Getting Started and why you should list with Houfy

Listing your property for FREE on Houfy (excluding a 1 time Host verification fee) is simple. No commissions. No traveler service fees. Your Place, Your Rules.

Here are a few reasons why you should join Houfy:
Getting Started and why you should list with Houfy
FAQ About Houfy
Getting Started and why you should list with Houfy
Think Different
There are many new members in our Facebook group who might have questions about Houfy. Below we hope to clarify some of them. Houfy doesn't earn any money. Houfy will earn money in the future by selling advertising, services and licenses.
Want to save time?

Before creating your listing, send a quick TEST INQUIRY as a traveler to this listing. It will save you a ton of time during set up since you will have already seen the process of a traveler booking: where they are presented your policies, where they agree to them, what the message field prompt says, where the credit card field is, and what notification the traveler receives on their end. NOTE: This listing has Square or Stripe connected so is online bookable. Those without one of these processors connected will only receive inquiries instead of "booking requests."

1) Import or manually add listing to Houfy

Adding your listing is extremely simple! You can do this by using our import tool if you have a VRBO/Airbnb listing OR just manually add your listing. After clicking the link above, be sure to scroll down to use the import tool. The import tool adds your listing to our network in less than 10 seconds. This will import you entire listing except for the Calendar and Rates.

How do I find my Airbnb url?
How do I find my Vrbo url?
2) How do Rental Agreements work on Houfy?

Hosts can add a rental agreement or choose not to use one at all. Travelers will "click to agree" to your policies before booking or sending an inquiry. Hosts can require guests to return a signed agreement along with ID if they wish.

Tips for creating a rental agreement:

  1. Here are some sample Rental Agreements hosts are welcome to use.
  2. Reasons why it's a good idea for guests to sign a rental agreement.
  3. Reasons why it's a good idea to verify ID of the credit card holder.
  4. Why it's a good idea for guests to sign and acknowledge your cancellation policy.
  5. Here is where travelers view your rental agreement during the booking process.
3) How do lodging taxes work on Houfy?

Does Houfy collect, file, and remit my lodging tax?

4) How do payments work on Houfy?

Follow these steps to allow your guests to pay online easliy just like they would on Airbnb or Vrbo:

  1. Stripe and Square: Which Should You Use?
  2. How do I connect Square or Stripe to Houfy?
  3. FAQ: How do payments work with Houfy?
  4. How does a traveler reserve my property and make payment?
5) How can I set up a damage deposit on my listing?
6) Final and most important step when listing on Houfy
Getting Started and why you should list with Houfy
How Do I Announce to My Guests I Am Now Listed On Houfy?
If you have any social media following, the quickest way to bring awareness for them to use Houfy is to make a simple announcement. Your followers will pay attention when they read something like this! The Vermont Cottage Lake Amherst Plymouth, Vt. is now listed on Houfy's book direct market network.

**** Be sure to do test inquiries in order to become familiar with the platform. You may need to have a family member or friend test with another email address and go through the entire booking process, as owners cannot book their own properties.***

Getting Started and why you should list with Houfy
Test Booking on Houfy
I would like to do a test booking on Houfy to see what it looks like for a guest and for the owner.
Get started marketing your Houfy listing with these easy tips
Getting Started and why you should list with Houfy
Easy Tips for Marketing Your Houfy Listing
Once you've completed your rates and synchronized calendars, it's time to get started on promoting Houfy! This is a simple step-by-step guide in basic marketing of your Houfy listing.
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Join our Houfy Vacation rentals Group to advertise your availability to travelers or post ISO (in search of) requests.

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