Why Use a Property Management Company in Lagos When You Can Rent Your Property Online Yourself?

Why Use a Property Management Company in Lagos When You Can Rent Your Property Online Yourself?

Today it is relatively easy to rent your Western Algarve property online. There are many portals that will manage your booking for you, such as Airbnb or HolidayLettings, so why would you contract a villa or property management company in Lagos to help?


Firstly, a rental property in Portugal must meet certain standards and specifications in order for it to be "licensed". Letting a property in Portugal commercially, without an "Alojamento Local" certificate, carries the risk of a heavy fine and only once compliance has been verified by an inspection from the local council will an Alojamento Local license be issued. To avoid disappointment, a comprehensive inspection of your property should be undertaken prior to application as the licensing standards in Portugal are high.


Only once your license has been granted can your property be listed for commercial rental. To achieve maximum market exposure it must be advertised on leading international portals that receive large traffic volumes. Effective listing requires professional real estate photography, professional copywriting and ideally some Digital Marketing experience to keep your property at the top of search results. Anything less and you may struggle to see results from your online spend.

Guest Support

Once your guests begin to arrive, the real work begins. Maintenance checks, calendar management, cleaning rotas, food packs, payment tracking and itinerary checking are just some of the tasks that you will need to learn in order to make sure that your guests enjoy their stay with you.

It goes without saying that you will want to provide them with a wonderful holiday experience but do you know why is it so important that your guests enjoy their stay with you?

Guest satisfaction is paramount to online letting success as the majority of commercial portals work on guest feedback. An unhappy guest can seriously impact your ability to let your property, as many portal algorithms suppress properties that provide a bad "user experience", pushing them to the bottom of search results. The reason? The continued success of a portal is dependent on visitors returning to book future holidays. The happier they are with their first booking, the more likely they are to book again. It's the reason that sites like TripAdvisor have grown to be some of the biggest in the online travel sector.

With all of this to consider, isn't it better to leave the hard work to the professionals?
And if you could hand over the hard work without it costing you a cent, wouldn't that be great?

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