How to Simplify Property Management with a Teamup Calendar
Set up maintenance and cleaning tasks, share contracts, show availability, and stay organized easily.
Property management covers a wide range of tasks, from cleaning and maintaining the property to overseeing repairs and booking guests.
The exact nature of property management differs, depending on the type of property. Short-term rentals, for example, require a quick rate of turnover that’s not so important for long-term leased spaces. Residential and commercial properties differ, as well. All types of property management will include some, if not all, of these tasks:
- Cleaning (between guests) of the property
- Regular maintenance of the property (buildings, indoor and outdoor)
- Yard work and yard maintenance
- Communicating with guests/tenants
- Managing the calendar/bookings
- Manage housekeeping staff and other crew
- Providing contracts and collecting payment
One key to efficient property management is to have some sort of organizational dashboard; this dashboard would, ideally, show you bookings and scheduled tasks, such as cleaning and maintenance, at the various spaces you manage.
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It’s also helpful to have a unified way to communicate with guests, with workers, and with property owners. While some booking services, such as AirBnB, provide built-in calendars and communication tools, these rarely provide all the flexibility needed to manage all the aspects of property management.
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Teamup calendar can be a great tool for coordinating all the tasks and scheduling necessary for property management.
Create a Maintenance Calendar
You can use Teamup to schedule between-stay cleanings as well as seasonal maintenance tasks and even repairs. Then, by sharing a calendar link with your cleaning crew and maintenance providers, you can easily coordinate the schedule to make sure things happen when they need to.
One way to set up a maintenance calendar would be to create a sub-calendar for each property, or each separate space within the property. For example, if you manage a vacation rental with separate units, you’d create a sub-calendar for each unit.
Then you can create a sub-calendar for all cleaning, maintenance, and repair tasks. Your calendar sidebar would look like this:
Add all booked stays to each unit’s sub-calendar; then, in between guests, you can schedule cleaning and maintenance. When there is a longer break between guests, you can schedule bigger maintenance tasks or repair work. You would put these events on both the maintenance sub-calendar and the sub-calendar for the unit; that way anyone can see — whether checking availability for a unit, or checking the cleaning schedule — when a unit is undergoing maintenance.
Share the Maintenance Schedule
You can share the maintenance sub-calendar, as well as the calendar for each unit, or for all units, with the people who need to know. For example, perhaps you have a cleaning crew who needs to know the cleaning schedule for each unit. Rather than sending text messages or emails back and forth with the cleaning schedule, you can create a customized calendar link for the cleaning crew.
First, you select the sub-calendars to include, then set the permissions for each one. In this scenario, you might give add-only or modify permission for the cleaning sub-calendar, and read-only, no details for each unit’s sub-calendar:
The cleaning crew would see a calendar like this:
With this calendar link, members of the cleaning crew can see which units are booked, and when, but cannot access details. You’re able to maintain security for your guests without setting up a separate calendar. And, with the add-only permission for the cleaning and maintenance sub-calendar, the crew can see all details of the cleaning tasks, add new tasks as needed, but not modify or delete the tasks that are already scheduled.
You can also use new events to indicate that a task has been completed. In this example, the cleaning crew can add an event named “Unit — Complete” below the scheduled cleaning to show that the task has been done.
Create an Availability Calendar
By creating a sub-calendar for each unit, you’ve already created an easy way to show space availability to potential guests. You can use the calendar in several ways:
- Embed a read-only version of the calendar on your website. People can view the calendar to see when a particular space is available.
Here’s an example of an embedded calendar showing meeting room availability for a public library:
- Share the calendar on a Facebook page. This is a great way to promote your properties and allow people to see availability when they might not visit your website. Social media gives you a wider reach.
Here’s an example of a calendar shared on a Facebook page:
Share Information with Guests
When guests have booked a stay, you can add it to the appropriate unit’s sub-calendar and then share that event only — the booked stay — with the guests.
For example, if a family has booked a unit for a weekend stay, you can add it to the sub-calendar for that unit. Then you can add all the information that might be helpful to guests:
- Photos of the property
- A map to the property
- Check-in information
- Links to area attractions and restaurants
- A checklist of things to bring or do
Note: With a free or Plus plan, you can add links and insert images via a URL or from Dropbox. With a Premium plan, you can upload images and documents from your computer (or elsewhere) directly to the calendar event.
Once you’ve added all the information, you can share the event as a webpage. Send the webpage link to your guests, and they can access all the details and information you added:
It’s easy for your guests to share the event with others, as well. They can copy and paste the link or use the sharing buttons at the top of the webpage.
They can access all the files, links, and images you’ve included on the event, as well. So they can download a rental contract, see checklists or instructions, and view photos of the property.
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Here are a few other ways you could use images and documents as a property manager:
- Add a checklist to a cleaning task, such as Routine Cleaning Checklist or Deep Cleaning Checklist.
- Add an image to a maintenance need; for example, you could take a photo of a fallen tree and add it to a maintenance task. This way, the yard crew can see the size of the job and estimate what they’ll need in order to handle it.
- Add event details for your guests that they can easily share with participants. For example, if you have a corporate team using a conference space, you can upload a copy of their meeting agenda to the event and then they can easily share it with attendees.
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Originally published on blog.teamup.com on May 24, 2018.