Five things to learn from Airbnb
This year we became Airbnb hosts. I heard about this site on the radio and mentioned it to Trudy. We had a room with it's own entrance and had been deciding what to with it. We ruled out renting it out long term due to the loss of privacy. But listening to the radio program I was intrigued and after mentioning it Trudy checked it out and hey presto we were hosts.
Things to note
- The site is focused on consumers. it is a community
- It is easy to use.
- Writing good copy is important.
- Good photos allow people to know what they are booking.
- It encourages rating and feedback. (We currently have 15 reviews)
Lessons from Airbnb
Trudy has really run it, purchasing things for the room to make it comfortable and adding items to the room following comments from guests, we now have a small fridge and microwave. She is constantly adding photos, from the room, to small details, to photos of breakfast on the patio outside the room. How many listings lack enough photos, or change them over the duration of a listing.
We include local area highlights in our description. When guests say why they are coming we update that list if we missed something, we are surrounded by local colleges for example who all have graduations. I often smile when I see a listing say, "Won't last" or something similar and it has been on for six months.
After booking a trip for ourselves, we added home made granola for breakfast which we had not offered before. You sometimes need to be willing to adjust.
The ease of the site, to block dates off when you want privacy, how long you want people to stay or not, adding photos, adding a short video, updating copy all are very easy and teach you how to write copy and what to offer for a listing. So, if you get some time, check it out you might learn something before you write that next listing copy. It is often more about the neighborhood and things to do than simply saying one bed room with bath.
The comment we get from most guests when they walk in to the room is, "It is just like the photos on line". Don't exaggerate or hide things, because it is all going to come out when the house is seen.
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