Heading out of London for the Summer Holidays? Then think about renting out your home with onefinestay …

Apr 25, 2012 by

Heading out of London for the Summer Holidays?  Then think about renting out your home with onefinestay …

I came across a cunning site this week, onefinestay, a member’s service offering those with grand, stylish, unique or characterful London homes the opportunity to rent out their space to screened, insured and vetted guests.  The concept seems a great fit for all of us jet-setters packing up and leaving town for the holidays; leave your home with onefinestay and let their houseguests pay you for a unique holiday experience. 

 

My latest sponsor is the brain-child of three savvy and forward-thinking entrepreneurs who decided there needs to be a hassle-free way for people with nice London homes to rent them out when they are away.  This is not the “let me crash in your pad” or “let’s rent to 7 gap year boys from abroad” type of service.   onefinestay has worked out all the fiddly details regarding insurance and antiques, cleaning, and linens so that you can leave your luxury home in the trusted care of this high-end client services team and their fully vetted houseguests.

onefinestay will clean your flat before their guests arrive; they will put their own linens on your beds and towels in your bathrooms; they will even leave toiletries and sundries for your houseguests.  After the guests have gone home, a team will come and put your clean linens back on your beds and then give your home a really good scrub. 

 

How does this all work?

The process of becoming a member is fairly involved.  onefinestay will come and take a detailed inventory of your home and photograph it for marketing purposes.  They will gather all the benign and important information about your home like where fuses, boilers, alarms, central heating are located and operated.  You can designate a room off-limits and specify that your rare vintage wine collection not be consumed.

As a member of onefinestay, you have the peace of mind that if any problems arise with your property while you are away, with houseguests or not, they have the keys, know the flat and can run over and address the problem (I know this keeps some insurance companies very happy).

Once you are confirmed as a member, you can saunter off, care-free and enjoy the income you make off onefinstay’s guests. 

Is my flat big enough or posh enough?

onefinestay is looking for characteful and unique properties.  Not every client is looking to rent eight bedroom houses on garden squares, though many are; but there are loads of holiday makers who would be just as happy in a flat.  You can easily give your home the boutique hotel look by investing in some gold mirror-type accent pieces and a few Union Jack throw cushions.

What is the commitment?

onefinestay needs a minimum of five weeks a year to take you on as a member.  This can be one long summer holiday or a series of weekends.

What if I rent?

Simple, just check with your landlord if there is any reason they would not agree to this.

Can onefinestay do short-term lettings of my flat?

onefinestay specialises in London holiday lets of very special and unique homes.  A sterile corporate let would not be the kind of property they are looking for, but something lived in and special is the kind of property they are on the lookout for. 

If you would like to find out how much your home could earn you then please take onefinestay’s two minute questionnaire

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