If you have some unused living space, like a room, or a whole apartment, renting it through Airbnb may be the best option for you. Not only can you earn some extra money, but you get to meet a bunch of people from different countries and cultures. Whether you’re already an Airbnb host, or you’re thinking of becoming one, use these tips as guidelines to up your game.
Be honest with your guests
If you want to rent your place regularly, you need good ratings and as many good reviews as you can get. In order to achieve that, your rental property has to meet your guests’ expectations. Don’t Photoshop the pictures you post, or promise something that you can’t deliver later. Fill in the listing with all the available information and be honest with everything, including any flaws. If you’re sincere enough to mention that your building is old, that the elevator doesn’t work or a window won’t open, your guests will know exactly what to expect. Besides, if they complain and ask for a refund, Airbnb will take your side and advocate for you, but only if you’ve been completely straightforward in your listing. Don’t worry if your place isn’t perfect and simply price it accordingly. If your guests receive everything they expect and a bit more, you’ll get great reviews and ratings, which will make it easier to rent your place again in the future. When describing your property, mention the nightlife, important events or good cafés or restaurants nearby. Yes, people want to come to Sydney, but it’s your job to attract them to Parramatta, or any other part of the city.
Decorate your rental property
In order for your guests to feel comfortable and happy, your property should be clean, cozy and match the description on the website. The more you invest in your property, the more guests you will attract. For example, you should always try to add a local touch when decorating. You can achieve this by putting old photos of your town on the wall or using vintage furniture. You can buy some new furniture pieces, but you can also take some time to restore some old ones. You’ll find that there are people who will appreciate your effort and will rent your place just because of that. If you don’t have air conditioning, get a ceiling fan instead. You’ll easily find a trustworthy electrician in Parramatta to install it for you. You should also consider the property and guest safety, so think about installing smoke alarms as well.
Availability from the very beginning can earn you extra points with potential guests. People generally like it when they make an inquiry, and you reply within a few minutes. You can even just say you’re at work and you’ll get back to them with the information they asked for as soon as you can. Also, the day before their arrival, contact them to check if everything is still on schedule and if they need any directions or other information. As soon as your guests arrive, check if everything is OK and if there’s anything out of place. If something’s wrong, this gives you the opportunity to fix it before it becomes a problem and reflects on your ratings.
Go that extra mile
You want your guests to like you and you want them to be happy it’s you and your property they chose. So, think about throwing in something extra, something not on the listing or in the description. For example, get them a present of locally-made wine or chocolates. If not, you can make sure there’s lunch or dinner waiting for them when they arrive, although you should be careful with this one, since you might need to cook a vegan or a vegetarian meal. Leave them a jar of coffee, some milk and sugar, some tea, or a fruit bowl. Anything they get, without expecting it, works to your advantage and can get you outstanding ratings.
Where there’s a will, there’s a way, so it won’t take much for you to become a great Airbnb host. And then, the money will roll right in.