New Rental Expense Manager Interface is Live!

Slowly but surely we are working through the Lodgix interfaces updating them all to our new framework.  This week we relaunched the Rental Expenses interface under properties > rental expenses.  The new interface utilizes flat icons, is also faster and more fluid than the previous interface.

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It is now easier than ever to select multiple or all properties and the interface is mobile friendly! Of course rental expenses can optionally be assigned to property owners for inclusion on owner statements.

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  1. Period selector
  2. Filter by property
  3. Add new rental expense
  4. Search box to query for various expense fields
By |2015-10-28T20:58:57+00:00October 28th, 2015|New Features|0 Comments

New Vacation Rental Housekeeping Report!

Great news, our housekeeping report has been modified!  The new format offers a more streamlined way to view departures and arrivals, as well as services, notes,  pets, etc..

The Housekeeping Report is meant for use by the housekeeper to quickly and easily show which units are turning over and when the next guest is expected to arrive.

The “Depart” column shows the name, date and time of the departing guest.

The “Property” column shows the name (and unit #) of the property.

The “Other Info” column will highlight if the unit is turning over on the same day.  It will contain the name of the next guest scheduled to arrive.  This is a courtesy to the housekeeper so that in the event the housekeeper has contact with the arriving guest, they can greet them by name and confirm that they are checking into the correct unit.

Housekeeping Notes (derived from the Housekeeping Tab within the Guest Control Panel) will also be displayed under Other Info and are meant to provide the housekeeper with additional instructions such as “requires high chair” or “requires extra towels”, etc.

If the arriving guest has ordered any additional services, those services will also be listed under Other Info.

If the arriving guest is bringing a pet, that will be noted under Other Info.

By |2015-03-03T21:40:12+00:00March 3rd, 2015|New Features|0 Comments

Online Training Appointment Scheduling

Soon, we will be launching a new website at Lodgix.com.  Our current site is getting a little dated.  Within that site will feature is a widget that will allow site visitors and Lodgix subscribers to schedule training online.

To Beta the functionality, I am embedding the widget below and sending users to this blog post to try it out!  Pick a date and time from the list of available times for each date and choose what type of training you desire (it’s all free).

For online training you will need to be in front of your PC with access to a high speed connection, for voice training you just need a phone. :-)

[iframe width=”100%” height=”1200″ src=”http://lodgix.youcanbook.me/?noframe=true&skipHeaderFooter=true” style=”border:0px;background-color:transparent;” frameborder=”0″ allowtransparency=”true” onload=”if((document.documentElement&&document.documentElement.scrollTop)||document.body.scrollTop>this.offsetTop)this.scrollIntoView();”]

By |2013-10-24T18:20:39+00:00October 15th, 2013|New Features|2 Comments

New Inquiry Management Options

There is a new notification option available within the Inquiry Configuration area of Lodgix. In the past every time a guest inquires or responds to a response, a notification is generated. That notification previously only went to the subscriber or to a custom email address of your choosing. Now there is an additional option to have the notification automatically sent to whomever last responded to the inquiry.

Thus if you have employees responding to inquiries, they can now be notified of the guest response. It allows the notification process to be more dynamic.

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By |2013-03-27T13:59:17+00:00March 27th, 2013|New Features|0 Comments

New Dashboard is Coming!

For almost a year now I’ve been promising a new dashboard. Our current dashboard is static and offers the user no ability to customize it to display data that is most important to them. In our current dashboard the layout is comprised of straight tables which does not display well on mobile devices. In our current dashboard there are only six data windows: arrivals tomorrow, departures tomorrow, pending reservations, balances due, refunds due and statistics. Even worse the statistics haven’t worked in five years. :-)

Here is a screenshot of the current dashboard:

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New Responsive HTML5 Dashboard

Our new dashboard will be a tool that is very flexible. We will add data from all over the application reservations, inquiries, revenues, total bookings, arrivals by day, week or month, departures by day, week or month, twitter feeds, facebook feeds, social media engagement, website visitors, anywhere we can pull data, we’ll attempt to do it.

Just as important, you can determine what data you want and where you want it. The widgets can be dropped anywhere on the screen. Maybe you want to group your widgets and have tabs for each grouping, you can do that. Maybe you want your employee to only have access to a couple of widgets, you can do that. Maybe your property owners should have a widget or two that only pertain to them, you can do that.

Also the new dashboard is responsive, meaning it will display wonderfully on any size screen or mobile device. We will be recoding our header to be responsive in the next few weeks, so the whole application will take a nice step forward to working well on any size screen or mobile device.

Here is the most recent screenshot of our new dashboard:

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By |2013-01-18T21:19:23+00:00January 18th, 2013|New Features|1 Comment

Vendor Management for Vacation Rentals

Oh wow, three updates in one day! Another small step in the right direction. I didn’t even get to write yet about the enhanced owner login functionality or triggers or our new HTML5 website designs, so much is happening!!

Vendor management is really a lite contact manager for your vendors. It’s heavily associated with the rental expense and work order functionality.

Work Orders > Vendor Manager

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Add Vendor

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  1. Enter vendor contact information
  2. Save data
  3. Add work order (optional step)

Work orders assigned to this vendor will appear below the vendor contact details.

By |2012-12-19T22:42:07+00:00December 19th, 2012|New Features|0 Comments

Rental Expense Tracking Has Launched!

Slowly but surely we are putting the pieces in place for a comprehensive financial reporting and owner statement system. Rental expense tracking with pass thru to the owner statement (if using the property management module) is a good step in the right direction!

Ultimately we will connect the guest invoice to the property management module, but until that time this enhancement will make life a little easier for all property managers that need a way to have one-time expenses flow through to the owner statement.

We also launched a pretty slick Vendor Management component today, more on that in the next post! Happy Holidays!

Rental expenses are primarily intended to pass through to the owner statement. Unlike work orders, which are items that typically need fixing or replacing, rental expenses could be items like monthly utilities, one-time cleaning fees, etc. Any expense which you want to pass through to the property owner and have it appear on the owner statement.

Properties > Rental Expenses

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Expense Listing with Filters

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  1. Filter
  2. Property
  3. Description
  4. Amount
  5. Add New Expense Button

Add New Expense Interface

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If you want this expense to pass through to the owner statement, you must choose the property owner from the drop down. The expense will then be allocated to the expense account of your choosing for the property owner and flow through to the owner statement.

By |2012-12-19T21:37:45+00:00December 19th, 2012|New Features|0 Comments
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