How to save time with no in-person viewings

Learn how to save more time with no in-person viewings to schedule and organize


2 minute read
Updated on 31 May 2023

Can you find the right candidate without in-person viewings? You sure can! You'll even save yourself a lot of time and energy by managing your listings online. After all, you can screen your potential tenants and accept bookings anywhere, at any time. You only need your smartphone.

Let's see how you can make online booking work for you.

The advantages of booking online without in-person viewings

Get the best tenants to rent your properties

Tenants who book online and in advance are more reliable, serious and committed. This is because, to complete a reservation on the platform, tenants must pay the first month’s rent, plus a service fee equal to approximately 25% of the first month’s rent.

Save time and energy

Tenants don’t always rent the rooms they view. This means you’d likely have to schedule multiple viewings before signing a lease with your future tenants. By skipping viewings, you have more time to manage your properties and perfect your listings.

You can also spare yourself the hassle of replying to frequently asked questions from your potential tenants. You can use our personalised Quick Replies feature to have your answers ready whenever you need them.

Get to know your tenants before inviting them into your property

You often don’t know much about the potential tenants who come to view your accommodation. What if you could get to know your future tenants before meeting them in person? On HousingAnywhere, you can do that by:

  • Chatting with your potential tenants in real-time, using our direct messaging system
  • Looking at their profile picture and personal details such as age, gender, country, city of origin, etc.
  • Requesting and sharing documents such as IDs, university acceptance letters, work contracts, proof of income etc.

How to adopt a no in-person viewing policy

These are a few simple steps you can take:

1. Make sure your listings are completely true to reality. Pictures, descriptions, videos and floor plans of your properties must be appealing and accurate. This way, potential tenants won't ask you many questions and won't need to view your property in person.

It’s really important to add high-quality photo and video to your listings. As you know, your potential tenants won’t be able to view your accommodation before moving in.

2. State in your listing descriptions that you don’t work with in-person viewings. This makes it clear to potential tenants that they must book entirely online. You’ll receive fewer requests for viewings!

3. What to say if a tenant asks for personal viewing. For your safety, do not communicate outside the platform before completing the booking process. In case a tenant asks for personal viewing, they are probably new to HousingAnywhere and don’t know that viewings are not possible. You can tell them that viewing isn't possible by sending them a standard response like this:

I'm sorry, but you cannot visit the property. This is because I want to give the same chance to every candidate, even if they live abroad. The accommodation is exactly as described in the advertisement. Once you book through the platform, HousingAnywhere will safeguard your payments and only transfer the money 48 hours after you have moved in. This will allow you to see that the place is as advertised.

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Update your listings

By adding multimedia to your listing gallery and writing a detailed listing description, you can remove the need for viewings