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The rise and rise of independent holiday lettings

In an Uber world, the way we manage services of all kinds has changed exponentially with the increased user friendliness of all things digital.  

Owners Direct was amongst the early adopters of the concept, allowing holiday owners to manage the lettings on their homes rather than using third party letting agencies, which can prove highly cost effective. 

While the popularity of Owners Direct was instant, for property owners providing their property from a home many miles away, two accompanying events were necessary . The first was a wide change in user and consumer mindset, which really started to take off with the explosion of AirBnB in 2015, and the second was the on-site services that allow for the ongoing care of both the property and its guests when it comes to housekeeping changeovers, property checks and maintenance emergencies (such as lost keys, broken boilers, weather damage or leaks). 

Pebbles was established to assist absent home owners in 2004.  In recent years, the owners have seen a shift towards independent property lettings amongst clients, with more than a third of clients now choosing a platform such as Owners Direct over other letting agencies.  For Pebbles Property Management clients, the move is accompanied by ease of mind as well as financial gain, with Pebbles’ online Property Dashboard working hand-in-hand with the letting portals of the likes of Owners Direct.  

Pebbles has a longstanding and positive relationship with all holiday home letting agencies and platforms catering for the South West, including Owners Direct, and Pebbles’ property management function has always harmonised well with the expertise within that letting industry.  While Owners Direct or a letting agency looks after the property marketing and bookings, Pebbles makes sure your home is properly cared for, changeovers are handled with reliable ease and precision, and that you and your guests find your property as you would like it to be presented.

The Property Dashboard online interface puts greater control and transparency into the hands of the homeowner at all levels, whilst owners can remain safe in the knowledge that all the Property Management matters remain professionally cared for.  The result is a successful, valuable independently let holiday home.

Dashboard features include keeping you updated about your property in real time, whether that’s updating you on the status of your latest property maintenance or housekeeping visit, gardening visits, or refurbishment works.  Crucially for individual lettings however, the dashboard will allow you to see all schedules arranged for your property such as the next time the window cleaner is visiting, alongside all bookings for holiday home owners, even if you use more than one letting agent.  You are always in control of your property services. You can make changes to the schedule to accommodate your own plans and you always have the most up to date information to hand, meaning you can oversee all aspects of the booking process with ease when it comes to independent lettings.

Of course, the interface also works well with traditional property letting agencies as well, and for some the role of independent letting platforms will remain of lesser appeal.  Its flexibility however means that you can take advantage of the pick ’n’ mix of options available to you when it comes to  the process by which you let your home.  After all, it’s your home and if that’s a holiday home for letting, Pebbles wants to help you to achieve that in the way that best suits you, whichever option you choose.

We had a wonderful 10 days at Overcombe.  The house was absolutely beautiful and the views stunning. We found Pebbles very helpful and informative and all the recommendations for pubs, walks etc were spot on.

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