What’s going on?
You might have noticed that Cribspot looks different today. We have been hard at work to continue to make the lives of renters easier. And we have few changes! Let me explain.
Introducing Cribspot Home
Since our inception, we have been obsessed with helping renters find their perfect place. We first started Cribspot in 2012 as seniors at the University of Michigan as a search engine for college housing. Our goal was to make something that our peers would find useful. We researched hundreds of different listing websites and made a map of all the different locations and prices. We expanded our services to 150 campuses and saw people from all over the US using Cribspot to find housing.
While the process of searching for housing was slowly getting better, all other aspects of the rental process still suffered. We tried to get landlords to update their listings and respond quickly to renters inquiries, but at the end of the day they didn’t want another site to have to update and respond to.
We built more and more features to make lives easier for tenants, hoping that we’d reach a tipping point where more landlords would decide to invest in the tenant experience through Cribspot. We scheduled tours, collected rent, gave away free 3d tours and professional photography. But still no luck. We obsessed over improving the tenant experience, but found that most landlords were fine with the status quo.
It took a while for us to figure it out, but we were supplying all the parts of a property management company. Rather than building software for landlords that didn’t care to improve their own processes, why not just become property managers ourselves? Then we’d have full control to deliver the amazing tenant experience we’d dreamed of. This is where Cribspot Home came in.
A Cribspot Home is not your average house or apartment. We’re wrapping the best houses and apartments with convenient technology and friendly and responsive customer service. Now every listing on Cribspot is a Cribspot Home, where you’ll get virtual tours, online booking, and a mobile app to help you do everything from opening your door to paying rent!
No More Sublets
Unfortunately, with all the new features and services in Cribspot Home, we didn’t feel like we had the resources to do subletting justice. There are a lot of other amazing sites that help with sublets much better than Cribspot and have a larger community. Here are a few of our favorites:
We finally updated cribspot.com! It has been completely revamped from the ground up. We hope that our simpler design will make it easier than ever to search, sign, and ultimately live in your next home. help make searching faster than it was with the old Cribspot! We hope you like the logo too :)
Let us know what you think! We would be happy to hear your feedback!