Gone are the days when going on holiday meant booking a hotel. Nowadays, there are so many different choices when it comes to where you can stay. For those who prefer their own space, Airbnb is an excellent choice.
If you’re looking to become one of the popular UK city-based Airbnbs, read on for tips on how to escape the city while allowing others to explore it from the comfort of your home.
Research is vital
Most of us have stayed in an Airbnb and know what to expect. You will be staying in someone’s home or second home in many cases, so some of their items will be there, making it feel more homely. However, it is important to do specific research on Airbnb properties in your area. This can help you to know what people are expecting, what gets booked most often, and how to price your property. That way, you can get the most from your Airbnb – and so can your guests!
Decide on check-in
You have a key to get in and out of your home, but unless you are going to be present at each check-in, you need to think about how your guests will access the property. You can leave the key with a trusted neighbour, but many Airbnb properties offer self-check-in with a key safe. This gives you the freedom to not be present and gives your guests easy access.
You should only list your home on Airbnb when you will be away – you don’t want to cancel on guests if you can help it. So why not time your Airbnb rental dates with your own holidays? If you are going away, it might be a popular time of year for tourists to visit the city – so you could be saving some extra money for your own breaks.
Clear out some clutter
But wait! Before you escape the city for pastures new, it is important to understand that the best Airbnbs are not just family homes which haven’t been adapted for guests at all. It is important to give guests an aesthetically pleasing experience complete with clean sheets and easy use of amenities like Wi-Fi. If you plan to list your Airbnb regularly, it might be worth using a self-storage facility like Safestore to securely store your possessions. This can reduce clutter in your home and also keep your precious items safe while you are away.
Letting out your home as an Airbnb is an increasingly popular way to make a little extra money when you won’t be there. Whether this is a temporary choice or something you want to make permanent, it can be a wonderful way to help others to discover the sights of the city – all while you enjoy your own space somewhere else.