What are your tips for a simple hosting routine?

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Hey there,

 

I know life can be really busy, and we often hear in the Community Center that you are having to juggle many things at the same time. This is often where having a handy hosting routine can be a great help!

 

We’ve had many great conversations about what you do to make hosting easier and more time efficient. I thought it would be great to bundle a few together, as there are some amazing tips:  Here are a few highlights:

 

Managing your time during peak season / What’s on your Pre-Check-in check list? / Message templates

 

  • @Alexandra316  mentioned that during busy seasons she has “a really great cleaner who takes care of cleaning when [she is] not able to, and found a laundry service to take care of sheets and towels.”  
  • @Ioannis21 said “Although we are new hosts we try to automate things as much as  possible...We have created message templates for almost everything and we have saved them in the messaging system . This saves time and shows an organised host. We update them regularly... "

 

There are a variety of methods that can help you to host, including many time saving tools or devices. From setting up saved message templates to potentially spreading the load with a co-host or even hiring a cleaner. Different things work for different hosts.

 

Do any of these sound familiar to you? Have you managed to get into a good hosting routine and if so what methods have you found the most useful? 

 

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts. 

 

Stephanie

 

28 Replies

Re: What are your tips for a simple hosting routine?

in
Nashville, TN
Level 3

We are new to hosting, and love to see post like this. I am using the app TurnoverBnB to help with the cleaning schedule. My cleaner is synch'd up on her app and she is able to see my booking dates and check-out times. With each booking she is able to accept my cleaning which ensures me that it will be done.  what is also nice is that you can also message through the app. Again, new to hosting, but this has saved a lot of time for us. @Stephanie 

Re: What are your tips for a simple hosting routine?

Online Community Manager in
London, United Kingdom
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Hi @Michael3362  - thanks for sharing that. It's great to hear how you have used that software to optimise the time you spend on the listing turnover. 

Re: What are your tips for a simple hosting routine?

Level 8

Hello everyone,

 

I clean and manage the property myself; it's a small house, so doesn't take much time.

I use template messages and I leave the cleaning material in the house; when I get out of the house, I go to the laundry, and while waiting for the close, I report the new guest to the foreigners services in the laptop, and send the information to the fiscality services.

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in
Auckland, New Zealand
Level 10

hello @Stephanie @Rita662 @Michael3362 


Always keep on top of the laundry, keep linen ironed and at the ready to zap onto the bed.

Always remember to clean windows on a regular basis, there's nothing more annoying than dirty windows, I think clean windows equates to a clear vision.

All the best

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in
Clearwater, KS
Level 8

@Helen427  Do you have any good tips on cleaning windows? It never fails when I clean Then they still have streaks. 

“It’s not where you go, it’s who you meet along the way.” Wizard of Oz

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in
Auckland, New Zealand
Level 10

@Michelle1164  I use plain hot water run over newsprint papers and scrunch them up. Wipe the window whichever way I'm in the mood to do, then use a dry scrunched up piece of newspaper to dry them off.

I try do mine in the morning so as not to get condensation as I find if I do it later in the day I do.

 

Some people use a method of wiping windows say sideways on the inside then longways on the outside as it's easier to see which side may not be squeaky clean!

 

All the best

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in
Clearwater, KS
Level 8

@Helen427  Plain hot water, hmmm. Have to try that instead  of Windex or other window cleaner. I have tried the wipe longways and sideways for indoor vs outdoor. I’ve used paper towels and even a window squeegee. Always leaves streaks. Live on a dirt road so have come to the understanding that dirty windows just comes with the territory. But those streaks drive me crazy. 

“It’s not where you go, it’s who you meet along the way.” Wizard of Oz

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in
Auckland, New Zealand
Level 10

@Michelle1164I have empathy re dirt road as windows so regularly dusty.

As hot as can be, I wear good solid gloves.

If necessary, try adding a splash of vinegar to the hot water & definitely use  newspaper and plenty of elbow grease.

Let us know if it works

Re: What are your tips for a simple hosting routine?

in
Indianapolis, IN
Level 2

Do you use newspaper instead of paper towels? I learned that tip from my stepdaughter and it really makes a difference.

Re: What are your tips for a simple hosting routine?

Level 3

Well, I agree with the point as it is very critical to clean all dust and dirt from the widow. Dirty window do not allow the proper flow of air in the premises. 

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Clare, Ireland
Level 2

While we haven't used it yet, I would recommend the Properly App. It's like a photo checklist for cleaners or someone who is getting the house prepared for you. 

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Ochre Beach, Canada
Level 4

I second the Properly app.  We used this with out last ABNB and found it great to be able to take pictures to visually show our cleaner how everything is to be set up.  It was also helpful for myself making the list instead of just remembering how I like it, I could actually see it. Helped me not forget things to tell the cleaner.  Loved my Lockstate smart lock too... it automatically sent a code to my guests that worked only for certain times.   Made the check in process nice and smooth.

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in
Canary Islands, Spain
Level 10

Hi @Stephanie 

 

The first thing I do when a guest books is to send my location map and how to get from the airport to the apartment with enclosed info:

 

timetable busses and price for the bus ticket and where to get off the bus

affordable car rental companies at the airport 

Taxi price towards my home

 

I ask them when they will be arriving at my place 

 

at the end of the message I mention that I offer them assistance regarding their stay so they'll not hesitate to contact me.  

 

Kira

 

 

 

Re: What are your tips for a simple hosting routine?

in
Toulouse, France
Level 2

je viens de lire quelques remarques des uns et des autres mais cela ne m'aide pas beaucoup car je ne pourrais pas me servir d'une telle application, c'est trop compliqué pour moi qui travaille avec une synthèse vocale (je suis handicapée visuelle) tant pis je vais m'y prendre autrement, car jusqu'à maintenant je faisais avec ma voisine qui ne travaille pas (en fait, si elle élève ses 4 enfants) mais elle n'est pas souvent à l'heure mais elle est efficace. Je suis découragée, car j'ai beau me mettre en 4, il y en a toujours qui critiquent ; je pense que je vais accepter moins de personnes et prendre le temps de ré-organiser mes visites. a bientôt à tous chantal de toulouse (france)

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