So I was wondering if anyone out there does NOT allow tours of their rental space and if so, why?
Whenever a renter is planning something like a large production, it makes sense that they test light levels, measurements, acoustics, etc, but what about little tiny photoshoots or meetings? It feels like a time waster, like most phone consultations.
It would seem to me that if you already have lots of high quality photos (we have close to 100), that showing your space to every prospective renter is kind of a waste of time. Plus, it’s a security risk. When a prospective renter hasn’t booked your space and has no reviews, you don’t know who in the world they even are, if the information given to Peerspace is correct, etc. At least once they’ve booked, their payment puts some skin in the game and is more than likely a confirmation of their identity.
My perspective/experience: Our space is our home and photography studio and it’s very disruptive to spend hours cleaning the place, waiting for the people to show up, only to have them walk around and see that the space is exactly the same as the photos, chit chat for 30 minutes and then get back to being a live photo studio. I just don’t see the point in showing it to everyone.
Our best renters have just booked using the photos on our listing. Every person who has toured our space has either tried to game us for a discount, or said “this looks great, but I’m not looking to book until next month” or they ask to put down a 50% deposit ‘next week’ (not understanding that Peerspace charges them up front).
I know the majority will disagree with me and that’s cool (please no soapboxing about it though haha) but does anyone else feel the same?