Guide To Being An Airbnb Host
How safe is it to be an Airbnb host? Should you be worried about people going through your stuff? Can you really manage running a rental all on your own? Those are just a few questions that might have crossed your mind when thinking about becoming an Airbnb host.
How do you properly manage this so that it becomes worthy of all the time, energy and money you invest into it?
If you are considering becoming a host, the following steps can help you achieve success:
Always Be Upfront With Your Guests
Don't give in to the temptation of taking advantage of your guests.
Your place might not be the nicest apartment ever. It could be an old building with banging pipes, small bathrooms, or shower that isn't draining well, but you still have to price it accordingly and be open about the shape it is in. It might help you attract backpackers or budget travellers who just want a clean and cheap room.
Be Familiar With Local Laws
Don't be like most people who are hosting apartments and rooms while doing it without their landlords' knowledge. There are also others who do this while going against their leases. There have been people who have done things without encountering any issues, but this is not a risk you should also take.
The consequences that might come with your landlord or neighbors finding out may not be something you are prepared for. The best thing here is for you to look up the local laws for you to have a plan.
Have a Business Mindset
If you are really determined to make money from Airbnb hosting, make efforts towards making your listing attractive. Consider other things you can offer to achieve this. This could be a free walking guide or tour through the neighborhood, providing coffee or breakfast or giving a discount for longer bookings.
You May Not Have to Worry About Your Guest
Airbnb guests are usually very considerate. They actually acted like a guest. They did not come home drunk or come home late to mess up the apartment by thowing up and they didn't have some unrealistic expectations such as having you do their dishes.
Although there are very considerate guests as discussed above, there are still times you may end up with guests you might have to ask to leave. You may have guests that might bring random people to your place or another make a pass at your loved ones or even you. You may even encounter guests that will take advantage of your polite offers.
Whenever any of these or any other things you are not comfortable with is done by your guest, you should be able to stick up for yourself. Get Airbnb involved too. One of the ways to avoid this in the first place is to add a House Rules section to your host profile. This way, the guest would know what is right or wrong to do while they are staying at your place.
Keep Payments Within Airbnb
Receiving cash or handling the booking without the middleman and doing it one-on-one may be tempting, but you need to know that leaving Airbnb out of all payments or messaging may leave you vulnerable.
Hosting an apartment through the Airbnb service means you are insured in case something happens. This also means an extra benefit on security because the company is aware of the person you are hosting at your place.
Avoid Automatic Booking
The auto-booking feature helps you get more bookings but you have to consider your lifestyle when it comes to this. If you like some quietness and your guest is a DJ who has to practice in the room, this could be annoying.
Of course, that shouldn't be a problem if you won't be staying at home at the same time with them. Lifestyle and many others things need to be considered, which is why you need to think twice about using the auto-booking feature.
With the following tips above, being an Airbnb host shouldn't be a hard thing to do.