Bid To Stay

Client Requirements

The client wanted a home rental marketplace mobile application where users can bid on the properties they want to stay at after providing basic details such as check-in, check-out dates, and the number of guests for themselves as well as for their loved ones as well. The main requirement was to provide a two-way app where, as a host, you can add your property details with price discounts and the availability of property to rent out. As the customer, you can view properties based on date and place requirements and book properties.

The client wanted to set the algorithms that allow booking the properties from the users’ end as well as from the host end. The client also wanted to provide the bidding functionality along with directly renting out the property. The client wanted to provide the auto-accept functionality along with a manual one where the host can manage the bidding by accepting and rejecting the one. The bid winning day for the auto-accept functionality will be the Wednesdays of the month based on the booking date. Users can also rebid with the higher price in the case of outbidding.

Features

Bid To Stay – Home Rental Marketplace.

Create Account

Users can register themselves by providing information like name, DOB, gender, country, location, and mobile number. Then, the system will send a confirmation code on the registered phone number for the authentication process.

Login

Users can log in to the platform by providing login details such as email addresses and passwords.

Dashboard

Users enter the details about the location, check-in and check-out date, and the number of guests. The dashboard will provide the list of properties that matches the selected preferences.

Property details

Users can view the property details such as photos of the property, property reviews, an overview of the property, amenities, house rules, host details, extra charges, if any applicable, host details, exact location, per night charges, and bidding range.

Property Bidding

Users can select the stay dates and check the highest bidding price, and can bid the price accordingly.

Bidding Timer

After successful payment of the bidding amount, users will get the bidding timer along with the closing bid date and their bid status.

Multiple payment methods

Users can add their credit or debit card details as the payment mode. Users can use the in-app wallet as well.

Statements

Users can check their overall spending along with their available wallet balance. In addition, users can filter out the statement details by providing specific dates.

My Bookings

Users can check their bids and bookings along with the details such as selected dates, the selected number of guests, host details, and bidding details with bidding status.

Smooth Communication

Customers and hosts can chat with each other for queries about the properties to keep up the smooth communication.

Rate and Review

The users can rate and review their overall stay and amenities based on their experience. It can help the other users to pick the properties based on rates and reviews and also help the host to improve their properties.

Referral code

Users can share the referral code with friends to get the credit in their wallet and a discount on their first order.

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Host Panel Features

Property Details

Users can provide their properties details such as name, location, amenities, property type, number of guests you can allow, photos of the property, contact details, property availability details, bidding price, discounts you can provide, and so on.

Smooth Communication

Hosts and customers can chat with each other for queries about the properties to keep up the smooth communication.

Dashboard

The host can check the properties they have listed and add, edit or delete them as per the requirements.

My Bookings

Hosts can book and check the bids and bookings of their properties, providing the details such as selected dates, the selected number of guests, host details, and bidding details with bidding status.

Bidding

Hosts can view the list of the user along with their bidding price for the specific property; they can manage the bids by accepting and rejecting them.

Rate and Review

The hosts can view and respond to the ratings and reviews the users have left based on their stay. It can help them to improve th user properties.

Earning

The host can view their overall earnings as well as the property-based earnings and withdraw the amount they have earned through Paypal, Wire, or western union.

Transaction History

Hosts can check their overall earnings along with their available wallet balance. In addition, users can filter out the statement details by providing specific dates.

Referral code

Hosts can share the referral code with friends to get the credit in their wallets and a discount on their first order.

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For Customers

Project Approach & Results

Various mobile applications allow users to rent out the properties, but Bid to Stay has unique requirements to provide a platform where users can rent the properties for several days based on bidding functionality.

So, our aim for developing the mobile application was to resolve all the issues that users tend to face using different frameworks and approaches. To begin with, we analyzed the concept hypothetically and created a file with the complete details covering all these points, diagrams, scenarios, problems, flow charts, and SRS for the entire workflow and planned the App development process. After finalizing the document, In the third phase, based on the client’s requirements and our findings, we defined Mobile App architectures for Bid To Stay Mobile App. After that, Our Mobile app designers started working on the prepared mobile app wire-frames and Application design. After getting approval on the final app design, our app developers move ahead with the development phase. We created the Bid To Stay app prototype with all the native data after the client’s review and confirmation of the prototype. The Mobile app developers started their development process by choosing the best-fit technology for android, iOS, and the admin panel. Then, we integrated API in the Bid To Stay mobile app and completed the whole app data flow.

We chose native technology swift for iOS development and Kotlin for android development and used JSON-based rest API development with Node and Codeigniter Framework. SwissCode app developers used the best fit technology to create an admin panel for basic tasks such as managing properties, bidding details, user details, rating, and reviews, etc. We used web3 for calling the smart contracts with the help of solidity. Our app developers had used Magic SDK for passwordless authentication providing secure login. Any existing Home Rental mobile apps usually face the problem of poor user experience. Our app developers eliminated that with the help of a Matic network to deliver an exceptional user experience.

The Bid to Stay app development journey was full of challenges, from requirement gathering to deployment. However, our dedication and teamwork led us to deliver the solution successfully, as well as within the prescribed timeline & budget. After the development phase, our QA team tested the mobile application before finally delivering it to the client.

Challenges

1. Auto Bidding Functionality Implementation

The primary concern of theBid To Stay mobile application is auto-bidding functionality. It was a challenge for us to task the last 4 possible Wednesdays from the booking date and autocomplete the bid on the very first Wednesday. For this, we had to check many scenarios as there are possible Wednesdays or not; another user has not booked property within the same time as well. Our App Developers worked tirelessly to work on this functionality and developed a solution that can handle the auto bid functionality perfectly.

2. Booking Process Validations

The mobile app has various booking validations such as it should meet all the booking criteria such as the minimum number of guests, the property requires, the minimum number of stay days mentioned by the host, advance booking limits, reflecting the days the host has blocked for the booking and so on. It was surely tough and time-consuming for the app developers to validate these many scenarios in real-time, but they managed to do it anyway.

Technology Stacks

We have used the latest technologies that can justify client requirements
at the best to deliver bug-free solutions.