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10 Places to Consider Investing in Vacation Rental

The pandemic fundamentally changed where people wanted to live and travel.  They still want to do plenty of both, just in different ways.  In fact, 2021 was a record best for the STR industry, with an overall occupancy that was 5% better than 2020’s and 10% better than 2019’s!

STR isn’t going anywhere, so others are looking to use the changing market conditions to get involved or broaden their existing portfolios.  Criteria might include:

  • Locations near national or state parks, forests, battlefields, monuments, wildlife refuges.  Americans have shown a marked interest in the outdoors after being ordered to stay inside.
  • A developing area or city.  NYC and LA are always going to be destination spots, but as remote workers fanned out across the country, lesser-known (but still awesome) spots started to get attention as regional travel spiked.
  • Favorable taxation and investability factors. As the exodus from various states to other states has indicated, people are finally pushing back against unfavorable legislation by voting with their feet.  That same criteria is likely going to be in place when looking at investment properties.
  • Personal use and repurpose.  Many investors are considering personal use and possible other uses beyond STR for properties they are looking at, giving them flexibility for changing economic circumstances or personal desires.

There are many places that are on people’s STR investment radar these days, but here are ten that caught our eye that we wanted to share with you:

  1. Southwest Harbor, Maine
  • Near Acadia National Park
  • Seaside cottages
  • Nearby alternatives include Bernard and Ellsworth
  • Seasonal crowd, but that season is expanding with people coming earlier and staying later
  1. Buffalo, New York
  • Famous for its wings and hard-luck sports teams, Buffalo is also near Niagara Falls and Lake Erie.
  1. Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
  • Access to national parks, fjords, wildlife
  • Seasonal, but truly global interest during that season
  • Towns to target include Seward and Soldotna
  1. Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Near national parks, battlefields, Chattanooga Choo Choo and the Trail of Tears
  • Nearby alternatives to target include Lookout Mountain and Dunlap
  1. Gulfport, Mississippi
  • Casinos, beaches, and legendary Gulf seafood  
  • Other nearby investable spots include Biloxi, Long Beach, and Ocean Springs
  1. Joshua Tree, California
  • Access to a national park and a more remote experience
  • Yucca Valley is an alternative
  1. Crystal River, Florida
  • Manatee capital of the world via Kings Bay
  • Great family destination
  1. Galena, Illinois
  • A small town with historic sites and architecture
  • STR are either cabins by the lake or downtown in historic 19th century buildings
  1. Brookings, Oregon
  • Mild climate year-round
  • Views and recreational activities abound
  • Popular with road-trippers
  1. Broken Bow, Oklahoma 
  • Wonderful trails and lake activities on Broken Bow Lake
  • Beavers Bend State Park, Hochatown State Park, and Cedar Creek Golf Course all beckon
  • If you prefer hills, the Kiamichi Mountain foothills are just a stroll away

While headlines may proclaim pending doom and gloom, here at MaidThis we tend to take a more bullish view of STR: it’s an idea whose time has come, and we’re happy to be here to support their investors and owners.

This content originally appeared in our twice-monthly Guest Book newsletter.

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Why a Welcome Message (and Gift) Matters

We all know that cleanliness and good reviews are strong drivers of revenue for vacation rentals.  But one of the ways good reviews start is with a welcome note, and when it makes sense, a welcome gift.  Let’s talk about why both matter.

Why a Welcome Note?

We have watched vacation rentals commodify over the last decade.  Listings are becoming more standardized as platforms strive to create a recognizable baseline for all potential customers to experience.  The good side of that?  All listings have towels and toilet paper.  The bad side of that?  Feeling like you’re basically in a variation of a hotel room, lacking the same character and warmth.

A welcome note changes that narrative.  It says, right there in pen and ink, that a fellow human being is welcoming another human being.  Such notes can’t be scaled or automated.  Even if they are very short they can touch an incoming guest as proof that someone still cares.

What’s in a Welcome Note?

An easy way to personalize the note is simply to look up your guest’s profile.  You can see where they are from, perhaps what they do, and most importantly, where they have visited, and the sorts of reviews they have received from other hosts.  This is all easy fodder for you to pull from in writing a personal note:

  • You could mention a personal connection or something you like about where they live
  • You could share a love for a place they have already visited, and/or suggest another place they should visit
  • You can take an interest they have shown on previous visits and tie it into your property, e.g. “I see you like hiking and here are a couple good trails to try around here…”

If you’re not finding much inspiration from their profile or reviews, you can always mention what might be happening locally, whether that’s a special event or something that’s always worth going to.

If you live in a quieter area where people specifically go to avoid crowds (and people in general) recommend something that makes sense for the time of year, e.g. “The creek bed is dry this time of year so it’s a very quiet place to walk…”  It’s okay if this is something you already mention in a guide to the property.  You can never repeat good tips often enough?

What About a Welcome Gift?

While the classic example is a bottle of wine, we shy away from that because it can get expensive and not everyone drinks.  Easier (and less expensive) options include:

  • Fruit
  • Coffee
  • Chocolate

Locally-sourced versions of all these are even better.  If you want to reach out to local merchants and let them know you have a vacation rental, you might even be able to get coupons for their services, e.g. massage, photography, tours.

Don’t Forget the Guest Book

One of the advantages of a welcome message is priming: by offering a warm welcome, you’re preparing the guest to have a great time.  The same is true of leaving a guest book with your welcome message and/or gift: you’re showing the guest how many other people have had a good time here before, so of course they are going to have a good time too!

It’s vacation rental listings that know how to make guests feel special and welcomed that get great reviews, and those great reviews translate into higher demand and more revenue.  So often in vacation rentals, as in life, it’s the details that matter.

This content originally appeared in our twice-monthly Guest Book newsletter.

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I definitely think that as a company we've been able to make more money, not only because we're saving money by using Maid This, but also because they're helping take a few of the necessary evils with doing vacation rentals off of the property managers plate.
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7 Attributes of a Successful Vacation Rental Property

There are many ways to succeed with vacation rental properties, but all the successful vacation rental properties share a few things in common.  We picked 7 of them to share with you!

Great Photos

We’ve said this before, but Instagram has made everyone step up their photo game, even if they aren’t on that platform.  You don’t have to have a top-of-the-line DSLR to take beautiful photos of your property.  While a handful of photos are necessary for any listing, the more, the merrier.  Guests will never complain of “too many photos.”  The better you can introduce them to your space via photography, the more they will feel at home already, and feel comfortable booking. 

Right Cancellation Policy

Different types of listings will require different cancellation policies.  Large properties that rent seasonally many months in advance may find it difficult to allow for last minute cancellations, and hence may opt for a stricter cancellation policy.  On the other hand, small listings in touristy destinations can often get booked minutes after a previous guest has canceled.  Whatever type of listing you have, picking the right cancellation policy will ensure that you get booked as often as possible.

Solid Reviews

“Trust but verify” is the watchword of many potential guests.  They love the descriptions and photos and the last thing they do before booking with you is read a review or two.  The best listings message frequently enough so that asking for a review (if one hasn’t already been given) isn’t onerous to guests.  Frequent reviews from happy guests are what you’ll always see in a successful listing, and if a guest has been unhappy for any reason, you’ll see a reasonable and thoughtful response from the manager/owner.

Cleanliness

We aren’t just saying this because we are a cleaning company: if you read any article about vacation rentals you’ll see that it’s one of the most important, if not the most important aspects of any vacation rental to guests.  Successful vacation rentals are hotel-level-clean, which is why a maid service (like us, cough cough) makes so much sense to vacation rental owners.

Pricing Tools

While any vacation rental owner has a sense of what is the right price, that price may change from season to season or if a certain event is in town.  Utilize the tools that platforms provide (Airbnb offers Dynamic Pricing, for example) or external sites like Airdna to optimize your pricing to get the most revenue possible for your listing.

Benchmarks

What gets measured can be improved, and you should be tracking month-to-month, year-to-year, what your occupancy and average nightly rates are.  You may not always be able to explain the reasons behind fluctuations (or sometimes, even consistency), but if you’re not tracking and measuring the data, you don’t even know what you don’t know.

Friendliness

You don’t have to meet every guest in person in order to give the impression of friendliness (though, in-person key handoffs rank really well with guests).  As long as you are friendly and available in your communications on the platform guests are going to be primed for a good experience and can feel they can reach out to you with questions during their stay.  Even better, that friendliness and availability that you offer to them will often be reciprocated in a good review, which as we already mentioned, is another piece of the success puzzle.

This article originally appeared in our twice-monthly Guest Book Newsletter.

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I definitely think that as a company we've been able to make more money, not only because we're saving money by using Maid This, but also because they're helping take a few of the necessary evils with doing vacation rentals off of the property managers plate.
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How to Clean Faucets & Shower Fixtures Like a Pro

How do you clean tarnished shower fixturesWhat would be the least enjoyable chore in your house cleaning routine? Definitely, dealing with those unattractive faucets or discolored shower fixtures. With a household full of people, traces of soap, shampoo, and toothpaste easily stick to these areas and seem so difficult to remove.

Fortunately, with the right method, you can clean almost anything. To help you do just that, we’ve prepared a list of clever hacks that Loz Feliz-based maid service professionals use on a regular basis to make even the dirtiest faucets and shower fixtures shine. Read on!

What is the best way to clean faucets?

Since you don’t want to damage your faucets, always check the manufacturer’s instructions on the type of faucet finish you’re dealing with first. Chrome faucets are the most common and are pretty straightforward to clean, but some other types require special care.

Dish soap and warm water

In most cases, dish soap and warm water are ideal for cleaning your faucets. Simply add a few drops of dish soap into warm water and apply the solution to the faucet. Pay special attention to the edges where the faucet and the sink meet, as much dirt accumulates there. You can use a soft toothbrush to scrub the area gently.

After you’ve rinsed everything, wipe it off and dry with a clean cloth to prevent water spotting and to buff the shine.

Distilled white vinegar for hardened dirt

If dish soap and warm water don’t give the desired results, you should mix equal parts white vinegar and water and pour the mixture into a spray bottle. Before applying it to the entire faucet, spray on an inconspicuous spot first to double-check if white vinegar is safe for the finish. 

If you don’t notice any changes, spray lavishly onto the entire surface. Again, a soft toothbrush can come in handy for dealing with the edges of the faucet. Rinse and wipe dry for a sparking faucet.

How do you clean tarnished shower fixtures?

Again, it’s important to check the manufacturer’s maintenance instructions first. The optimal shower fixture cleaning method depends on the fixture material. For instance, if you have chrome or stainless steel shower fixtures, you can restore their initial beauty with vinegar solution.

Due to its acidity, vinegar is one of the gentlest abrasives for removing tarnish. You can mix one part vinegar and one part water and spray it onto the fixtures. If possible, pour the vinegar solution into a plastic bag and submerge the fixture into it and leave it for a few hours (ideally overnight).

Then, scrub carefully with a non-abrasive sponge or a soft cloth. Use a toothbrush for tiny crevices and other hard-to-reach areas. Rinse and dry with a clean cloth to bring its shine back. However, if you have fixtures with oil-rubbed bronze or brass finishes, you should use only water.

Pro tips

  1. Don’t use abrasive cleaning tools as they can scratch the finish. A soft sponge or a microfiber cloth would be a great choice. 
  2. Also, avoid harsh cleaning chemicals that can endanger your health and ruin your surfaces.

What is the best way to clean faucetsWhere in Los Feliz can I find a reliable maid service for my house?

Have difficulties with cleaning your sink and removing stubborn limescale? Don’t know how to clean grout? Call MaidThis and the professionals we cooperate with will do this for you and much more!

Spend your free time with your family and friends at Ferndell Nature Museum, and let the cleaning experts we match you with deal with your cleaning challenges. Schedule an appointment now!

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My wife and I are thrilled how easy everything is with MaidThis, and now I’m a customer for life! If you don’t want to go through the hassle of finding your own cleaner, definitely try MaidThis
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I work a full-time job and I have a small kids at home, so by the time I get home the LAST thing I want to do is clean. If you need to save time, I recommend going through MaidThis. Their customer system was amazing.
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Ultimate Guide to Cleaning Grout

What is the best thing to use for cleaning groutDo you usually neglect grout while tidying up your home? Your priority is the greasy countertops and messy fridge, right? And then after some time, you suddenly notice your grout has lost its initial color and shine.

This can ruin the look of your bathroom and kitchen, and it’s also a potential health threat since bacteria can get trapped in these crevices. So, roll up your sleeves, and let’s make the grout in your Los Feliz home sparkle again with these easy house cleaning tips. Keep reading to learn more!

What is the best thing to use for cleaning grout?

If you’re looking for the best solution for your grimy and unattractive grout, you don’t need to rush to the store and waste money on commercial products that can potentially endanger your health. 

The most efficient cleaning agents are probably already in your house. They’re baking soda, white vinegar, and lemons. Here’s why:

Baking soda

Baking soda is a popular eco-friendly cleaner, deodorizer, and whitener. It’s highly versatile as it combats limescale efficiently, and removes dirt from various surfaces, including sinks, countertops, and much more. Its mildly abrasive properties allow it to clean grout lines without scratching your tiles.

White vinegar

Distilled white vinegar is another natural cleaner that’s ideal for various cleaning challenges. For instance, it makes your tarnished faucets shiny again. On top of that, it doesn’t leave any dangerous residues, and you can use it safely around your kids and pets. 

It’s also a mild disinfectant that can kill some food-related bacteria, including E-Coli and Salmonella, so you can use it for sanitizing your fridge. It can also remove grime, mildew, and soap residue from non-porous tile surfaces. If the vinegar smell bothers you, simply add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to mask it.

Lemons

Who doesn’t like the smell of fresh lemons? Lemon juice is extremely acidic, and it can remove stubborn stains and discolorations from grout in no time.

How do I clean my grout at home?

Now that you know what to use to deal with your unsightly grout at home, you can use it with one of our three favorite grout-cleaning methods:

Method No.1: Treating grout with a baking soda paste

Add baking soda and several drops of dish soap to the water and make a paste. Cover the grout with the paste, and leave it for 15 to 20 minutes. Grab a toothbrush and scrub the grout gently and rinse. Finally, grab a clean cloth and dry.

How do I clean my grout at homeMethod No. 2: White vinegar solution for grime-free grout

Pour some undiluted vinegar directly onto the grout, and let it sit for 10 minutes. Use a toothbrush to scrub it in a circular motion. Rinse and dry with a clean cloth.

Method No.3: Lemon juice to return the grout’s initial beauty

Squeeze a few lemons to make some lemon juice. Next, let the lemon juice soak into the grout for 15 minutes or so. Then get a damp cloth and wipe your grout and tiles. After rinsing the treated area, dry it with a cloth or towel.

Rely on Los Feliz’s top house cleaning services today

Keeping a large home in Los Feliz neat and healthy can be a demanding task, especially if you lead a busy lifestyle. That’s why MaidThis is here for you. We work with expert cleaners who offer various house cleaning services that are specifically designed to make your life more enjoyable.

With us by your side, you can relax at Bond Park while the professionals we send in make your home spick-and-span. Book an appointment now!

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Using the platform was super simple. I've used my cleaners five times now, and the one time I did have to reschedule it was super easy, hassle-free. It's really simple, it's easy, and they've done great job.
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Los Angeles, Ca
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My wife and I are thrilled how easy everything is with MaidThis, and now I’m a customer for life! If you don’t want to go through the hassle of finding your own cleaner, definitely try MaidThis
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Redondo Beach, Ca
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I work a full-time job and I have a small kids at home, so by the time I get home the LAST thing I want to do is clean. If you need to save time, I recommend going through MaidThis. Their customer system was amazing.
Suzy
Los Angeles, Ca
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Hours
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Pros and Cons of Managing Multiple Short-term Rental Properties

The pros and cons of managing multiple short-term rental properties tracks alongside the standard pros and cons of managing a single short-term rental property.  So let’s look at those and then consider them in the context of multiple properties.

Pros 

Let’s start with the good news.

Income

Your income potential will be higher with short-term rentals because you can charge a higher average nightly rate, including for special events/festivals, etc. With multiple properties that income increases.

Equity

The increased income from multiple properties may track with a rise in equity in each of the them.  This provides more options for consolidating into a single larger property, or for upgrading the existing properties.

Options

Multiple properties allow you to win multiple spots in search listings, especially if they are clustered in a particular area.  They also give you a potential opportunity to relocate guests in case of a power outage or some other maintenance issue in their location.

Cons

There’s wonderful upside in managing multiple vacation rental properties.  But as many saw recently, there’s also risk that comes with that.

Maintenance

While you do have access to more potential income with multiple vacation rental properties, you also will need to pay more in maintenance.  That higher average nightly rate comes with more cleaning turnovers (which we love to help with!) and more potential wear/tear on the property.  Even if you use great property management software to simplify your work, you’re still going to have to spend more time to manage more properties.

Exposure

As some saw in recent travel restrictions and lockdowns, when no guests are coming, even for a short amount of time, that leads to exposure which, depending on how leveraged you are, can lead to a cash flow crisis.  But many took the recent pandemic as an opportunity to make adjustments and build up rainy day funds to prepare for future possible challenges.

Legal Issues

Municipalities continue to adjust to the reality of vacation rental properties blending in with local neighborhoods and some of those municipalities have taken drastic measures to restrict vacation rentals in general, not just the short-term variety.

This same problem exists with HOAs, something that any potential vacation rental owner would do well to fully investigate, especially if he/she has aspirations to have multiple properties.

It’s said that the best way to predict the future is to create it, and if there are local associations or organizations that are advocates for vacation rental owners or are watchdogs for laws at the state and local level, you might consider joining one (or more) to help out and ensure that income streams you create continue to flow unimpeded, while addressing any legitimate concerns of your friends and neighbors.

Owning multiple vacation rental properties can be really rewarding: you are giving people a chance to have a home-like experience away from home while earning income and building equity for yourself, all while adding to the local economy in hiring cleaners, managers, and handymen.  As long as you are clear on the risks involved and have taken measures to mitigate those risks, managing multiple short-term rentals can be an exciting part of your investment portfolio.

This content originally appeared in our twice-monthly Guest Book Newsletter.

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Airbnb Host in LA
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I definitely think that as a company we've been able to make more money, not only because we're saving money by using Maid This, but also because they're helping take a few of the necessary evils with doing vacation rentals off of the property managers plate.
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Airbnb Host in LA
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The 5 Best Blogs for Short Term Rental Hosts

As a short-term rental host, it’s important to stay up to date on the latest industry news. It can also be helpful to read about what other hosts experience as well as what they’re doing to improve their properties. A little bit of inspiration can go a long way. 

The Airbnb Blog

The official Airbnb Blog is a great place to start. It features several different types of articles on subjects including industry news and trends, hosting tips, how to create experiences, stories from other Airbnb hosts, and more.

It’s also a helpful blog to follow if you want to stay up to date on the happenings of Airbnb itself. When the company decided to go public in 2020, one of the first places we heard about it was via their blog. 

Why we read it: To stay informed about the latest in Airbnb news straight from the source.

Lodgify

Lodgify is one of our go-to’s. It’s a short-term rental and vacation property management software company. Their blog features articles filled with up-to-date information about what’s going on with Airbnb, marketing tips for your property, how to stay one step ahead of your competition, and the like. 

The blog boasts several different how-tos and best practice articles. Wondering what to do about garbage removal? Or, what about what to include in your check-out instructions? You’ll find the answers and so much more over on Lodgify’s blog.

Why we read it: For the best tips on how to market your Airbnb property. 

AirHost Academy

Up next is AirHost Academy, a blog whose mission is “making life for hosts better.” Their slogan really says it all – the website was founded in 2017 by an Airbnb host named Kevin Kelsey who wanted to help out other hosts. Today AirHost Academy is also an online community with over 55,000 hosts all over the world. You can join the community via Facebook.

If you want to become a Superhost you’re going to want to check out this site. There are articles about everything from the best gifts to give your guests to which kitchen accessories you should splurge on. 

Why we read it: For its straightforward and helpful advice. 

Beyond Pricing 

Beyond Pricing, known to some as simply Beyond, is a revenue management platform. They began by helping rental property managers determine dynamic pricing for their properties. Now, the platform also offers help in listing your property on multiple sites (including Airbnb), assistance in building your own direct booking website, and insights into your property’s performance.

Their blog features stories from other hosts, case studies of people who use their services, and industry news. It also has articles centered on dynamic pricing and what that means for hosts.

Why we read it: To learn more about the financial and analytical side of running a short-term rental.

AirDNA

AirDNA is another blog for hosts who are interested in the data and analytics involved in short-term property management. You can use their site to determine the best place to invest in a property, see what other hosts in the area are charging, and find insights into how the industry itself is evolving. 

Their blog has articles on the subjects above and they also have a “Market Review” series that does a great job of summarizing what’s going on in different short-term vacation rental sectors across the globe. 

Why we read it: To stay up-to-date on market and industry trends. 

It doesn’t matter if you’re just getting started and aren’t sure where to begin, or if you’re a seasoned host who’s more interested in seeing what others are doing to make their listings stand out. Head to any of the blogs above for the best in Airbnb tips and tricks.

This content originally appeared in our twice-monthly Guest Book Newsletter.

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At first I tried to take care of all of the cleaning process myself, and it turned out to be a bigger headache than anything else. So a friend told me about MaidThis and its been fantastic. I’ve been working with my cleaners for a few months so far. I recommend you check out the service for yourself.
Brent
Airbnb Host in LA
90+

Hours
Saved

I definitely think that as a company we've been able to make more money, not only because we're saving money by using Maid This, but also because they're helping take a few of the necessary evils with doing vacation rentals off of the property managers plate.
Laura G
Airbnb Host in LA
90+

Hours
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How to Have a Sparkling Kitchen Sink All the Time

How do I get my sink to shine again

Look at your kitchen sink. You aren’t impressed by what you see, are you? There are some unsightly smudges, and you can only see traces of its original shine. How did that happen? Well, you should always keep an eye on your kitchen sink because, if neglected, it can easily become a paradise for germs.

So how can you keep your kitchen sink neat? Experts in house cleaning from Los Feliz are there to help! Today, they offer valuable advice on how to make your sink look squeaky clean all-year-round. Read on! 

What is the best thing to clean a sink with? 

When it comes to kitchen sink maintenance, you should distinguish between daily and weekly cleaning. Consider the following:

Daily cleaning

To keep your kitchen sink hygienic, you need to wash it after every use. For this purpose, you’ll need some dish soap, a soft sponge, and a few dry microfiber cloths.

Dish soap is a special kind of soap that contains high-foaming surfactants. These compounds reduce the tension between two liquids, between a gas and a liquid, or between a liquid and a solid. 

That’s why dish soap is an effective degreaser that can be used for many surfaces, including your sink. On top of that, it’s environmentally friendly and doesn’t leave any toxic residue. 

Your daily kitchen sink cleaning routine should include:

  1. Rinse the sink with hot water, and then add a few drops of dish soap onto a slightly wet soft sponge. 
  2. Wipe your sink with it. Pay attention to all the crevices, especially around the drain and garbage disposal stoppers, and where the sink meets the counter. Make sure to tend to the faucet too.
  3. Finally, rinse everything and wipe with a dry microfiber cloth. 

Weekly maintenance

Once a week, give your sink a baking soda and white vinegar treatment. Baking soda is a gentle abrasive that can remove gunk and dislodge greasy residues. It also eliminates odors and helps keep your sink drain fresh-smelling. 

In addition to being a natural cleaner, distilled white vinegar is also a disinfectant, and you can use it on sinks and many other surfaces around your house. Baking soda and white vinegar combo will make your sink sparkle again. So let’s see what the entire process entails.

How do I get my sink to shine again?

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To make your sink look new again, follow this simple guide:

  1. Starting from the top, rinse the whole sink with hot water.
  2. Spread baking soda all over the wet sink and the faucet area.
  3. Scrub the surfaces gently in the direction of the grain, following the sink faint lines. Make sure to reach every nook and cranny, including the drain opening. 
  4. Pour white vinegar over the baking soda and wait. Baking soda and white vinegar will start to react, and you’ll notice some bubbling and fizzing.
  5. Once it stops, rinse thoroughly with hot water. 
  6. Grab a clean microfiber cloth and dry.

Extra tips

  • You can follow the above steps to deal with your grimy bathroom sink too. 
  • If your sink is made of porcelain, copper, granite, or cast iron sink, skip white vinegar and baking soda. Instead, wash your sink with dish soap and water.

Where can I book a reliable house cleaning in Los Feliz?

Don’t know how to get rid of limescale? Have no idea how to clean grout buildup? MaidThis cooperates with industry professionals who can do this for you and much more. They are qualified and equipped to ensure your ultimate satisfaction.

Just make an appointment, grab your kids, and head to the Los Angeles Zoo while the professionals take care of the cleaning. When you return, you’ll notice a real difference in your Los Feliz house. Call us today!

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Advantages of Becoming an Airbnb Superhost

In 2016 Airbnb initiated its Superhost program in an attempt to create a more even experience across its millions of listings.  Only 1 in 5 hosts consistently qualify as Superhosts and the truth is, there is no downside to this special ranking.  Let’s talk about all the perks.

What You Get for Being a Superhost

There are seven key advantages of being a Superhost:

  1. You are going to get a badge for your profile.  A casually browsing potential guest will see that badge and know that you offer great hospitality.  Even if they have no idea what a Superhost is, the knowledge is just one “learn more” tap away.
  2. You are going to rank higher in search results.  While they aren’t specific about how Superhosts perform in the algorithm, it is acknowledged that listings of Superhosts rank higher overall than standard listings.
  3. You are going to earn more.  Estimates vary between 20-60% but it is clear that in general, Superhosts not only usually earn more per night, but have higher occupancy rates, leading to more overall income.
  4. You will have a filter for guests to select for Superhosts only.  Among filters like “wifi” or “kitchen” or “washer” you can also find “Superhost.”  It’s one more way for you to nudge out your non-Superhost competition.
  5. You get a priority customer support number.  Superhosts don’t have to wait in a long line to get connected with customer service.  They have their own dedicated team of customer support specialists to assist.
  6. You will get a travel coupon after four consecutive qualifying quarters, usually for $100 to use on the platform.
  7. You will get an additional 20% bonus on top of the normal referral rate for new hosts.

Those are some pretty great benefits, and the fact that only 20% of Airbnb hosts achieve this status tells you it’s not easily won.  

How to Qualify as a Superhost

There are only four main points of qualification for Superhost, but none of them are easy.

  1. You must maintain a 4.8 overall rating for your listing, and 80% of your ratings must be 5 stars.
  2. You must have hosted at least ten times in the last 12 months or have hosted three stays over 100 nights (in case you take on longer-term listings more regularly)
  3. You must have a cancellation rate of less than 1% (not including extenuating circumstances, which are not included in those statistics)
  4. You must respond to at least 90% of new, booking-related inquiries within 24 hours.

Needless to say one of the key ways to make sure you’re always getting a high rating for cleanliness is to make sure you’re leaving the cleaning to professionals, and we happen to know someone who can help!

As challenging as the qualifying for Superhost may be, you can see that the benefits are very much worth it.

This content originally appeared in our twice-monthly Guest Book Newsletter

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Should You Allow Long-term Vacation Rentals?

The events of the last two years have led to many vacation rental owners accepting longer stays than they used to in the past due to the “workcation” phenomenon.  Tired of international travel restrictions, many have chosen to take extended stays domestically.  While these longer-term rentals usually command less income than a greater quantity of short term rentals, there are other advantages to long-term rentals.

Long Term Vacation Rental Pros

The most obvious benefit of long-term rentals is the length and predictability of the income window.  Hosts know how much income they will be taking over a period of time.

Long term rentals can also be easier to manage.  There are fewer cleanings (you won’t see us as often, sob) and fewer turnovers (they’ll often supply their own toilet paper past whatever the original supply you leave, etc.).  This can mean less stress and cost.

Long Term Vacation Rental Cons

The benefit of long term guests is also a con.  You have less flexibility as a host in offering booking windows to future guests.

You also have, in a way, less oversight over the property.  Whereas with short term guests you and your team will be in the property frequently and hence can see any changes or damages, with long term guests that’s less possible.  It’s common courtesy to give advance notice to enter the property to long-term guests, even for a routine maintenance visit.  

Municipal regulations may also kick in once a guest has stayed a certain number of days, which can include offering a lease of sorts to various rights that are retained by the tenant.  You have to find out what the rules are where you are hosting.

A Hybrid Approach

Rather than committing to only short or long term guests, many hosts have accepted a mix of guests, corresponding to high and low seasons.  In listings which are subject to seasonality, it makes the most sense to maximize revenue during high season by having a high frequency of short term guests while mitigating the inconsistency of guests during low season by putting a long term renter in place to smooth the revenue.

When taking on a long term rental it’s important to screen for the right guest.  A short term guest will only be around a few days or at most a couple weeks, and even if they are disagreeable or unpleasant you always know in the back of your mind that they’ll be gone soon (and their behavior will be addressed in a review).  With a long term guest you’ll want to make sure there’s a good fit for you and the property.  This can be done by a simple questionnaire or perhaps even a video call.  Some of the platforms block exchange of information before a booking occurs, but this can usually be overcome by a bit of creativity.  By doing a bit of due diligence on the front end, you can feel more comfortable when the guest makes a booking through one of the platforms (or through your own website).

This content originally appeared in our twice-monthly Guest Book Newsletter.

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