Hello my name is Ijezie Alex. I and a colleague are trying to build a website/app that enables people to lease or rent short-term lodging including vacation rentals, apartment rentals, homestays, or rooms. Registration and account creation is free.
Users can search for lodging using a variety of filters including lodging type, dates, location, and price. Before booking, users must provide a valid name, email address, telephone number, photo, payment information, and, if required by the host, a scan of a government-issued ID.
Users can create a listing by selecting the “Host” menu after logging in. A listing will not go live until the host is ready to publish. Pricing is determined by the host, with recommendations from us. Hosts can charge different prices for nightly, weekly, and monthly stays and can make adjustments for seasonal pricing. Hosts add descriptions of the residence, amenities, available dates, cancellation policies, and any house rules and hosts are advised to upload photos of the lodging that is offered. For eligible hosts, we offer free professional photography if required. Potential guests are required to message the host directly through our app or website to ask questions regarding the property. Unless the host has enabled “instant book”, in which case requests for stays are accepted automatically, a host has 24 hours to accept or decline a booking. After the reservation, hosts coordinate meeting times and contact information with guests. For every booking we take commissions.
Enough of the explanation. We want to work on this but before we do we really want to get your sincere opinions about this. We believe that with the rate at which Nigerians are beginning to join the sharing economy sharing things like rides (thanks to Uber, Taxify, OgaTaxi, GoMyWay and the others), as well as sharing television/screen space (thanks to the young Jangilova team), that having our airbnb replica isn’t really a bad idea.
I’ve made us of airbnb many times in the US but haven’t really seen such service in Nigeria or heard of any in Africa (I stand to be corrected if I am wrong). Your opinions would be greatly accepted.
P.S: I don’t mind the approach in which your pour out your opinion. I need you to be real and critical. Thanks Radarians.