People Make Glasgow… a destination city? – they must, because “tourism is one of Glasgow’s biggest industries”, so say the number crunchers at glasgow.gov.uk. And not only that – Glasgow’s tourist planners predict 4m visitors in 2017 – creating demand for 3,000 extra beds in the city!
Extra beds, you say? So where will our Glasgow visitors enjoy some shut eye…? Why, the buoyant and growing serviced-accommodation market, which includes home sharing and short term rentals, of course! The new accommodation #sharingeconomy has well and truly arrived in Glasgow, benefiting home owners, and portfolio property owners alike.
Bag an income from your empty property
Spring has sprung. And visitors are descending on the city – for the Glasgow International Comedy Festival (9th – 26th March), Bard in the Botanics (21st June – 29th July) and so much more… to sample Glasgow’s destination craft beer and foodie scene and to visit iconic stalwarts like Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.
The Easter holidays are fast approaching too (yes, come April, skool’s out for two whole weeks). For Glasgow property owners planning a trip away with the kids (or without them – yes, we prefer to jettison them to Grannie’s too), you could earn some extra cash renting out your empty home, through home sharing sites like Airbnb (www.Airbnb.com). So too for portfolio property owners, offering serviced accommodation, who may also be planning a break away. Do you block out your calendar on www.booking.com when you’re on holiday because you’re not around to manage your rentals?
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For the uninitiated, Airbnb allows everyone to own their own ‘hotel’. As the world’s largest home sharing network, anyone can list their property or home on the site for short term rental… with a nightly price set by you. There are lots of checks and balances in place too, to keep your home safe. Hosts and guests can get to know each other through detailed profiles, personal reviews, and Airbnb’s processes to verify the identity of both hosts and guests. All of this is to engender that all important trust between host and guest when you are letting your home.
“Sharing my home through the home sharing platform Airbnb helps me make some extra cash, whilst meeting people from all over the world. I love hearing stories from my guests about their home towns and the places they’ve visited. And I love sharing my knowledge about my local area too, and giving my guests a more personal experience. Airbnb’s checks and balances as well as their responsive customer service team give me the peace of mind that I can earn some extra income and meet new people whilst keeping my home safe.”
Andrew McInnes (Landlord and Airbnb Superhost)
Booking.com too is a site for listing accommodation lets, often preferred by those who own more than one property, and who let serviced-accommodation in a professional capacity.
It’s never been easier to let your home
If you’d like to find out more about how you can explore short-term rental to boost your income, then check out SpotHost. Just imagine… [think dream speech bubble here, with a palm tree and a bag of cash…] the cost of your holiday is covered by the money you make from your home… And SpotHost, Glasgow’s most responsive and comprehensive Airbnb and Booking.com property management service, offers a guiding hand. They will take all the stress and hassle out of letting your property – creating more time for you to enjoy the benefits.
About the SpotHost service
You can pick and choose the services you need – and all at a competitive price too – but to give you a flavour, here are some of the things they offer…
- Listings Perfect photos and the wording that will get you bookings?
- Pricing Not sure how much to charge? SpotHost will help you work it out.
- Cleaning Professional cleaners will leave your property spotless – and a laundry service provides hotel quality linen.
- Screening Selection and checking of your guests is covered.
- Communication A round-the-clock service for both clients and their guests.
- 24-hour check-in Guests can check in when they like – meaning freedom for them.
- Guest transfers Guest pick-ups from airports, trains or bus stations.
- Luggage storage facilities Guests arriving early or leaving later? SpotHost offers a safe luggage storage option.
- Stocking up From toiletries to milk – your property will have exactly what your guests will need.
- Guest experience Live like a local – your guests will get discounted tours, dining experiences and much more.
- Maintenance Relax: SpotHost has a skilled team of professionals on call to help with any problems.
Could you be one of Glasgow’s entrepreneurial serviced accommodation entrants – by either letting your home, or your short-term rentals through a management company like SpotHost – benefiting from rising tourism to the city, and bagging yourself some extra income?