Whether you’re just thinking about becoming an STR host or have already started hosting on Airbnb but want to make the process smoother, there are some Airbnb hacks that every host should know. If you follow these Airbnb hacks, you can make the hosting process a lot easier.
How can you make sure happy guests come back to you directly, so you don’t have to pay OTA fees over and over for the same guests? Especially when you’ve already done the hard work of building that good rapport and offering them a great stay?
There are many ways to safeguard your short-term rental business, for example, screening guests, installing security devices, getting additional vacation rental insurance, to name a few. Another smart move to minimize your risks is having a short-term rental agreement in place.
We sat down with award-winning photographer Dave Koch of R\E Photography Utah and picked his brain about photographing vacation rentals. Here are some of the tips that Dave had to share to help you get those picture-perfect shots of your vacation rental properties.
Renting out your home or apartment on Airbnb and other rental listing sites is an increasingly popular way to earn passive income and grow a successful short-term rental business. But if you are thinking about becoming an Airbnb host, most probably, you’ll have a lot of questions, and one of them is, “How do Airbnb hosts get paid?”
As most travelers consider amenities a top priority for a pleasant stay, a well-outfitted rental space can be the key to attracting Airbnb guests. Need advice on what things you should stock at your property for your guests? In this blog, you’ll find a checklist of all the supplies and vacation rental amenities you should provide to ensure an incredible guest experience.
From setting up a direct booking website, taking great photos, showing calendar availability, taking payments, and sending confirmation emails—never mind making sure visitors actually see your site in the first place—it can feel like there are so many moving parts you barely know where to begin. We get it. But pushing past the overwhelm can literally pay off.
The short-term rental (STR) world moves at a fast pace, and if you’re not in the loop you might miss out on new trends, insights, and technologies. Staying up to date with these trends can help to improve your ROI and streamline property management, and the best way to do so is to follow STR influencers and thought leaders.
Rather than keeping track of new bookings and check-ins and check-outs manually—and contacting cleaners each time—you can save time, stress, and effort by scheduling messages so they send whenever there’s a new booking or check-out.
That’s right, you can notify cleaners automatically whenever a turnaround is needed and even get alerts in the event of a last-minute booking, or a late or early check-out.
STRs may look attractive from a tax perspective, but finding that you’re paying more than you ever anticipated can quickly turn your great investment into a major drain. That’s why we’ve talked to Thomas Castelli, a partner at Hall CPA LLC accountancy group in New York. As an expert in helping real estate investors minimize tax and maximize profit, he’s the perfect person to ask for help in reducing your STR tax bill.
When it comes to running a vacation rental business on Vrbo, it’s up to hosts to decide whether to make their rental property pet-friendly for all their guests. But it’s not the case when it comes to accommodating service animals. In this blog, you’ll find out what is expected from you when hosting Vrbo guests with disabilities that rely on a service dog. We’ll also talk about the Vrbo emotional support animal policy.
Brian Seelos initially started his career as a financial planner, before transitioning to a property manager and former short-term rental (STR) host. He now works here at Hospitable.com. We’ll hear from Brian about his journey and learn more about what it’s like working for a company that understands the firsthand struggles and pain points of hosts.
One of the main reasons why a lot of travelers prefer accommodations in short-term rentals to staying in hotels is the unique experiences they offer. Let’s take a look at some unique rental properties listed on Airbnb, Vrbo, and Booking.com. These extraordinary rentals attract travelers looking for cool experiences to make their stay memorable.
Your phone rings, and it’s your guest, upset and annoyed because they’ve arrived at your rental, and the rickety key lockbox is broken and won’t open. So what’s the alternative? Smart locks and automated messaging.
If you are renting out your property on Airbnb, there’s a good chance you may come across guests traveling with emotional support animals (ESA). Can you refuse bookings to such guests, or do you need to accommodate them even if you choose to keep your listing pet-free?
Not sure which OTA platform to choose to list your vacation rental home—Airbnb or Booking.com? Both platforms are popular among travelers and have millions of daily visits, so it’s better to take a closer look at both. Check this post for an in-depth comparison!
Whether you’re a successful host or a total newbie to Airbnb, everyone in the short-term rental industry sometimes needs help. You can benefit from Airbnb consulting: be it improving your pricing strategy, automating the processes, or advice on how to make your listing stand out.
Successful short-term rental investments are not based on intuition, guesswork, or luck. If you want your properties paying themselves off and bringing in revenue year after year, turn to short-term rental investment analytics.
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