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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Hello and Happy New year. As a new host in the near future, i found your tips & tricks very usefull. I'll let you know how it will turn out. Have a great day.
Great tips Harry! I am now about 1 year into hosting and there is one issue I have continued to have trouble with, maybe you can offer some advise. I often get people who book to throw parties despite there being a rule against it on my listing. I reiterate the rule in my messages when people inquire to book but still I get people who lie about the # of guests or ignore my rule and party away. I can’t always be available to meet guests in person on check in. How have you dealt with this?
It sounds like you may need to think about a co-host, a neighbor or friend help you out with greeting guests. This is the only way to make sure your rule will be adhered to.
Appreciate the time you took to write the tips. For those contemplating joining the airbnb community its fabulous and do take notw of the tips. Being a host for nearly 5 years I can say the list is spot on. All the best. Lorraine
Thank you for writing such a precise tip sheet! I wish I had this gefore I started out with Air BNB. I figured everything out with time and experience, but your thoughts are right on. Thanks!
Hello, I have a beautiful travel trailer that I am interested in hosting at Pismo Beach (RV Resorts exclusively-customer to obtain). The San Luis Opisbo planning department has stated I need to be a resident in the County in order to obtain a business license (need a local address). I live in Fresno currently and I am storing in Pismo Beach at a storage facility. Any thoughts on how to obtain a license when not a local resident?
Thank you for this post! I have noticed the more active I am on AirBnb when it comes to forums and updating calendar, descriptions etc the more bookings I get! I loved the suggestion about having friends etc add your property to their wishlist etc. I am going to do that!