Since launching in 2008, Airbnb has helped millions of travellers find a place to stay. It’s also helped home owners to turn their personal space into a side business.
Inviting strangers into your home can understandably feel daunting and a bit scary, with horror stories of homes being robbed and destroyed making for concerning headlines. But for every bad headline, there are thousands of Airbnb hosts that have positive experiences when renting their spaces. Now, a new company in Toronto is helping future hosts take the worry out of opening their home and scoring a five-star rating.
Nesty is the brainchild of co-founder Miranda Ogilvie, who had the idea while on a family trip. During a vacation in Europe, Ogilvie noted that the local Airbnbs were beautifully decorated and hosted by “service-oriented professionals dedicated to creating the best stays possible.” She — along with her friends Sue Tarr Timmins, Theresa Smith and MP Lizewski — decided to start Nesty, a company that helps hosts create the best possible stay for their guests.
Launched this year, Nesty offers a number of options for clients. The co-founders use their backgrounds in design to help stage stunning rentals, and fix up areas of the home that need to be rented. They’ll also have the space professionally photographed, to help clients stand out from the many rental options on Airbnb. Part of Nesty’s services also includes managing guest communications, as well as keeping the listing current and refreshed.
Once Nesty customers book guests, the company continues their support through meeting the guest, providing key service, housekeeping, linens and more. This offers home owners more flexibility when renting — they can even travel without the worry of greeting guests or cleaning.
But how much does it cost to use Nesty? Well, the company offers various pricing structures that range from à la carte options to The Works package, which will cost hosts 30 per cent of their booking profit.
“At Nesty, we are very passionate about Toronto and all it has to offer. Traditional tourist information doesn’t provide visitors with the ‘up close and personal’ that we do,” Smith told us. “We want our guests to experience the local shops, restaurants and culture, created and run by Torontonians, that make this city one of the best in the world.”
The company’s currently only available in Toronto, where many locals are looking for ways to turn their property into income (thanks to increasingly unaffordable living expenses). So if you’re thinking of listing your home on Airbnb and want the best experience with zero headaches, Nesty has you covered.