In the last few years, Airbnb has achieved exponential growth with listings tripling over the last few years. As a result, Airbnbs are one of our favorite ways to see the world, offering us an affordable place to stay as we embrace other cultures.
If you’re an Airbnb owner, then you’ll be focused on ensuring your guests have a great stay. To help you do this, we’ve put together some top tips to keep your guests coming back.
- Invest in a key safe
As an Airbnb owner, time is previous. Whether you have multiple properties or just the one, any way to save time means you have more time to focus on other things. One of the best ways to save both time and money is by installing a key safe. As well as ensuring your guests can check in 24 hours a day, a key safe means you can simply send the guests the code, and you’ll be able to go about your day as normal, with no need to check them in.
This will save you time (and money!) as you won’t need to make the journey to the apartment, and you’ll also be able to increase efficiency.
- Get good photographs taken
Although it’s easy to pull out your phone and start snapping away, you should really think about hiring a professional to photograph the apartment.
How many times do you look online for a hotel or apartment and dismiss a room due to the pictures? Perhaps it looks dark, poky or tired? Yet often, sadly it’s purely the picture quality doing the room a disservice.
By hiring a professional photographer, they can take professional pictures of your condo, which will be irresistible to scroll past. From ensuring the lighting is right, to styling your home and getting the right angles, good photographers will increase the amount of interest in your property.
Your listing is the first point of contact with the customer and good photos will increase conversions!
- Find a cheap cleaning service
Scrubbing toilets isn’t many people’s idea of fun. So why do it if you don’t have to?
Fortunately for Airbnb owners, there are plenty of affordable cleaning services that will make your property sparkle for you. Rather than cleaning your rental yourself, if you get someone else to do the cleaning, you can save yourself time and put your energy into other things.
Whether that be promoting your properties or looking at other places to invest – it’s worth investing in a trusted cleaning service.
- Respond to enquiries in good time
A given with any holiday let, but it’s important to respond to enquiries quickly.
With staycation bookings jumping by 300%, it’s important to respond quickly and effectively to prospective customers to avoid missing out on the staycationers!
The bottom line is that running your own Airbnb is great, but it’s not easy. By doing some simple things such as investing in a key safe, employing cleaners and investing in some professional photographs, you can ease some of the strain that comes with owning a holiday let and ensure your customers get a 5-star service.