By The Hospitable Team
Being an Airbnb host can be time-consuming and even overwhelming if you don’t know how to manage your business correctly. Wondering what you can do to make the hosting process not only profitable but also enjoyable and fulfilling? Here are some Airbnb host tips that can help make hosting easier.
Airbnb Hosting Tips Every Host Should Know
Many people who are only starting in the industry have no clear idea of how much work it will be to run a successful short-term rental business. And some consider Airbnb as a side hustle and are surprised when it actually becomes a second job.
If you are new to the short-term rental business, Airbnb is the best platform to get started. As your business evolves, you will need to optimize your occupancy rate and list your properties on additional platforms. The top choices here are Vrbo and Booking.com. Be sure to check out our extensive guide on getting started with hosting on Booking.com.
The problem is that when you get more bookings, you have less free time if you try to handle every aspect of your Airbnb business personally. But there are ways to manage multiple listings on several platforms that allow hosts to minimize effort and maximize results.
Airbnb Listing Tips
Before you even host your first guest, you will have to list your property and make your listing stand out. How? You should create a listing that focuses on the overall guest experience of your place.
Here are some easy Airbnb listing tips you should follow.
- Prepare your property for short-term rental business. There’s a bunch of minor tweaks you should do before you start. You will thank yourself for doing it a few months later.
- Write an accurate description of your place and highlight certain things that make it special.
- Add quality photos to help guests have a clear picture of what staying in your home will feel like.
- Set the house rules to tell guests what they can and can’t do and what is expected from them.
- Complete your Airbnb host profile and show your personality—mention your hobbies and add a picture of yourself.
- Verify your identity to add credibility.
Organize a Smooth Check-in
The best approach is to offer your Airbnb guests a self-check-in option because it saves time for you and your guests. Allow your guests to get access to your property using a smart lock, a key box, or a keypad. You can automate the whole process, including changing the lock code to match your guest’s phone number.
Manage Guest Communication the Right Way
Communication is one of the major aspects of guest reviews because they are looking for a more personal experience. You need to stay in touch with your guests at all stages of their journey:
- Between booking and check-in
- During the stay
- After the stay
That can be rather time-consuming if you try to handle it yourself. The good news is that you can put your guest communication on autopilot while still sounding like you. You can create automated messaging templates and use short-codes to make them personalized. All your messages will be sent to your guests at the right time, no matter how many listings you have.
Have conversations with your guests even when you sleep.
Keep Your Place Clean
It can be rather tiring to keep the constant routine of turning your space over in between guests, so we recommend getting professional help. Hire a cleaning service and add a cleaning fee to your listing to offset the cost.
You should also create a cleaning checklist that will help your team keep your property guest-ready and to ensure they have covered everything.
Provide Your Guests with a House Manual
Create a house manual for your guests to tell them everything they should know about your home to stay comfortable finding things they need and how they work.
A good idea is to give them some recommendations for sights to see and places to eat. This way, you’ll help them experience your area like a local.
Print off a hard copy of your house manual, and leave it in a place where your guest won’t miss it. And don’t forget to write a good welcome letter.
Many Airbnb hosts lighten their load by sharing their responsibilities with their teammates—manager, co-host, cleaners, maintenance team, and laundry team. Create a team and work together. Ensure that all your team members get quick and convenient access to the information they need when they need it.
Your job will be to send reminders to your team member to ensure that all tasks of running and operating your property are completed on time. These reminders are time-sensitive, but using Hospitable, you can automate this process entirely and manage multiple listings hassle-free.
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Price Your Listing Competitively
It’s important to set competitive prices that reflect seasonal variations and demand to maximize your earning potential. Do market research and consider your location and amenities. Being intelligent with your pricing strategy will have a positive impact on your success as an Airbnb host.
These are just a few Airbnb hacks to simplify your hosting routine. Use them if you are looking to increase your Airbnb income, impress your guests, and save time.
Experiment with different Airbnb tips and tricks to find out which of them work best for you (it will depend on your lifestyle and your listing). Just give it some time, and you’re sure to discover the best approach for you.
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