With so many to choose from, who are some of the top cleaning service companies in Vancouver?
Firstly, what criteria should we use? Size, solutions, service offerings, customer satisfaction?
At Vancouver Super Host, we want are all about the customer, thus we focus on Customer Reviews. Here are some of the higher rated cleaning companies based on Google Reviews.
AspenClean - 130 Reviews - 4.8 Stars
Cleaning4U - 80 Reviews - 4.8 Stars
Kirei Cleaning Services - 70 Reviews - 4.6 Stars
Cleaning With Love - 124 Reviews - 4.3 Stars
Life Maid Easy - 109 Reviews - 4.3 Stars
What is the Difference Between Cleaning and Disinfecting?
In today's environment of a global pandemic, tenant, guests, hosts and landlords should be aware of the differences between cleaning and disinfecting their homes.
As a step towards creating a safer living environment, Vancouver Super Host has put together a few simple points for our community to keep in mind as they approach the cleaning of their living and working spaces. Thank you to Zoflora for their beautiful illustration above.
Hope this helps our community, stay safe Vancouver, Super Host Cleaners is here for you!
For hosts who are continuing to offer their suites for accommodation on Airbnb and other home sharing platforms, it is more important than ever to follow the best practices of not just cleaning, disinfecting and keeping safe while doing so.
Here are some tips for our hosts to delivering a safer property for their guests.
Time in Between Stays
Practice Safe Cleaning
Stay safe out there!
Airbnb Smart Pricing? "Forget About it!"
,Every Airbnb host wants to know how they should price out their units over the course of the year.
And if you've ever used Airbnb's Smart Pricing, you may have noticed you are leaving money on the table. They just don't have enough local market intelligence to loop back into their algorithm. Nor would this be in their best benefit that aligns with ALL hosts and Guests in the community.
We at Vancouver Super Host, put a ton of focus on research and analysis to guide optimal Airbnb pricing for the Vancouver market through the four seasons of the year. The goal is to maximize revenue.
Just like you, other hosts are left in wonder:
How often should I update my pricing?
How booked up in advance should my calendar be?
When do I increase daily rates?
Baby steps, let's start with how your pricing should change over the year, month to month, with general trends and adjustments (Level 1).
Pricing is ultimately driven by factors that affect supply and demand of short term rental accommodation in the marketplace (Duh). But that is not important to you. What is important is what drives those factors and the timing of it so you as a host can adjust your calendars.
Supply is less of a focus for everyday hosts, as this variable is slower moving, based on the number of Hotel and Airbnb rooms in the market. Not availability, but built and open in the area. Since supply changes within a month by month or even year by year period, we focus on staying on top of Demand to price as sharply as possible, resulting in the highest level of potential revenue.
-If you want to adjust prices month to month, look at monthly travel trends, occupancy rates and movement of monthly average daily rates. This is a decent indicator.
For example, check out what Destination BC published for last year's hotel statistics for ADR and Occupancy:
We all know the general trends, Summers are busy...So? We are not here to waste your time. Pay attention to the Details! The details and accuracy in your pricing, percentage changes, difference in $5 increments will make The difference in your bookings.
Before we loose you here..
A few easy takeaways:
-Highest rate months are May, June, July and August.
-May ADR is 27.6% higher than April and June is 11.5% over May!
-High season start in May, with the largest month to month uptick from April.
-September is still active with travellers, however, you have to price a bit lower.
-January is your weakest month of the year, strategize for this.
This is just Part 1 and only meant to get you in the mood and mindset for price setting..
Now, for the more technical parts and details:
Ie. How do I become even MORE efficient and price even CLOSER to the market - to not leave any more money on the table. How do I price Day to Day, Week to Week or Weekend by Weekend.
Check out Part 2.
How do I set Prices for my Vancouver Airbnb?
As of October, 2018, there are 2,178 Air bnb listings in Downtown Vancouver.
How should I price my Airbnb? What are the market rates, and how do I remain competitive to hold a high occupancy rate and generate the most revenue to ensure profit for my property??
It is all about Supply and Demand and the market pricing. Here are some Airbnb Vancouver Economic Statistics that may help you price your unit...
Of the 2,100+ Airbnb listings in Vancouver, over 80% are entire home rentals. And of these listings, most of them are one bedrooms. with the second most popular listings being two bedrooms and studios to follow.
What does this mean? Again, Supply and Demand rules that two bedrooms should be able to call for higher pricing, given the lack of supply.
At this time, less than 30% of the market is available. This is a balanced market. For example Toronto is in a similar availability space. However Toronto has about 14,000 active listings!
Its all about economics. Follow these data figures to understand the COMPETITION, and you will have direction on how to set your Airbnb pricing in Vancouver.
Happy hosting all!
Top 5 Things to Look Out for (Easily Missed)
So here are the top five things that Airbnb guests HATE to see when checking into their suite. Easy to miss but SUPER important for getting great reviews and getting that elite Super Host status :)
1. Hair - This is an easy one to miss - human hair and pet hair. Little hairs can be found anywhere and everywhere. The first place to look is the bed, pillows, sheets and blankets. Nobody wants to hop into a bed with a hair hanging out on their pillow case. This will be an automatic 3 or 4 star!
2. Folded Towels - Presentation! Make sure the face towels and bath towels are nicely folded. Either set on the bed or set on the counter of the bathroom. This gives the impression of attention to detail.
3. Smell and Aroma - One of the worst things to check into is the stale smell. All this takes is a plug in air freshener or a few squeezes of Febreeze before leaving the suite.
4. Linen Stains - Check ALL towels and linens for any stains. This is a buzz kill!
5. Toilet Grime - On the toilet set, under the toilet seat, in the bowl, everywhere. We don't like yellow crust and guests always check toilets with a magnifying glass as soon as they walk into the bathroom!
Keep these things in mind and you'll have a great start at providing a Supreme Clean airbnb. Vancouver Super Host pays close attention to detail when turning over our clients apartments, condos, townhouses and homes.
What do I need to do to license my Airbnb?
Effective September 1, 2018, all short-term rental operators in Vancouver must have a business licence. If you don't display your license number on your online listing, you may be subject to fines up to $1,000!
You don't want to be on the receiving end. Not only do you get finds, but the Airbnb platform will not allow you to advertise your suite. Now, to get a license there is CRITERIA:
-Principal Residence - your Airbnb must be out of your Principal Residence. This is where you live as an owner OR tenant. You may prove this via bills, identification, taxes, insurance, etc.
Short-term rentals are only allowed in secondary homes or basement suites if the operator lives there full time. Things have changed!
-Strata - you must abide by your strata bylaws!
If you have any further questions about the licensing process or eligibility, contact one of our Super Hosts at Vancouver Super Host. We can not only help you turnover and clean your suite, but guide you through the set up process.
The Vancouver Super Host team is a pack of seasoned Airbnb Super Host ninjas. With several consecutive quarters of hosting excellence, VSH helps hosts across the country get the most out of their Airbnbs, financially and in emotional fulfillment.