By: Alek Vorobets
14 Things First Time Airbnb Hosts Need To Know
When Inez Volkov put a clawfoot tub in her family country cabin near Yosemite National Park, she didn’t anticipate that guests overflowing the tub where bathwater seeped through the floorboards.
“More than once our sheepish guests, would call with a dilemma” she recalls. “We would call our handyman for floorboard drying heaters.” and eventually updated house rules to let the guests know the potential cost involved for shenanigans inspired by the romantic
Becoming a successful Airbnb host isn’t just about landing a booking; it’s about what happens after the guests arrive. Hootelly help with the nuts and bolts of hosting—regulations, insurance and safety— Also we offer helpful tips for choosing bed linens, connecting with guests and, in some cases setting the mood.
“People who have chosen to go this route are not just looking for a well-appointed home,” Volkov says. “They are looking to engage their imaginations.” Which may mean finding imaginative uses for a beautiful clawfoot tub. ; )
First-time Airbnb hosts need to think beyond nailing the practical bullet points—“the number of glasses, blackout curtains, and packaged bathroom products,” according to Volkov—and consider why travelers are paying to experience the locale in the first place.
Natasha Follon an interior designer from Washington State, specializes in Airbnb rentals and runs two of her own in Sacramento, California, and Ione, California, agrees. “If you search in Sacramento CA., you get over 200 properties,” she says. “So how do you stand out?”
We asked Natasha and our resident interior designer Julie Beale, who rents her Fair Oaks, CA. apartment, for some pointers on doing just that.
1. Engage Your Guests
2. Be a Good Guide
3. Think About the Little Things
4. Make it Turnt
5. Live Like a Local for a Day
6. Keep It Clean
7. Say No to Clutter
8. Keep It Simple
9. Spring for Quality
10. Keep the Bathroom Stocked
11. Stock the Kitchen
12. Set Expectations
13. Set the Stage
14. Have a Back-Up Plan for the Back Up Plan or Leave the rest to Hootelly.
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