Rental Reserve User Guide

Rental Reserve User Guide
Rental Reserve
User Guide
For Property Managers/Owners
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Contents
Joining Let In Edinburgh Process ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
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Log-In and Administration page ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
Property Entry Checklist ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
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Booking Console Reference Guide................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
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Rates Section................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
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Extras Section................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
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Discounts Section................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
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Long Stay Discount................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
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Booking Updates................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
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Weekly Updates................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
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Monthly Updates................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
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Managing your Property once Set-Up................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
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Chapter 1: Joining Let In Edinburgh Process
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Chapter 2: Log-In and Administration Page
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Chapter 3: Property Entry Checklist
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Chapter 4: Booking Console Reference Guide
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Availability Section
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Rates Section
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Extra's Section
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Discounts Section
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Long Stay Discount
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Late Deal Discount
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Mid Week Variable Discount
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3 For 2 Discount
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New Discount
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Property Settings Section
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Chapter 5: Managing Your Property Once Set-Up
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Booking Updates
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Weekly Updates
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Monthly Updates
Joining Let In Edinburgh Process
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Stage 1 – Sending your Request to join Let In Edinburgh
1. Complete the 'Add Your Property' Form, see
http://www.rentalreserve.co.uk/tour/add-your-property/
2. You will then receive an automated email confirming that we've received your
message and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.
3. We will then call you to discuss your property and the ways in which Let In
Edinburgh can work with you to effectively Market your property.
Stage 2 – Set-Up and Demonstration
1. We will send you email explaining how to start the activation process.
Follow the link to where you register and then the instructions to complete your
username and password.
2. On completion of this process you will receive an automated email.
Open the email and Click the link to confirm your email address.
3. Whilst you are completing this process, we will set you up a new 'Template'
property, including all the information you have provided so far.
4. Once you have confirmed you have registered, you will receive an automated
email to expect a call from one of our team.
5. We will call you to ensure you get adequate support to set up a comprehensive
listing, which we can publish on our website.
This call is a bespoke online guide to using our software, enabling you to
maximise the number of bookings we can achieve for your property.
The process will take about 20 minutes dependant on level and amount of
questions you may have.
6. Enter all of your property's details in your own time and email us when are done.
Stage 3 – Completion
1. When we receive your email confirmation we will check everything is set-up
correctly and activate your online booking, ready for you to receive your first
bookings.
2. We will set a reminder to contact you in 3 months for a review of your property
listing and the bookings you have received.
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Log-In and Administration page
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Log-In to Let In Edinburgh
1. See http://www.letinedinburgh.co.uk/directory/users/
2. Enter username and password, supplied in confirmation email.
Booking Console
The Booking Console allows you to update your property's booking information:
• Add and update your Availability Calendar
• Add and update your Rates
• Add and update your Extras and Discounts
• Add and update your Property Settings
Entry Console: 'Your Property'
The Entry Console allows you to change your property's description on the Let In
Edinburgh Website. This is where you can change:
• Your property's address
• Your property's description and its facilities
• Add your property's pictures
User Profile Page
Your User Profile Page allows you to change your personal details. This allows
you to change:
• Your name and address
• Your password
• Your communication and mailing list options
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Property Entry Checklist
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Find below our suggested checklist to ensure you have all the information that a
customer may wish to know, so they are happy to book.
WARNING: Remember to click 'Save Change' to publish your changes.
Any changes made may take up to 5 minutes to appear on the live
websites booking system.
'More Details' section
Try to ensure you include all of the following information in your description:
Small paragraph introduction (approx 2 sentences) selling unique features of
property. This is the paragraph that will show on the property search listing page.
Enter a full description of the property:
• How many rooms, what are they, what furniture/storage do they contain
• Include the general set up of the bedrooms and beds (double, twin, zip/link)
• If the property can accommodation extra guest beds, include a description of
the guest beds, I.e. sofa bed/blow up bed/camp bed, whether or not you add an
additional charge.
Parking Arrangement:
• Is private/secure parking available? Cost? Access? How many spaces can be
offered?
• What other parking options are close by? How much to park near apartment,
restrictions and other options etc.
Arrival/departure times, including how to pick up keys.
Check in/check out details, including early/late procedures and charges.
Baggage drop availability - can guests leave luggage anywhere?
What floor is the apartment on, is there a lift available, how many stairs?
Details such as front/rear building access, what type of entrance, garden.
Nearest train station, distance from airport/Princes Street/Edinburgh Castle and
bus/taxi information.
Special Offers: Enter any special offers here to be included in Last Minute Page,
see http://www.rentalreserve.co.uk/support/discounts/special-offers.html
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The Location section
This is where the information for your property's location tab is set-up.
• The location pointer should already be on the street of your apartment.
• If the location marker is not in correct place, uncheck the 'Auto-Update' box
and adjust the pointer to the exact property location by manually moving it.
WARNING: Remember to click 'Update' to publish your changes. Any
changes made may take up to 5 minutes to appear on the live website.
The Facilities section
Ensure you complete the facilities section with all available facilities, as customers
can search properties using any of these items
Make sure you tick ALL of the facilities your property contains
Include whether smoking is permitted or not and any further details/descriptions in
the 'Other Facilities' section
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The Pictures section
Ensure you have good quality, clear and bright photographs of your property. See
the Case Study below of the 'East Court Apartment':
'Before' Photographs (supplied by the Property Owner):
'After' Photographs (taken by Beth McDougall in February 2010):
If you would like new photography of your apartment, please email us at
mailto:[email protected]
Use a wide selection of images including both interior and exterior shots.
Tip: You can upload 20 pictures.
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Write a specif ic description of each image to appear under each photo.
Upload a floor plan - Floor Plans are an excellent way of demonstrating the size
and layout of your property.
The examples below are both: 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom apartments with open plan
kitchen/living/dining room, however:
• the apartment on the left is:
43.7 sq metres with 4 windows
• the apartment on the right is: 101 sq metres with 15 windows!
(Floor Plans produced by Beth McDougall in February 2010)
If you would like a floor plan produced, please email us at
mailto:[email protected]
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Choose your main listing photograph then click on the image and drag it (
to the first position (top left):
The Nearby section
Ensuring you supply as much information as possible, as this increases the
chances of confirming a booking.
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Booking Console Reference Guide
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WARNING: Remember to click 'Save Change' to publish your changes.
Any changes made may take up to 5 minutes to appear on the live
websites booking system.
The Booking Console for your new property has been created with our default
example settings for each of the setting tabs:
• Availability / Rates / Extras / Discounts / Property Settings
Availability Section
1. Select the dates your property is not available for the public to book by choosing
the arrival and departure dates, then click 'Block Dates'.
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You can use View Mode (top right) to view the dates in table or calendar format.
Rates Section
There are default rates set in the first two calendar months, to give an example of
how the calendar will appear once all the rates are entered. The variations in the
shade of the colour: light > dark colour is cheaper > expensive rates.
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To add new rates choose the start and end dates for the rate period.
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Enter the nightly price. Then click Create Rate.
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You can use the View Mode option to view the dates in table or calendar format
Extras Section
By default, there are two extras set-up of a Baby's Cot and a High Chair.
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Add extras by selecting 'Create a new extra'.
You can enter a name (e.g. cot, highchair, etc.) and a description.
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'Quantity' allows you to specify the minimum and maximum amounts of the extra
that are available, for example - maximum 2 travel cots.
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The extras can be charged as a specif ic amount, for example £20 extra for a
highchair, you can also choose to charge an extra as a percentage of either the
base amount (standard rate) or total amount (after any discounts or additional
extras).
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You can then select whether the extra is per booking (e.g. £20 extra for a highchair
for the entire booking), per day (e.g. £5 extra for a daily cleaning service, for each
day of the booking) or per extra person (e.g. £10 extra for each additional person,
charged for each night of the booking).
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You also have the option to apply the extra to specif ic dates using the link
provided.
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If you require an 'Additional Person' extra (see Property Settings section) you
should enter the maximum number of additional guests.
If you would like to charge for an additional guest this is optional otherwise just
leave the price as £0.
Discounts Section
WARNING: Remember to click 'Save Change' to publish your changes.
Any changes made may take up to 5 minutes to appear on the live
websites booking system.
Your new property has four sample discounts that have been set up for you. We
would suggest you do not delete these discounts instead if you do not wish them to
currently apply them you can 'Deactivate' them.
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WARNING: Do not delete the first set of dates in any discount. If the
discount is 'Active' and no dates are entered the discount will apply to
any dates booked. Either set the dates in the past or 'Deactivate' the
discount when not in use.
Long Stay Discount
We recommend this discount be used immediately by all properties. It allows you
to offer a preferred rate for set durations of stay; rather than the length of stay
multiplied by the daily rate, which for long stays would be a very uncompetitive
price.
1. You can change the value of the discount you would like to offer and whether you
would like this value to be a specif ic amount (for example £20 off), you can also
choose to discount as a percentage of either the base amount (standard rate) or
total amount (after any discounts or additional extras).
2. You can also change the length of stay it applies to.
TIP: When entering a discount for a specif ic range of days (e.g. 10% discount for
between 10 and 30 days) you can enter the numbers as a range (e.g. 10-30).
3. Clicking on the '+' sign will create another range of dates
4. Ensure the 'Allow Overlap' box has a tick in the box
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Late Deal Discount
This discount can be used to offer a discounted rate if the booking is made close to
the arrival date.
1. You can change the value of the discount you would like to offer and whether you
would like this value to be a specif ic amount (for example £20 off), you can also
choose to discount as a percentage of either the base amount (standard rate) or
total amount (after any discounts or additional extras).
2. The discount can apply to the entire booking (per booking) or based on the
number of days being booked (per duration).
3. Clicking on the '+' sign will create another range of dates
4. Ensure the 'Allow Overlap' box has a tick in the box
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Mid Week Variable Discount
This discount can be used to offer a discounted rate if the booking is for during a
Sunday-Friday.
1. You can change the value of the discount you would like to offer and whether you
would like this value to be a specif ic amount (for example £20 off), you can also
choose to discount as a percentage of either the base amount (standard rate) or
total amount (after any discounts or additional extras).
2. The discount can apply to the entire booking (per booking) or based on the number
of days being booked (per duration).
3. Clicking on the '+' sign will create another range of dates.
Ensure that the dates you select are from a Sunday – Friday only, if you want the
discount to cover a 5 night stay.
You must select each week of the calendar individually, entering each SundayFriday date range you wish the discount to apply for.
4. Ensure the 'Allow Overlap' box has a tick in the box
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3 for 2 Discount
This discount can be used to offer a discounted rate for a two night booking to
allow the third night to be included free of charge. This discount is best used for
Fri/Sat and get Sun free.
1. You can change the value of the discount you would like to offer and whether you
would like this value to be a specif ic amount (for example £20 off), you can also
choose to discount as a percentage of either the base amount (standard rate) or
total amount (after any discounts or additional extras).
2. The discount can apply to the entire booking (per booking) or based on the number
of days being booked (per duration).
3. Clicking on the '+' sign will create another range of dates.
Ensure that the dates you select are from a Friday-Monday only, which covers a 3
night stay.
You must select each week of the calendar individually, entering each FridayMonday date range you wish the discount to apply for.
4. Ensure that for this discount only, the 'Allow Overlap' box does NOT contain a tick
in the box.
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New Discount
1. Create additional discounts by selecting 'Create a new discount'.
You can enter a name (e.g. "mid-week discount" or "late deal" etc.) and a
description.
2. You can enter the value of the discount you would like to offer and whether you
would like this value to be a specif ic amount (for example £20 off), you can also
choose to discount as a percentage of either the base amount (standard rate) or
total amount (after any discounts or additional extras).
3. The discount can apply to the entire booking (per booking) or based on the number
of days being booked (per duration).
4. Clicking on the '+' sign will create another range of dates.
5. Tick the 'Allow Overlap' check-box to ensure that your discount is applicable when
the guest's requested length of stay does not fit exactly into your set discount
period.
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Property Settings Section
Within the Property Settings Section you can enter details of your property
within the 'Basic Settings', details of your minimum/maximum nights stay and
arrival/departure days within the 'Reservation Settings' and enter your booking
'Terms and Conditions'.
Basic Settings
1. Enter the number of people your property sleeps in the Standard People option.
If you provide additional guest beds, enter the maximum of guests in the Maximum
Capacity option.
If you have guest beds you will need to have an 'Extra' for additional guests (see
"Extras").
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Reservation Settings
Use 'Reservation Profiles' to set your minimum night stays and required
arrival/departure days. There are default profiles set in the first two calendar
months, to give an example of how the calendar will appear once all the rates are
entered.
1. To enter your property profile, click on the start date and the end date of your
profile period.
2. Tick the days of the week you would like your guests to arrive via the 'Start' boxes,
i.e. if you are happy for them to arrive any day of the week all 'Start' boxes should
be ticked.
3. Tick the days of the week you would like your guests to depart via the 'End' boxes,
i.e. if you are happy for them to arrive any day of the week all 'End' boxes should
be ticked.
4. Enter your property's minimum night stay.
Consider differing your minimum nights stay depending on the season/time of year,
as you may prefer a longer minimum nights stay over Christmas/New Year for
example.
5. Click 'Create Profile' once completed.
Legals
Use 'Legals' to enter your booking Terms and Conditions. Any guests that book
your property via the online booking system are required to accept these before
proceeding with their booking.
1. Enter your property's legal terms and conditions in the text box provided.
There are sample Terms and Conditions provided on our website, see
http://www.rentalreserve.co.uk/support/getting-started/sample-terms-andconditions.html
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Managing your Property once Set-Up
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Booking Updates
It is essential to update your 'Availability' page every time your receive a booking
out with the booking system. This ensures your property listing is correct and there
will be no cancellations due to double bookings.
1. Select the dates your property is not available for the public to book by choosing
the arrival and departure dates, then click 'Block Dates'.
Red squares indicate manually blocked dates. Orange squares are bookings made
via the booking system.
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Weekly Updates
We would advise that you manage your property settings weekly to ensure the
maximum number of bookings for your property.
The best way to update your property listing is to open three tabs in your internet
browser window:
• Tab 1: Log-In to your open your Booking Console
• Tab 2: Open your property listing then click the 'Book Now' button
• Tab 3: Open the website property search page to check your competitors
pricing
To open multiple tabs, go to your browsers 'File' menu, then select 'New Tab'.
Tab 1: Your Property Availability Calendar
Tab 2: – Your Property's Booking Page
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Tab 3: Website Property Search
Check 'Tab 1: Your Property Availability Calendar' to see if you have dates in the
near future you would like to fill:
1. Check the prices your competitors are charging by entering these dates in Tab 3 Website Property Search.
2. If you feel that your property should be priced lower to compete, consider adding
an additional Last Minute Discount.
You can check that you are happy with your discount by entering the dates in
Tab 2 – Your Property's Booking Page.
3. It is also worth considering adjusting your 'Special Offers' in the Entry Console,
so that your new offer shows on the 'Last Minute Page' of the website,
see http://www.rentalreserve.co.uk/support/discounts/special-offers.html
WARNING: Also check your calendar for new bookings. Ensure no
dates are unavailable either side of a new booking, due to overlaps in
your minimum night stay settings.
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Monthly Updates
We would suggest that you manage your property monthly with updates to your
Rates and Your Calendar.
Extending your calendar
We advise that you ensure your calendar is available for booking at least 14months
in advance.
This allows for customers how have just stayed in your property to rebook for the
same time next year and will ensure that your property is available for seasonal
dates i.e. summer or Christmas and New Year.
Three steps are involved in Extending Your Calendar:
1. Adding to your property's 'Rates'
2. Adding to your 'Property Settings', entering your minimum night stay settings
3. Extending the dates in your 'Discounts'
We have created a video to assist you, see
http://www.rentalreserve.co.uk/support/advanced/extending-your-calendar.html
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