AirBnB has really taken off in the last couple of years and many people use the site to choose accommodation when they are travelling. It’s a great way to have more independence while you are away. And if you rent out a whole house it can be a real home away from home. There are some exquisite properties to choose from, and some gorgeous town houses in places such as London, Bath and the Cotswolds. But how about if you are on the other side of the fence and fancy becoming an AirBnB host? Here’s some top tips on how to run an AirBnB.
1. Are You Ok with Other People In Your House?
Whether you own a castle, fort, townhouse or just a regular two bedroom property, it will no doubt have your own personal stamp on it. Before becoming an AirBnB host you need to seriously think about whether you are ok with other people being in your house and using your stuff. With AirBnB you can book out your whole home or just a room. If you are thinking of just booking out just one room you also need to think about whether you are ok with strangers in your house while you are there. Some people love the idea of meeting new people and potential friends. Others can’t stand it! You will also have to be prepared for any breakages. While a deposit will cover most things, if you have valuables, you will want to consider packing them away.
2. Keeping a Well Maintained House
If you are thinking of using your house as a holiday home you will need to have all the appropriate items in place. You will need fresh sheets, extra bedding and new towels. You will need to make sure you have appliances like a washing machine and dishwasher. And you will need to make sure these are in perfect working order. Always have professionals on hand such as WPJ Plumbing & Heating in case anything needs fixing urgently or goes wrong. There’s nothing worse than renting out your home and then finding on the day of your guests’ arrival that the boiler has broken or the toilet won’t flush. You will also have to make sure you keep a tidy house and that everything is clean and bright. Also remember things your guests may need such as hand soap, a corkscrew and enough dinner plates and glasses.
3. Advertising and Money
If you are thinking of becoming an AirBnB host the likelihood is that you are looking to make some spare cash. Do some research into similar properties in your area and see how much they are charging per night. You’ll also need to state how many guests are allowed and what your deposit and cleaning fee is. In order to advertise your property and make it stand-out, take a selection of stylish photographs that reflect the beauty of your home. Also give details about the nearest restaurants, bars and transport. And lastly, make your guests feel welcome by offering them extra blankets, a local map and maybe even a welcome bottle of wine. If you want to do this long term you will be relying on good reviews and return customers.