A lock box is one of the best systems for checking in guests at your Airbnb. I’ve been storing physical keys in a lock box on the premises of our listings for several years now with great success. We use our lock boxes as a backup to our primary check in process, but they’ve been hugely important in guaranteeing a great check in for every guest. Today, I’ll share with you the lock box we use, and one lower priced alternative. So let’s get to it. Two Uses For a Lock Box I think there’s a good argument that every Airbnb should have a lock box on site. If you’ve stayed in many short term rentals while traveling, then you’ve likely gained access to your accommodations using a lock box a few times. One of the challenges of hosting is…
The two keys to increasing your listing views on Airbnb are performing better in search, and improving your click through rate. Performing better in search is a somewhat complicated thing, but I have gone in depth about it in the past. Search results take many factors into account, including reviews, response rates, cancellations, engagement and filters. Improving your click through rate is all about how your listing looks when it appears in a search result. That means your title, reviews, rating, price and Superhost status. It’s not always easy to see exactly how to increase your views, so today we’ll look at the most important items to critique. What is a View? Just so we’re on the same page, let me define a view. A view is when someone views your listing page. This can happen either when someone clicks…
Kate and I opened our first Airbnb about 4 years ago and we had so much success that we've been opening new listings ever since. Today I'm sharing what we've learned about increasing the booking rate for our Airbnb listings.
Today I want to walk through the process that Kate and I have been using to do Airbnb market research using only the internet and the Airbnb website. We've been looking to buy another short term rental investment property outside of our home town, and we have a few cities that we're looking at. This is the process I've been using to determine how many people are using Airbnb in each city, what the level of competition is, and how much I think we could make.
I can say with confidence that Keurigs are some of the best coffee makers for your Airbnb. They are easy for your guests to use and they don't break.
It's no secret. The best vacuum for Airbnb is one that cleans your floors exceptionally well, and it doesn't break down.
In my experience, the best mattress for an Airbnb is a 12 inch, extra plush, memory foam mattress.
The best mini fridge for your Airbnb is one that serves your guests and you. There are three primary uses for a mini fridge: to provide consumables for your guests, to provide storage for your guests, and to sell to your guests.
I don’t think every Airbnb needs a safe, but I can say from experience that your guests visiting from outside the country will benefit from one. They will likely be traveling with important documents, like passports, and are also more likely to be traveling with cash. The best safe for your guests can be programmed with a custom code (by them) and, of course, must be secure. Our Airbnb Safe Experience We don’t provide safes for our guests, but I have been to a few Airbnbs that did have a safe. Kate and I live and operate our Airbnbs in the U.S. I don’t recall ever staying in a U.S. based Airbnb with a safe, but we have had safes in our rentals outside the states. Related: How to maximize profits in your Airbnb. The most memorable for me was…
Choosing the best laundry detergent for your Airbnb isn't one of the biggest choices you make as a host. But using the right detergent can make a difference to you and your guests.