Knowing which tools to use can make a major difference to your short-term rental’s profitability. I am only recommending products and services that I have either used myself or know well. The bottom line, though, is that if you buy the right products and use the right tech in your Airbnb, it will have a major impact on your business’s profitability.
A key way to reduce your stress levels and improve the running of your short-term rental is to use technology to: manage bookings, advertise on multiple websites, manage cleaning, show off reviews on your website, and more.
These tools I recommend these because I’ve used them, or I know someone who has used them.
Your Own Website
As I have written about, having your own website (like mine here: https://www.standrews-apartments.co.uk) means that you can take control of your bookings, accept direct bookings, publish SEO content to drive organic traffic to your site, and show off your reviews.
I recommend the following tools:
Best Outsourced Website builders
This is one of the best tools I’ve personally used. It takes care of your complete booking system and website and includes the following features:
- Property Management
- Channel Management
- Website Building
- On-line booking system
Building your own website.
If you prefer to build your own site from scratch, there are many tools to help you.
Firstly, it’s very easy to have a WordPress developer make a site for you by using a developer from upwork.com or freelancer.com.
For WordPress Hosting, I recommend Siteground, as they are one of the fastest most sophisticated hosts out there in a crowded market. Sign up to Siteground here.
Show off your Reviews
This brilliant and inexpensive piece of software showcases all of your reviews from Airbnb, Booking.com, Expedia et al.
You can read my in-depth review of Repuso here.
In Property Products
In every single one of my properties, I use Hive heating. I can log on from my phone, wherever I am, and turn the heating off or on, which in October 2022 is extremely important. The last thing you want is for the heating to be on full blast when your unit is not occupied. Click here to check the latest price on Amazon.
Vacation Rental Wifi
We recommend stayfi.com to allow guests to connect to your wifi. It’s extremely easy to use, and offers the following benefits:
- Collect email addresses from every guest who connects to your wifi
- Extremely easy to set up (see image below)
- Generate Direct bookings
- No Contract – Pay as you go