The Secrets of a Successful Airbnb

Being a successful Airbnb host can be a great way to earn extra income and meet interesting people from all over the world. However, it does require some effort and planning to make sure your guests have a pleasant stay. I achieved Superhost status in 3 months while working a full-time job (see my listing).

Now let’s review 10 tips and tricks to help you be a successful Airbnb host!

1. Make sure your listing is complete and accurate.

This includes providing detailed information about the property, including photos and a description of the amenities. Be sure to mention any unique features of the property that may appeal to guests, such as a hot tub or a great view. My listing has a nice gated yard so I make sure to highlight that in the description and photos of my listing.

Bright and spacious patio with brand new patio furniture.

2. Set a fair price for your listing.

Research other listings in your area to get an idea of what similar properties are charging. Be sure to factor in costs such as cleaning, linens, and utilities when setting your price. Leverage sites like AirDNA to help pricing your place on Airbnb.

3. Be responsive to guest inquiries and bookings.

Promptly answer any questions or concerns that guests may have and respond to booking requests in a timely manner. Being responsive will help build trust and positive reviews from guests. This also ensures you have a 100% response rate which is a requirement to achieve Superhost status!

4. Prepare your property for guests.

Make sure the property is clean and well-maintained before guests arrive. Provide essentials such as clean linens and towels, and leave a few welcome items like snacks or a bottle of wine. I personally leave these chocolates as a nice welcome gift to my guets.

5. Be a good communicator.

Keep in touch with your guests before and during their stay. Provide them with information on the local area and be available to answer any questions they may have.

6. Remain flexible.

Accommodate guest’s special requests as much as possible. Allowing late check-in or early check-out can be a great way to make guests feel welcome and appreciated. Additionally, look into providing a flexible cancellation policy. This provides guests with the ease of mind just in case their travel plans change.

7. Be honest and transparent.

Be upfront with guests about any potential issues or limitations of the property. Be honest about any noise levels or parking availability in the area.

8. Provide a great guest experience.

Go above and beyond to make your guests feel comfortable and welcome. Leave a personalized note or small gift to show that you appreciate their stay.

9. Get positive reviews.

Encourage guests to leave reviews by sending them a follow-up email after their stay. Positive reviews can help attract new guests to your listing.

10. Continuously improve your listing.

Take note of any feedback from guests and make changes to your listing to improve the guest experience. For example, one time I had a guest mention that my shower’s water pressure was low. So what did I do? I called a plumber out and purchased a new showerhead to increase the water pressure. Guess what happened? The very next guest left a glowing 5 star review that explicitly mentioned how great the shower was!

By following these tips and tricks, you can become a successful Airbnb host and create a positive experience for your guests. Remember, your guests will have high expectations and it is your job to make sure their stay is as comfortable as possible. If you are able to provide a great experience, your guests are more likely to leave positive reviews and recommend your listing to others.

Checkout my Los Angeles (Beverly Hills) Listing for Inspiration!