Set Your Cleaning Company up to Succeed

Whether you are new to having a cleaning company take over the household chores or you have been using a specific person or company for years, these are some tips to help your cleaner help you. Having the necessary tools and resources available will allow your cleaner to be more effective at his/her job. 
We all like things to be a certain way and there is nothing wrong with that. Let’s look at the basics. One sure fire way to make sure your cleaning person does things your way is to lead by example. We don’t mean get on the floor and clean with them but give them a walking tour of your house, office, etc and show them what you would like cleaned and how often.  Have a lot of things or areas to be cleaned?  A great supplement is to provide a check list. Having a defined set of guidelines allow the person to run through quickly to make sure every box is checked this way you don’t have to be compelled to stick around for the cleaning as the checklist will take care of that for you. 

Rental Broker for the Busy Host

When you begin to enter the Airbnb world, there are things to keep in mind such as whether or not to hire a Rental Broker. One of the biggest reasons why you would ask yourself this is because you are looking to make some extra income or even make renting out your property your primary income. Regardless of either, we have some tips and tricks to help you make finding a great rental broker a successful one. 
One of the biggest things you need to keep in mind when starting to look for a rental broker is to do your homework. We all lead busy lives but a decision as important as this one needs to be carefully planned out and not rushed. 
Something to keep in mind when beginning your search is whether or not a rental broker works for him/herself or belongs to a major conglomerate. This matters in a big way especially when we talk price. Many independent places have a greater flexibility when it comes down to negotiating a decent price for their services. At the end of the day it all comes d…

The in's and out's of Airbnb ownership

Airbnb, VRBO, Homeaway, and the like, are all no longer rarely heard of or new to the way that people travel; instead, these are becoming common household names when folks get ready to travel AND/OR when people consider affording a second home and having the second mortgage covered - in some instances, folks are making income on their well sort after properties.  This being said, the competition in a given area is becoming fierce.  How do you make your property stand out???  Well of course 5 star reviews are paramount but these days more is needed.  Special touches are becoming more prevalent.  For example, keep your property as spotless as possible. At Condos to Castles, we pride ourselves in being readily available to any request that an AirbNb owner or guest may need. If you are a homeowner that lives nearby and can visit the property between visits, it’s a refreshing sight to see little notes left for your guests. It could be something simple as your favorite area restaurant or a…

To AirbNb or not to AirbNb

A popular topic that comes to mind when dealing with residential or business cleaning is AirBnb. While loaning out your home for others to enjoy might sound like a great idea, there are multiple scenarios that you have to play out in your head. One of the biggest things to consider if you are venturing into the Airbnb world is "what do I do when I live so far from the property that I am renting"? Having a good team on hand to handle the upkeep, maintenance and overall checks of the facility is absolutely essential. 
A problem we see all the time is that guests don't confirm their arrival/departure times. Having somebody locally to keep in communication with can lock/unlock doors, give access codes, and make sure your place is up to snuff. This is especially important during peak travel times where you have a check out/check in going on in the same day. You do not want to keep your guests waiting for hours. Hey, who knew there would be a nice tail wind today?
Consider thi…