Check out some great tips on how to set up and list your home on Airbnb so you can earn money when you travel.
It’s crazy when you think about it. When you’re away from home, you’re paying for a hotel while your house just sits there, unused. Then, when you get home, you have to pay your rent, even if you weren’t using your house! What if there was a way to get paid for going on vacation? Or at the very least getting some help with your monthly rent, so you’re paying less to go on vacation. It’s not just some crazy dream; it’s actually possible! And it’s easy thanks to Airbnb. Renting your home on Airbnb while you’re away is a great way to earn some extra cash.
How to rent on Airbnb:
Make an account
The first step to renting a home on Airbnb is making an Airbnb account. Don’t breeze past this step if you want to be successful in your Airbnb hosting business. Having a detailed profile with a clear photo of yourself is imperative to having success on Airbnb. People want to know who they’re renting from so transparency is essential. Take your time with this step and construct a profile that worth looking at. Tip: Verify, Verify, Verify! Taking the time to verify your profile is incredibly important as it makes sure that you are who you say you are. Not surprisingly, that’s important to guests.
Set up your listing
Next, you’ll want to set up your Airbnb listing. This part is pretty simple as Airbnb helps you with each step including pricing and calendar set up. When writing about your home, be transparent. Make sure you mention important details such as the number of rooms, sleeping arrangement, and comforts such as a washing machine, game room, or central air conditioning. Be as specific as possible.
Tip: At a loss for words? Use a thesaurus to jazz up your vocabulary and make your listing even more exciting.
Detail all the good stuff
Now that you have the general information about your Airbnb listing down, it’s time to list all of the goodies. Is the perfect coffee shop within walking distance? Are you super proud of your cozy book nook? Are you a quick cab ride away from the best bar in town? Let people know! Having detailed information helps a guest understand your listing better. Make sure to also include your favorite activities in the area such as walking trails, great restaurants, historic sites and tourist destinations. However, don’t forget to mention potential negatives, so Airbnb guests don’t get any surprises. If your home is older, smaller, or in a loud part of town guests will want to know. Make sure to describe these aspects, but do so in a positive way. Perhaps your home in the suburbs isn’t boring; it’s tranquil and quiet. Maybe your Airbnb place isn’t old; it’s retro or classic. Whatever the concern, it’s better that a potential Airbnb guest knows about it.
Post some great pics
As they say, a picture is worth 1000 words. This is another imperative step when it comes to renting on Airbnb. Your guests want to see your home in all its glory, so show it off! It should go without saying – clean your room! Make sure to put all personal items away and clean before you start snapping. When you do take photos, make sure you take clear shots from wide angles with tons of natural light. Great Airbnb photos are the cornerstone of a strong Airbnb listing so make sure that yours look as good as they can.
Tip: Don’t get overwhelmed with the details. Use Hosty’s Airbnb property management software to make hosting an effortless task.
Now that you know how to rent on Airbnb, get to work and start planning your next vacation!