Owning an Airbnb property can be a great way to earn some extra income, but there are a few
things you must avoid doing if you aim to be a successful host.
We have listed nine common mistakes that Airbnb owners commit that you should watch out for.
1. Not Listing on Multiple Channels
This one is relatively easy. By listing on multiple channels, you can reach more guests. Do not restrict yourself to only listing on one of the several OTAs (online travel agencies) that are available to guests, including Airbnb, Booking.com, HomeAway, Orbitz, and VRBO.
Adding your vacation rental to several internet travel sites may enhance its visibility, increase availability, and keep bookings coming during peak and off-season periods.
2. Not Pursuing “Best Match” Optimization
Everyone’s attention has recently been focused on VRBO’s shifting algorithms and fees. Even though many owners are understandably unhappy about the recent adjustments to the fee schedules, membership tiers, and search rankings, it’s still crucial for owners to improve their listings if VRBO is their primary source of searches from travelers.
While it’s fair to be frustrated about the additional costs, trying to avoid them would only harm your company. When homeowners encourage visitors to book and pay directly on the VRBO website, they badly reduce their likelihood of appearing in search results.
3. Not Keeping Your Listing Up-to-Date
It’s essential to keep your listing up-to-date, as guests will want to see accurate information. If your listing is outdated, guests may be disappointed and could leave you a negative review.
4. Not Having Enough Photos
Photos are important in selling your listing. If you don’t have enough, guests may not be able to get a good sense of what your listing looks like and may not book it.
5. Not Verifying Your Guests
One of the most important things you can do as an Airbnb host is to verify your guests. Make sure you take the time to do this, as it could save you a lot of trouble down the road.
6. Not Being Hospitable
Remember that being a host entails more than merely accepting funds and reservations. Being a host or property manager is all about giving your visitors a memorable and satisfying experience.
Before, during, and after your guests’ stay, strive to be your most excellent self. No matter what time of day or night, promptly respond to inquiries, be present for your visitors, and always act professionally.
7. Not Providing Basic Amenities
Guests will expect basic amenities to be available, such as towels, linens, and toiletries. If you don’t provide these, they may choose to book another Airbnb that does.
8. Not Keeping the House Clean
One of the most significant things you can do as an Airbnb owner is to keep your property clean. This means regular cleaning and taking care of any repairs or maintenance issues promptly. If your house is messy, it will reflect poorly on you as a host.
9. Not Having a Check-In/Out Procedure
It’s essential to have a check-in/out procedure so guests know what to do when they arrive and depart. If you don’t, this may leave them with an awful experience, leading them to not book again in the future.
You don’t want to ruin your customers’ Airbnb rental experience, so keep these pieces of advice in mind. When you do, your guests will have a positive experience, will spread the word about you, and will even refer their friends and family to book your property.
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