I'm an avid Airbnb traveler, soon to be first time host. My questions is, how far in advance did you publish your listing before your first available date? I'm planning to "launch" my home in June, however thinking if its a smart idea to publish a few weeks in advance to welcome those not-so-last-minute travelers.
Any tips would be greatly appreciated!
@Lucy702 You will actually want travellers who plan and book well in advance. People who book last minute tend to be disorganized, expect you to rush around trying to accommodate them, often haven't bothered to thoroughly read through your listing description and house rules.
They also might be intending to throw a party, or are using it for things like drug dealing and prostitution.
Of course there are legitimate reasons someone might need a place last minute, but you have to be really careful.
When you first list, you get a new listing boost in search rankings. No one seems to know how long that lasts, maybe a couple of weeks. So you don't want to list way ahead of when the place will be ready. If you are planning to open the first of June, maybe list the 3rd week of April or first of May.
Most of my guests tend to book 3 weeks or so ahead, but I'm in a different part of the world, in a tourist beach town, so they have to plan ahead with airline tickets, etc. You may find you have a much shorter average lead time than that on bookings.
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@Lucy702 I agree with @Sarah977 on time frame: 3 weeks to a month ahead should be good though. However... if you're waiting to start hosting because the listing isn't finished, I would hold off. If you can't provide accurate pictures and details on what you'll be offering, it's best not to list. Setting accurate expectations for your guests is probably the most important part of hosting and nothing can tank reviews faster than guests who believed that they would get one thing but instead received something different.
I published a week before my first available dates and my first available dates were booked. The new host boost works! Make sure you're ready for it.