Tips for Becoming an Airbnb

November 29th, 2018

With the increase of Airbnb, more and more property owners are starting to see this as a lucrative way to make some extra money. In addition to having property you can legally rent out, you need to take care of a few other things as well to become an Airbnb host, especially if you want to do well and actually make money.

Get Rid of Clutter and Valuables

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One of the first things you should do before you become an Airbnb host is to evaluate your home and see what in your home guests would not like or what you do not want them to have access to. If there are personal items you care about on your property or papers with sensitive information, you will need to put them somewhere else, like a storage unit or another property. You should also get rid of extra clutter and either donate, sell, store, or toss it. Airbnb guests want relaxation, and they cannot do that in an over-cluttered space.

Do Some Math First

Before you get too far along in becoming an Airbnb host, make sure that it makes financial sense to you. You can find multiple Airbnb calculators online designed to help you figure out about how much you could reasonably make from becoming a host. Do not forget to account for your costs, from utilities to extras you offer guests to a cleaning service.

Perfect the Listing

When it comes to listing your Airbnb, the photos are what will make it stand out. The description is also important, but the photos are what will grab the attention of potential guests. Your photos need to make a good impression for your home. Show off the features that will make it truly appeal to guests so it stands out. Combine this with a detailed description that highlights what makes your place stand out from the others in your area.

Ideally, you will take a good look around your space before you create the listing to ensure that you have everything guests would need. Make sure you have basics in your kitchen, linens, beach towels (if appropriate), hair dryers, toilet paper, and other essentials.

Know Cleanliness Is a Priority

Before you host your first guests and between every guest, you need to make sure you thoroughly clean the place. This will have a significant impact on reviews. Cleanliness goes back to getting rid of clutter since it is harder to keep a place well-organized and clean if it is too full of stuff. Some Airbnb hosts choose to clean the place themselves between guests while others will hire a cleaning service to do so for them. Either is fine; you just need to evaluate how thoroughly you could clean it yourself or what that cleaning would be worth in terms of your time.