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.
Live your myth in Greece:
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@Harry22 , great guide, thank you!
I vote that all new hosts should print this out, study it, read it again, and keep it close by.
One thing you might want to add (curious if @Branka-and-Silvia0 meant this...) is how to contact Airbnb: perhaps just add the link from the comprehensive guide Dave and Deb had made up about it. But I would make it a point and encourage hosts to sincerely try to solve their own problems before reaching out to Airbnb, as most issues can really be solved by the host without contacting Airbnb.
MY first time in the community center and... WOW ! What have I been missing !
This is TRULY A WEALTH OF INFORMATION!!
Please let me know if there's a way I can follow your posts.
Again , this is all new to me :)
THANK YOU HARRY !!
Great tips! I have used most this first year of hosting.. but did wonder about comments regarding "get insured" We of course ahve regular homeowners insurance. Is more needed? Actually I don't think we have told our insurance company we are using part of our home as occasional Airbnb. And what are your thoughts about having deductible in fees? is this a turn off? We recently added after the carpets got kind of messy...figured it might cover cleaning..
I think insurance has two(three) aspects:
1. Is insuring your house in case something gets damaged. Besides airbnb security deposit, i guess you can insure your house for fire/theft depending on your local laws etc. (i cant get into more detail into that - as i cant really know whats going in every corner of the world)
2. Airbnb insurance: Airbnb is supposed to insure your house for up to 1million damages caused by the guest. I am using the word "supposed" because this insurance does not apply worldwide - you should really dig into the terms & conditions section in order to find out what's going on in your case.
3. Public liability insurance (im not sure if that's the correct term in english). When someone has an accident while on your property. In my opinion that's the most important for us hosts. Several insurance plans and different laws apply in every country. I would suggest looking into them especially if your house has a pool or some slippery area prone to accidents ^^.
We actually found out in the initial stages that our Homeowners Insurance company would drop us if we opened our home to Airbnb guests. We opted for another company with greater coverage and an umbrella policy to cover all unforeseen eventualities. We actually ended up saving money! (In the process we found out our old policy had covered us for .5 million in plumbing!!!!!! Who wrote that??? LOL)
If you rent out the whole house it is imperative that you let your insurance company know ( in the US) It may bump up your rate but better to be safe and insured
When I started hosting I discovered that many insurance companies won’t cover you if you do Airbnb or do it more than a certain number of days a year. I had to switch companies to one that covers my home even with Airbnb.
You wouldn’t want to have a claim denied and be on the hook because of hosting.
Great to see you back in the CC. :)
This is an incredible guide of tips. I enjoyed your previous post sharing 25 tips, but in this one it is great to see you have split them up into different sections and it makes it easier to manage them.
Great stuff, thanks so much for taking the time to share your experience, I am sure this will be useful to all hosts.
Aww thank you so much @Harry22. This is so nice of you.
I would love to visit Athens, I might well take you up on that offer in the future. I visited Greece early last year for a wedding and I remember how tasty your freddo cappuchinos are. :)
Fantastic article Harry, I'm delighted to see I have done a lot of this but I will put on the instant accept thing and will remove some of my photos as def have more than 20 re each room. I will also give my house a title, I will call it Edwardian house surrounded by parks. I do love this business and wish I would get long term people who are on internships. I work full time so that would suit me better. Do you have any tips on how to attract these kind of people. Also what part of Greece are you in? It's my favourite country.