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Open Air Homes: A Community-Focused Approach to Vacation Rental Management

LAS - 2024-01-19T101815.463

By: Brad Greiner, CEO of Open Air Homes and OpenAiRE Brokerage

At Open Air Homes, we prioritize the harmony and well-being of the communities we operate in. Our approach to managing vacation rentals goes beyond the standard practices seen in platforms like Airbnb and Vrbo. One key aspect of our strategy involves disabling the “Instant Book” feature on our properties. This decision is rooted in our commitment to safeguard local neighborhoods and ensure the best fit between our homes and potential guests.

Open Air Homes vs. Airbnb and Vrbo: Enhanced Party Prevention Measures

Guest Interaction and Screening

  • Open Air Homes: We require all potential guests to send a respectful message before booking. This step allows us to understand their intentions and ensure they align with our community values.
  • Airbnb: Generally utilizes Instant Book, placing emphasis on speed and convenience.
  • Vrbo: Similar to Airbnb, offers Instant Book but allows homeowners some discretion.

Monitoring and Local Support

  • Open Air Homes: Employs advanced noise monitoring technology and has a proactive local team ready to respond promptly to any disturbances.
  • Airbnb: Offers discounted noise sensors and relies on host or property manager intervention.
  • Vrbo: Provides options for noise monitors but primarily leaves enforcement to homeowners.

Community Engagement

  • Open Air Homes: Actively engages with local communities to maintain harmony and address concerns preemptively.
  • Airbnb & Vrbo: Focuses more on the relationship between hosts and guests, with less emphasis on broader community engagement.

Why We Don’t Use Instant Book

  • Enhanced Guest Vetting: By reviewing each booking request, we ensure that guests understand and agree to our house rules, especially regarding noise and parties.
  • Community Protection: Our approach aligns with our commitment to protect the local neighborhoods where our properties are located, reducing the likelihood of disruptive events.
  • Quality Over Quantity: We prioritize the quality of each stay over the number of bookings, leading to better experiences for both our guests and our homeowners.
  • Personalized Service: This approach allows us to provide a more personalized service, tailoring each stay to the specific needs and expectations of our guests.

Open Air Homes’ Party Prevention Strategy

  • Guest Communication: Clear and direct communication with guests about the expectations and consequences of rule violations.
  • Local Teams On-Call: Our local teams are always ready to respond to any issues, ensuring swift action is taken when necessary.
  • Community-Friendly Policies: We set policies that respect the local community, including noise level restrictions and guidelines for respectful behavior.
  • Customized Homeowner Agreements: We collaborate with homeowners to establish rules that are specific to their property and comfort level.

FAQs About Open Air Homes’ Approach

Q: How does disabling Instant Book benefit homeowners?

  • A: This approach allows us to carefully select guests who respect the property and the community, leading to fewer issues and a better overall experience for everyone involved.

Q: Can homeowners have a say in the guest vetting process?

  • A: Absolutely. We encourage homeowners to share their preferences and concerns, which we incorporate into our screening process.

Q: How does Open Air Homes handle a situation where a guest violates the no-party policy?

  • A: We take immediate and decisive action, which can range from warnings and fines to eviction, depending on the severity of the violation.

In conclusion, Open Air Homes’ approach to vacation rental management is deeply rooted in community respect and responsible hosting. By foregoing the Instant Book feature and implementing stringent guest screening processes, we maintain the integrity of our homes and the tranquility of our neighborhoods. This meticulous approach sets us apart and reaffirms our commitment to quality, community, and exceptional service.

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