24 Jun 10 Tips For The First-Time Airbnb Host
If you’ve been considering Airbnb for extra cash, you’re in great company. There are many people using their spare room or empty apartments to generate extra income. It can be a scary and daunting prospect at first, but with these tips, your first few times hosting guests can be wonderful experiences.
Before you take on a guest, you’ll have to attract them to your space with a great listing. You’ll need to consider the photos, house rules and pricing before you add your space to the Airbnb platform.
Post Great Photos of the Space
Airbnb says that spaces with professional-appearing photography rent more often than those that don’t. They offer professional photography free for some listings. You can contact their photography team on the site to request a session. Photography isn’t guaranteed through Airbnb, so it’s best to take beautiful photographs yourself. Make sure the windows are open to get as much natural light into the space as possible. Take more photographs than you think you’ll need from every angle.
Communicate Clearly with Potential Guests
When you’re choosing a guest for your space, experienced hosts say that you should engage with them online or on the phone to get a sense for whether they’ll be a good guest. You don’t want someone who will cause problems. That means gauging their intentions before allowing them into the space.
Set Boundaries and Expectations
This goes along with the previous tip. You want to make sure that you’re communicating your boundaries clearly. Think about your house rules before talking to potential guests. If you don’t want smokers, make sure that’s clear in the listing. In a quiet area, you don’t want guests making lots of noise past a certain hour. This should be on the listing too.
Pricing for the Area
Make sure you are pricing according to the area. If the space you’re renting to guests is in the heart of a beautiful tourist city, you will want to make sure you’re commanding the price it’s worth. On the other hand, if your space is miles from local attractions, it might not fetch a high price.
Clean the Home Spotlessly Between Guests
One of the biggest attractions for guests is the cleanliness of the space. According to an Uber Clean House survey, they want to feel as if they’re spending time in a five-star hotel at a reasonable price. One of the best ways to give them that experience is with a professional cleaning service after each guest leaves.
Create a Safe Interaction
With Airbnb acting as the middle man, money that changes hands is done in the safest manner possible. Any problems are mediated by the platform. Other ways to be safe include checking a guest’s reviews to ensure they are going to treat you and your property well.
The Guest’s Arrival
Welcome Guide to the Home and Area
Many times guests are visiting your area for the first time. Don’t assume they know everything about the city. Provide them with travel guides as well as a personalized letter detailing places they might want to experience. You can provide a guide to the home too. Let them know where to find extra towels, hidden light switches and other oddities or quirks.
Engage with Your Guests
While some people like to be on their own without host interference, others travel to meet new people and experience the locals. You could offer to take them on a tour of the city or have wine with them on the porch. The level of involvement you have is up to you and the guest. Don’t push yourself on guests who want to be alone.
Learn About Your Insurance Coverage
Airbnb has coverage that will protect hosts against damages. It doesn’t cover every problem that could come up with a guest. Make sure your home’s coverage will handle a guest or ask for additional coverage for personal liability or pet damage. You could also ask for a pet deposit or cleaning deposit from guests.