Tricks to Make You a Better Airbnb Host

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You’ve been listing on Airbnb for a while now and the experience has been nothing but great. You’ve been making good money, getting decent reviews, and are booked more often than not. So sure, you may be doing well, but this doesn’t mean you should sit back and get complacent. There are always ways to improve, get better reviews, more bookings, or maybe even raise your rates. We’ve put together some simple, but effective tips to give your Airbnb a boost, set it apart, and make every guest’s experience comfortable.

1. Netflix

Sometimes being a tourist in a new city is exhausting, running around all day, exploring as much as possible. Set your space apart by encouraging them to unwind and enjoy Netflix. You provide a luxury service without having to pay for full cable.  Most guests do not have time to sit through commercials while staying at your place anyways and Netflix offers built-in parental controls for families, everyone wins. 

2. Local Guide Books and Maps

Getting to know a new city can be tough, especially if you have a long list of sites and activities to get through. Laying out some local city guides, maps, and lists of recommended restaurants, museums, or activities can add a personal touch that guests love. This little extra bit of effort shows your guests that you care about their experience, not just the money you’re bringing in.

3. Have a selection of refreshments available  

The hotel mini bar is one of the industries best creations. Simple, quick, affordable snacks and drinks available at a moment’s notice. Try to incorporate this practice in your rental space. Having a small selection of snacks and beverages will undoubtedly satisfy many guests. Print up a small list with information and prices for your guests. Always make sure expiration dates are clearly written on each individually wrapped package. 

 4. Consider All Consumables You’d Find at a Hotel

Do you have an iron? Hair dryer? Maybe even a bathrobe? Well, if you are hosting you should have all of these and more available. Treat your listing like a business, everything you would find in a regular hotel room should be in your space. Guests want to feel taken care of, this means having any amenities they may need to make their stay comfortable. 

5.Provide Support for Your Guests

Perhaps the best way to set yourself apart, providing guest support for your guests during the entirety of their stay. Guests need help, sometimes a lot of it. From deciding on restaurants to figuring out the wifi, guests need a point person to deal with anything that may come up. The best hosts operate like a concierge at a hotel, available for any and all questions. If you find yourself unavailable or away, hire a partner such as NestFiller to handle guest support.

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Why Every Older Adult Needs to Start Hosting on Airbnb

The sharing economy is allowing us to consume and profit in a way we never thought possible. Creative companies are springing up every day that help us share our assets and increase our income. Older adults have more unused rooms in their home and spend more consecutive days away from their home than any other age group, yet less than 10% of hosts on Airbnb are over the age of 60. What seems to be the problem?

It’s simple, imagine if ten years ago someone told you that they were “staying at an Airbnb”, you would have no idea what they were talking about. This is the same situation many older potential hosts still find them selves in, they simply haven’t heard of, don’t know how to use, or don’t know anyone that has used Airbnb. One company, NestFiller, focuses on helping older adults fill spare bedrooms in their home using platforms such as Airbnb. NestFiller manages all aspects of your listing, no need to learn a new website, clean before guests arrive, or orchestrate key exchanges, especially if you’re on the beach half way around the world!

We’ve put together 4 reasons why snowbirds, empty nesters, and seasoned travelers should be hosts on Airbnb and taking full advantage of the sharing economy.

  1. Income

Retirees are able to supplement their retirement savings, travelers can travel more, and snowbirds can make extra money from the space they aren’t using for half the year! The average Airbnb listing in NYC generates $44,784 annually and is booked 80% of the time. Empty nesters quickly find themselves with an extra room or two once their kids head off to college, after all, you’ve raised a child, isn’t it about time their bedroom affords you a few weeks in the sun?

Data on average Airbnb prices and occupancy rates came from Beyond Pricing, which tracks thousands of listings in each of the cities we analyzed.

  1. Social

Hosts are able to meet people from all over the world. Airbnb recently published a blog post celebrating their 60+ hosts, who overwhelmingly loved their Airbnb experience. Most of all, hosts loved being able to connect with new people.

  1. Sharing

One of the greatest things you can do in this world is share with your fellow man. Whether it be lending a hand, a car, or a room, sharing benefits every one involved. The ability to list your home for a lower price than any hotel can offer not only benefit a traveler who otherwise may have never been able to experience your city, sharing your space benefits you. Airbnb is not only about generating extra income; it is about sharing your home and creating a more globally accessible world.

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  1. Community

Airbnb gives us a sense of belonging to a worldwide community of sharers and travelers. Older adults who have had great experiences hosting on Airbnb will be much more likely to stay at an Airbnb when they travel. Changing the way we view accommodation is inspiring us to lean on the Airbnb community of sharers, travel more, and make money while you’re at it.

We hope we’ve convinced you to fill spare rooms in your home by hosting on Airbnb. NestFiller has launched in the New York City area and will be expanding our reach in the near future. We’d love to hear from you, brianna@nestfiller.com.