Airbnb is a fantastic way to create money with unused space. So fantastic in fact that everyone seems to be in on the game.
It can be hard to stand out from the crowd but don’t worry. Here are five secrets to becoming an Airbnb super host that will keep the five stars rolling in:
Renounce the awkward greetings and exchange of keys. Install a smart bluetooth door lock and give your guests the opportunity to check in on their own terms after their travels. Giving them a code to enter gives you both peace of mind because they aren’t in charge of remembering check-in times and adding on to their keychain and you can relax by not having to hide keys for late nights and give complicated instructions. Updating your home with a smart lock can definitely upgrade your Airbnb hosting.
Be realistic with your space
Everyone has experienced the disappointment of actually receiving the burger you’re going to eat when what you were really hoping for was the mouthwatering, photogenic masterpiece on the commercial. You don’t want your guests to fall victim to the same disappointment when they pull up to your place. Skip the filters and display your space just as it is. Show a clean and tidy space, of course, (you already are a great host after all), but don’t stretch the truth on size or location. Being dishonest about a space can cause bad ratings and customer dissatisfaction.
Display your recommendations
Apps come in handy when staying in a new location. Yelp and Google ratings can give users a good estimate of what places are best to eat in their area, but you can offer them the next best thing. 92% of people trust recommendations from others, and since the place is in your stomping grounds, you know all of the great eats in the area. Post your recommendations and menus in a central location so your guests have options to browse when they get hungry during your stay. This recommendation book can go beyond dining to include guides on how to get around town and attractions on the calendar. Whatever you would recommend to your friends and family, recommend it to your guests where they can find it without asking.
With more than 100 million Alexas sold, there is a likely chance your guest may have one in their own home. By installing one in an easy-to-spot location, you give them another comfort of home. Your guests can rely on Amazon’s device or another easy-to-use home device to listen to music, check traffic conditions, or check the weather. To avoid guests rampaging your purchases, disable that option in the app for a carefree way to keep them happy and informed while protecting your credit card statement.
Keep it simple
Don’t overload yourself or your guests with elaborate accommodations. People have very simple needs when traveling. These include enough towels, linens, coffee, and other kitchen necessities. Don’t clutter your place with excess and create a stressful environment. By keeping a clean, minimalistic feel to your space, guests can bring their own personality to your space, allowing them to feel relaxed and at home at your property.
As an Airbnb host, it can be hard to stay afloat in the midst of all the competition. But you can instantly upgrade your hosting skills by using tech to your advantage, giving great recommendations, and keeping it simple. Which one of these five secrets will you try first to become an Airbnb superhost?