While it might seem difficult to imagine growing your short-term rental property into a prosperous Airbnb rental business, it’s actually not as hard as you think. The trick? A strategic plan, and also providing your guests with a superb experience.
Of course, you can’t control what will happen to your guest while they visit your city or town, but you can do everything in your power to make sure their stay is a positive one, which leads to better reviews, a higher host rating, better visibility, and, eventually, more bookings.
It might take some time to get there. But if you put in the effort, we’re confident you’ll get there.
Whether you’re new to Airbnb or have been at it for a while and are ready to level up, here’s a checklist that, if followed, will help you wow your guests and keep them coming back for more.
The whole point of following an Airbnb checklist is to make sure no stone is left unturned. The better you do at preparing your property for your guests, the better experience they're going to have.
For this reason, every detail matters. Even the smallest thing can tarnish a guest’s experience. Even if you’ve rented your place out dozens of times, don’t skip out on the process. Consistency is key, and so is a checklist.
It’s up to you if you want to combine them into one list or keep them separate, but there are four key areas you should focus on before you list your property as available are
It’s hard to overstate the value of accuracy when it comes to your Airbnb listing. The platform makes it easy to describe the many details of a property, and searchers often use filters to find exactly what they want or need. Should they later find discrepancies between reality and what you put on your listing, this could significantly impact their impression of your property, and later the review they write about it.
To make sure you start your Airbnb hosting experience off right, make sure to do the following:
After taking the time to create an accurate, appealing listing, it won’t be long before the bookings start rolling in. When they do, it’s time to start focusing on the guests.
A good Airbnb experience starts with the booking, but the next step is communication with the host and an easy check in experience.
To make sure this happens, add the following things to your Airbnb checklist:
Once you know when guests are coming, you need to make sure the property is in tip-top shape. The exact tasks that go on this list will vary according to your property, and eventually you can hire a service to do all of this for you. But it’s important to come up with the list on your own so that you can guarantee the state of your property whenever guests walk through the door.
Some things to always include on your Airbnb checklist are:
In addition to making sure your property is clean, before you have guests come to your property, you want to make sure there are no safety issues.
When you rent out your property to people on Airbnb, you have to check certain things more often than you would if you were living at the property yourself. You never really know what happens when you’re not there, and the last thing you want is your next guest to suffer from the safety issues created by the previous one.
Therefore, make sure to put the following things on your Airbnb checklist
Cleanliness, comfort, and convenience will get you very far as an Airbnb host, but if you want to rise to be the best of the best, then you need to be prepared to go the extra mile.
While you shouldn’t go deep into your pockets providing stuff for guests, a few small things here or there can make a big difference. Get creative here, but some ideas for spoiling your guests a bit that will help improve their experience include:
Pleasing your guests, earring good reviews, and boosting your visibility on Airbnb requires hard work and a strategic approach. Making a checklist that includes everything you need to do before a new guest arrives, whether it’s the first or the one hundred and first, is key to creating a consistent experience guests will remember and want to rave about in their oh-so-coveted review.
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