You probably need to set up something like this https://www.opendns.com/home-internet-security/ to block torrent sites, and then add it into your house rules that guests will be liable for any fines from downloading illegal content
I useBare brand WHITE sheets on all my Airbnb’s, bleach between every guest and good as new (generally 3-sets per listing last me 2yrs unless major issues ruin them). Be sure to use a mattress cover and pillow cover also, and I recommend using a duvet with white duvet cover, wash the cover with the sheets every time and the duvet itself one or twice per month or as needed. (I highly recommend IKEA’s Duck Feather Down comforters and pillows, don’t recommend much else from there though).
Personally I use all white, that way I can bleach everything all at once (white sheets, duvet covers, body towels, hand towels, washcloths).
Also makes for good advertising during COVID “all linens are bleached in hot water between every guest”.
I get the Bare brand off Amazon, pretty reasonable price, comfy and generally get about a year usage out of them: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07TLP9MTM/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_Y3M9X6EWASTP6JZQGV3T?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Generally, yes, unless there is a threat to health or safety (see below). At Airbnb, we acknowledge that assistance animals are not the same as pets and serve a crucial function for their owner. As stated in ourNondiscrimination Policy, hosts are expected to reasonably accommodate reservations where an assistance animal may be present, even if their listing/house rules state “no pets”.
Glad you're asking all of this stuff.
You can let guests book instantly if they meet certain requirements set by you (like ID verifications) or they can send a reservation request. As long as you reply, denying a reservation won't have much impact on your profile. Reviews are only posted for reservations where check-out has occurred or if the reservation is cancelled past the check-in. They're blind so you won't be able to read a review before writing one yourself or until 14 days have passed.
Depends on your target audience and market. Overall, people who travel internationally aren't very interested in other countries shitty cable shows and much rather have fast internet to watch their own shows and to entertain themselves. You have the option to set this in the amenities on your listing.
In terms of house rules, there's a lot of things you can insert. If you're vegan, you can even add a no-meat rule on your kitchen. Just be honest.
Airbnb has some basic insurance that not always works as expected but is effective when the Hosts are well aware of what's covered. This link explains it much better than I can: https://www.airbnb.com/help/article/938/what-s-the-difference-between-airbnb-s-host-guarantee-and-host-protection-insurance
Arrange this with your guests on a reservation-to-reservation basis. I wouldn't expect my host to be around more than once every 2/3 days if I'm staying more days than that.
Yes. Please insert one.
Check www.airbnb.com/help there's so much stuff there for anything else that you require. Otherwise, there's plenty of "undercover" advisors like myself around on Reddit, plus very experienced users who will be glad to help.
Best of luck!
Did you manage to sort things out? It can be daunting when you are welcoming guests into your property, I'm not sure of the details in terms of your concerns - was your property not physically ready or were you not feeling ready yourself?
As a minimum rule, your property should be secure, clean, well-presented, and contain essential supplies to make your guests feel at home. A welcome book (complete with house rules, useful instructions and details of local events, etc) is a great way to enlighten guests. Concentrate on the basics, get some great reviews under your belt and keep making improvements.
If you were just not feeling it as a host it could be a case of nerves? It can be daunting letting "strangers" stay at your place. Screening guests can help to make you feel a little better about opening up your property. You could also invest in security measures such as smart locks (so you don't have to worry about lost keys, etc)
Either way, hope you have everything sorted out and are feeling a bit better about hosting?
There are so many things you can do to market your Airbnb property, remember to focus on your positives - living out of town can be a great bonus!
Good luck going forward and happy hosting!
This is what I have in my bathrooms. 3.5" x 5" Elegant Bathroom Sign Septic System Do Not Flush Feminine Items, Wipes or Paper Towels. Not even"flushable" items. For home, restaurants, office septic systems. Tasteful bathroom art decor https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07XWRNK3C/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_86CA3JZPK89DPXT3EXCR?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
AirBNB only issues a 1099K when you have earned over $20k AND had 200+ reservations. So unless you hit both, you will not receive one. (https://www.airbnb.com/help/article/414/should-i-expect-to-receive-a-tax-form-from-airbnb#)
You are responsible for paying taxes on all of your income however - even without a 1099K. Anything else is tax fraud and can result in fines and penalties should you get audited. They're going to wonder were those bank deposits came from.
There are a few things you can try to draw interest:
Marketing is key, so really go for it! Promote via Instagram and social media and if possible partner with a couple of local attractions (promote each other via websites etc).
Keep smiling, fingers crossed you will start to get more bookings soon!
Can we add another useful list? (We do love a list)! This one covers all the essential bits and bobs you might need to keep your guests sweet!
Ah that's nice, it's great to hear nice stories about lovely guests, makes the hosting journey worth-while.
You could always ask them to join you, offer it as a celebratory meal and champagne on you as it's their honeymoon (extra host brownie points)! They might prefer to be alone as they are on honeymoon, but asking casually won't hurt (if they decline you could still deliver fizz and flowers as a special touch to say congrats)!
Making your guests happy is the key to success - you will leave them with great memories, encourage them to stay again, and hopefully provide you with a fab review too!
First off clarify the situation - your tenant might need a gentle reminder that the ensuite bathroom is for the guest staying in the adjoining bedroom - not for all to use!
House rules are important if you want to set clear boundaries, so if you haven't included this "rule" on your list then it's time to add it. Make sure guests are aware of the setup and read house rules prior to booking.
Digital locks can be pricy but if you are hosting a number of guests at the same time security needs to be at the fore. Might be worth the investment - and you can include the feature on your listing. Safety conscious guests will be drawn to your place!
It is key that you screen every single guest and, therefore, it is good that you're asking questions like this. As you've mentioned this guest does have one good review which is a good start. Other things that you can watch out for when screening a guest is the tone of his/her conversation. Also, be sure to ask your guests additional questions to find out more about them and their needs.
Like the other comments have suggested, it all depends. Though, what is important is that you when you're writing your listing you clearly describe all the amenities that you do offer. The worst part is guests arriving only to think that you have a washer/dryer. Also, if you do decide to get one, make sure that you mention in your house rules what's allowed and what's not (for example, some hosts restrict their guests to one load per week).
Yes, automation is definitely the solution. When you install a home temperature automation unit, you can ensure that the ambient temperature at your property is always reasonable because you can easily check it periodically from your smartphone. Plus, you never have to worry about guests injuring themselves or damaging your property while trying to adjust the temperature themselves.
You can also get sensors. Sensors can be integrated with automation software to allow you to create rules on how you want your home automation devices to respond. For example, you can set up a rule that stops the HVAC from running while the front door is open to save energy or a motion sensor can turn lights off when not in use helping you to save on the electric bill.
You can check out the AirGMS blog. AirGMS vacation rental software has a great blog with the latest industry updates and valuable insights.
I would recommend that if you want to go this route mention it in your house rules too so that guests can plan beforehand.
Something that this article fails to mention is that Airbnb hosts should be screening guests. There are basic things that a host can be on the lookout for that could possibly signal problems in the future such as wanting to communicate outside of the Airbnb platform.
I've never heard that called a hamper and thought you were talking about like a laundry hamper/basket lol.
We're up in the mountains and it can be very dry, especially for people that aren't used to it, so we have extra chapstick and hand lotion samples scattered thruout and encourage guests to keep it if they like it.
We DO leave a few premium drinks in the fridge like fancy sparkling waters, kombucha, some soda, but the only ones I seem to replace with any regularity are these canned lattes (we get them at Costco, it comes out to a little over $1 USD each).
Maybe a face mask or eye pillow or something?
People usually enjoy alcohol... we don't drink and thus didn't want to provide it, but sometimes previous guests will leave things in the fridge for the next person and we've gotten a few "thanks" about that.
I think restricting access is a great idea. My networking equipment is locked in a closet inside a rack mount enclosure. We have a battery backup too for brief power surges.
I think this specific box looks a little unwelcoming (reminds me of those AC thermostat enclosures) and would look at a small rack mount setup instead if you want it visible. Something like this (link below) I think looks super professional if you can find one cheaper and somewhat hide it (maybe laundry room?) or I would use a wood cabinet secured to a wall with a lock on it.
Rack Mount Example:
I would also consider hiring an electrician and routing a wire to a cabinet or closet that you can properly lock. Coax is pretty easy to reroute too. If you end up with poor reception you can run an extra AP via POE (one wire for data and power) fairly easily for a rock solid connection in another part of the home. We’ve found out these investments to be very worthwhile.
If you’re experiencing a modem crashing (and can’t change it out due to the ISP), you can buy devices that will auto power cycle them. If your router is crashing you should consider getting a new router. I have the Ubiquiti AirCube AC which never seems to crash. Also there’s a way to disable the reset button in software on this specific router.
Feel free to PM :)
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You can't prevent them as you getting bedbugs has just about nothing to do with you or your processes on site.
We have every bed up on bed bug traps. To get to a human to feed, they have to crawl up the easy gritty side of the trap, and then they slide into a slick side and are stuck. Your bedposts all rest on one of these. So unless the bedbug climbs to the ceiling and does Airborne Ranger, you don't have to worry about the guests getting bit, and you'll get a heads up you got a problem.
Then like someone else suggested full encasement bedbug protectors. This all but guarantees even if you do end up with some, your guest will likely not be the one to notice them first.
I love these. I put one in each bedroom to supplement the heating system. They are safer than a portable heater, which could catch something on fire, and they only use 400 watts.
I’m in Costa Rica and buy pool towels at the local hotel supply store. They are not as thick as our bath towels, so they seem to dry more quickly. You also mentioned the beach… Sand presents its own issues with towels. I recently ordered some special sans-free towels from Amazon. We haven’t had enough guests use them to get feedback yet, so I don’t really have enough info to report on whether these are worth the cost. Here’s the link: https://www.amazon.com/Dock-Bay-Quick-Drying-Travel/dp/B081C7CMQ1?ref_=ast_sto_dp&th=1&psc=1
The auto-lock timeout is usually configurable. I have it set to 30 minutes on my unit. That's plenty of time for hauling stuff in and out, but not so long that it poses an inordinate security risk.
You should also look into the YoLink door and window sensors. The whole YoLink ecosystem is pretty amazing. I have leak detectors under every sink, as well as temperature sensors (so the pipes don't freeze) and window sensors on the door and windows. The app can be configured to send you alerts if a door is left open longer than X number of minutes, if the temperature drops below Y degrees, etc.
Sorry this happened to you. As others have noted, I would write an honest review. Note whatever things they did well, but also note that the place was left a little messy, and that the front door and gate were left wide open with the heat on.
This is an easy and very inexpensive problem to solve
Just refill as needed, which is mostly just topping off them after each stay.
I had these dispensers for a couple years, but they have a couple flaws. The nozzles tend to clog, and water dripping down gets inside and can dilute the contents. I just got rod of mine and switched to this one. I've stayed at a friend's Airbnb which uses these and I like them a lot better. It's overall a much better design and the nozzles don't clog up.
The only downside is that the two- and three- compartment versions are unavailable for some reason. I contemplated doubling down on shampoo but for now I have it loaded with soap, body wash, shampoo, conditioner. None of that stuff is expensive when bought online in gallon quantities.
You don't have to install the hanging caddy portion if you don't want. I think it looks a lot better without it.
Pet hair vacuum cleaners + pet hair “brooms” for carpets like this one: https://smile.amazon.com/Squeegee-Remover-Portable-Detailing-Hardwood/dp/B0BFBJ647S/ref=mp_s_a_1_4?crid=HTSKHNKMMUCO&keywords=pet+hair+broom&qid=1668747606&sprefix=pet+hair+b%2Caps%2C211&sr=8-4
No, we purchased the linens and have at least 2x of each type, so while one set is dirty and being washed, another set is on the beds.
We use these:
Our place is pretty seasonal, so winter and summer requires restocking the closet every month or so. It really just depends on how much storage space you have for bulk purchases from Costco. Our closet is not very large, so we can only store about 1 month of paper products and ~2 months of other products.
Just stocked up on Amazon's jersey knit sheets since they're really cheap right now for some reason. Quality is good for the price, and the queen is normally $40. Not sure why it's $25 at the moment. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08FYCBBWBz
Here are some things that have worked for my rental: If you have a shower with a shower curtain, these hooks are a lifesaver. Also, Bar Keeper's Friend does an amazing job cleaning fixtures. Easy to remove toilet seats for cleaning and changing are great too.
This is what I use and I place them under sinks and anywhere that could possibly leak causing issues in the future. They are cheap for what they are and I can get an alert from anywhere.
I've only ever seen that rule in places like restaurants and converted retail spaces, not anywhere where a person will be spending a significant period of consecutive time.
Can you potentially provide more specific guidelines like "only flush TP, not tampons or paper towels) and ensure the toilet paper provided can dissolve rapidly in water like what they use in RVs? Quick google led me here: https://www.amazon.com/Scott-Rapid-Dissolving-Toilet-Paper-Tissue/dp/B00BL0WSI0
I do think telling guests that their poopy toilet paper has to go in the garbage instead of the toilet is pretty gross. I would not book there unless a suitable workaround was offered.
If you rent you need to resolve this problem.
I have an old house and I did several improvements.
In my case my sewer was broken.
But assuming your sewer is ok I recommend to change toilet.
More important you need to evaluate your toilet paper. After extensive research I found 2 ply toilet paper that desolate better than most brands.
Costco brand was the worst to dissolve.
King in main BR
2 Twins with option to convert upon request
Here! Stock some of these then sell them for $50 a set when the need arises.
A fake 4’ tree with LED lights and some non-breakable ornaments could cost $65. Here’s a $57 tree from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/National-Tree-Kincaid-Multicolor-KCDR-40RLO-S/dp/B0019IE544/ref=mp_s_a_1_5?keywords=christmas+tree+small+with+lights&qid=1663508098&sr=8-5
Send her the cost, ask her to pay in advance through the Resolution Center, and prepare to get lots of 5 stars.
I installed Anderson patio doors and only option they had for that door was Yale Assure Lock for Andersen® Patio Doors.
I am not sure if you can retrofit that lock in an existing door. You need to call Anderson windows.
I one or two shower heads would make a difference in booking.
But shower panel could tip the booking scale.
We went with a Hamilton Beach Flex Brew
We provide a coffee grinder, some whole bean coffee and four pods. We used to also provide a reusable filter with it. BUZZZZ! Wrong answer. That lasted all of four guests before going missing. Paper filters are cheap and you don’t have guests “accidentally” packing them away.
I use these, have worked great for 1.5 years with most any stains coming out (I think only one set had been ruined)
LuxClub 6 PC Sheet Set Bamboo... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071RVW4ZY?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
If you have rule and penalty for smoking on the property it will be difficult to collect even with evidence.
I would buy a sign “no smoking” and place around the property.
I have this one. I think it was a little under $200. Here's a similar one for $232.
I believe that the LockState brand was owned by Remote Lock, and it appears that this was spun out as a separate company when Remote Lock started partnering with other lock manufacturers. (For obvious reasons, you don't really want to run a business that competes directly with your business partners. Kind of awkward to partner your service with Schlage while selling a lock that competes with Schlage).
Have you looked into the price for solar? Arizona is the perfect spot. Lots of sun all year round. You can get a 20%+ rebate if you get it done this year. You can also get a loan. This will extend the time to payback but it will still be worth it in the long run.
Also, if you upgrade your A/C to a ductless or ducted heat pump they are 300%+ more efficient. They aren't cheap but on a $600 electric bill it will have a great ROI.
Both of those upgrades are expensive. But if you can swing one or both they will help a lot!
This is an option for a heat pump that is sized for your house. Its very likely you can get some rebates as well for the install. $4500 to buy $1500 for install. $6000. If it takes your energy bill down by $200/month then it will pay for itself in 30 months. After that you are making money. A lot of money.
Check your address here to see if you are a good candidate for solar.
This could be a game changer! It won't be cheap to start but you will be getting great returns on your money that you invest in the solar. Plus clean energy is awesome, good for the environment and gives you some independence.
Horse fencing will often do.
OSHA Waring Sign - Steep Drop Off With Symbol | Aluminum Sign | Protect Your Business, Construction Site, Warehouse & Shop Area | Made in the USA, 14" X 10" Aluminum https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DNKL4W9/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_i_S9JQAT07SJKTYWTK9HAY
Use this product - a yolink immersible sensor (it’s what we use). You’ll be alerted when the pool goes above (or below) your chosen temp range. Then adjust your language to let users know about the charge and remote temperature monitoring. Inexpensive (but note that you need the hub.)
YoLink Weatherproof Temperature Sensor, YoLink Hub Required https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08Z3XH313/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_PNTCS4BD2632659TMA2H
Refoss Universal Garage Door... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07SZSQH5N?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
Works with most brands, $25 for two. A clicker is more comfortable than using the keypad, but they will get lost 2/3 times per year. You can charge the guest $15 and just have a few backups programmed, ready to put out
Late to the party but, here I am!
I put a LOT of thought into this. I personally travel with my own shampoo because I have long hair and generics tend to fry it. However, buying great shampoo and conditioner was going to be a pretty severe cost. So, I shopped, and I found products that I personally like in my hair, ones that have all the right "labels" and ones that I can buy at a gallon a time on Amazon!
I use this brand and I top off a shower dispenser after every guest. I'm not shy about saying the brand even though its inexpensive and generic, because I get to say "cruelty free, sulfate free, paraben free" alongside it and because, if folks use it I think they will like it!
If anyone tries this out, I would love to hear what you think of the product on your own hair. I am working off a sample size of one right now...!
Window sensors. Something like this, then set up automation to notify you if the windows get opened.
Also link the window sensor to the AC and Heat to turn off if they are open.
I have cameras in common spaces, yes.
I also added a single camera at the garage to face the house to catch any smoke being blown out a window too. `
The conventional wisdom on here when it comes to cigarette smells is to get an Ozone Generator.
The Costco Pima cotton sheets are great. Someone in here recommended this comforter/duvet, and I got them and I love them. Super fluffy and since I use them as a comforter and not a duvet, easy to wash and put back on the bed. Bedsure Soft Queen Comforter Set - Light Grey Bedding Comforter Set, Comforters Queen Size Cationic Dyeing Queen Comforter with 2 Pillow Shams (Queen/Full, 88x88 inches, 3 Pieces) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08RS4FM53/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_i_6HB4BNTG3WQB3KE84AZA?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Never used these, but will probably look into something like this myself:
Portable Remote Holders https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CLFDMHN/ref=cm_sw_r_awdo_navT_g_P815MS0HRVVA9SQYTFDG?psc=1
They also have thr kind that fit the entire remote, this one attaches to part of it.
You could be listed as a co- host. But when I did it we wanted something more separate.
On Android, there is the possibility to set up second accounts for all your apps (including AirBnB), like if you use your phone for business and also for home.
It might be easier these days, but I used an app called Island to navigate the separate installations. I used it to set up a separate AirBnB and a separate email so I wasn't looking into their main email. A dedicated AirBnB email is a good idea anyways.
Setting up the AirBnB account on my device was a simple as setting up any AirBnB account on a secondary device. Just like I have my current account on my phone, tablet and also computer. Just be in contact (or drinking coffee) with the other party during installation so they can pass confirmation messages along.
As for the rest I was paid an hourly rate, but most of the hours were for cleaning, with a little for handling the bookings, and also generating and printing out the reports for their accountant. I think it was 2 hours for cleaning and maybe 1/2 hour for paperwork per booking.
Waiting for the guests was sometimes a bit of a problem, but that's another story...
Completely free. I have it linked to the bank account my Airbnb funds are deposited into, so the income side of the accounting is pretty much automated. All I have to do is go in once a month to record expenses.
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You can give him 2 and have 22 for yourself 😜…or show him how apologetic you are and comp him with the whole box since he is a repeat guest
800ml Soap Dispenser Wall Mount, Manual Hand Shampoo Shower Gel Dispenser Lotion Container for Bathroom Kitchen, 2 Chamber https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07T4N914W/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_i_X55KSB7DTB72ZM3ET00M
Looks like Amazon still has one right now, and perhaps some return/refurbished as well.
If I was smarter I'd be posting affiliate links. :p
Amazon Basics Lightweight Super Soft Easy Care Microfiber Bed Sheet Set with 14" Deep Pockets - Twin, Dark Gray https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00Q7OAKV2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_i_K3K442WH2PZAJHFZGXN5?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
They feel surprisingly luxurious, especially after a few washes. We were always afraid they’d sleep hot, but they don’t! They have served us well for many years!
I leave at least one towel per max occupancy (if it sleeps 5 - I leave 5 towels). plus the extra towels are accessible. Some guests (small number will use one towel per day. Most will use one towel per guest (same one).
> This allows them to do laundry and clean the towels used during their stay.
Almost no guests do this unless they are staying long term or more at least than a week.
> hand towel thing but for the most part each bathroom will at least have 2 and 2 backups and washcloths
I leave one hand towel per bathroom sink, and one wash cloth per bath towel (same number there).
> Of course when it comes to the kitchen area we will have plenty of dish towels (6-10?)
Same we fold and keep them in a basket by the sink and leave one out on the stove handle.
> fully stocked cleaning kit, broom, mop, vacuum, paper towels, etc. too.
need chemicals for guests to use as well. Make sure the vacuum is simple to operate and not too expensive. I like this one (cheap, easy, and works well):
Zinus 12 Inch Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress / CertiPUR-US Certified / Bed-in-a-Box / Pressure Relieving, Queen https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00Q7EPSHI/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_T2E2N8NK3TC94080ER1W?psc=1
Put it in a breathable waterproof encasement (Walmart) and you are good. It’s firm.
Sticks like a champ. Mounts flat or in a corner.
Wave. High quality software and I believe it's totally free as long as you're only using it for accounting and not invoicing, payroll, etc. https://www.waveapps.com/accounting
As with most accounting software, it's much easier to manage if you if you keep all business expenses separate from personal with a dedicated business cards and bank accounts. All expenses are then imported automatically so you don't really have to do much.
I have this one arriving next week- has better reviews than some of the plastic ones that struggled with viscosity (sometimes conditioner is too thick?) and wasn't stunningly expensive. Hope it works out.
As an Airbnb guest, I've never liked big communal drugstore bottles and the quality of the individual sized ones were lacking, so I'm going to try this as some kind of compromise.
KUSVADO Glass Soap Dispenser Wall Mounted, No-Drill Wall Mounted Shower Soap Dispenser, Hand Soap Dispenser with Adjustable Stainless Steel Holder for Bathroom and Kitchen-(Black 3 Chamber) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B091M6F1TZ/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_fabc_1XC08G5VGDX04GJ3CX7D?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
We use the ultraloq on all of our exterior doors and have been really happy with their service and quality (3 years on the first one we installed). They have an expensive version that supports fingerprints which we don't need. The keyed version works for us.
We have smaller scale, 4 main entry points, but the app makes it pretty simple to manage.
ULTRALOQ Smart Door Lock U-Bolt (Satin Nickel) + Bridge WiFi Adaptor, 5-in-1 Keyless Entry Door Lock with WiFi, Bluetooth and Keypad, Smart Door Lock Front Door, ANSI Grade 1 Certified https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07SHF99B2/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_fabc_TB6K2J4FQYHFSTSPM4T1
Ok, so completely unrelated to your original post - what kind of baby gear do you provide? I’ve been considering a combo play pen/crib/changing table that can be folded and stored out of the way. But I don’t have any kids, so not sure what’s considered good or “enough.”
Something like this is what I have in mind:
awesome! I just read that review and ordered a set to check out for myself and to see if it helps w. my hot sleeper issue which has plagued me for years! I also have used these bamboo cooling blankets and really like them. they take awhile to dry (says don't dry them in dryer but you can), def help the temp issue: https://www.amazon.com/DANGTOP-Blankets-All-Season-Ultra-Cool-Lightweight/dp/B07QTJ3YPP/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?keywords=bamboo+blanket&qid=1637011317&s=home-garden&smid=A3L0KW9Z5LWJGJ&sr=1-1-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUEyWDlZSEU5RVcwTU9HJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwMjU1ODI4MVBKRU02UzNGSko4MyZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwMTYzNTc5MUM0M0pDSjAySk83UyZ3aWRnZXROYW1lPXNwX2F0ZiZhY3Rpb249Y2xpY2tSZWRpcmVjdCZkb05vdExvZ0NsaWNrPXRydWU=
I have an Airbnb that we have hosted for a little over 400 stays. I started with microfiber, but have since changed to 100% cotton (though I occasionally use a cotton blend). I am a very hot sleeper and I realized only a couple years ago that microfiber traps heat and was adding to my misery. So, while I loved the softness of the microfiber sheets, they don't work well for people who sleep hot. If you are not a hot sleeper, you may be unaware of this. I switched over to cotton. Big difference. So I switched to cotton as well for the Airbnb. I use these from Amazon; they are fairly priced for cotton and well-reviewed:
The pdf is a great idea. We are now 18 months into our Airbnb. As u/OakIsland2015 says your list of rules will get bigger over times, our first set of rules were simply "Treat our house as you would your own", this after the first guest was quickly scrapped and advice from others were to spell out things to people. Our list of "rules" is one A4 Page, it is personally things that I would not do in my home anyway, like please take your shoes off, as not everyone does.
However as you say not everyone uses the physical manual/guide. I now have an online version too, made with https://webflow.com/ (no referal link), which is free for most templates and you get your own custom domain (eg; yourname.webflow.io) it's also very easy to use, it automatically changes your design to be dynamic for different size screen (desktop, tablet, phone etc....) I've also made a webpage with directions on it that I send people a bit.ly link to guests, which tells me if people use the link or not, which I find useful.
I also have gone to the length of using an old mobile phone in my place that has a copy/link to the house manual/guide on, it also controls some the of the smart lighting, google speakers etc.... very handy personally.
Your rooms look lovely - hope things are going well so far?
As others have mentioned photographs are really important - definitely include clear pics of all common areas and state clearly what guests can expect on your listing. Meeting the expectations of your guests is a top priority or any host! Marketing is key too, promote yourself well and check out what your competitors are offering in terms of price and amenities.
Best of luck with everything and happy hosting.
Sounds like you've found something that suits your needs - anything that can make the hosting process easier has to be a bonus doesn't it? I hope you don't mind if I chime in with another option? AirGMS has recently made a few changes (they are now called iGMS) and they now offer:
Take a look, it could help you to save time and grow your business. Happy hosting all!
Death and taxes - as the old saying goes, the only two certainties in life! There's a myriad of information out there on Airbnb taxes, so do a bit of research, or get some help from a fellow host.
Keep a careful log of your incomings and outgoings, this will be essential when completing tax returns. You need to check out the rules and regulations surrounding tax in your locality to make sure you have everything covered.
Good luck x
Sounds like a great idea. It's always good to try and get into the mindset of your guest, it's easy to forget comfy as a host (and forget about the masses of competition creeping up with bigger and better ideas on how to keep guests happy)!
Small, special touches can really appeal to guests - after all, we all want to feel welcome when we stay somewhere. As a host you can add value by leaving a small gift, personalized note and useful extras (such as games, books, craft items etc).
Or you could consider intertwining your property with an experience- based on your location and what you can offer e.g accommodation and cookery lessons, accommodation and walking tours
Lots of opportunities!
There are a whole host of insurance companies waiting in the wings to provide you with insurance for your property - perhaps you could use a comparison service just to sanity check your options?
You could also think about charging a security deposit, not all hosts do (in case it puts guests off booking), but it's a good way to protect against damage to your property. Might be worth a thought?
I would just send a brief and friendly message, something along the lines of
"Hi, you expressed an interest in booking my place, just wanted to check if you would like to go ahead or if you have any further questions you would like to ask about it? I look forward to hearing from you."
Communication does eat into your time, but I guess it's something we just have to get on with in the aim of securing those bookings! This might give you a few ideas:
Stating you are pet-friendly is a bonus to those who want to bring their four-legged friends, but you can always add a few parameters! As others have pointed out you can define what you are comfortable with - e.g. "two well-behaved dogs welcome on request."
As you have said, stating you can't accommodate pets would be tricky now - but you can state that you aren't able to accommodate four pets! That's a big ask after all, plus puppies can be messy house guests! Do you have any house rules in place for pets? E.g. no pets on the furniture etc? Some hosts also pt to request a security deposit in case deep cleaning is required! There's a useful post on this just in case you want to have a look:
At the end of the day, I guess it's just down to whether or not you feel comfortable accepting this (very) dog-friendly booking request!
While a property management company is experienced at their job, it can be hard to find one that will cater to your specific needs.
Another solution is to invest in software. You can for instance get AirGMS. Vacation rental software like AirGMS enables you to immediately respond to messages with the help of template answers, it offers a single inbox for all your messages, lets you create very detailed financial reports and helps you to manage your cleaners much more efficiently.
If you're going to list both your whole house and a private room on Airbnb, it's a good idea to invest in vacation rental software that can help you to sync your separate calendars. In fact, AirGMS has a very useful feature for this situation. It boasts a parent and child booking management feature that enables you to see if just the room has been booked or the whole house.
Unfortunately this does happen from time to time to most hosts. One way to prevent this from happening again in the future is to send a reminder about the checkout the previous day. Luckily with the help of vacation rental software like AirGMS, you can create a template and automate such a message so that it doesn't have to be another time-consuming task.
Check that your listing mentions that it is indeed an older place, that way guests will know what to expect. Also, when you do receive a negative review, replying to reviews can show that you care - just remember to stay rational and calm.
It's been our experience that becoming a Superhost is for sure worth it. If you want more information regarding the perks of becoming a Superhost, you can check out this article, Airbnb Superhost Status: The Definitive FAQ Guide, on the AirGMS blog. Hope this blog post answers some of your questions.
It will not count against you per se. Though, by leaving a review first, your guests will be more likely to return the favour and leave a review for you too. Needless to say, reviews are crucial if you want to remain a Superhost. If you're finding the review process to be too time-consuming in general, you can check out AirGMS. One of the features offered by AirGMS is automation of guest reviews.
So, the insurance programmes offered by Airbnb does not offer complete protection as there are many terms and conditions. Also, your existing home insurance programme will not cover you as they usually exclude business activity. This means that you will need to get extra insurance that does include business activity (be sure to mention that you will be listing your property on Airbnb).
As Airbnb is getting increasingly more popular, it is a good idea to list your property on other sites too. For example, VRBO attracts families and specializes in travelers to US destinations. Here's an article that lists the top 10 vacation rental sites that will be of help.
With regards to what else you should provide to your guests, here's a list with all the essential items. Take a look and see what applies to your listing. Hope it helps!
This is always a tricky situation. There's not much you can do, but always remember to ask your guests to report any issues that they may experience immediately upon arrival. Though, as pointed out in another answer the bites might only have appeared later. Here's an article that actually gives advice about what to do with "imaginary infestations". Good luck!
One tip would be to make sure that you describe the set up (that it would be a private room and that guests will have to share certain places with you) clearly. Also, make sure that you list all the amenities that you will be offering clearly and accurately. In short, when writing your listing you don't want to create any confusion.
If the majority of your bookings are coming via Airbnb, you might want to consider investing in Airbnb automation software. For instance with the help of AirGMS, you can sync your calendar. As it boasts seamless integration with Airbnb's new API, there'll be no time lag. You can also use it to sync your calendar from all other third-party platforms via iCal.
Your house rules are so important. Basically just ensure that the rules are simple and explicit. Nothing in your house rules for your room listing should be left open for interpretation.
With regards to writing your house rules, here are two top tips:
To add to the other answers, you can invest in Airbnb automation software like AirGMS that will automate this review process for you. With the help of the AirGMS guest reviewing feature, you will be able to build the templates for guest reviews using predefined elements. This way you'll save loads of time!
I bought a first aid kit off of Amazon. This is the one. It is under the bathroom sink. I periodically check it to make sure I'm not running out of anything. So far only a few bandaids have been used, but that's it.
We are a fan of these boxes for cushions, hammocks, and pool toys. Guests have instructions on where to find and put away items when not in use. We've never had an issue with them putting stuff back. Same goes for the furniture covers which we rarely use.
BLUU 120 Gallon Outdoor Deck Box Storage for Outdoor Pillows, Pool Toys, Garden Tools, Furniture and Sports Equipment | Water-resistant | Grey | Lock Included https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08MTBXR9K/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_fabc_Q1ZKHWG8BBNND9BKCZ4K?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
gotcha, thanks. Is this the thing you are talking about? we actually already bought some to put on the doors themselves https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07R18K1ML/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
I put this and a big $22 Walmart percolator in our unit.
Groups use that, and the couples use this. Toss it in the dishwasher all done!
Melitta 640820 Heritage Series 1-cup Red Plastic Pour-Over cone Coffee Maker, Red https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B00CHILTMG/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_i_G2WBSKKFYTFHWGGEHSWM?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
I've used these for years and they have held up really well. Bonus that it has the side for quick hot water for tea and hot chocolate. Its relatively compact for both uses. Have only had to replace a few broken carafes over the years. They are cheaper these days and you can upgrade to more expensive versions if you desire. The tried and true works for me. Cuisinart is generally a good well made purchase.
Cuisinart CHW-12P1 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker Plus Hot Water System Coffee Maker, Black/Stainless https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003KYSLMC/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_fabc_BKVP4TSSJDQHP30390AG
I skipped the fancy coffee makers and went with something like this. Cuisinart DCC-3200C 14-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker, Silver https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B073P6K4KN/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_i_W9S01Z8B7TCGYPVZQHZW?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Make sure it has a metal filter, no paper filters easy to clean.
I love this machine. It actually gets the coffee hot.
Cuisinart DCC-3000 Coffee-on-Demand 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005IR4W7W/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_fabc_HB7A5FFAAZV4ZZ6HTWHE?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
I Install electronic locks on my interior doors (I rent out multiple rooms). Here is the ones I use as an example