If you’ve got some extra space (a room perhaps!) in your apartment, bungalow or castle then chances are, someone has advised you to rent it out on Airbnb. The service is simple, easy and will probably be a fun experience for you and your guest as well.
Airbnb allows users to rent out any spare room they may have to vacationers on a short-term basis, allowing homeowners to make some money on the side, which is never a bad thing. If you have been a guest of Airbnb, you probably know how things work, if you don’t then the following tips will help you get started hosting on Airbnb.
1. Make Your Room Shine
If you want to get an idea of how to be a great host all you have to do is take a quick look at descriptions on the site and try to emulate them. The key is to look for listings with high ratings as they will give you the best idea on how to present your own listing but please be honest with the information you provide. Add key words to the title to let people know about the details. Is it a small or large room? Is it a Queen or Double bed? What about the kitchen? Access to laundry, Wi-Fi? These are all questions that should be answered on your listing.
2. Use Great Photographs
Okay, so you don’t live in a palace. That’s fine, but you will still need to take the right photos of the room you will be renting out. Try to capture all the uniqueness of your room in the best and most colorful way possible and then flaunt it on Airbnb. Airbnb would also provide a professional photographer for free so make sure to take advantage of this great service.
3. Set a Price
This will mostly depend on the time of year, the area you live in and how many Airbnb hosts have set up shop in your area. As a rule of thumb, it is always a good idea to find out what other Airbnb hosts are charging in your area for the amenities they provide, then fix your price accordingly. Also, don’t be shy to change things up. For instance, prices during weekdays or winter can be lower than those during weekends or summer.
4. Stock on Amenities
Needless to say, you should provide extra bed linens, towels and toilet paper. Other essentials include WiFi and extension leads and adapters so your guests can use their electronic devices comfortably. Providing your guests with essential toiletries also wouldn’t hurt. You can buy premium quality hotel-style toiletries on our store at Boxpitality.com.
In the end, just be yourself, set some boundaries, and make sure you don’t scare them away with your enthusiasm! :)