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 to point 44 below
Check in & beyond
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 at your discretion)
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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Harry - great job in fact gathering.
One thing I noticed in my own hostings - Calendar / Availability - I found that having minimums larger than one day will make your listing invisible to guest who put in a time frame. In otherwords, if my minimum stay is 3 days, and a guest is searching for 2 days, my site won't even show on search. I feel it's better to have no minimum stay but block calendar days (manually or automattically) after guests leave if you need time to clean. As I work full time, during the weekdays, I block one day after each guest leaves to allow myself time to reset my listing after work. I remove the block for the weekends, as I am home and can turn my listing over in one day.
I know you doubly stressed the importance of not cancelling, but you should also doubly stress that running a rental property is a business. It might be part time, it might be fun, but it is still a business. It has income and expenses (both reoccuring and consumable), great customers, grouchy customers, never to be satisfied customers. Towels, bed linens, etc will need to be replaced. Glasses will get broken, trinkets will get stolen.
Hi Fellow Hosts,
I cannot find the answer to my question in any of the threads so thought I'd just through it out there to y'all. When I have a booking for a group and not a "family", I like to have the additional guests to the one booking "join the reservation"
As a host I can access this form by clicking the darkened number of guests after the reservation is made, which is shown in the price breakdown.
My question is, does the guest see the same darkened number of guests and the breakdown as I do and can they access the form in the same way?
We need some semblance of safety in having the names of the people staying in our home.
We have a beautiful 5 bedroom waterfront home with 45 feet of windows looking onto the lake. We had damage done to our beautiful 13'x10' and had to replace it. The guests were removed by Airbnb for the complaints that arose from neighbours for the guests using our home as a party house. I won't go into all the sordid details.
We had an open file with Airbnb as we needed to have the guests removed. Airbnb refused to compensate us for the damaged rug although we had an open file and the damage was reported immediately to the agent we were working with. He was in Europe.
He told us to wait for further instructions for filing a claim. We waited and waited.
When we got tired of waiting and called Airbnb to tell different agents of the damage, we were told we had an open file and they couldn't help me. When finally we were contacted, they said our report was too late and others had checked in and we had no proof of the guests responsibility. We supplied date stamped pictures of the damage done. After being advised to contact the guest re damages, we had already submitted a report and pictures several times, she refused to do anything and said to handle it through Airbnb.
Since after four years of SuperHost status and this being my first claim, we now have no trust in the support promised by Airbnb.
We therefore want the names and info of all people using our vacation home.