Hotels are yesterday’s news; we’re living in the age of Airbnbs. Now more than ever, people are looking for a more personal—and affordable—lodging experience, and your Airbnb can give it to them. With literally all the comforts of home (and sometimes a furry pal to keep them company), Airbnbs appeal not only to travelers within Canada, but to adventurers across the globe! Being an Airbnb host can be a great way to earn some extra money; but it’s not as easy as simply leaving the key under the mat. If you want to become a Superhost, you need to put the extra effort in—here are five tips on how:
- Honesty is a Virtue. The most important aspect of a good Airbnb experience is trust, and that starts with your listing. While attractive pictures and highlights of unique benefits your space offers will help with bookings, lying about the interior, surrounding area, capacity, and amenities will earn you poor reviews and fewer guests.
- Leave a Welcome Surprise. There’s no better way to begin their experience than to go out of your way with a welcoming gift. Ask them what kind of fruit they like, if they drink wine or beer, if they’ll have small children with them, or anything else that you can cater to.
- Stock the Pantry Locally. Even if your guests bring their own food, providing some local treats gives your guests a more authentic experience and can help those local businesses flourish and expand their customer base. It’s a small investment that will yield big results.
- Give Them Pointers. Anyone who has tried to turn on someone else’s TV or make a cup of coffee in another person’s kitchen knows how easy it is to get confused and overwhelmed. Take some of the stress off of them by leaving detailed information on how to work every activity and appliance in your home.
- Have a “Just in Case” Kit. Sometimes things don’t go according to plan and can catch guests off-guard. Provide a kit that covers all the bases, like umbrellas, a first aid kit, flashlights and batteries, extra chargers, and other emergency necessities. Even if they don’t need any of it, guests will appreciate your thoughtfulness.
Now that you know the secrets to securing your future as an Airbnb Superhost, you’ll need a place to keep the personal items and valuables you don’t want to leave at home when you’re not there. Contact the storage professionals at Secure Self Storage for a safe, secure, climate-controlled home for your belongings when someone else is in yours.