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June 29, 2020 by mymybyrd

Dear Landlords and Tenants, You will find herebelow All main answers to your HomeSwissHome FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions).

However, if you have any further requests, feel free to contact us by email, message or phone.

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Great features for landlords

I want to rent my space on a short-term basis per day or per hour:

  • short term rentals (homestay, hotel, boat, dorms…)
  • office spaces (shared, private, co-working…)
  • event places (conference room, atypical place, bar, restaurant…)

+ In addition, I want to benefit from the welcome offers for the first 30 announcements posted on HomeSwissHome.ch
=> Therefore I post my ads on HomeSwissHome

In short, Our welcome offers are as follows:

  • HomeSwissHome official launch party invitations
  • Advantageous proposals by our professional partners to produce a promotional video of your properties for rent
  • Ads placed at the top of the list for 6 months from their publication dates
  • The first 3 reservations will be paid in full without service charges
  • Link exchange and blog post if you own a website
  • Other privileges to come

Above all, We are grateful for your participation in the launch of the HomeSwissHome platform and look forward to reading your first announcements and comments. Do not hesitate to contact us by email: myriam@homeswisshome.ch

Warm regards,
HomeSwissHome Team

As a property owner, there is the possibility to manually add a discount to total invoice, as well as adding custom invoice elements.

These are available as shown in this screenshot:

Enable EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT

Each owner can enable EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT for each property by selecting the value of discount and the number of days in advance.

Submit a property -> Description page -> Price page

In below example: owner gives a 10% discount if bookings are made 60 days in advance.

There is the option for the admin to verify Owners. We recommend that you take the necessary steps to have this status because it gives confidence to your potential tenants.

After the Owner registers, in My Profile page he will have the option to UPLOAD AN ID SCAN.

The Owner will need to upload an image -> The admin will be notified via email -> and will need to go to admin-Users to validate the user ID => On Owner profile, the status Verified will be displayed .

On HomeSwisshome.ch, you have the option to rent a place by hour. This option is usually chosen for the workspace or event places.

By submitting your property, at the “prices” page, you will have the choice of offering your rental by the hour or by night.
The page is pre-selected with the option “per night”. If you want to select the “per hour” option,
choose “per hour” in the dropdown of the first line of the “prices” page -> then click on SAVE at the bottom of the page so that all the fields on the page are updated “by hour” rather than “by night”

Important to know is that there are 3 limitations for hourly booking.

a. All In one calendar works only for “DAYS”, not hourly bookings. Only days will show in that calendar and you can add manual bookings only for “days”

b. The custom price period will work for “DAYS”, not for hours.

c. Advanced search will work for days, not for hours. But when you want to book, you can choose on the calendar “per hour”.

Export

The HomeSwissHome page generates for you the link displays in your calendar section, once active you can export the booking data into other websites like aibnb.com or homeaway.com.

To export your calendar data you should copy that url (for ex https://www.homeswisshome.ch/ical/?ical=2cd1a5ee6ae20fbd095f26b7cc34d588) and paste it into the 3rd party website. Below is a screen capture with the airbnb import feature. This is where you should post the link and airbnb will read the booking data from your website and synchronize it with the the their version of the listing’.

Note: the iCalendar link will export data in ics format which is non readable by web browsers.

Import

In the calendar section, you need to paste the external feed of the iCalendar. Once you hit save the first synchronization is made and data gets imported. There is also a cron job that will check the feed every 3h hours for the new info. If you want to manually trigger the synchronisation just push save again.

The feed you paste in there is created by other 3rd party websites. In the image below you see the feed from airbnb.com

The external booking data will appear in the calendar page with a special purple label (bookings made on your website will be in the green label). It would show either the external source (like Airbnb) or external (in cases like Homeaway – because they don’t add the name in the UID parameter in iCalendar feed).

 Import multiple feeds

This option allows you to add feeds from multiple platforms (like Airbnb,HomeAway etc at the same time)

How to get to the Calendar Tab:

To import or export your datas, you need to get the Calendar Tab: When you submit a property, on the page “Calendar” you will find the option: ICAL FEED.

Go to user dashboard – my properties – edit property:

And then to Calendar Tab:

How to import hourly bookings using ICalendar

Get the Ical url from a platform that has option to add hourly bookings and add it to  Calendar Tab.

The iCalendar Feature is a way to synchronize your listing reservation data with other websites. For example, you published several properties on your WPRentals website but to maximize their exposure you also added them to airbn.com. Now the challenge is to mark as busy (in wprentals site) the dates that are booked on airbnb.com. And vice versa: marked as busy on Airbnb the dates booked on WPRentals sites.

The Icalendar page is not actually a page that you would use to display information for the users. The page you will create will be used only by 3rd party websites (like Airbnb or HomeAway) to read your calendar details.

Note if you access the page directly you would see only an error message. This is ok – this is how it should function. After you created the page you can go to the add property/edit property page and go to the Calendar Section in user dashboard. The export/import options are there.

You get the visual from your user dashboard -> All in one calendar:

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HomeSwissHome FAQ Main infos about HomeSwissHome:

Why Home Swiss Home?

Above all, we have an exclusive network in switzerland at the level of property owners as well as people who seek to rent; Because of this main reason, landlords and future tenants will enjoy our services.

Which kind of properties can we rent and book on HomeSwissHome?

HomeSwissHome website got the options of daily rentals and hourly rentals. To satisfy a maximum of users,  the listings can be submitted and filtered by rental types:

Filter the listings by categories of properties or by destinations. = Easy way to use the Home Swiss Home plateforme.

  • We have a wide range of accommodation and Swiss destinations that will satisfy your desires, needs and budget.We are particularly specialized in swiss chalet rentals but also offer all types of accommodation such as apartments, villas, studios, hotel rooms, dorms, atypical places like a night on a boat…
  • To help you celebrate, HomeSwissHome.ch will facilitate your search for a place corresponding to your type of event.
  • You can find office places like co working places, private desks, shared office… To be flexible, creative and focused, desks, offices, meeting and training rooms are listed by hourly rentals.

Loads of tips just for you: to make your stay in switzerland memorable

We use our Swiss network to inform you about best ideas and advices to facilitate your stay in switzerland. Therefore, the HomeSwissHome blog gather all informations we are seeking for you every day. 

Maybe you are looking for a gate-away weekend somewhere in switzerland, a professional place to work like a shared office, a co-working space or a private desk or maybe you would like to find a splendide place to organise a corporate or private event.

In addition of the listings, we give you advices regarding: “swiss destinations”,  “original place to eat or place to buy some food”, contacts ” to rent a boat or book a boat trip”, some “unusual activities” to have even more fun during your trip in switzerland. However if you have any extra requests, feel free to contact us by email, message or by phone.