Three hosting tools every short-term rental property manager needs

Hosting Tips

When I tell people that SoDak Stays is a team of two (plus our amazing inspectors and cleaners), and that we manage more than 20 short-term rental properties on our own, people wonder how we do it.

While we never completely get away from the chaos and busyness, thankfully we take advantage of many great tools that streamline our business, helping us operate as efficient as possible.

PriceLabs: Guidance for property pricing

The prices you see listed on our properties aren’t decided arbitrarily. PriceLabs helps us monitor area supply and demand of other short-term rentals.

This ensures our pricing is competitive, yet affordable.

Hosting tools for short-term rental properties

Hostaway: Property management system to keep bookings organized

With dozens of guests coming and going every week, it’s essential to have a tool that keeps bookings organized in one place.

Hostaway notifies us any time a booking comes through and offers automatic replies when communicating with guests.

Smart Lock: Keeping properties secure from anywhere

There are many smart locks on the market today, but we choose to use the Yale Assure Smart Lock to set unique codes that allow guests to enter the property.

After a guest’s stay ends, we are able to reset the property code to enter to ensure only the next guest can safely enter.

The best part about using a smart lock is that we don’t need to physically be at a property to reset the code. With the remote access feature of the Yale Assure Smart Lock, we can lock and unlock entrance into our properties from anywhere in the world! When often hear from guests that they appreciate the emphasis we place on safety at our properties.

Learn more about hosting tools during a consultation

Book a consultation call with SoDak Stays

Have you ever thought about turning your home or investment property into a short-term rental but are overwhelmed by the thought of starting? SoDak Stays offers in-person or video call consultations for those who are curious about starting their own short-term rental.

During our time together, we’ll cover:

  • Taxes, permits, and licensing
  • Hosting tools
  • Cleaning, maintenance, and guest communication
  • Marketing
  • And more!

While our expertise is in South Dakota short-term rental property management, we’re happy to talk with anyone in the country wanting to learn more.

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