AirBnB is a marketplace for people all over the world to list or book places to stay. From castles to small bedrooms guests can find the perfect place for them to make their vacation experience a trip to remember. People listing their apartments, bedrooms, homes, and even boats can make extra income by opening their spaces to guests. Being an AirBnB host is a great way to make money, if you do it right.
Tips For Being A Great Host
The interaction that you have with guests is entirely up to you. Some hosts rent out one of their rooms to guests and coexist with them while some hosts rent out their entire homes when they go out of town and only interact with guests through email or phone. No matter the amount of interaction that you have with your guests follow these tips to make sure that they have a great stay at your residence. This will lead to awesome ratings and will also increase your income coming in since more people will most likely book your listing:
- Manage Expectations - not everywhere can be a taj mahal, however if you are over promising on your listing then guests will definitely be disappointed when they arrive. Be honest with your listing so guests know what they are paying for. Any quirks to your house? Mention them. Naturally play up the perks of your house as well but don’t hide anything that might be important to certain guests like the fact that you have a lot of stairs or live on a very busy street.
- Preparing For Their Stay - it’s okay if you don’t have an elaborate house or the most elegant things - the most important thing to guests really is that the space is clean and functional. While on vacation it is likely your place is more of just somewhere to house their stuff and rest their heads after a long day of fun. Make sure to have beds prepared, extra towels on hand, as well as spaces where guests can put their stuff. Some hosts connect with their guests beforehand to have snacks or drinks they like on hand, this isn’t necessary, but some inexpensive snacks as well as a few beers or a bottle of wine can make all the difference in their reviews.
- Connect with Your Guests - making sure that you communicate well with your guests is definitely important to making their stay the best that you can make it. If your street is hard to find or there are certain parking instructions include these prior so guests can plan. Most likely, they will be stressed enough without any surprises. One thing that great hosts do is send an email prior to guests stay with information about the house, as well as any events going on in the area, information about the neighborhood, restaurants, cafes, etc. so that they can plan out their vacations as well as not overwhelm you with a million questions upon their arrival.
- When They Arrive - It is important that if you are hosting/also going to be in the space you make sure that the guests are comfortable. Greeting them at the door and giving them a quick tour of the house as well as offering them a drink like coffee, tea, a bottle of wine, etc. will go a long way. If you aren’t able to be there when they first arrive leave a note with instructions on where they can put their stuff as well as anything else they need like how to work electronics, light switches, etc. and a basket with snacks and drinks. This can make all the difference as well as save you from getting a lot of texts and calls with questions when they first arrive.
Going the extra mile with preparing and hosting your guests can make all the difference when you are an AirBnB host. Guests are looking for the experience as well as an inviting space, this is why they chose your place over a hotel, so make sure to keep this in mind. If you follow these tips you will be sure to be a great host and get awesome reviews.