I have a second vacation home listed here and might decide to sell the house. Is it okay to book AirBNB guests while the home is up for sale?
Obviously I would not disturb guests with allowing the home to be visited by potential buyers during their visit, and I understand that I risk people inquiring about the home while guests are there... but other than that, has anyone done this with their house?
I dont see a problem - I would just be concerned if the house sold and I still had upcoming reservations. You would be penalized for cancelling those reservations, so just familarize yourself with Airbnb's cancellation policy.
Let me pose a couple of questions to think through:
What will you do if a potential buyer wants to see the property while you are hosting guests?
What will you do to clean and stage the property between guests for showings?
What will you do if the property is damaged by a guest while you have it on the market?
What if something goes missing and you are both showing the house and you have guests - how will you go about recovering for your losses?
Have you talked to your agent about this? Their liability covereage and your contract with them may be void if you have others through the house outside of their control.
@Alison84, it's not a risk I would take. And I would never agree to being hosted in a place where strangers might be arriving to have a look around. There are, among other things, security issues.
If you go ahead and offer the accommodation, you'd need to make the situation very clear to potential guests. Perhaps even offer them a special price to compensate for any inconvenience.
I am in the same boat and need help with this issue. Main issue is control of the house i.e. when people are viewing it for the sale and when airbnb guests are in it. For me I know Sundays are our open houses so I can control sundays from being stayed in by guests. Other than that I would need additional pointers to not drive myself crazy coordinating when realtor guests are visiting and when Airbnb guests are staying.
It can easily work and most of the homes in my area are short term rental cabins. Realtors run across this every single day. You schedule an appointment to show your home in between your airbnb guests. My realtor says it works very easily.
@Alison84 What did you end up doing? I have an opportunity to manage a property just coming off the market. The owner/seller is out of state and is looking to perhaps Airbnb it until the market changes. His property is mansion-like in a desireable part of the state. As there is a smaller pool of buyers, I would think showing 'by appointment only' would be reasonable. I'm curious to hear about your experience, if you did, indeed, decide to list the property while Airbnb-ing. Thank you!
Make sure you disclose this information in your advertisment, I found out later that my booking was on the market, then she asked if I could have people come through, I cancelled the booking and it was reported only because the host had not disclosed that her house was for sale.
Hi Maree, I think it was unprofessional for her to ask you to show the home to buyers. However, can I ask if you had reported any issue if you just saw a "for sale" sign on the front lawn and the owner did not ask you about allowing to show the house?
We continued to host AIRbnb guests while our house was on the market. We handled it by not allowing tha AIRbnb space to be viewed by a potential buyer. All buyers were aware it was an AIR property and were looking to purchase it for the same purpose so they understood completely that if they came to view while we had guests they would not be able to see that part of the house. They either made an appointment when I didn't have guests or they made do with looking at the hard copy of our listing that I printed out. Hope this helps.
PS Our house sold in October of 18.