressure off you, by carrying out the following services:

  • we can automate all of your guest communications and create an inviting welcome pack

  • we’ll clean and maintain your property to a very high standard

  • we can help with the meet and greet, if you’re unavailable

  • we’ll help you to get five star customer reviews

So, what are you waiting for? If you’ve got the property, we’ve got the Airbnb management expertise to get things off the ground for you, allowing you to fully enjoy the financial benefits. Contact us today to find out more.


Need a Break? Let us Take Care of your Airbnb Property

We all lead busy lives nowadays, but if you’re a landlord renting out a property, or indeed, several properties, things can and do, very often, get fraught and quite stressful. Paperwork starts to pile up on your desk, you’ve got to go out in the pouring rain to address a tenant issue, then go onto another property to screen some potential tenants. Not only that, but later you’ll need to find a local plumber at short notice to fix a blocked sink. There’s just simply not enough hours in the day to get it all done. And tomorrow, well already it’s looking worse.

If this sounds very like your set of circumstances, then something clearly isn’t right and you’ll need some help in restoring a better work/life equilibrium. Holidays, short trips away and the occasional weekend off, as a landlord, become more attractive and entirely possible if you take advantage of the services of an professional airbnb property management company.

Taking away daily stresses

Being a landlord can, of course, be an extremely rewarding and enjoyable experience, but with that comes significant responsibility and it’s very demanding on your time. You’ve got to want to do it, as you’re dealing with people and some common and unavoidable issues that you simply have no control over, on a daily basis. Issues that may become tenfold, if you’re suddenly going to be out of circulation for even a short time. Daily tasks, such as advertising an empty property, responding to a tenants email or catching up on missing rent, start to quickly add up, and before you know it, you’ve already got several mundane yet essential things on your to-do list that you must get done before you go. For many busy landlords, this could essentially mean waving goodbye to that precious free time.

Elite Property Management can help take the weight off you

As a landlord, going away does create some anxiety. What if a tenant has a serious problem? What if the heating stops working in one of my properties? What am I supposed to do if someone wants to start renting from me whilst I’m away and cannot speak to them?

These are all things that can be taken care of by a reputable property management company, such as Elite Property Management. We professionally deal with all new tenant enquiries and remove all of the stress and strain of holiday let management. Our aim is to fully support Holiday Let owners, ensuring the whole process is as smooth and efficient as possible for both landlords and their guests. We ensure your property is always maintained to the highest possible standard required for letting, and we always go that extra mile providing a suite of services to ensure the ultimate comfort of your guests, who’ll also have a friendly point of contact should they need help or advice on anything, whether that’s to do with the property or the local attractions they’ve come to see..

Elite for all your property management needs

Elite handles all communications with your guests, and can manage reservations and check-ins as well as ensuring the property is spotlessly clean, there is fresh laundry and a professional welcome pack in your property. First impressions are crucial with airbnb property management and Elite goes that extra mile, acting as front of house specialists for the duration of your guests’ stay. And if the lights aren’t working, or the toilet isn't flushing right, then a tradesmen will be straight round to fix things.

Elite Property Management will help you will all of the above mentioned aspects, to ensure you’re providing the best airbnb property management service you can, whilst maximising your rental income. If you need more help or advice, give us a call, We’ll ensure your airbnb property management experience is always a positive and rewarding one.




Getting Better Customer Reviews

Do you often struggle to get good quality reviews from your guests? It’s a problem many Airbnb hosts have and one that isn’t always easy to overcome. Feedback is the cornerstone of Airbnb property management. As a host, it’s a great opportunity to learn what your guests thought about all aspects of your property and their stay. As a host it’s also a chance for you to share your view on people that have stayed at your property. This trust-based system allows people to make informed decisions about rentals, and for hosts it’s a fantastic way to increase your ability to gain future rental income..

How Airbnb reviews work

Reviews are optional but are strongly encouraged. From long-term rentals to short-term lets, guests and hosts should take the opportunity for two-way feedback. Some guests will always find things to complain about, and others whilst pleased with their experience, will still not give you a top score. There are certain things you can do, however, to increase your chances of a more constructive review, starting with an understanding of how the Airbnb review system works.

Your guests can leave a review of their stay with you for up to 14 days after they’ve completed their visit. Reviews can be up to 500 words and as long as they meet content standards, people can be free and frank in their opinions. Guests can also leave you private feedback, which is usually a constructive and useful tool to improve your offering to customers. Guests are asked to explain things they loved about their stay and points where they feel things could have been better.

Understanding the criteria hosts are judged on

Cleanliness

Should be straightforward. Always take time to properly clean your property between lets, not forgetting to including all those hard to reach places as well. If you struggle to find the time or desire to clean, Elite Property Management can professionally do it for you.

Setting expectation

Accuracy and attention to detail is also vital. Does your advert describes your property and guest experience, sensibly? It’s important to advertise your property and attract guests, but over exaggerating what you have on offer can be a downfall when it comes to reviews, if you ultimately disappoint your guests. Be realistic about your property detail and the amenities available in your local area, and guests are more likely to leave you a favourable review.

Providing value for money

This can be subjective as everyone’s expectations are different, but it’s simply about getting your prices right. You want to maximise your income, but the higher your prices, the higher the guest expectation will be. Look at your competitors and see what they are charging. If you want to charge more, think about how you can increase your service offering, perhaps through early and late check-in, leaving a welcome gift or teaming up with a local tourist attraction to offer discounted tickets for guests.

Communicate effectively

Airbnb holiday lets might not always initially convince prospective guests. Effective communication is important in building trust and making guests feel relaxed and welcome. If you answer their questions quickly, provide helpful answers and are contactable before, during and even after their stay, then guests are more likely to score you highly. Always leave your contact details in the property and act quickly in case of problems, or,

Personal check-in/out

Your guests could be arriving at your property after a long journey. They’ll be tired, hungry and laden with luggage. The last thing they’ll want is the hassle of a long, drawn out check-in, so help them by making it as simple as possible. Greeting your guests in person builds rapport and trust, but if that’s not possible, you can always opt for a key safe and personalised welcome pack. Whatever option you choose though, make sure your guests know how to find your property and what to do when they arrive. You should always have contingencies in place for if they are delayed and can’t make the agreed time.  

Location

You can’t do anything to change your location. But, what you can do is give an honest depiction of your area within your property description, so your guests arrive knowing what to expect and are not disappointed. If you’re in a tourist or business hotspot close to the best attractions, your area will sell itself, but if not, that doesn’t mean you have to accept a low score. Make an effort to show off local highlights in your welcome pack, a cosy restaurant, beautiful walk or even the handy transport links that mean your guests can get wherever they want.


Small touches can make a difference

Put yourself in the shoes of your guests and think about what they would want to make their stay as memorable as possible. There are some obvious things you should do like make sure your property is clean, functional and comfortable but it’s the small touches that make the difference, and those will depend on the types of guests you are trying to attract.


Elite can help you

Elite Property Management can help you will all of the above mentioned aspects, to ensure you’re providing the best airbnb property management service you can. One of the most important things to remember though, is that guest reviews are mostly about the host. You can have the best property ever, but if guests don’t get on with you as a person or find you unhelpful or distant, then they’re less likely to remember their stay positively. Make an effort to always be friendly, smile, be helpful and build rapport with your guests. If you can do all of that your reviews will soar.  

If you need more help or advice, give us a call, We’ll ensure your airbnb property management experience is always a positive one.


How to Maximise Your Airbnb Property Rental Income

Setting a price for your airbnb property can be a very tricky area for hosts to decide, but it’s also one of the most important factors when it comes to property management. Getting it right will determine whether or not renting out your property, whether on a short or long term basis, is right for you. The best approach to take is to think of your property pricing strategy as you would if you were running your own business.

And to be fair, there’s a lot to think about when you take into account the bigger picture. You’ll want an appropriately worded listing to get noticed in the first place. Not only that, but you’ll need some professional photos to reveal your property in its full glory, and you’ll also need your own profile to be the best it can be too!

Work Out Your Expenditure

There are many reasons why you might want to become an Airbnb property host, but even if you’re more concerned with meeting new people, and being part of a vibrant scene, you’ll still want it to be worth your while financially, particularly as it can be time consuming. One way to ensure you make an appropriate profit is to estimate how much you need to earn to cover your costs. To do this, you’ll need to work out how much you typically spend on things like:

  • your rent or mortgage

  • bills – council tax, gas, electricity, WiFi etc

  • property management - maintenance, cleaning, supplies, furniture etc.

Once you’ve established these outgoings and how much you’re spending on your property every month, divide it by thirty to get a rough idea of what you need to charge per night to cover your costs.   

Research the competition

Pricing matters. Get it wrong, and you risk deterring potential guests, either because they can’t afford your high prices, or they’re wondering if there’s a reason why you’re rates are so much cheaper than everyone else. It’s not an easy decision. Where you’re property is located, the extent of local amenities nearby and the time of year you’re looking to let your property are all key factors. So, how do you go about it?

Assessing direct competition is a good place to start. Make a comparison of similar properties in your area and the prices being quoted. It’s sensible to look at those competing properties advertised on the same property management site as travellers will typically compare a few places before deciding. This will give you a relevant price range. A wider search, if needed, would include researching similar airbnb sites or alternative local accommodation such as hotels, bed & breakfasts, hostels, etc. It’s also useful to keep researching, as new properties appear all the time and prices will change seasonally.  

Occupancy Rates and Rental Yields

It’s best to price your property slightly lower to begin with and build up some history and positive reviews before thinking of increasing your prices. If you’re finding success in letting your property at the required times, particularly if general availability is an issue, then you can test a small increase in pricing to see if this has any impact on your future occupancy rate. Finding the right balance between supply and demand will determine if variable pricing works for you. 

Take advantage of high season and special events

Unsurprisingly, airbnb holiday let bookings in Edinburgh are considerably higher in the summer than during the winter period. Edinburgh, like most major cities does have many year long attractions, but it’s the popularity of the Edinburgh International Festival and it’s sister, The Fringe, that brings tourists flocking in high season to the city. Add concerts, shows, hen and stag parties and there’s clearly an opportunity to look at adjusting your letting prices, perhaps considering premium rates at weekends.

Review and adjust your pricing regularly

It’s worth periodically review your pricing as competitor prices regularly change, the number and type of places available in your area change. You could also consider adding cleaning fees and guest fees, if there are space restrictions.

Talk to Elite

Elite Property Management, fully understand the opportunities and challenges of Airbnb property management and have considerable experience managing properties in the Edinburgh area. If you need advice about costing or anything else to do with managing your property, give us a call; as property management specialists, we’re always happy to help.

How To Get Repeat Airbnb Bookings

If you’re letting out your Airbnb property, it’s obviously encouraging when you receive bookings, but it’s even better when those guests return time and again to enjoy the luxury of your property for their short term break. Not only that, but there’s a good chance that they could share their great experience  with their friends, extended family and work colleagues, which could lead to more bookings. The big question is how do you go about getting that repeat business? It may seem obvious but there are lots of areas that property owners often overlook. In this blog, we’ve prepared some tips to ensuring that your property is at the top of your guests’ list of places to stay.

Consider Your Target Audience?

The first thing to think about is who your target audience is and whether your property is actually ready for letting out. For instance, if you’re targeting couples with a young family, is your property child friendly/safe and for example, do you have enough single and double beds for everyone to sleep in? Our previous blog discussed the importance of interior decor and design layout. It’s important that all guests receive a luxury experience if they’re going to return again. If you’re also looking to attract business travellers, it’s important that there is space within the communal living area for a workstation complete with appropriate lighting, comfortable office type furniture and a good WiFi connection.

Does Your Property Need A Deep Clean?

Ensuring that your property is clean does sound rather obvious but this doesn’t just mean a quick scout around with the hoover in between guests staying. Instead, you should be implementing a strict regular cleaning schedule that includes dusting, hoovering, floor washing, bathroom cleaning as well as providing fresh linen and towels. Nothing should be left untouched, even those areas that you think that nobody will ever look (like behind the radiators!). Remember it only takes one person and one bad review to potentially tarnish your good name and undo all of your hard work.

Pay Attention To Detail

If you really want to your property to stand out from other short let properties then you really need to go that extra mile and strive to stay there. Before letting out your Airbnb property it’s a good idea if you’ve lived in it yourself, so that you can experience life as a guest and ensure that it’s fully equipped for cooking, sleeping, sanitation and leisure. Ask yourself what would have made your experience better? There could be some small touches that could make a difference. Provision of toys, board games, books, magazines/newspapers are a good start. It’s a good idea to welcome guests in with, milk, bread, butter, tea and coffee. It’s also a nice touch to include information on the property itself (such as how to work certain appliances) as well as details on things to do and see in the local area.

You can also leave a really lasting impression on your guests and provide luxury shampoos, conditioners, body washes, body lotions and toilet roll. If you really want to stand out you could also consider leaving a gift for when your guests arrive at your property, such as champagne, a hamper and a toy for the kids, or maybe all three!

Meet and Greet

If possible, ensure that your guests receive a truly personal experience by meeting them on their arrival at your property. This way you can give them a guide around and explain things (like how to use the oven and shower) as well as answer any questions that they’re bound to have about the property and local attractions.

24/7- Support And Feedback

Always make sure that it’s easy for guests to contact you, especially in case of any emergency. Ensure that you, or a tradesman is on hand to be able to quickly deal with any faults with the property, such as if the oven or hot water stops working. Once guests vacate your property make sure that you immediately contact them to follow-up on their stay and get that all important feedback. This could make all the difference when it comes to future bookings.

Elite Can Take Care Of All Your Airbnb Property Management Needs

If the preparation and actual letting of your property sounds like hard work, it needn’t be. The good news is that Elite Property Management can help. Our team of dedicated Airbnb property management experts can arrange everything for you, reducing your time commitments and daily stress levels, letting you get on with your busy life. Elite works very closely with you at all stages throughout the letting process. As well as helping you get started as a host, we’ll take all the pressure off you, by carrying out the following services:

  • we can automate all of your guest communications and create an inviting welcome pack

  • we’ll clean and maintain your property to a very high standard

  • We can help with the meet and greet, if you’re unavailable

  • we’ll help you to get five star customer reviews

So, what are you waiting for? If you’ve got the property, we’ve got the Airbnb management expertise to get things off the ground for you, allowing you to fully enjoy the financial benefits. Contact us today to find out more.

Is Your Decor Ready For Airbnb Property Management?

Thinking of letting out your property to take advantage of the growing Airbnb property management phenomenon? If you are, you may want to think about whether you’re completely ready to do so. There are many things to consider, not least whether or not your interior decor is up to date/standard. We’re not talking about a quick lick of paint and a general tidy up here, we’re thinking more about the longer term investment appeal of your property, so some careful decorative planning is required.

Planning Your Interior Design

Any interior design that you select for your property should provide your guests with a comfortable, attractive and luxurious place to enjoy their holiday or business visit, whilst also providing you with an opportunity to maximise your holiday lets - now and well into the future. Remember your property let is a means of additional income, and therefore your décor needs to be planned with the longer term in mind and not something that you necessarily have to replace on a regular basis.

It’s important that your guests appreciate your property, so purchasing cheap furniture and accessories, can often seem like a money saving exercise at the time, but in the long run, can cost more money to continually replace items.

Consider Your Colour Scheme

The colour scheme is probably the most important aspect of your décor, as this is what your plan should be based around. To obtain the highest possible number of bookings, it’s important for your décor to suit the taste of the largest audience possible. Therefor picking neutral colours such as pastel shades will help your property look fresh and airy as well as homely and modern. This doesn’t mean you can’t add some personality as well. Using contrasting pieces of art, soft furnishings or having a striking signature wall can give your property not only an unique identity but creates personality through various rooms.

Soft furnishings can be used throughout the house to help add colour. For example a coloured rug, or bright cushions adorning a sofa or a throw or bedding or window coverings to keep the sun out. They can easily be changed, without great expense, to keep up with current trends, as opposed to changing the entire décor of the property. Take care when selecting your soft furnishings and flooring and think of longevity. Light or pale carpets in a well-trodden area of the house can be hard to maintain and keep clean, as can pale bedding which can become easily stained.

Buy Quality Furniture

Quality furniture can change the entire orientation of a room, giving it a focal point that you can work around, without cluttering a room. Sometimes less can be more, as it creates the impression of a larger more airy room. Changing the furniture around periodically, can also help give an appearance of freshness for returning guests. An important point to note when planning the arrangement of furniture is to ensure that there is enough for the number of people that sleep at the property. For example enough chairs at the dining room table, or places to sit and relax in the lounge. Make your furniture more versatile by having a sofa bed, a bed that can be pulled out or single beds that can be joined together. This will allow many more people to visit your property.

Set The Mood With Your Lighting

When holidaying, people often like to relax in the evening after a busy day exploring, so it’s important to provide ambient lighting in both the lounge and bedrooms. This can be easily achieved with several lamps. It’s also important for the bathroom and kitchen to have bright lighting so people are able to prepare their food safely, or pamper themselves to their heart’s content. Having an outside light to welcome your guests also helps, especially in the winter months, or when returning late from a day out. It also helps with safety and security, especially when guests have to gain access for the first time.

You’ve Done The Hard Work - Our Airbnb Property Management Experts Can Do The Rest

If the actual letting of your property sounds like hard work, it needn’t be. The good news is that Elite Property Management can help. Our team of dedicated Airbnb property management experts can arrange everything for you, reducing your time commitments and daily stress levels, letting you get on with your busy life. Elite works very closely with you at all stages throughout the letting process. As well as helping you get started as a host, we’ll take all the pressure off you, by carrying out the following services:

  • we can automate all of your guest communications and create an inviting welcome pack

  • we’ll clean and maintain your property to a very high standard

  • we’ll help you get five star customer reviews

  • we’ll also give you help to avoid time wasters and troublemakers

Elite Can Take Care Of All Your Airbnb Property Management Needs

So, what are you waiting for? If you’ve got the property, we’ve got the Airbnb management expertise to get things off the ground for you, allowing you to fully enjoy the financial benefits. Contact us today to find out more.

 

 


Getting Started In Airbnb Property Management

Increasingly, more and more people are becoming aware of the lucrative financial benefits of the Airbnb property revolution. This has become a global phenomenon, but one that also has a very local focus with Airbnb in Edinburgh leading the way,

We all lead busy lives and sometimes this can take us abroad or away from our homes for long periods of time. It’s in these circumstances, or where you’ve a spare room, or a second property, that you might want to consider how best you could utilise this asset and make yourself some money to pay for that long awaited holiday to a luxury destination, or to celebrate a special event in style.

Things You Need To Consider Before Letting Out Your Property

Check the laws and regulations of the short term rental market

Every city/region has its own regulations and specifics concerning short-term rental. It’s best to understand things like Health and Safety, Fire Safety regulations and other property rules present in your region. There are also often time constraints placed on landlords. In London for example there is a maximum 90 day rule when it comes to letting out your property.

Screen guests carefully

It’s vital to be able to trust whoever you rent your property out to. You want to know who your guest(s) is/are, why they’re here and how long they’re staying for. You also want to understand that they’ll respect your property and leave it in one piece. There are many ways to check your guest profile ahead of a holiday let. You can verify your guest based on their Facebook profile, previous reviews, and by calling them to be sure that this person is trustful and respectful.

Set ground rules

To optimise your Airbnb experience you have to strike the right balance, between what you expect from your guests and in turn what the guests expect from you. The thing here is to be respectful and allow your guests a degree of privacy. What you don’t want however, are all night parties in your property, additional people staying or someone bringing a dog to stay when that hasn’t been stipulated in the handover.

Selecting the right price

This is often difficult and can operate in tandem with the above point. The price you quote needs to reflect the style of property you’re offering, the number of people staying and the length of time they’re residing there. You can also get reliable information from checking out the competition and other listings in your area, travel trends, and the interest people have in the amenities on offer.

Our Airbnb Property Management Experts Can Do It All For You

If letting your property sounds like hard work, it needn’t be. The good news is that Elite Property Management can help. Our team of dedicated Airbnb property management experts can arrange everything for you, reducing your time commitments and daily stress levels, letting you get on with your busy life. Elite works very closely with you at all stages throughout the letting process. As well as helping you get started as a host, we’ll take the pressure off you, by carrying out the following services:

  • we can automate all of your guest communications and create an inviting welcome pack

  • we’ll clean and maintain your property to a very high standard

  • we’ll help you get five star customer reviews

  • we’ll also give you help to avoid time wasters and troublemakers

Elite Takes Care Of All Your Airbnb Property Management Needs

So, what are you waiting for? If you’ve got the property, we’ve got the Airbnb management expertise to get things off the ground for you, allowing you to fully enjoy the financial benefits. Contact us today to find out more.





Welcome To Edinburgh In The Spring

Many observers believe that Paris is the most romantic city in the world, with Spring being the best time to visit the ‘City Of Love’. That being the case, Edinburgh, ‘The Athens Of The North’, gives Paris a good run for its money. As we noted in our recent blog, tourism is soaring in Scotland’s capital, and there’s always something going on, no matter what time of year you visit.

Edinburgh is always a vibrant city and Spring is a beautiful time to come and sample its many delights, particularly when you can enjoy the sights and sounds without the huge crowds that high season attracts.

Edinburgh - Something For Everyone

From galleries and museums hosting a variety of phenomenal exhibitions, to larger events promoting the top names from comedy, music, theatre, sport and more, there’s definitely something for all the family to enjoy, day and night. It needn’t always cost money though. Simply exploring the city on foot can be activity enough. There are plenty of parks and open green spaces - Calton Hill, Arthur’s Seat, Princes Street Gardens and the Meadows, for instance – with the Grassmarket offering the perfect opportunity to relax and dine alfresco style on the cobbled streets of the Old Town.

But if it’s the season that attracts you, what better place to appreciate bright Spring colours than the Royal Botanical Gardens? As well as stunning blooms, there are events, workshops, exhibitions and more to keep you busy. And, if you have children, are an animal lover, or both, Edinburgh Zoo is a must. Despite its longevity it never fails to inform, amuse and entertain all the family no matter how many times you visit.

A Range Of International Class Festivals And Events

Edinburgh has deservedly forged a reputation as a reliable host of eclectic events and festivals, that attract many big names. For science enthusiasts, the International Science Festival runs from 6-21 April 2019. Events are held all over the city, from talks and discussions to workshops and educational sessions for kids. Also targeting the young and young at heart, is the Edinburgh International Children’s Festival which offers a range of art, dancing and performance, taking place between 25 May and 2 June. For adults with a taste for the finest malts, May is World Whisky month, so it’s perhaps the perfect time to head to a distillery, the Scottish Whisky Experience, or to one of Edinburgh’s many pubs for a wee dram.

Where To Stay In Edinburgh

With hotels, bed and breakfasts and even hostels becoming increasingly difficult to book, at specific times and for larger groups, more and more people are attracted to the flexibility, convenience and luxury of an Airbnb property. Many landlords can provide a holiday let management service with apartments, cottages or townhouses available at comparatively cheaper prices, which can often be booked a short time before arrival, with the minimum of fuss.

Speak To Elite Property Management For All Your Airbnb Needs

Airbnb management in Edinburgh is now big news and more and more landlords are drawn to the services of property management specialists like Elite Property Management, to help them get started in holiday let management to take advantage of short term letting. Elite is expert in managing the entire letting process taking ownership of all of the stress and everyday issues that concern landlords, allowing them the time to devote to their busy lives.

 

Airbnb Property Management Just Got SMARTER!

With the steady expansion of the Airbnb property management revolution, more and more property owners are thinking of letting out their homes. Short term letting is particularly attractive if there are regular periods during the year when you know you’re going to be away and your property lies empty.

Safety and Security For Your Airbnb Guests

When it comes to renting out your Airbnb property, part of your obligations involve ensuring the safety and well-being of your guests. Whilst there are many laws and standards that dictate making your home as safe is it can be against fire and electrical fault, it’s also worth making sure your property is secure from burglars and that your guests always feel safe. This is where modern technology can play a big part, making your home more comfortable into the bargain.

If you’re thinking of improving your Airbnb property, there are some top tech devices you could invest in, which, with the help of Elite Property Management, reassures guests increasing the likelihood of future bookings.

Smart Locks And Security Cameras

Handing over keys to Airbnb guests can often be a problem, particularly if people are late flying in from another destination, arrive during the night, or are otherwise delayed for any reason. Smart locks operate by allowing guests to unlock property doors using a code that is generated on an app on their mobile phone. The code opens the smart locks for the duration of a guests stay and expires the moment they leave.

Similarly, bespoke security cameras are an effective security measure, especially if your property is located in a built up area where there’s a lot of footfall. You can use security cameras to your advantage by placing them strategically outside of your home. Cameras can now be linked to smartphones, making it easier for landlords to monitor what’s going on in and around their property. This can be tricky as you don’t want to invade the privacy of guests, or make them feel like they’re being watched. However, using a security camera that only starts recording when motion is detected, is a more balanced option and is relatively cheap to buy and install.

Smart Lighting

Smart lighting can set the mood or improve the overall ambience of your Airbnb property, but, significantly, it also deters potential intruders. Smart lights are controlled from your phone, so you can always create the appearance of someone being at home. Smart lights are available for as little as £60 and these extra finishing touches are the kind of small details that turn a good Airbnb property into a great one.

Smart doorbells

This is a useful tool to monitor who and how many people are coming into your property, particularly if you have strict rules about bringing in extra guests and pets. You can check this using video doorbells like SkyBell or the August Doorbell Cam. Your property’s video doorbell doubles as a great back-up in case your guests forget or lose their door code. Since you can access it through your phone, your guests can simply press the doorbell and have a conversation with you through the two-way audio, before you unlock the door for them. Guests can also use the video doorbell to find out who’s at the door before opening it. But as with smart security cameras, it’s important to let your guests know you have a smart video doorbell before they arrive, so as not to compromise their privacy rights.

Elite Property Management Can Help You With Your Security Needs

If you’re uncertain, or require more help on ensuring that your Airbnb property is safe, Elite can help. As a top end Airbnb property management service, Elite helps get you started and can manage the entire holiday let management service taking ownership of all of the stress and everyday issues that often arise. Additionally, the dedicated team at Elite:

  • provides peace of mind in the knowledge that your home is well looked after and your guests are also receiving a first class service from start to finish

  • ensures the safety and comfort of all guests, from families to individual business visitors with a bespoke welcome pack that reassures guests throughout their stay

  • creates the right service ensuring that guest communication is fully automated and attention to detail is fully professional from date of enquiry, through to check-in onto departure

  • manages the expectations and supports owners in terms of property maintenance and standards of cleanliness, whilst offering styling tips on how to always get the best out of your property

Speak To The Airbnb Property Management Experts

Find out more about Airbnb management in Edinburgh and how Elite can help you move into the property letting market and take advantage of the lucrative financial benefits that it provides.


Airbnb Properties - Expanding Into Glasgow

Known for its centuries of industrial prowess, creative contributions and possessing an unique charm, the city of Glasgow is globally renowned, as a ‘must see’ city.

Visitors are always guaranteed a warm welcome in Glasgow, and there is so much to explore and enjoy in this beautiful, vibrant city. No matter when you visit you’ll find world class visitor attractions, stunning architecture, diverse cultures, including museums and galleries. And just when you think the day has ended, legendary nightlife awaits you, if you’re so inclined. And that’s just some of the attractions. The city has an all year-round calendar bursting at the seams with amazing events and festivals. With tourism up 20% in 2017, hotel and guest house accommodation is not only at a premium, but is steadily becoming more expensive, especially during peak times of the year.

Airbnb Property Management In Glasgow

Many visitors, including those with families, like to plan their time carefully, particularly when on an extended holiday. Indeed, more and more people are aware of and are actively seeking the convenience and flexibility of luxurious city centre apartments, townhouses or traditional family homes where guests can relax after a busy day seeking out the best the city has to offer.

Airbnb properties meet several needs

Business travellers can also enjoy the relative comfort and tranquillity of a local property convenient to their work base. With a greater range of Airbnb properties now available, guests can plan their visit more carefully, don’t always have to book months in advance, and can save money into the bargain. 

Could you rent your property out and maximise your income?

Many people are considering the benefits of the Airbnb model, but are often dissuaded because they think getting involved could be too much like hard work. They also may think that their property isn’t appropriate. Not so. With professionals such as Elite Property Management helping you to get started, you can very quickly get your property listed, get suitable bookings and start to make serious money letting your property out. 

Getting started with Elite Property Management in Glasgow

Operating successfully with many properties in Edinburgh, Elite Property Management is now expanding into Glasgow and managing the vibrant and growing letting market . Elite always goes that extra mile for all hosts who rent their properties out, ensuring that guests are fully satisfied with their stay. 

Elite’s property management expertise does it all for you

So, what are you waiting for? If you’ve got the property, we’ve got the expertise to get this off the ground, allowing you to fully enjoy the financial benefits. Contact us today to find out more.

 

 

 


Airbnb - Take Advantage Of Edinburgh's Soaring Tourism

Did you know that in 2018, over four million people visited Edinburgh boosting its local economy by nearly £1.5 billion in visitor expenditure.

Statistically, around 38% of visitors to Edinburgh come from outside the UK, and this continues to increase every year. Hotel occupancy rates are also the highest in the UK - at 84% - as tourists flock to Scotland’s capital city throughout the year to experience the annual International and Fringe Festivals, as well as seeking out perennial attractions such as the Castle, The National Museum, The Edinburgh Military Tattoo and the International Film Festival.

Indeed, seven of the top ten most visited attractions in Scotland (in 2017) are based in Edinburgh. All of which makes is great news for those in the hotel, leisure and accommodation business. In the last ten years over 5000 new hotel rooms have been completed. It’s expected that there will be continued demand for many more as Edinburgh increasingly becomes a ‘must visit’ city for tourists.

But it’s not just in the capital where tourism is flourishing. Whilst often considered more ‘industrial’ than it’s neighbour 44 miles east, Glasgow is also increasingly attracting more than it’s fair share of tourists - particularly from North America and Europe - up 20% in 2017 alone, and well above the Scottish visitor average. This phenomenon is expected to continue in the coming years with hotel and accommodation at a premium. Thankfully there is another option available - airbnb property management.

Airbnb properties - affordable luxury and comfort

Average prices for hotel rooms in Edinburgh and Glasgow, reflect their standing as highly desirable tourist attractions. People often pay well over £100 per night, closer to London prices, all of which can mount up if you’re on holiday for a longer period with your family. More and more people are becoming aware of and are looking for the convenience and flexibility of luxurious city centre apartments or townhouses where families can relax as they would if they were in their own homes.

Business travellers can also enjoy the relative comfort and tranquillity of a local property convenient to their work base. With a greater range of Airbnb properties now available, guests can plan their visit more carefully, don’t always have to book months in advance, and can save money into the bargain.

Could you be part of the Airbnb revolution?

Are you away from your property for long periods of time -  maybe on business - or travelling abroad for some of the year? Or maybe you’re looking to rent out a second home as an investment opportunity? If you’ve a spare bed, a room, or an entire property and want to boost your income - often substantially - the Airbnb model is growing in reputation, is relatively simple and can be lucrative for you.

Getting Started With Elite Property Management

There are many property management companies successfully operating Airbnb, both locally and nationally. However, in Edinburgh and now in Glasgow, Elite Property Management goes that extra mile for those hosts who rent their properties out. With a professional property management company supporting you, there are very high odds that your guests will really enjoy their time in your property.

Our Airbnb property Management experts do it all for you

If letting your property sounds like hard work, it needn’t be. Elite Property Management can help. Our team of dedicated airbnb property management experts can arrange everything for you, reducing your time commitments and daily stress levels, letting you get on with your busy life. Elite works very closely with you at all stages throughout the letting process. As well as helping you get started as a host, we’ll take the pressure off you, by carrying out the following services:

  • we can automate all of your guest communications and create an inviting welcome pack

  • we’ll clean and maintain your property to a very high standard

  • we’ll help you get five star customer reviews

  • we’ll also give you help to avoid time wasters and troublemakers

Elite takes care of all your Airbnb property management needs

So, what are you waiting for? If you’ve got the property, we’ve got the expertise to get this off the ground, allowing you to fully enjoy the financial benefits. Contact us today to find out more.

Fire Safety - Keeping Your Guests Safe And Comfortable

You’ll probably know that hotels and other accommodation - both here and abroad - need to comply with strict guest safety laws. In practice, this means that clarity around location of fire escapes, use of fire extinguishers, smoke detectors and other devices in case of an emergency, needs to be clear, documented and understood.

It’s no different when it comes to renting out your Airbnb property. Part of your obligations when letting your property is to ensure the safety and well being of your guests. Regularly updated laws and standards dictate that making your home as safe as possible, not only protects your guests and the condition of your property, but increases the likelihood of your getting future bookings. Airbnb property management can help you achieve this.

What do I need to know and do?

Airbnb property management can be a lucrative business but there are things that you’ll need to consider before doing so. Here’s a few safety first tips.

Find out about fire safety regulations in your area

In the UK, fire safety laws apply if anyone pays to stay in your property, which means you are legally required to do a robust fire safety risk assessment and implement fire safety measures. Please remember that international visitors could favour Airbnb properties that have a range of fire safety measures in place, in common with what is expected in their country, so the more stringent the better.

Think about the layout of your kitchen area

The majority of accidental house fires often start in the kitchen. If you’re providing a cooking space for guests, make sure it’s as safe as possible. Avoid placing or storing flammable materials (such as curtains, paper towels or dish cloths) near a gas cooker. Provide spark devices rather than matches for your guests as they present less of a risk. Also, never place toasters under wall-mounted units.

Show guests how to use heaters and open fires

If guests are staying during the colder months it’s strongly recommended that you give them a safety tour of your house with demonstrations on how to use any portable heaters and open fires. Clearly they also need to understand how your central heating and hot water operates. Educate them about the dangers of hanging clothes to dry over, or close to, certain types of heaters. If you’ve an open hearth, show them the safety procedures of lighting and stoking a fire.

Check electrical appliances

Make sure you check all your electric plug-in points and replace any that are damaged. Also, check all appliances – making sure cables are in good condition and not frayed. Provide power boards with safety switches that guests can use for any of their devices.

Smoke alarms

Smoke alarms should be fitted throughout your home. These alarms warn guests if a fire breaks out – especially if it happens at night, when they’re asleep. If your property uses gas or oil for cooking or heating, you’ll need to place carbon monoxide alarms in appropriate areas. Heat alarms can also be installed for safety. The most important thing to do is check the batteries on a regular basis (preferably after each guest departure).

Fire extinguishers

You should have at least one fire extinguisher on every level of your home. These should be placed in rooms with the highest probability of a fire — the kitchen especially, as well as any areas with open fires. Another option is a fire blanket which is a safety device designed to extinguish small fires. It consists of a sheet of a fire retardant material.

List emergency contact information

Always keep a list of emergency contact numbers in a central place (stuck on the fridge, by the front door, and in your welcome pack). Don’t assume that your contact information is enough if a serious emergency occurs at your Airbnb property. Information should include:

  • contact numbers for local emergency medical, fire and police services

  • exact locations of fire extinguishers and fire blankets

  • emergency exit routes

  • location of first aid kit

  • contact numbers for you and any partner(i.e. your landline plus mobile)

Elite Property Management for all your safety needs

If you’re uncertain, or require more help on ensuring that your Airbnb property is safe, Elite can help. As a top end Airbnb property management service, Elite helps get you started and manages the entire letting process taking ownership of all of the stress and everyday issues that arise. Additionally, the dedicated team at Elite:

  • provides peace of mind in the knowledge that your home is well looked after and your guests are also receiving a first class service from start to finish

  • ensures the safety and comfort of all guests, from families to individual business visitors

  • creates the right service ensuring that guest communication and attention to detail is fully professional from date of enquiry, through to check-in onto departure

  • manages the expectations and supports owners in terms of property maintenance and standards of cleanliness, whilst offering styling tips on how to always get the best out of your property

Speak to the Airbnb management experts

Find out more about Elite’s Airbnb property management service and how we can help you move into the property letting market.





Getting Your Airbnb Property Ready For Spring

Edinburgh is a beautiful and vibrant city, with many visitor attractions rich in culture with centuries of history to lose yourself in. From The Old Town of The Castle and The Royal Mile in the New Town with it’s cosmopolitan feel there is always something going on. Spring is a particularly beautiful time of year though; the days become longer, the sky that bit clearer and nature comes to life all over the city. As it’s outwith the Summer season with the Festival, it’s also a time when visitors can explore key landmarks more easily and at a slightly slower pace.

Getting Your Airbnb Property Ready For Spring

The airbnb property management revolution continues apace as we move into 2019, and you can be a part of it! If you’re away from home, abroad, on business, or travelling a lot, you’ll probably be interested in becoming a landlord and renting your property - or maybe even just a room in it - to holidaymakers coming into our capital city. It’s easy to get started when you contact Elite Property Management, who’ll take care of all aspects of property letting for you, whatever your specific needs are. It may seem a while away but Spring will be with us before we know it.

Elite’s Tips For A Deep Spring Clean

Naturally you’ll want your property to look at it’s very best and as well as being advertised properly, with an effective listing and professional photography, it’s important that your home is always clean and maintained to a high standard. Elite Property Management delivers various services that can help you with this, but as with everything else in life what you invest in time wise now, will reap rewards later on. Here’s just a few things to think about:

  • Declutter - think about what you don’t need and remove all unnecessary furniture and gadgets

  • Refresh your decor - is your paintwork dated, or looking a bit tired. Could your bedding and towels be upgraded and could your light fittings be improved?

  • Deep clean your carpets - it’s amazing how much dirt can be embedded in your carpets. Hiring a professional to do it is a good idea

  • Make sure you clean under couches, beds and behind pictures, light fitting and mirrors, it’s amazing the dust motes that collect there

  • Clean all of your kitchen appliances and empty all of your cupboards, getting rid of anything that your visitors are unlikely to use or need

  • If you’ve a garden or outdoor space you’ll need to get that sorted. That could mean weeding, sweeping winter leaves and dusting the garden furniture.

Once your up and running, Elite Property Management can take over your property maintenance, maintaining your home to a high standard, with a professional laundry service - including the provision of fresh linen and laundry for each guest - inventory checking and when something needs fixed our dedicated tradesmen are there immediately to sort things out.

Elite Can Clean Your Property Profile Too

When it comes to Airbnb, spring cleaning shouldn’t be limited to the property itself, think about your online presence also. If you’re an existing landlord, take some time to figure out if your current profile is working for you, and if not, clean it up. Refresh your heading to make it catchy and relevant to your target audience, update your description and renew your photographs – it really will make a difference. Finally, review your pricing and make sure it is competitive. The last thing you want after all your hard work is to undersell yourself or lose business because you priced too high. 

Elite Property Management for all your airbnb needs

Spring cleaning can be hard work and takes time, but if you want further tips or help to get your property ready for summer, contact us today, we’re happy to help with all areas of Airbnb property management.

Thinking Of Joining The Airbnb Revolution in 2019?

Are you away from your property for long periods of time - maybe on business - or travelling abroad for some of the year? Or maybe you’re looking to rent out a second home as an investment opportunity?

Getting Started With Elite Property Management

If you’ve a spare bed, a room or an entire property and want to boost your income - often substantially - the airbnb model is growing in reputation, is relatively simple and can be lucrative for you. There are many property management companies operating airbnb very successfully, both locally and nationally, but here in Edinburgh, Elite Property Management goes that extra mile for those who let their properties (known as hosts). With a professional property management company behind you, there are high odds that your house guests will fully enjoy living in your property.

What’s Involved In Being A Host?

It isn’t just a matter of letting people into your home though. There’s a fair bit of time and effort required, especially at the outset. Firstly, there is building the right airbnb profile for you as well as advertising your property and getting it ready for guests. Then there’s marketing, guest communication and actually being at the property to do a full handover at check-in and also being in attendance when guests are leaving your home.

Airbnb Property Management Experts

Does this sound like hard work? Elite Property Management can help. Our team of dedicated airbnb property management experts can arrange everything for you, reducing your time commitments and daily stress levels. And it starts when you talk to us about creating a bespoke profile for you.

Save Time, Effort And Make Money

Elite works very closely with you at all stages through the letting process. As well as helping you get started as a host, we’ll take the pressure off you, by carrying out the following services:

  • making sure you have an appropriate property letting listing to attract the right clientele, be it families on short term breaks or business travellers, needing a convenient base

  • we’ll help you automate all of your guest communications and create an inviting welcome Pack

  • we’ll also give you tips to help you avoid time wasters and troublemakers causing potential problems.

Elite Takes Care Of All Your Airbnb Property Management Needs

We clean and maintain your property to a professional standard, including the provision of little extras such as toiletries - and unlike many other airbnb companies - we can handle the meet and greet with your guests, if you’re unable to do so. This latter point more than any other is a unique selling point for Elite, as other competitors often don’t provide this service.

Elite Can Help You Get 5 Star Reviews

With Elite Property Management, you’ll get all the benefits of renting your property on airbnb, but without any of the hassle. We know what it takes to be a five star host and will ensure your property is always kept to a high standard and that your guests are well looked after.

You can sit back and enjoy your extra income – contact us now to get started!





Invest In Airbnb Over The Festive Period

Are you feeling festive yet? Edinburgh's world-famous Christmas celebrations return to the city centre between 16 November 2018 and 5 January 2019.

Edinburgh is bracing itself for the biggest, brightest and most comprehensive programme of Christmas events and entertainment seen in Scotland’s capital city, to date. It’s anticipated that hundreds of thousands of people, from all over, will descend upon the city centre to enjoy this outstanding spectacle.

Why Edinburgh?

Voted best Christmas Market in the UK last year, East Princes Street Gardens Market offers a vast range of local delicacies, European themes and general festive bonhomie to keep you warm on these crisp winter days and frosty evenings. For example, if you like whisky, or just want to escape the chill for a short while, the Johnnie Walker Bothy Bar situated on a two-floor bar on Mound, serves a variety of whisky cocktails and hot toddies that will surprise and delight, showcasing the unique flavours from the four corners of Scotland that go into creating the Johnnie Walker blend.  

A Range Of Fantastic Attractions

Provided you don’t suffer from vertigo, there are fabulous rides and attractions that those of all ages can enjoy. These include the Forth 1 Big Wheel and the ever-popular Star Flyer.  At nearly 60 metres tall, the Star Flyer offers a panoramic view of the Edinburgh skyline, which is quite simply breathtaking.

For the young and those young at heart, St Andrew Square Ice Rink is the magical frozen heart of Edinburgh's Christmas. The festive season just isn't complete without a spin (or a stutter) around the UK's only elliptical outdoor ice rink, followed by hot chocolate or hot cider in the Rekorderlig Cider Lodge. If the little ones have been good this year, a trip to see Santa in his Grotto in Castle Street is also a real treat. For slightly older visitors, theatres across Edinburgh have teamed together to deliver a superb programme of festive entertainment. Amongst other events, the famous Spiegeltent returns to Festival Square, playing host to La Clique Noel Part Deux and a brand new interactive musical show You Choose, offering fun for all ages.

After it’s spectacular success in 2017, Winter Windows returns.This unique creative project encourages Edinburgh's young and budding artists to showcase their talents in streets and community hubs. Winter Windows will be displayed in West Parliament Square outside St Giles' Cathedral and will also be present in other locations slightly off the beaten track.

Why Rent Out Your Airbnb Property With Elite?

Edinburgh is never short on accommodation. Guests will always have their pick of hotels, bed and breakfasts, hostels, and more. However, availability and prices during the festive season can present a problem and often people can be disappointed.

We manage a range of attractive properties, from city centre apartments to townhouses. And these properties are always expanding as landlords take advantage of the lucrative short-stay let market.

Speak to the Airbnb Property Management Experts

If you’re going away over the festive period why not consider renting your property, or even a room in your home out, to allow guests to the space, privacy and time to plan their itinerary, ensuring they make the most of their time in Edinburgh.

Elite Property Management will do all the hard work for you, so you can enjoy the Christmas and New Year period, whilst earning additional cash.

Find out more about how you can be part of the airbnb revolution by contacting Elite Property Management, today.




Reasons to invest in Airbnb in Edinburgh

If you have an investment property, or are thinking about acquiring one, chances are you’ve heard of the Airbnb property revolution and the lucrative benefits of the short-term rental market. There are many factors influencing Airbnb success, but a significant one is location. If your property, or maybe it’s your spare room, is located in the centre of a popular tourist destination, such as Edinburgh, you’ve a great chance of succeeding, given that Scotland’s capital city is the second most visited city in the UK, behind London.

Why Edinburgh?

According to the City of Edinburgh Council’s 2017 Edinburgh by Numbers report, 4.01 million tourists visited Edinburgh in 2015; 2.47 million from the UK and 1.54 million from overseas. With one of the world’s most iconic castles and a significant proportion of Scotland’s tourist attractions,  Edinburgh’s popularity continues to go from strength to strength. And it’s not just during the Festival that the city sees an influx of visitors, it’s now all year around. Being relatively compact Edinburgh tourists can tick off ‘bucket list’ items in a relatively short space of time.

Edinburgh is, of course, also one of Europe’s leading business communities with impressive venues such as the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC), Assembly Rooms, Usher Hall. It’s also a major UK financial hub with accessible transport links, all of which also makes it very appealing for short stay business visitors.

Why choose Airbnb Management with Elite?

With many city centre hotels and Bed and Breakfasts charging premium rates, and not always being able to accommodate family groups, (average occupancy rates were 83% in 2016)  the global airbnb phenomenon has arrived in Edinburgh and Elite Property Management is a leading player in managing short-term lets.

With an impressive property portfolio, ranging from Georgian townhouses, six bedroom apartments to city centre flats, we’ve something to suit every guest's needs from special occasions of a few days, up to longer three months stays. Whilst it’s an extremely competitive market with almost 10,000 property listings in Edinburgh alone, there are opportunities for investors to make significant rental incomes with guest demand currently exceeding supply.

As a top end property management service, Elite gets you started, and manage the entire letting process taking ownership of all of the stress and everyday issues that arise. Additionally, the dedicated team at Elite:

  • provides peace of mind in the knowledge that not only is your home well looked after, but your guests are also receiving a first class service from start to finish

  • ensures the safety and comfort of all guests, from families to individual business visitors

  • creates the right service ensuring that guest communication and attention to detail is fully professional from date of enquiry, through to check-in onto departure

  • manages the expectations and supports owners in terms of property maintenance and standards of cleanliness, whilst offering styling tips on how to always get the best out of your property

Speak to the Airbnb Management Experts

Find out more about Elite and how we can help you move into the property letting market.


Tailoring Your Airbnb for Different Guests

Some Airbnb properties are better suited to certain types of guest than others.

A sleek city centre apartment close to the business district may be ideal for professionals, but perhaps not for holidaying families. Identifying your guests and marketing specifically to them is a great way of ensuring your listing is a success, but that’s not all you can do. A few special touches can make all the difference.

Business travellers

Business travellers have very specific needs. They’re working hard rather than holidaying and appreciate convenience and a bit of peace and quiet. If you want to appeal to business guests, think about adding the following to your property:

  • A good-quality coffee machine. While not essential, a fresh cup of coffee on demand can appeal to guests up early for work.

  • An iron and ironing board. Business people need to appear well dressed, so ensure that an iron is available.

  • A dedicated workspace. Guests may need to work while onsite so set up a workplace area with desk, office chair, good lighting, and plenty of power sockets for electronics.

  • A few helpful extras. Add add few extras such as printer and scanner, laptop stand and second screen, wireless keyboard and mouse, or anything else your guests may find beneficial or may have forgotten!

Families with young children

Travelling with children can be stressful. If you’re catering for families with young kids, think about how you can reduce stress and make things easier for parents.

  • Safety first. Safety is paramount for young children, they like to explore everything. Therefore, place cleaning products and chemicals out of harms way, add baby gates, and remove choking hazards. Think about covering sharp corners, attaching furniture to walls, and removing visible wires. The garden is just as important, particularly if you have a pond that needs fencing in, so don’t forget to look outside too.

  • A few helpful essentials. From prams to changing bags and baby baths, children need a lot of stuff. Make packing easier for parents by providing a few essentials like a cot and high chair that they can use while staying with you.

  • Think about convenience. Help parents by adding a dedicated changing area or by stocking the kitchen with child-friendly unbreakable kitchenware and non-spill cups. Think about floors that are easy to wipe clean and other amenities such as dishwashers that save time on cleaning.

  • Entertainment. Children don’t sit still so help keep them entertained by setting up a play area with games, toys, and books. You could also subscribe to children’s TV channels or keep a supply of age-appropriate DVDs in the house for a rainy day. If you have a garden, a climbing frame or garden games all add appeal to your property.

The elderly or those with limited mobility

If you’re popular with elderly guests, those with disabilities or even recovering patients, accessibility is where you want to focus your attention.

  • Accessible. If there are stairs leading to your front door, consider adding a wheelchair ramp to make it easily accessible for everyone. Likewise, if you’ve stairs inside, consider keeping everything downstairs, to avoid mobility issues.

  • Remove trip hazards. Make sure your guests can get around easily by keeping clutter to a minimum and by keeping the floors free of trip hazards.

  • Consider your lighting. Avoid guests having to move around in the dark, ensuring property is well lit and light switches are conveniently placed. Alternatively, think about adding motion sensors to your lights, so they come on automatically

  • Make your bathroom safe. Bathrooms are a common place for accidents in the home. Reduce that chance by adding anti-slip mats, sit down showers, handrails and any other features that make it safer for your guests.

If you need further ideas or are stuck for how to appeal to other types of guest not mentioned here, contact us, and we will help you get your property ready!