Prepare your Airbnb property to wow your guests

04/05/2018 19:44


Perfect your Airbnb listing

One of the key factors in becoming a successful host is attracting enough guests to your property. You also want these guests to be the sort that will treat your home as their own and leave it in a good clean condition when they vacate. Therefore, you need to make sure you create a comprehensive and interesting listing, with plenty of photos that show off your property at its best.  Make sure the house is clean and tidy when you take these photos, with all curtains open and lights on, to make the space look as bright and airy as possible. While you are new to the site it can be worth reducing your rent slightly to attract customers until you build up a solid review base.

See also: Airbnb alternatives - the full overview


Communication is key

As hosting services sell themselves over hotels due to the personal service and experiences they can offer, it is vital to make sure you communicate well with your guests. Replying to messages promptly when you receive enquiries and confirming bookings in a timely fashion will all contribute to a positive guest experience, increasing the likelihood of you obtaining those coveted 5 stars. It is best practise to be around when your guests arrive, to provide their keys and any extra information they may need. Beyond this many guests will appreciate their privacy so be available if required but otherwise it is best to make yourself scarce.


Thorough preparation

If you are considering hosting guests at your home then you need to make sure it is suitably prepared to receive them. Remember that these are paying guests, so although they should not expect hotel standards, it is reasonable for them to expect a high standard of cleanliness. It is also necessary to provide the basic amenities for a comfortable stay such as clean bedding and towels and supplies such as toilet roll. Things like enough plug sockets and somewhere to hang or store clothes and personal belongings is something that is often overlooked, but also important to overall guest satisfaction.


The small touches

To make your guests’ experience stand out from the rest there are a number of small touches that you can implement, which don’t cost much but can make a big difference to the overall enjoyment of a stay.  A product or foodstuff that your local area is famed for makes a nice gift to leave out for your guests upon arrival and an up-to-date and well-informed guide for their stay will always be well received. It is always worth checking who will make up the group that will be staying at your property and if there are children or animals, to provide suitable toys and equipment as necessary.


Make sure you’re covered

With so many other concerns to fill your mind, the last thing you want when hosting paying guests is to be worrying about any damage that they may cause, either inadvertently or maliciously. This is particularly true if you would not be able to afford a costly repair bill. Therefore, having a suitable home hosting insurance policy in place is incredibly important. Many standard policies will not be able to cover you if you let your home on a short-term basis, and the ones that do will often not sufficiently cover for your particular needs. It is also important to check with your mortgage provider that such activity is permitted under your current terms and if any additional fees will be due because of the alteration to your property’s use.

Read more like this on our Airbnb Blog




A must read for every vacation rental owner:

  • 07/05/2020 08:59

    How to Use Pinterest to Promote Your Airbnb Listing

    Pinterest is one of the most underutilized but most powerful tools to promote your vacation rental outside of Airbnb. See our tips about how to use Pinterest to promote listings from Maeva Cifuentes, Head of Content at Get Paid For Your Pad: If you’re like a lot of Airbnb hosts, you’re...

  • 02/10/2020 11:37

    Airbnb host? Get a free promotion

      Would you like a free promotion of your Airbnb listing?  Today there are tons of Airbnb listings out there and it can be hard to stand out and gain a decent amount of exposure, views and bookings. The ongoing COVID-19 crisis has not made the situation any better.  Now is your...

  • 10/12/2019 19:50

    Avoid Airbnb fees - the ultimate guide

    Airbnb takes up to 20% of your profit.  What if there was a simple way to keep those money?  In this article we'll show you several ways to avoid those fees and keep more of your hard earned money. 1) Get your own vacation rental website The first thing you must do to avoid Airbnb fees is...

  • 12/18/2018 22:06

    Top 20 Vacation Rental Software

      Here are some of the widely used vacation rental tools and software you can take a look at. They'll help you manage your vacation rental business, such as syncing bookings from different channels, taking online bookings, reservation management, website builders and much more.  You can...

  • 08/03/2017 22:36

    Airbnb phone numbers by contry

    Airbnb brags about their 24/7 open customer service, but numbers are well hidden on their website. So, we're making it easy for you and providing all Airbnb local phone numbers:    Canada 1-855-424-7262 Taiwan 0800 868 313 United Kingdom +44 203 318 1111 United States...

  • 02/25/2017 00:28

    We'll help you list your vacation rental

    Do you own a vacation rental? We'll help you list your vacation rental at all the biggest and most trusted vacation rental sites worldwide. These includes: Flipkey by Tripadvisor / Holidaylettings Booking Airbnb Homeaway Roomorama VRBO Sailo (for boat owners). Get a $100 coupon if signing...

  • 01/16/2017 21:50

    Advertise boats on Airbnb

    Did you know you can advertise boats and yachts on Airbnb? If you've got a boat and people can spend the night in it, earn some good extra money by putting it on Airbnb. Other sites to advertise your boats on are Tripadvisor and Sailo (the Airbnb for boats)  

Tools for Airbnb hosts

  • Great news ! The most powerful tool in the vacation rental industry is now FREE ! Great news ! The most powerful tool in the vacation rental industry is now FREE !

    Limited offer. Airbnb hosts and Vacation Rental owners can now use iGMS software at zero cost. Automate your vacation rental business with this powerful tool. A must have for Airbnb hosts and Vacation rental owners   Automated messaging   Channel Manager   Team...

  • Airbnb income calculator Airbnb income calculator

    Airbnb has launched several new tools. See how much you can earn from renting your place or hosting an Airbnb experience here:  See how much you can earn as an host here   See how much you can earn by hosting an  Airbnb Experience here

  • Get a professional vacation rental website Get a professional vacation rental website

    Get your own professional website for your vacation rental. With an independent website you can take direct bookings and avoid fees (most vacation rental sites such as Airbnb, Tripadvisor or Booking takes up to 20% on top of your price, imagine if you could keep this cut yourself). There are...

  • Check your Airbnb ranking position Check your Airbnb ranking position

    It's a proven fact that people are more likely to click on and book the listings appearing first after they have made a search on Airbnb.  And with 100's or even 1000's of Airbnb listings in the most popular areas, and more listings added every week, you better stay ahead of your...

  • 4 ways to earn money on Airbnb without owning a residental property 4 ways to earn money on Airbnb without owning a residental property

    Did you know there are several ways to make money on Airbnb without owning any residential property?   You can rent / lease a property from someone else and rent in on Airbnb You can co-host for another Airbnb user Airbnb also let people earn money on experiences You can become an...

© 2015 All rights reserved.

Powered by Webnode