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Everything You Need To Know About Turning Your Home Into An Airbnb

Are you thinking of putting a listing for your place on Airbnb? Keep these requirements in mind.

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Finding good lodging is a key goal in every trip. To help with this, applications like Airbnb have been gaining much popularity, not only among travelers, but even among potential hosts. Are you considering making your home or unit a rental place on Airbnb? If so, here are the basic requirements Airbnb expects:


Provide the essential items

Part of giving a good short-term rental experience is making sure that all essential items are provided. These items include toilet paper, basic toiletries, towels, and bed sheets. Make sure that there are enough items for the number of people who will be renting the space.

Be responsive

Part of the reasons why travel plans sometimes get disrupted is because hosts sometimes do not respond to potential guests’ inquiries. To be a good Airbnb host, you have to take the time to give responses to inquiries and concerns your potential guests may send you. Airbnb requires its hosts to reply to guests within 24 hours.

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Keep on accepting reservations

Keep welcoming guests to your place! When responding to inquiries about reservations, be clear in answering their questions, then make sure that you and the guests come to an agreement. Doing this will not only signal to your potential guest that you are welcoming them to stay in your place, but also that you will be a caring and accommodating host.


As much as possible, don’t cancel

Cancellations in lodging, especially last-minute ones, can also cause disruptions in travel plans. As much as possible, don’t suddenly revoke any agreements you may have already made with your potential guests. But if you absolutely have to, make sure to inform them as soon as you can, to also allow them the chance to find other places to go.

Keep your rating high

As part of trying to ensure quality service to its customers, Airbnb regularly evaluates the ratings of its hosts. To keep your rating high, do your best to cater to your guests’ needs as well as you can, both during the reservation process and during their stay. This will guarantee more customers in the future, and prevent you from penalties that Airbnb subjects hosts whose ratings are consistently low.

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Aside from these basic requirements, there are a lot of other factors to take into consideration when putting up a listing on Airbnb. Aside from making sure that you are fully able to pour the time and commitment needed in accommodating guests, it is also important to familiarize oneself with the local laws that may affect running a business of this kind. You should also have some knowledge on the market and on your competition, so that you can set prices appropriately.

Nevertheless, no matter how stressful it may be, hosting an Airbnb can also be a lot of fun!

SOURCE: Airbnb

To see the rest of the Pitchpine house featured here, which can also be rented as an Airbnb, click here

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