A new website seeks to ease your house-hunting woes
Finding paying guest accommodation often throws a spanner in the works of all that getting-to-know-a-new-city excitement. While adjusting to a different vibe and familiarising yourself with getting around is challenging enough, zeroing in on a decent place to stay can prove nightmarish for many. To put a stop to all these woes, two Bengaluru ladies with first hand experience, decided to take matters into their own hands and ‘streamline this highly unorganised sector.’
HomelyPG.com, launched in April by Jaya Nair and Sujatha Ramani, curates homes based on criteria like area and price. “We have an inventory of 3,000 beds across 250 homes,” reveals Ramani, adding that their team personally visits these houses to check for cleanliness and facilities available. “Out of 10 places they visit, we only sign on two to three, as we are not keen on onboarding houses that don’t meet our standards of hygiene,” says Nair. Once the customer reaches a decision, they will be prompted to book a bed. The payment is done on the website and HomelyPG then hands over the money to the PG owner, after taking their cut. “The platform gives the homeowners advertisement, which they wouldn’t otherwise get,” explains Ramani.
With properties in areas like Sarjapur Road, Whitefield, Nagawara, and Electronic City, their services are also available in Pune, with Chennai set to launch in a few months. They plan to reach a sizeable number of clients before introducing a feature where one can choose their roommates based on interests and backgrounds.
Beds are available from Rs 5,000. Details: homelypg.com
— Rashmi Rajagopal Lobo