The Sharing Economy, Part 3 of 3

This is the last in a series about the Sharing Economy – a world where we rent out anything to anyone when it’s not in use! Today, you can rent an empty futon or bedroom on Airbnb, grab a ride from a dude on Lyft, rent someone’s ski boat on Boat Share, and even hitch a ride on a nifty helicopter via Blade. The last one is not really part of the Sharing Economy, but it is pretty cool.

So, while Nomad is the only unbiased temporary housing supplier in the world, this blog is a bit biased toward a temporary apartment rental through Nomad or one of our industry partners versus reserving one on Airbnb.

Temporary apartments are not cheap – they average around $135/day in the USA and the stay is usually a minimum of 30 days. On Airbnb, you can find a place for less, even half that, and sometimes lower. Folks – you get what you pay for. Airbnb may be right for you……until it isn’t.

Temporary apartments rented from one of over 450 USA companies that are professionally managed buys you more than the apartment and furniture. It buys you peace of mind and attentive response to any service requests. It buys you access 24/7 to a service hot-line. It buys you extraordinary consistency in product, even when delivered from so many different companies. The reason is these companies cater to Fortune 1000 companies who demand this level of service, apartment product, and professionalism. Each apartment is fully cleaned and reset between guests.

Renting from most Airbnb “hosts” means you are renting from a private individual who is renting a spare room, spare bed, or their primary dwelling while they are away. While most are nice and caring, they are usually not trained pros in the business. You may show up and find their belongings and clothes in the closet. Or, who knows what in a dresser or bathroom drawer. The furniture may be fabulous, or well, not so fabulous. The Host may be reliable, meaning he is there when you arrive. Or he may not show, or be 5 hours late. He may fix a major maintenance issue, or he may not. He may have it spotless, or you could find it icky. She may show up and gain entry without your permission. The comforter may have been cleaned between you and the last guest, or, not so much.

Now, Airbnb is worth $25 billion today (yes, that is billion with a b) and millions stay in some sort of accommodation with them each year. Most are happy with the service and find the accommodations just fine. By the way, the ratings you see online may be a bit suspect, you can read about this on the internet and judge for yourself.  If you are a vacationer looking for a short one week stay, it may be perfect or it may not be everything you thought it should be. Just beware when you book for a month or more your tolerance level may be low for anything less than perfectly clean, high quality accommodations with professional service.

One last piece of advice: Google “Airbnb Horror Stories”, or click this link:

-Gavan James

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