It’s been an incredible two years at Effortless Rental Group. We’ve had over 21,000 guests from around the world stay in 103 beautiful properties throughout Colorado and in Boston. Here’s what our guests are saying about their experiences with us. And here’s to another great year ahead!
“An absolute dream place to stay! The location is amazing, property is just how the pictures depict it, and the communication from the hosts was great! I wouldn’t consider any other place for future trips.”
“It was a perfect house in a great neighborhood for our team retreat. Nice large common areas and enough rooms to spread out. Rob & Tiffany made check in super convenient and were very responsive. We also loved the neighborhood and close proximity to great restaurants and downtown.”
“Our group had a wonderful stay at Stefan’s cabin. We most enjoyed the fully-stocked kitchen, stunning views of Breckenridge, and relaxing hot tub. If you are looking for a quiet vacation that is perfect for families and large groups, this rental is an excellent choice. We hope to be back soon!”
“Perfect for a couple or small family who wants to enjoy the beauty of South Boulder. The home is cozy, well maintained, recently updated, and nestled in a quiet neighborhood that is close to so many amazing sights and adventures. The service from Sami and the guest experience team was phenomenal too. Good all the way around!!”
“This place was even better than we expected. The photos are so accurate and the rental looks even more amazing in person. It is in a great, safe and easily accessible location. I will definitely be renting here for my next trip up to Boston and I highly recommend anyone to stay there!”
It takes practice to be a successful short-term host, from creating eye-catching property listings and making the most of your space, to interacting with guests from booking to check-out. Take a look at our list below for some common mistakes made by hosts, especially those just starting out in the short-term rental world. With some experience, you’ll be on your way to stellar host status in no time.
#1. Having limited ability.
Many first-time hosts devote only part of the day, like before leaving for work, to addressing guests’ issues, questions, or requests. But a maintenance problem or other issue can happen anytime, day or night, and delays in responding to these requests (especially in cases of emergency, like a pipe bursting or roof leaking) can lead to a bad review and potentially a dangerous situation. Guest Experience Coordinators at ERG are available 24/7 to help address anything that comes up during your guests’ stay. Whether a guest reaches out about needing fresh towels or something more serious, we respond quickly to get things back on track.
#2. Not optimizing your space.
You don’t need a lot of space, but you should efficiently use the space that you do have. Make use of spare rooms and empty areas by giving them a purpose: install drawers in the space under the stairs for more storage, or turn the corner of the living room into a cozy reading nook. Have a large backyard that goes mostly unused? Get some benches and turn part of it into a fire pit area. Small touches like these will make your listing stand out from the rest, which will get you more views, bookings, and positive reviews.
#3. Representing your property incorrectly.
Your listing is the key to attracting guests, so it’s important that you optimize it to include relevant descriptions about your home and high-quality photographs that feature its best qualities. Try to showcase the details that make your home unique, like a deck with skyline views or a game room in the basement that’s perfect for entertaining. One of the benefits of a partnership with ERG is a fully optimized property listing. Our professional photographers, interior designers, and writers are dedicated to presenting your home at its best.
#4. Not keeping up to date with local regulations.
This common oversight can cost you in the long run. Cities change their regulations for short-term rentals all the time, and it’s important to stay updated—or risk a steep fine and possibly your ability to rent in the future. Your city should have a short-term rental page on its government website with all of the info you need to apply for permits and learn about guest allowances, taxes, and more. Pay close attention to the information your city requires you to post on your listing, like your Business File Number (BFN), to remain a valid host.
#5. Underpricing or overpricing your property.
Most hosts on short-term rental platforms like Airbnb and VRBO are incorrectly setting their nightly prices, and therefore sacrificing number of bookings, monthly revenue, or both. It can be tricky to correctly price your property while taking into account important variables like local events, hotel occupancies, and travel trends. ERG’s analytical pricing matrix considers these and many other variables to set rates that get you more bookings over multiple platforms, including our own exclusive platforms. We use a flexible pricing approach—not a static one—so the prices we set change based on day of the week, seasonality, weather conditions, and more.
#6. Not understanding the ups and downs of short-term rentals.
Every investment property makes more money during certain times of the year and less during others. Maybe there’s a summer festival in your town that attracts a lot of travelers, and the rest of the year is relatively quiet. Or if your home is in a region that sees sunny skies only a few months of the year, you’re likely to have a surge of guests at that time. It’s important to recognize that these fluctuations are normal and not get discouraged. Focus on ways to attract guests in the slower months, like a lesser-known event nearby or renovation projects that will make your home stand out year-round.
#7. Cleaning and maintenance slip-ups.
Two of the main reasons for negative reviews are oversights in the cleanliness of the property and delay or failure to fix something that’s broken. It’s crucial that you have cleaning and maintenance experts who you can trust to prepare your property before every booking. ERG’s professional cleaning company keeps your property looking immaculate after every check-out. If any repairs are needed, our maintenance team resolves the issue quickly and efficiently. We make sure that everything is in pristine condition when your guests arrive—every single time.
A partnership with Effortless Rental Group means 24/7 support by our team of short term rental management experts who are dedicated to your success. We’d love to help you navigate these and other common experiences of first-time hosts.
This wonderful 1920’s Craftsman bungalow is in Wash Park, one of Denver’s most lively neighborhoods. Historic meets modern with original hardwood floors throughout and stainless steel appliances in the newly updated and fully stocked kitchen. Funky décor and unique touches make this home truly one of a kind, and the open floorplan and large living areas offer plenty of space for your group of up to 14. After a day out exploring, cozy up in front of the fireplace or relax on the large back deck in your own private yard.
You’ll be within walking distance to great dining and nightlife on Broadway, and only 2 miles to downtown Denver. Walk to Wash Park and spend an afternoon strolling around the lake (or paddle boating, when the weather’s nice!), or gallery hop down South Pearl Street. Then end the evening sipping at one of the renowned wine or cocktail bars in the area. And don’t forget to check out the Farmer’s Market on South Pearl, which offers the best local produce, street food, and fresh flowers, Sundays through November 19.
For an unforgettable luxury rental in vibrant Wash Park, look no further than this incredible bungalow with a rich history. To book this home and get your Denver vacation started, click here.
There’s a lot to think about as a short-term rental host, especially when you’re first starting out. You’ll consider pricing, interior design elements, details you want to include in your listing, and much more. But even with all of these decisions ahead, the most important choice you’ll make now is to either team up with a short-term rental management company or go at it alone.
Effortless Rental Group maximizes our clients’ revenue by setting nightly prices using our analytical pricing matrix, which accounts for variables like local events, hotel occupancy rates, and travel trends. We optimize your listing and post it on a variety of booking platforms, including our own exclusive platforms, Nightly Renter, Nightly Vacation Rental, and Best Family Vacation Rentals. More viewing platforms mean more bookings—and more money in your pocket.
Increasing your monthly earning potential is just the beginning. Effortless stands out from other rental management companies because we provide a turnkey service for our clients. This means that we take care of everything—from competitive pricing to bookings and guest correspondence to cleaning and maintenance. Our professional cleaning company and re-stocking team will give you the peace of mind that everything is ready when your guests arrive. Many of our clients travel abroad for part of the year or even live out of state. They trust us to manage every single aspect of their rental properties.
Another important benefit of a partnership with Effortless Rental Group is that you’ll be supported by a team of short-term rental experts who are dedicated to maximizing your monthly revenue and assisting you in any other way. Day or night, we’re always available for you and your guests.
Owners who want to maximize their revenue, give guests the best possible rental experience, and live without worrying about the upkeep of their investment property choose to partner with Effortless Rental Group. Whether you’re seeking management services for a complete holiday rental or flexible seasonal bookings, contact us today for an evaluation free of cost and obligation. We look forward to connecting with you soon!
Helping those in need is nothing new for Airbnb. Since 2012, the company has connected thousands of people displaced by natural disasters and other emergency events with nearby hosts willing to donate their spare bedrooms. In 2015, Airbnb added a donation tool to their website for refugee assistance efforts through a partnership with The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Now, in response to the recent onslaught of hurricanes that have destroyed many homes and damaged countless others, Airbnb is once again stepping up to offer assistance in a crucial way: free shelter for those with nowhere else to go.
Through its Open Homes program, Airbnb creates a platform for hosts in disaster areas to list their homes for free. Then either partner agencies or verified account holders contact the hosts to set up bookings, which can last from one night to over a month, depending on the host’s preferences and availability. The process happens quickly, and people who have become homeless overnight soon have a secure and welcoming place to rest and recover.
“At the heart of our mission is the idea that people are fundamentally good and every community is a place where you can belong,” writes Airbnb CEO and Co-founder Brian Chesky on the Airbnb website.
Over 700 hosts signed up to help Hurricane Harvey evacuees and relief workers, and another 200+ have opened their homes in the US and the Caribbean to those affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, with numbers continuing to rise.
Even with all they’ve already accomplished, Airbnb founders don’t plan to stop anytime soon. In February, the company announced their goal to find free housing for 100,000 displaced people over the next five years. They will also donate $4 million over the next four years to the International Rescue Committee (IRC), to provide resources directly to refugees, evacuees, and others who need emergency assistance.
Founders are optimistic about the future generosity of hosts to help achieve these goals. Co-founder Joe Gebbia writes in an Airbnb blog post titled Opening More Homes to People in Need, “…Every single time we’ve asked our community to open their doors and hearts to help others, they have more than exceeded our expectations: they have humbled us with the immensity of their kindness.”
For more information and to volunteer your home, visit the Open Homes page here.
As we drove along the potholed dirt road leading to our first real farm in New Zealand, we didn’t know what to expect. My friend and I had stayed with a few families who kept small veggie gardens or a couple of chickens. We had worked on a vineyard and painted a house on the coast near the sparkling Bay of Islands. But never before had we worked on a rare breeds farm with cows, horses, goats, donkeys, llamas… and that’s all we could gather from the blurry photos posted online. The farmer’s post asked for help designing signs and constructing a few buildings. It sounded perfect: I would paint, my friend would do the heavy lifting. We figured we’d stay a week or maybe two, but no longer as we were eager to continue south to the Tongariro Crossing trek and then to the capital city of Wellington.
Six weeks later, we packed up everything from our shepherd’s hut, a replica built by our host famer of those used in the 19th century. This tiny shack was no bigger than a closet, with a twin bed wedged into one side and a miniature desk nestled into the other. But it turned out this was all the space we needed—one of many ways we learned to live simply in those six weeks. That morning, as with every other morning on the farm, we opened our door to a field of animals that had woken up with the sun: a donkey rubbing its back on a tree with a goat teetering in the upper branches, a cow chomping grass with a baby alpaca running in front of it, swaying its legs from side to side as if in a joyful dance. We attempted to wedge the mementos of the last month and a half into our already overstuffed backpacks. A huge curled ram’s horn found on the side of the stream. A couple bottles of homebrewed ginger kombucha. A rubber castration ring that the farmer jokingly instructed me to pull out of my pocket and threaten to use when a guy gave me unwanted attention in a bar.
I didn’t paint one sign on the farm; my friend didn’t help with one construction project. Instead, we herded animals, helped sell meat and beeswax at the farmer’s market, and learned how to make cheese and bread. I milked the six mama goats twice a day, and the house cow, a stout Dexter named Susie who was about as wide as she was tall, every morning. We bottle-fed this milk to baby goats and sheep who had been separated from their mothers, drank it ourselves, and used it to make cheese and butter for the house. We gathered, harvested, or butchered all of our main food staples: fruit and veggies from the garden, meat from the field, eggs from the coop. Volunteers and friends came and went, but we typically had around ten people to feed every day. Even with a group this large, we produced only a small grocery bag of kitchen trash every two weeks. Growing and raising our own food allowed us to cut down our plastic waste, especially from packaging, to almost nothing. We were truly living off the land.
After saying our goodbyes to people and animals, my friend and I climbed into our car, still smelling like the bonfire from the night before. We drove past the site of the hangi, a traditional Maori method of cooking meat and vegetables on red-hot coals in a deep hole in the ground. We passed by the emu with a bad attitude, who flashed his red eyes and stepped forward with dinosaur feet as big as my face. I pulled out the curled ram’s horn and set it on our dashboard, where it rattled and jumped all the way down to Wellington, freeways replacing rivers, parking lots filling in fields.
We know that one of your favorite parts of a vacation is just sitting back and relaxing, with no obligations or responsibilities. Whether it’s at a peaceful mountain resort or vibrant downtown loft, we want your chill time to be the best it can be. That’s why Effortless Rental Group offers a variety of properties with awesome views. Mountains, skyline, or the calm ripples of a lake—whatever you’re looking out on, we want the view to be a memorable part of your vacation. Check out our list below for our top six properties with the best views.
This Breckenridge paradise features amazing mountain views from the outdoor fireplace area, wraparound deck, and large picture windows. Located right on Main Street, you’ll be within walking distance to all of the amazing restaurants, bars, galleries, and shops that Breckenridge has to offer. Relax in the hot tub and soak in the tranquility of the Rockies.
This bright luxury home is nestled in the lovely town of Breckenridge and has breathtaking views of the mountains. After a day of sightseeing or skiing, kick back on the large deck with seating and a grill, or unwind in the private hot tub. You’ll be in the perfect location for hiking and biking trails, family-friendly activities, vibrant nightlife, skiing, and much more.
Panoramic views of the Colorado foothills and the highest standard of luxury make this six-bedroom estate an unforgettable place to stay. Picture windows throughout the estate bring the outdoors inside, providing natural light and spectacular views. With towering trees, horse riding trails, and snow-capped mountains in your backyard, nature will surround you everywhere you look.
It doesn’t get much better than gazing at this fantastic view of the famous Denver skyline while you sip a drink on the rooftop patio of this beautiful home. Within walking distance to Mile High Stadium and Jefferson Park, you’ll be in the prime location to spend your days exploring the heart of the city.
You’ll be right in the middle of all the downtown action in this completely remodeled condo in a terrific location. Lounge in your living room and watch bustling Denver spread out below. Stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and leather furniture give this property a sleek and modern feel, with easy access to downtown hotspots like Larimer Square and Coors Field.
Jump right into all of the concerts, festivals, and exhibits that downtown Denver hosts year-round with a stay at this gorgeous 3-story loft centrally located near LoDo. Sit out on the rooftop deck and take in the amazing city views, especially at sunset! With high ceilings and large rooms, your group will have plenty of space to plan your Denver outings.
There’s nothing better than summer in Colorado. With festivals and markets every weekend, Red Rocks open for the concert season, and the thawing of the mountains, there’s no shortage of things to do. Hiking, biking, climbing, whitewater rafting—whatever adventure you’re looking for, you’ll be sure to find it here. If a quiet stroll in nature is more your speed, the Denver Botanic Gardens and Colorado’s 42 state parks offer a great escape. For the creatively inclined, festivals like the Cherry Creek Arts Festival (July 1-3) and A Taste of Colorado (September 1-4) showcase a wide range of talent and are celebrated by locals and visitors alike.
Effortless Rental Group features a variety of properties that put you right in the middle of all the summer action. Whether you’re reuniting with the entire family or meeting up with a couple friends for a weekend away, you’ll find the perfect spot for your trip. Take a look at some of our ideal summer properties below.
Panoramic views of the famous Colorado foothills and the highest standard of luxury make this six-bedroom estate an unforgettable place to stay in the summer. With towering trees, horse riding trails, and stunning mountains in your backyard, you’ll be surrounded by nature everywhere you look. *This striking estate is perfect for weddings and other special events.
Stay in the middle of all the summer action in this gorgeous loft within walking distance of Union Station and some of the best restaurants and bars downtown. The open floor plan offers plenty of room for large groups, and the private rooftop patio is the perfect place to unwind after a day exploring the city!
Custom handmade décor, sun-drenched rooms, exposed brick, and sweeping views of the city make this home truly unique. Stay close to bustling restaurants, bars, and shops. Sip a cold drink and watch the sunset from the back patio on the main floor or the balcony with amazing views of the Denver skyline.
Enjoy both city and mountain views from this incredible home in the perfect location for exploring Denver. Walk to Sloan’s Lake Park or make the drive to the mountains for amazing hiking and biking spots. The spacious rooftop deck is wonderful for warm summer evenings!
Welcome to Denver Skyline Lofts, the ultimate in Denver luxury rental. Each deluxe loft spans an entire spacious floor of the building and features open floor plans, private balconies with 360-degree views of the city, and the highest quality furnishings. Stay in the optimal downtown location—just blocks from 16th Street Mall, LoDo, and the hottest dining and nightlife spots. Modern and upscale, these top-line luxury lofts offer the best of Denver.
Denver Skyline Lofts feature one of the best rooftop patios in Denver. The private space has incredible panoramic views of downtown and a large hot tub that looks out over the city. Make a drink at the granite-top bar and relax in the fireplace area with 2 TVs.
The complete entertainment center on the first floor of the building includes 2 flat-screen TVs in the main room and a film area with a large projector screen and leather seating. The center also offers a granite-top bar, game machines, shuffleboard and pool tables, and an indoor driving range.
This bustling area is full of trendy galleries, clubs, coffeehouses, and the famous Denver Art Museum, which has exhibits that rotate on a weekly basis. Indulge in fine dining and get a taste of Denver at 5-star restaurants nearby such as Palace Arms and The Capital Grille.
After over a year helping owners manage their investment properties in Denver, Effortless is excited to announce that we have expanded our services into Boston. Thanks to everyone who continues to support us as we grow our business!