5 Airbnb Tips for First Time Users That Will Help You Get More Reservations
By now, you would know that Airbnb is one of the fastest growing home rental platforms in the world.
Regardless it is in the United States, Australia, Singapore or small countries such as Malaysia, Airbnb had made significant footprint in the tourism industry.
Airbnb allows you to rent out your space easily and that’s pretty much the only thing. It doesn’t guarantee you getting more reservations and ultimately, more money.
So, carry on reading below for the top 5 Airbnb tips for renters.
1. Be descriptive — Like seriously descriptive
You have an awesome home and you are ready to list it on Airbnb. The steps of listing a property on Airbnb is fairly easy (click here for the guide) but the process of listing it is just one part of it.
Take a look at this sample.
This is a superhost and the description for the home listing is great.
Do you notice that there are some (very specific) information in the listing?
- 10 minutes to Lego (it’s the short form to Lego Land which is an interactive park for the family)
- 8 minutes to Paradimn Mall
At any given moment, there will be dozens if not hundreds of similar listings within the same area. By having very descriptive description, your home listing will stand out from the crowd.
2. High-Definition photos with touches
Just like any other home renter platforms, Airbnb recommends you to upload many photos of your listing.
Not just any photos but photos that are professionally taken, well edited and resemble the entire place you are renting out.
Here’s a simple sample for you to take a look at.
When taking photo, consider using natural lights (sunlight) for better effects on the photos taken.
3. Don’t oversell your product
This is one of the biggest mistakes we have seen many Airbnb first time renters do — they oversell everything!
The trick to have your listing up on Airbnb and having reservation is by sharing information that are related and relevant.
For example, if you have satellite TV channels with 20 channels, you need to be upfront about it. Avoid giving false hope to your customers as that will impact your reviews and ratings.
4. Courteous wins
Do you know that the first response to a potential renter carries more weight compared to any other things?
With that being said, you need to amp up your customer support and service.
Avoid using copy and paste responses. Be human and answer the questions received with customized responses. That would generate tons of trust.
Plus, don’t forget to be extremely professional. By addressing the potential Airbnb renter with mister and miss, you can create a good bridge in communication — ultimately increases the chances of getting booked!
5. Follow up
Following up doesn’t mean that you are stalking but as a sign that you care.
It is common for you to receive an inquiry that ended up being a cold lead. You should take the opportunity to reach out a second time to see if the potential renter is still looking for a place to stay!
Besides that, you may also want to follow up with the renter right after they checked in (and ask if everything is okay) and after they checked out.
Yes, these are tedious tasks especially when you are just renting out the place on a part time basis. However, these are required if you want to really strike a good impression towards your guests.
Summary: Follow these 5 steps to become a great Airbnb host
If you want to become an Airbnb host, these are the top 5 steps to follow. Following these will help you to generate more sales opportunities and grow your Airbnb business.
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