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 a lot for your great tips! I have recently become a Host and I have even saved your advice in my PC destop in order to try to learn these fundamental hosting knowledge :) Such a great help that you provide. Thanks again!!!
Thanks so much! So much info, I will have to read it a few more times. I was wondering if there were more tips on "to review or not to review". I am a new host, 6 weeks and have alrady reached superhost status. I've had only 2 strange guest experiences out of 15. One didn't stay, think they thought it was something else. They were older and I think we are too hippy for them... anyway....they didn't stay so I didn't write a review, What if they were to reply and give me all ones for example.... also another young couple wanted me to refund them in cash after 15min. Said they had an aunt nearby with a house and they could stay there for free... anyway, I have a moderate cancellation policy due to the popularity of my listing... these kids stayed for 2 days in the room and never came out! and we live at the beach! and they come from the capital city an hour and a half away! I also strategically decided not to review them as I also feared perhaps they would lower my 5 star rating. Does AirBnB punish you for not reviewing? https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/31051709?preview_for_ml=true&guests=1&adults=1 Thank-you for all of your great tips!!!
Harry, thanks a lot for your experiences and all points,
they will help us to be better:) in hosting, I am rather new in this.
Best Regards Metka
Thank you @Harry for sharing such a comprehensive tip on hosting. May God continue to bless you for being generous in sharing and giving.
I actually have quite a few questions but first, the most important for me at this time is how do you go through check out as a guest is about to check out in a couple of days. Please share your thoughts and experience. Like, checking on broken or lost items or what not.
Other questions and clarifications to follow as I am new in hosting. Thank you.
Thank you for these tips, very helpful! The only one that I would caution hosts on is allowing a one night stay. We found that locals scout for cheap places to party, completely disregarding house rules even when having them directly confirm they will abide by them. We had 3 in the first month we listed ours. We now have a 2 night minimum stay. So far this has resolved that issue.