Travel has been better following the arrival of the home rental app, Airbnb, all over the world. From unique stays to family-friendly homes for rent, this app really changed the way we travel. Tourists are now given more options to choose from when it comes to accommodation.
On the other hand, it is beneficial to hosts as it is to tourists. Airbnb hosts welcome guests into their homes not only to earn but also to share a bit of their culture and the many great things that they could love about the country they are visiting.
If you want to do the same—be an Airbnb host—but don’t know where to start, here are seven important things that you should take note of before you enlist your property for rental.
One of the first things you need to do is to create a bible of house rules and the local attractions that they can explore around. You can also include the Wi-Fi password if you have an internet installed at your home or emergency contact numbers that they need to dial, including yours, if they need help in certain situations.
You have to consider that this may be the first time your guests are visiting your country, so you need to be able to help them in any way you can. One of which is always to be available to contact before and after their check-in time.
Apart from doing such, you also need to make your space livable and presentable. That means you have to provide fresh sheets, towels, soap, and other necessities that guests may need during their stay.
Being an Airbnb host means you’re offering more than just your space; you also provide them with the best service.
Is It Legal
Before anything else, you have to check the terms and conditions of being an Airbnb host before you apply for accreditation. There are local zoning and registration laws that you have to follow.
To be sure, make necessary calls to local authorities or the Airbnb headquarters to ask about certain state laws and rules that you need to know before you can get a permit.
Short-term rentals sometimes are harder to deal with than long-term ones.
Establish House Rules
As mentioned in the first item above, setting house rules is important to make sure that while they enjoy their stay inside your home, they have to understand that they need to be respectful of the space rented out to them.
This includes making sure that they handle every appliance in the house with care. It may also include controlling noise and rowdiness as the neighbors may find it alarming and annoying. This may even result in a patrol group inspecting your place during the night or in the wee hours of the morning.
Spruce Up Your Place
Sprucing up your place to be friendly to everyone is necessary to attract guests to rent out your space.
To be honest, for a frequent traveler like me who adores Airbnb, I would usually look at the appearance and overall vibe of the place before deciding which place to book.
Try adding a bit of decoration around like plants and paintings to brighten up the place. You may also try looking at functional furniture pieces that look gorgeous and are also useful around the house.
For example, you can put a nice settee in your living area that can double as storage when you lift the lid.
Those small details should not be overlooked as they may be one of the reasons guests would want to book your place and leave a great recommendation.
You might also need to re-organize your home to fit the needs of guests from around the world. There are professional movers that you can hire to help you move furniture and household goods around your property, especially if you can’t do it on your own.
Seek Insurance Advice Before Listing on Airbnb
As a host, you also need protection. There are dangers and risks when you decide to open up your home to complete strangers, although we hope they are minimal ones.
So it’s a wise move to make sure that your place is insured before listing it on Airbnb.
Seek advice when it comes to insurance matters to shed light on what certain coverages you need to spend on and how much premium you are willing to pay to protect you from any harm or serious damage.
You have to understand every text on your insurance policy so as not to assume that every kind of damage is covered. There are certain conditions that aren’t part of the insurance, so you have to make amends regarding those points.
Set an Appropriate Price
Your rental price should be reasonable. Just because you can name your price doesn’t mean that you should ask overly expensive rental fees.
I understand that you may have listed your home for rental to earn more, but that’s not an excuse to be an inconsiderate host.
You can check the local competition to give you an idea of the price range you can play around with. The proximity of your place around transport stations, malls, restaurants, and other local tourist spots can also affect your price.
Make Your Home Squeaky Clean
Most guests would care about the cleanliness of a space. It’s a matter of extreme importance because it basically sets the level of comfort a host provides for the guests.
If you’re busy and don’t have anyone to rely on to make sure that you have a squeaky clean home, hire a cleaning service. There are recommended Airbnb cleaning services available, which you can contact right away.
This is to ensure that you provide a clean space for the next guests coming right after the previous guests have checked out.
Earn More With Short-Term Rentals
Short-term rentals are a good source of extra income.
If you have a space that you can rent out to tourists and locals, Airbnb is the right place to help you with that. In fact, it’s even more profitable than a traditional lease.
That’s what Paula Plant said when she shared her experience being an Airbnb host. She shared that she earned an estimate of 50% more than a traditional long-term lease.
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