Hey Airbnb hosts, started this list as an answer to a question but it turned up pretty big so I shared it as a separate post that I believe helped a lot of people.
Almost a year older in my Airbnb host age, I decided to update the list and add some stuff I gathered, plus some tips to new guests, who are scared or skeptical to start hosting. I gathered a total of 60 tips for you, the TL:DR (short) version with 25 is here: 25 tips to get booked
Hope it’s helpful to some people and please upvote it if you liked it.
A note to new Hosts:
You might skeptical to join the “dance” of Airbnb hosting. It is indeed a big decision, we all went through it.
Start by making a listing and not publishing it yet. Just create an account, add the photos you shot from your phone, spend an afternoon with a glass of wine and add nice descriptions and information in your listing.
Take your time, and when you feel like it just publish it and go live. Experiment with prices, photos and texts, start talking with potential guests.
Remember, you are not obliged to accept anyone unless you want to (don’t enable instant- booking). See how it goes, get a feeling of it, and when you feel ready, accept your first guest.
Now you are officially a member of the Airbnb hosts family, now keep reading:
Giving your listing a name
Some geek stuff here if you want to overdo it, if not, skip the next section below
Check in & beyond
In every occasion that you feel like you need to pick up the phone and talk to someone in charge, the bible to contacting airbnb is here: Dave & Deb's Community Guide.
That pretty much sums up what information I have gathered and tried during the past few months. Between my tips are other hosts’ tips that I found browsing through these forums and thought that were worth mentioning. I would love to mention their names as source but I realized rather late that I was just pasting them in a word document so I don’t have the names anymore. A big thanks to the community for their contribution and my sincere apologies for not quoting your names. I should also state here that those are a group of tips to help you out and to act as a reference, I wouldn’t carry any responsibility if your experience is different or if you screw something up :) (Mods: i x-posted this to the help, hosts and new hosts forums, feel free to moderate the x-posts if you feel like it)
Anyway, a set of tips to help you through your hosting experience, I hope it’s not very overwhelming and that it is helpful for new hosts that want to get in the game!
I’d also love to hear the opinion of some more experienced hosts.
Do offer your thumbs-ups if you found this helpful, dear sirs and madams.
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Thanks for great additional ideas, there is always learning to be gained from others. I was alerted by friends referral that he and others could not find my listing so thanks for the alternative ways to keep that from happening.
There is a rumor going around that airbnb wont show all available listings in a (busy) area in order to not overwhelm the (potential) guest. I have found out (but im possibly wrong) that doing multiple - very targeted - searches in you area, force the algorithm to present your listing and seem to work as a wake-up call on the whole thing. That's just my impression though. :D
Harry first of all nice post! I just listed my 1st property a few days and it's always good to learn from more experianced hosts.One thing i didnt understand is how do you carry out "multiple targeted searches" in our area? Thanks in advance!
As a new host, I can see some points that I've already applied and some new ideas to seriously consider. Thanks for the great summary. People underestimate how difficult it is to state the obvious and I think this is terrific - but I can't help thinking......isn't this the type of thing Airbnb should have thought to provide to new hosts (with a similar guide for guests as well)?????
I feel you @Jessica & Henry, but unfortunately, they didnt. That's why the community forums are here, to fill the gap (although as forums they could use some update - let the community moderate and vote sticky posts... for starters)