Airbnb shares tips on how to become an Airbnb host. Picture: Supplied.
Airbnb shares tips on how to become an Airbnb host. Picture: Supplied.

How to become an Airbnb host

By IOL Supplied Time of article published Dec 7, 2018

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If you’re thinking of listing your home on Airbnb, here are some guidelines about the process and how to become a great host:

Getting started: Creating an Airbnb listing is free and super easy. 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. For instance, are you offering an entire home, a private room or a shared room? What type of property are you listing - a house, a farm stay, a villa, a houseboat? You will be asked for a description of your home, photos, and for payment details, so you can receive payment for guests booking your listing via Airbnb.

Choose your pricing: The price you charge for your listing is completely up to you. 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 at 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. Plus, you can charge extra fees outside of your rates (like a late check-in or pet fee), but you must first disclose these potential charges to guests before booking. Signing up and listing your space on Airbnb is free. 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 set those parameters on the platform and block out any dates that you don’t want guests to book. 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 make 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. If you do not have the time or the flexibility to do this yourself, you should consider adding a co-host, who can help manage the listing and your guests. A co-host is someone you know - usually a family member, neighbour, trusted friend, or someone you have hired to help with your listing.

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 - or whatever your passion and talent may be. Signing up as an Experience host is simple and similar to listing a property - you just need to follow the steps on Airbnb and then submit your experience for Airbnb to review.

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