To help your guests have a great stay, you want to make sure they can make the most of all the appliances and amenities in your home. And for your own peace of mind, you want to make sure they know how to operate those features correctly. Airbnb’s house manual tool can help you do both.
You can write clear, step-by-step instructions in your listing profile, so guests have access to these details at all times and use amenities the way they were intended. You won’t need to rewrite or resend emails to each guest. Creating this manual once can help you save time and protect your property.
“I have provided a house manual. It works out well for the most part, [especially for guests who are] into tech and not into paper,” said New Mexico Rebecca, of Albuquerque, New Mexico. “I personally do not use signs or tape or anything like that, as I live here and just do not want the visual clutter.”
The feature also allows guests to access the house manual on their smartphones, throughout their trip and even without a local data plan. That way, you can remind guests to check the manual and hopefully avoid “sending late night texts, frantic calls, and the worst: bad reviews,” said Neil, of Mountain View, California.
Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to make the most of Airbnb’s house manual tool, as well as some tried-and-tested tips from hosts like you.
How to create a house manual
On the web:
On the app:
*If you’re a host managing six or more listings or using Airbnb’s professional tools, you have the ability to update your house manual across multiple listings and all at once on your listings page.
5 house manual tips from hosts
Wifi codes are often the first thing guests ask for when they arrive, so many hosts put it at the top of their house manuals. “They all want the wifi code, so that is my trick for having them open the house manual and hopefully read it,” said Marit Anne, of Troms, Norway.
Street parking rules and signs can be confusing, especially if guests speak another language. Some hosts offered up examples of their instructions:
After a long journey, it can be difficult to find and use some home essentials. Hosts Joh and Gian, of San Francisco, California, offer up these examples:
Hosts with remote properties also recommend including instructions about trash, water, and other details unique to the area:
Hosts like Jessica and Henry, of South Korea, want to make it simple for guests from other countries to use their household items: “We give information on how to use my microwave, coffee machine, washing machine, and water dispenser because it's all in Korean!” Detailed instructions are key, add hosts Joh and Gian:
Lastly, many hosts stress the importance of keeping your house manual short and to the point. “You don’t want it to make a guest feel like they have to walk across a minefield to make sure they keep the host happy. Find the right balance between your needs and making your guests feel welcome in your home,” said Tina, of Nanaimo, Canada.
Once you’ve published your instructions, confirmed guests will be able to access your house manual on their smartphones. Creating this manual once will help save time, protect your property, and pave the way for a five-star stay.
I disagree with the password in the beginning. The first year I had the password at the beginning but then guests didn't read anything else! Now wifi password is buried so at least guests have to glimpse over all the other stuff while trying to find it. LOL. For me, it has worked out significantly better..less questions.
Team, great idea, but sadly, the guests are not reading the house manuals.
Not even when it just contains the Wifi password.
I think it has to do with the design of it.
It'd be awesome if the House Manual was created as a collection of photos that can be annotated much like the Guidebook. For instance, I could take a picture of an appliance and add it to the House Manual and annotate it with instructions.
Another thing that would be helpful is that the guests get a notification to check out the House Manual before checking in.
I agree. My Guidebook has too much information in it and no one reads it. It is impossible to sort the one on line in any meaningful way. I am creating one page tip sheets per topic. Use pictures and simple steps, laminate and place by appliances, heater, AC etc. The ability to add a video would also be nice.
I have important/large signs throughout the house. Especially NO SMOKING signs inside and outside due to our on going drought at 7000 ft in Flagstaff,az. If the house burns down we all sleep in the enormous cave in the back yard!