We started Airbusybee, a full-service Airbnb management service, to help Airbnb short-term rental hosts to maximize their revenue from their property. We had already been operating Toronto Boutique Apartments for 10 years, providing high-end furnished apartments in Toronto for short-term and medium-term stays, and we were seeing a shift in executive stays to shorter-term stays, mainly because working virtually was becoming so much more effective.
A few years ago, as our property management business was ramping up quickly, the number of furnished rentals we were managing completely changed how we needed to manage properties on a day to day basis. There were so many prospective guests, guest check-ins and turn-overs happening every day, that it was taking a ton of our time to communicate and to assign tasks to various people. Multiple accounts, multiple cleaners, multiple guests meant we were spending more time logging in and out of accounts and on phones talking or texting cleaners, then we were helping our guests. We needed help and three of our biggest issues were the following:
As we grew we found that assigning tasks to our various cleaning and repair people was taking a lot of time, and was not very efficient. We would manually communicate with cleaners about upcoming jobs and any special instructions. This can be a full-time job!
This is a very on-the-go business on a day to day level – your client managers need to spend an equal amount of time communicating with guest as they do between the various furnished apartment buildings to manage client needs. We needed a solution that helped us to manage basically everything for our furnished rentals on our mobile devices (ie minimum stays, prices, guest contact info, etc). As our company grew this became a huge challenge – we wanted people out there greeting guests and taking care of their needs, so we couldn’t have them strapped to their laptops. The breaking point came when one of our staff almost got run down by a street-sweeper as he was squatting outside a Starbucks hunched over his laptop..all to send a new offer for a guest!
This was the biggest change make for us – It was as if we gained a new staff member over-night! With IGMS we just set and assign all the tasks the second a booking came in, the cleaners or repair people see it on their phones (even the ones who were totally not tech-savvy), accept it and we know it’s taken care of. Done!
The iGMS mobile app was the second big aha moment for us – we could do SO MANY of our guest and listing changes right on our phones. This meant that now we could respond to guest needs faster than we had FEWER units!
We found other solutions had nice looking apps, but you were limited in what you could actually do on your phone. We didn’t just want a nice-looking calendar..we needed to grab the guest’s phone number easily to call, or send a new offer quickly, or even the details of our furnished rental apartments.
Once we started to use iGMS for our operations, we saw improvements in many areas of our business – we were managing more units than before, and each unit was operating more efficiently and making more than before! All thanks to the automated tasks and communications.
Once we started to fully use IGMS’ task assignment features, it totally changed the way we worked, each of our staff was able to increase the units they managed by 25%, which was a huge boost to our business.
Because of iGMS’ all-in-one-place editing capabilities, we very rarely have to log into the actual Airbnb account or other platforms – everything is done centrally, which saves us time and also means more bookings, as we can react to guest inquiries more quickly.
As we grew from 15 units to more than 50 furnished apartments in Toronto, we were actually spending less time per unit thanks to IGMS. It was amazing, it completely opened up our business to be more efficient and smooth.
Some of the IGMS competitors have shinier logos, very fancy videos explaining their solutions – trust us we have seen it all! At the end of the day, we found IGMS had the most thought-out solution for managing your furnished rentals – the details are really where you see the difference, and this is where they had refined their solution over and over again until it’s easy and efficient to use. They have helped us grow and be the size of business we are. Their staff have always been super-responsive with any issues and we never get ticked numbers that take 72 hours to resolve.