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  • How to Airbnb your home

    How to Airbnb your home

    Travelers today are looking for new experiences. Instead of staying at a hotel, they opt to rent an Airbnb home to experience the location better. Though Airbnb has been around for a decade, the concept is only just picking up in India. For homeowners, Airbnb can unlock doors to opportunities that haven’t been utilized before. The concept is simple: If you have an unused home, you can rent it out to travelers for as low as a day or even a month. The charge is per night. The ones who occupy the space will know exactly what you will be offering them for that price. There’s no need to provide a hotel-like service, but you do need to bear the cost of maintaining the place and also be a host for them or appoint one if you’re not in town. Homes located in or around tourist spots or in prime city areas tend to get a premium pricing. If managed well, you can very well earn a lot more through Airbnb-ing your home than just simply renting it out. Checklist for AirBnb your home Now that we’ve got your attention, you sure would like to know how exactly you can convert your home into an Airbnb home. It’s pretty simple. Let’s go through what all you need to prepare. Have a complete profile The Airbnb business works on mutual understanding and trust. Just as you would not trust a traveler who hides information, people are wary about choosing homes where they don’t have enough information about the host. The way to improve your trust and likability is to have a complete profile by filling all the information. This includes verifying your profile by uploading an ID (which isn’t made public), linking your account to social media sites, adding your contact number. These help people identify that you’re a genuine host and not a scammer. Show a part of your personality so that travelers can figure out something about you. Most importantly, add a clear image of yourself. List your property Once you’ve made an account, you need to list your place. If you thought that you need to only list out full homes on Airbnb, you’ve got it wrong. Airbnb is all about the sharing economy. There are many different types of homes available on Airbnb, such as: A room in your house: People let out one or more rooms in their homes to single or couple travelers. In this case, they have access to the kitchen, as well. An apartment: This is located in a building, and the building amenities such as the swimming pool may not be accessible to guests. An entire home: The whole house is rented out to a certain amount of guests. They have access to everything in the house, as well as the backyard, front yard, etc. Studio homes: These are tiny one-room apartments that are meant for solo travelers. It has minimal amenities It’s important to let people know what kind of a home it is. Some travelers prefer sharing a room with other travelers or the host, while some prefer entire homes to themselves. The more accurate you are in your listing, the better it can be found on the search engine. After this, you need to mention the total number of people who can live in your home. Additionally, mention the number of beds available as well. You wouldn’t want to find a party of 20 people in a home meant for just four. Getting the pricing right The next to-do on the list is to price your space. That’s a question that bothers many. How do you decide on the amount per night? Airbnb will give you a suggested price, which depends on factors such as your location, number of rooms, amenities, tourist season, average prices in the neighborhood, etc. You can take that into account and decide your final price, which can be higher or lower than it. You can even change the rates for the weekends. Additionally, if you want to rent out only on certain days, you can do that as well. There’s a lot of flexibility when it comes to Airbnb-ing your home. Airbnb gives you the option to provide discounts for longer stays, such as a week or a month. When you’re pricing, remember to factor in other costs such as cleaning and maintenance. If you want to make the most of your house, price it similar to what others in your location are charging. Or else you’ll end up making a huge investment in the house and losing visitors to other homes. What’s your special offering? People want to live in places that are located in good areas. So ensure you write a good description of your place and neighborhood to attract more people. Are you a fun person? Is the neighborhood fun or strict? What are the facilities available nearby? Is there a supermarket or a 24X7 pharmacy? How far is the metro or a station from your place? These are just some of the questions that travelers consider. Be as accurate as you can be, and don’t lie. Airbnb works on ratings, and you don’t want your rating to suffer because of inaccurate descriptions. If there are some issues such as a noisy neighborhood, small living space, or any other turn-offs, be sure to mention that. To make up for this, highlight other amenities that you provide. One of the reasons why people prefer Airbnb over hotels is the home-like amenities that they can get. So, imagine you are the traveler. What would you want if you chose your home? Common amenities include clean sheets, shampoo, soap, spare towels, and toilet paper. If you want to decorate it, you can add scented candles or some board games. Another way to show your traveler you care about them is to keep an adaptor for those with straight-pin chargers. Remember, those viewing your profile are looking at ten others and comparing what they can get. Your amenities are what will make you stand out. Clear the Clutter Unused homes or rooms tend to turn […]