Do you have a house that now feels larger for you and your family members? Perhaps, your children have already moved out and into their own apartments, or maybe they are away for college. Whatever the case, when the house feels larger than usual, it gets pretty lonely, too. After all, a house is meant to be shared with family, friends, and in this article, guests.
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How would you like to share your house with guests as an Airbnb host? Sure, you might have heard about the game-changing and industry-upsetting app that helps local hosts and travelers worldwide. However, are you up to opening your house to people and being a Superhost? This article will tell you about three essential things you need to be one.
Presentable Rooms and Communal Area
The original purpose of Airbnb was for hosts to share their homes with travelers and help them embrace the place like a local. However, a house is still a house, no matter how big yours is. There will still be areas that you would like to keep to yourself, so it is better to have a communal space where your guests can hang around. A lounge-like area where they can simply relax during the days when they are not off to see places outside. You can even have an exclusive patio with a fantastic view of your neighborhood where they can spend afternoons or even meet other guests.
Moreover, it is quite a giveaway to make sure you provide your guests with proper room accommodations. You must take care of everything that they might need. From sheets, blankets, towels, and even toiletries, you need to make them feel like they are coming home after their journey. It is like a home away from home. You should also ensure that the rooms you provide them with are properly secured with installed protective systems. It will help your guests feel more sure and at peace in your home.
Featured Photos and Reviews
If you have never opened the Airbnb app, let us tell you that their algorithm is very photo-centric. That means the more quality photos you have in your listing, the more chances guests will browse through your album. It is also a no-brainer that high-definition images are what attract guests to a place. In the same way, how websites and social media platforms gather followers and fan-base with photo and video content, you should have the means to do the same.
Start by taking photos of the whole room you are renting out. It is what guests are looking for. Make sure you take the picture with an angle that makes it larger than it seems, so take it from an eagle-eye angle. This way, it will let your guests know everything they will have in their rooms. Next, take photos of the amenities you are offering with their stay. You might have a hot shower feature in your bathroom, a bathtub, refrigerator, smart TV with subscriptions, and maybe even a pool. Lastly, do not forget the view from your balcony or your place. Some people do book the place for the view. After all, having coffee facing the sunset is already a win. Remember, the more, the better, and when you provide guests with everything they need, you will get more positive reviews. Reviews that help future guests decide to book with you again.
Know Your Target Audience
Speaking of providing guests with everything, there is no way that every host has it all. Thus, it is essential to know what type of guests you and your place usually attract. Are they people looking for staycation places? Backpackers, who need a place to leave their belongings to venture off the nearby mountains? Or tourists who are there for the place itself? Either way, you will know what type of guests you are getting if you have been a host for quite a while. Therefore, you will be able to adjust and improve your house or your place accordingly.
For example, you are getting a lot of backpacker guests, and these are usually free-spirited people who are up for an adventure. Thus, what you can do is have a paved driveway and look into bitumen-based waterproofing solutions for durability. Then, you can put up a souvenir shop outside your house to bring in more guests. You can even open a small cafe-diner that can feed hungry mountain climbers.
When your house suddenly feels quiet, it doesn’t mean it stops being a house. You can share your home with guests and earn extra income at the same time.