WATCH: How to become an Airbnb host this festive season
Technology / 19 December 2018, 07:00am / Staff Reporter
DURBAN - During the summer season in Cape Town, thousands of travellers from across the globe arrive in the city.
With so many additional visitors, locals with a spare room have the opportunity to offer their space to travellers and make some money.
The locals can rent out their homes while you’re away on home sharing sites such as Airbnb, and you may even cover the costs of your trip.
If you’re thinking of listing your home on Airbnb, here are some guidelines about the process and how to become a great host.
It’s easy to become a host on Airbnb - and it’s free to create a listing. On the Airbnb home page, click on the “Become a host” option in the top right-hand corner and use the drop-down list to select a hosting option. You’ll be guided through a series of questions to create your listing and tell guests what they want to know.
Choose your pricing
The price you charge for your listing is completely up to you. For guidance, you can search for comparable listings in your city or neighbourhood to get an idea of market prices. If you need help, there are tools to help set your prices, and you can adjust nightly prices any time.
You can also choose to include a cleaning fee as part of your nightly price or you can add a cleaning fee in your pricing settings.
Once you receive a reservation, there is an Airbnb service fee charge for hosts, which is generally 3% for home hosts.
Take charge of your calendar
If you only want to make your home available to book on certain days and dates. You can also link your Airbnb calendar to personal online calendars so that you are able to easily keep track of your bookings.
Show off your home with photographs
Photographs are selling tools for your property, so make sure they are good quality and that the room is guest-ready before you take the photos.
It’s a good idea to have a range of photographs to give your potential guests a real flavour of where they will be staying.
Think through the management of your Airbnb property
Hosting involves being able to respond to queries from potential guests and confirming bookings that are made, and making sure the listing is clean and guest ready. In addition, you need to have a process in place for welcoming guests when they arrive and providing them with their keys.
Aim to be a great host and strive to become a Superhost
The best and most popular hosts strive to go above and beyond for their guests. Provide local tips and suggest local places to shop, eat, drink and be merry. This will not only help you receive a high rating, but also helps local businesses and spreads the economic benefits of tourism in your neighbourhood.
Being a great host could also put you on the path to becoming a Superhost. Superhosts are the top-rated and most experienced hosts.
Market your beautiful design-led home on Plus
Airbnb Plus is available in Cape Town, and celebrates the highest quality homes with hosts known for great reviews and attention to detail. Each Plus home is visited in person, and it caters for those guests looking for that added assurance over the quality of where they stay. Take some tips from celebrity interior designer Bobby Berk and make your home feel homier with some easy to implement design tricks.
Share your passion as an Experience host on Airbnb
Sharing your home with someone is great, but what if you don’t have an extra room or a house to list on Airbnb? You can also sign up to be an Experience host on Airbnb. Experiences are activities or excursions led by passionate local experts who want to showcase their city or neighbourhood in a way that is slightly different from the norm. It could be a cooking class, a wildlife adventure, a run, a swim, a social impact experience.