Frequently Asked Questions

Great Dwellings is a Washington DC Area Property Management service for vacation rentals. We currently only service Washington DC, Virginia, and Maryland. We offer support to property owners who want rent out their homes. In practice, this means that we provide an array of services that are related to the short-term rental of homes including key exchange*, home cleaning, and creating an ad with professional photos. Through our services, we provide significant time savings and expertise for the short-term rental of your home as you take advantage of this attractive option for additional income.
Great Dwellings is aimed at anyone who wants to earn more money from the rental of their furnished home. Briefly renting your furnished home can bring significantly more revenue compared to traditional rental agreements.

Great Dwellings takes all the work and manages all the details with a whole professional team, so you don’t need to worry about anything else.

We have a variety of options to assist the owner and host. On request, we take over the complete management and marketing of your home. We can create a professional and multilingual ad for you, which we support online on multiple platforms. We also take care of the home cleaning and organize the key exchange*. Additionally, you will benefit from our rental income guarantee—one of our two earnings options. This agreement guarantees that you receive an agreed upon fixed amount every month. There are also other earning and service options available, such as our commissions-based program.
Platforms such Airbnb, Wimdu, HomeAway, VRBO, 9flats and many others make it possible to put a furnished home or a part thereof up for rent for a short period of time. This type of rental is ideal for corporate housing in major cities and metropolitan areas, since the rental income, compared to the conventional type of rental, can be significantly higher which offers more earning potential for you.
Through our percentage based option, we don’t get paid unless you do. With our rental income guarantee option, we guarantee our customers a fixed amount that is paid to them monthly.
While there are numerous factors that have to be considered, the location and size of the furnished home is the largest factor. In addition, the type and quality of furniture are also crucial: Is there a full kitchen? Does the home have a washing machine or a dryer? Are there any other special features, such as a garden, balcony or anything else?

If you are interested in the services provided by Great Dwellings to assist you in listing your home, simply contact us via our register form on the website. We provide comprehensive advice and work with you to get started and ensure a greater potential for success.

We are available all over Washington DC area. Our team currently only serves Washington DC, Virginia, and Maryland.
If you are interested in any services by Great Dwellings, or if you’d like to learn more about short-term rental of your home, please contact us via the form on our website, and our team will contact you as soon as possible.
The Great Dwellings customer service is reached by email, and we respond to your guests 24×7 through the Airbnb website or app.
No, this is of course not necessary. If we take on the management and marketing of your home, our experts will create a professional ad for your home. So you need not worry about anything!
Great Dwellings is great for landlords of (currently or soon to be) furnished homes. Whether the home is for an indefinite period of time, or only used for a limited time, we can work with you. Even if you’re just considering renting out your home or furnished basement, feel free to contact us, and we’ll be happy to discuss the options and potential earnings with you.
Great Dwellings offers your home to guests looking for temporary accommodation through Airbnb. This is done using a professionally designed ad on Airbnb. Our team then monitors your Airbnb page to keep the availability, prices and the minimum stay constantly updated. Our team then takes care of all your guests’ requests to ensure they have the best possible stay while in your home.

We’ll also help you create an ad that reflects your house rules and any other restrictions such as non-smoking, etc.

We rent your home to visitors and travelers seeking for a short time (in the generally between 5 and 7 nights) accommodation in Washington D.C., Virginia, and Maryland. We analyze potential guests reliably and select them according to strict criteria. Among other things, we also look for good reviews from other landlords so that you can trust your home is in good hands.
After you have asked us to rent your home, we create the basis of your information initially through a professional and informative ad. If necessary, we also make more professional photos of your property. After a maximum lead time of 2 weeks, we also manage and market the listing parallel to the online platforms. Our team then reacts quickly to booking requests and adjusts the prices to seasonal conditions. Once your home is booked, we take over the complete communication and engagement with guests.
The Great Dwellings team can handle the key exchange* or share with you other ways that we’ve been able to securely allow guests access to your home. We can even personally greet every guest for an additional cost.
For professional cleaning of your home, we ask you to provide sufficient detergent available. Normally, the following cleaning utensils are needed:
● Vacuum cleaner
● Mop
● Several tabs
● Microfiber cloth
● Duster
● Several sponges, as well as the following detergents:
● Bathroom cleaner
● All-Purpose cleaners
● Detergents
● Glass cleaner
We also ask you to provide us with at least 3 sets of keys to your home or the house. A key for the guests, one for the cleaners, and one as a substitute.
The Great Dwellings only uses a specific professional cleaning team that’s been vetted and approved through our company. This guarantees that the cleaning of our guests’ homes is consistent and thorough. Because we know when guests reside in the home, the appointment with the respective cleaning company is inevitably created through our process.
The care supervised time is usually 6 months. Thereafter, a notice period of 3 months applies.
After you have once asked us to rent your home, you don’t have anything else to worry about! You only need to provide the necessary cleaning agents.
We collect a deposit from each guest. We focus on the price accommodation for your specific home to ensure the proper deposit is collected. Between different guests we check the home for any damage. Should there be damage, we take care to ensure a quick settlement. If damage is caused during the home cleaning, the cleaners are fully insured for your protection.
To ensure that your property is always protected, we thoroughly vet all guests. We use tested evaluation criteria to pre-screen guests and provide peace of mind to you.
A personal interview is not always necessary. However, the benefit of a personal interview is that all inquiries can be answered directly, and we get a more accurate impression of your home. The review of your home is important for the amount of “rental income guarantee” and also gives us the opportunity to answer questions from guests. Moreover, our team can take professional photos of your property at the interview date.
Yes, however, the photos are an essential component of making your home stand out from the rest. Professional photos enhance the listing and get your home noticed by more people. We consider new professional photos as a necessary cost, and are also entitled to the exclusive use rights to the photos. If you are unsure whether your photos are suitable, send this via e-mail. Then we sift the shots and let you know if we can use your photos.
Just click on the “Be a Host” and leave us your name and phone number. If you already have an existing ad on a platform, let us please send the link to it. We will contact you as soon as possible to talk through with you details for “rental income guarantee”.
This model also assumes Great Dwellings the complete support and marketing of your home. Here Great Dwellings receives a commission of 20% of gross rental income. The revenue will then paid monthly. To achieve optimum revenues, our team provides professional support and marketing. On request we make an appointment for a free consultation and analyze the potential of your home.
The monthly fixed amount depends on many factors, such as size and location of the home. The equipment, apparatus and the immediate neighborhood are important factors. If necessary, make an appointment for a free consultation.
The Great Dwellings team takes care of the management and marketing of the furnished home. Great Dwellings creates a professional ad on Airbnb, Wimdu and other platforms. The Great Dwellings team answers guest requests and ensures optimal care. We direct the home from before the arrival of guests and after their departure to ensure perfect cleanliness of the home. The Great Dwellings team gives guests the keys to the home, answered questions, and gives useful tips about the surrounding area.
Great Dwellings offers a total of seven different benefits to ensure optimum support in the short-term rental of homes: Great Dwellings accepts the keys and the home cleaning. Great Dwellings also markets the ad on three platforms simultaneously. The different packages are all part of our full service offer for owners and landlords of furnished homes. So we offer you as a landlord a worry-free rental of your home on platforms such Airbnb, Wimdu or 9flats, and you can look forward to solid rental income without having to invest in the time for it. Even for those who rent out your home, Great Dwellings is there and creates a new ad including professional flat photos.
The Great Dwellings team supervised and managed the listing on one or more online platforms (Airbnb, Wimdu, 9flats). Through parallel marketing, we ensure better utilization, and you can look forward to higher rental income. When managing and marketing your fully furnished home, we adapt to your individual preferences.

When selecting, the guests’ personal preferences have the highest priority and we take them into account. In addition, we will match the price of accommodation per week according to circumstances, such as fairs and other events, at. Among other things, for the short term rental in Washington D.C., this service is very attractive. But due to a variety of interesting other events, many tourists like to stay in private homes. To prevent double occupancy of your home, we take care of the availability calendar on the Airbnb platforms, Wimdu or 9flats and synchronize them. For more information and details, see Item 3 – The individual services.

Guests also benefit from this service in many ways. In emergencies and dangerous situations, we can be reached via our 24-hour hotline at any time for guests. If, for example, a guest gets inadvertently locked out, we coordinate assistance. We also provide guests important information, such as a map, public transport plan or our special insider tips so they can optimize their trip. For more information and details, see Item 3 – The individual services
A clean home is a basic requirement in the short-term rental on Airbnb, Wimdu or 9flats. Great Dwellings ensures this work is complete for you prior to arrival of guests or after their departure. We ensure a perfectly clean home. Then your furnished home is prepared as soon as possible again for new guests, which leads to better utilization. For landlords and owners, better utilization means higher rental income and profits! At the same time, you have in the short-term rental of your home a noticeable time savings, because you have to worry about anything yourself. For more information and details, see Item 3 – The individual services.
Do you want to offer your home on platforms such Airbnb, Wimdu and 9flats, but do not know how? We can help you and create for you a professional listing. We visit in the respective home and introduce ourselves in person. When creating your ad, you decide! Therefore, we take your house rules and personal preferences to create an ad that accurately represents you. We also make professional recordings from your home, leave a responsive text in multiple languages, and make your ad online. This allows you to easily book your home rent briefly and look forward to higher rental income and saving at the same time. For more information and details, see Item 3 – The individual services.
On Great Dwellings, no homes are rented or brokered. However Great Dwellings supports you in the short-term letting of your furnished home and Great Dwellings cares specifically about giving their best home for short periods for rent on other platforms such as Airbnb.
Firstly, your home will be perfectly set with professional photographs. We also discuss how your ad will look so it meaningfully reflects its benefits, draws more attention, and gets more bookings. We want to make sure that the contacts you receive on your ad are from guests who are ready to book without hesitation!
We do not decorate, however, our Great Dwellings team ensures that everything is clean and inviting. Through professional photos, your home is better perceived on platforms such Airbnb, Wimdu and 9flats. Additionally, on request we can give specific advice through a one-on-one personal conversation.
To get as many bookings in the short-term rental of your home, creating professional and beautiful photos is an important factor. On platforms such Airbnb, Wimdu and 9flats counts, an attractive description and quality photos is ensured by Great Dwellings to set the stage for success.
Great Dwellings publishes the advertisement with the agreed contents and the home photos on the platform Airbnb. We place great emphasis on professionalism and also can formulate bilingual texts for interested guests.
On platforms Airbnb, Wimdu or 9flats, guests can specify individually defined periods in which they want to use your furnished city home. These vary from a few days to several weeks. Great Dwellings ensures that you always get the best rental income for your home. With our special price algorithm, we set the prices determined daily, whereby landlords and owners can achieve significantly higher rental income.
In order to allow a higher utilization and thus higher rental income, the Great Dwellings team takes care of the listing. We respond quickly to requests from guests and answer questions competently and reliably. In addition, the Great Dwellings team ensures that the listing is well placed and adjusts prices every day. The optimal marketing steered by Great Dwellings can increase your rental income significantly.
For safety and quality reasons, we only recommend using only our thoroughly vetted professional cleaning team who know our process. We have found this to be the only way to guarantee that the cleaning of your home is also carried out professionally.
The Great Dwellings housekeepers specialize in vacation rentals. They understand which areas require additional attention. Plus they understand the unpredictable schedule that comes with vacation rental and the small window that is available to them between guests.

*key exchanges are offered as part of a signature service which is currently not being offered.

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“Great Dwellings takes care of everything from vetting my guests and responding to all of their questions, to scheduling repairs in my home. I couldn’t do it without them.”
Sally S
“We are so glad that Great Dwellings helps us managing our Airbnb listing. Honestly, we wonder how we ever managed it alone.”
Fred NWe are there for you
“In particular, the commitment and care with which my home is looked after, has pleasantly surprised me. Each time I get back home, I can’t even tell if someone was there or not beside checking my bank account.”
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