A successful Airbnb Listing needs to start with good descriptions. You should be concise and accurate in your description and you should highlight your neighbourhood and the amenities available near your lodging. Mention the nearby stores, Train or Underground stations, restaurants, bars and dry cleaners that are within walking distance. Talk about that farmer’s market or that great theatre down the street and always be clear about the type of area. Is it a quiet family street off the beaten path or a busy area in the heart of the metropolis.
Second, never underestimate the power of good photography. It is said a picture is worth a thousand words, but a good professional picture is worth a lot more. Take the time to clean, tidy and set up your property for a professional photographer to take photos in the day and night. Make sure they take the photos from different angles so prospective guests get a feeling for the space and the living area. As a host, think like a hotelier, after all, you are competing with hotel room accommodations.
Third, do not forget to stipulate all your amenities and provided services. Mention the internet and its speed, talk about your cable or Apple TV or Xbox gaming console if you plan to leave it for those families with kids. Discuss the heating and air conditioned situation. Do you have a baby cot, carpet or wood floors and high or low ceilings. Does you flat have lots of sunlight or minimal lighting. Do you have a washer and dryer, iron and ironing table as well as hair dryer. Do you provide towels, fresh linens and toiletries. It is worthwhile to stock up on these essentials so your guests have one less thing to worry about when they arrive. Today, travelers are very specific in what they want and a small detail will make or break the deal.
Check in and check out times are also important as you need to plan the cleaning time. You will find that with international travel many guests arrive quite early or quite late and you have to decide if you are willing to be flexible with your meet and greet timing. Who will be at your flat to exchange keys and give them the tour of the place to show them where everything else.
Finally, never underestimate the power of extras. Having a blow dryer for female travelers, fast wifi internet for a businessman or tea and coffee and a Nespresso machine for a coffee connoisseur’s morning treat can make all the difference in the world. It is also worth thinking about stocking up on Shampoo, soaps, body wash, tooth paste, toilet paper and clean towels for your guests.