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Hi everyone,

 

Welcome to the New to hosting board and I hope you’ve been finding lots of useful information, insights and advice from our community. One of the amazing things about this space is that those starting out on their Hosting journey can get a keen eye on their listing to work out those little niggles and considerations they may not have thought of just yet. We’re more than happy for you to share your listing for this purpose - here’s a guide on how you can do it in a way that makes it easier for your community to find and offer critique:

 

  • Name your topic “Critique my listing - (your name and where you’re from)” for example “Critique my listing - Stephanie in London, UK”.
  • Include your favourite listing picture in the post. This makes the topic stand out more, gives viewers a sense of the type of listing you offer and means your Community Management team can more easily highlight it to the rest of the community.
  • Share something about what your trouble might be at this point in your journey. This might be a lack of bookings, missing house rules, or even your custom URL.
  • Finally, post a link to your listing and add the tag on the thread “listing critique” and anything else you think is suitable, like the example below:

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You can always ask any of your Community Management team myself, Quincy, Nick and Liv if you need help. And you can share a link to your Critique my listing topic in the comments section below too!

 

What’s your biggest worry with your listing at this point in your journey that you want help with?

 

Thanks,

 

Stephanie

24 Replies

Re: How to ask for listing critique on the Community Center

in
Sayulita, Mexico
Level 10

@Kimberly589  There is something really wrong with your listing- it says at the top that there is a $68CAN. discount for the first 3 guests (an insanely high discount) and down below, the strike through pricing shows a reduction from $123/ night to $91, which is a $32 discount.

 

Otherwise your listing looks nice. But while you say "you are sharing space", you have not mentioned if there are common spaces the guest will be sharing with you- living room, kitchen yard, etc. You need to make that clear and add photos of any common spaces the guest has access to. And 5 hangars is not enough 🙂

 

Is that a space heater pushed up against the bottom of the bed? Looks like a major fire hazard.

 

( And your profile says "my strong suite" instead of "strong suit".

Re: How to ask for listing critique on the Community Center

in
Sayulita, Mexico
Level 10

Duplicate deleted.

Re: How to ask for listing critique on the Community Center

in
New York, NY
Level 2

Oh wow, looks like I have two promotions running and they are compounding. I quickly adjusted this! Thanks so much. How did you feel about my house rules ?

Re: How to ask for listing critique on the Community Center

in
New York, NY
Level 2

Spell check never picks up on these things! Thank you so much.

 

Thats actually my air purifier from IKEA. I was surprised that AIRBNB doesn't add this as an amenity.  I will include notes on this under the pic. 

 

Running to the store for 2 packs more of hangers! All good points! Thank you so much

Re: How to ask for listing critique on the Community Center

in
Sayulita, Mexico
Level 10

@Kimberly589 

"GUESTS We prefer to accommodate one guest per reservation at this time. No additional guests allowed, staying overnight, visiting nor otherwise, who are not on the booking. Occupancy limit for this room is 1 and cannot be exceeded in or on the property at any given time. Please make sure your number of guests is accurate on your reservation as that is the number permitted to stay overnight on the property."

 

Rewrite this. Eliminate the first sentence and the wording about making sure the correct number of guests is listed.

 

Your listing currently is for one guest only. Period. No need to mention "preference", which takes it out of the realm of a rule, nor entering the correct number of guests. 

 

The no visitors is good, as is reiterating the occupancy limit,  but eliminate "not on the booking."

 

If you decide at some point to accept 2 guests in that room, you can alter your guest count and the wording then.

Re: How to ask for listing critique on the Community Center

in
Florence, OR
Level 2

Hi,

We just hosted our first guests last weekend and have a couple more guests staying with us this month.  I would very much appreciate it if you would critique our listing, so we can improve anything early and while we go into the slow/off season for our area.  Many thanks, Cathy

https://airbnb.com/h/florence-pirates-cove

Re: How to ask for listing critique on the Community Center

in
England, United Kingdom
Level 10

@Cathy899 Looks good to me. Do you send the liability waiver immediately people book? If you do I would allow them to cancel if they don't like it within the 48 hr free cancellation period.

Re: How to ask for listing critique on the Community Center

in
Florence, OR
Level 2

Hi Mike and Jane,

We actually have not sent the liability waiver to anyone yet, but if/when we decide to do so, we would allow people to cancel.  We actually feel very "liberal" about cancellations, so even if someone arrives and decides they don't want to stay, we will always allow them to cancel their stay.  Thanks for your feedback! Really appreciate it!

 

Re: How to ask for listing critique on the Community Center

Level 1

Hello, my name is Shelby! Critique my listing please! I’m listing a private bedroom with a shared bathroom (with the host, me) in Kansas City, Kansas. 

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I’m new to hosting & would like to figure out ways I can increase the number of booking requests I get. I don’t have auto book on because i want to “screen” people before I accept them. i get about 2-3 booking requests every 2 weeks or so, give or take. Here is the link to my profile: 

https://www.airbnb.com/ h/shelbywestportairbb

 

#critiquemylisting

Re: How to ask for listing critique on the Community Center

in
Sayulita, Mexico
Level 10

@Shelby135  Your guest room looks nice, I like your sense of decor. But there is no reason to have all those redundant photos of the bed, that all show basically the same thing. 

 

Take a few photos of the room from different sides of the room, and one standing back further, so guests can see the layout of the room. Is there a closet? Show that desk and chair fully, not just the bottom half of it. 

 

Take a living room photo that shows the living room, not just a plant stand and a plant.

 

If guests are allowed to use the kitchen, which you say they are, you need photos of the kitchen. 

 

The shared exterior space photo shows nothing but a corner of the porch looking  out towards the street. Do you have outdoor seating? A backyard?

 

You could describe the space a bit more, too. What is the layout of the house? Is the guest bedroom upstairs? 

 

As a home share host myself, I think it's also good to say something about your schedule, so guests know what to expect. Do you work from home and are around most of the day, or do you go off to work? 

 

You might also think about marketing towards the type of guest who'll be a good fit for your place and for you to share your home with. Do you prefer busy guests who are out and about a lot? Do you have good reliable Wifi for those who work from home online? Will you be bothered by a guest who stays in their room all day gaming or lying around on your living room couch watching TV? 

 

Saying a bit about yourself and your interests can help attract guests you'll be compatible with. What do you do when you're home? Do you like to cook? Work in the yard and garden? Peruse home decor magazines? Practice yoga? 

 

As far as getting more bookings, I don't know the demand or market in your area. It took me awhile to start getting bookings, and they weren't steady to begin with, but as I got more reviews, they started to roll in with far more frequency. With a home share, it's actually more important to get guests who are easy to get along with and clean up after themselves  in shared spaces, than to have a steady stream of guests who might not be suited to your lifestyle or sharing a home. Quality over quantity. That's my preference,  anyway. ( I've never used IB either- I would never feel comfortable letting guests book without communicating with them first, and reading any past reviews they might have).

 

 

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