This is a common discussion topic in all of the Airbnb forums I’ve joined and it isn’t a one-sided argument. Allowing renters to bring pets into your home not only opens you up to more customers – It also lets you charge extra in the form of a “pet fee”. Obviously, these animals can also… Continue reading Pet Policies: Should I Let The Furry Friends Come Along?
I left the closing table of my latest house excited to get started furnishing and listing my first out-of-state home on Airbnb. I was also excited, nervous, and unsure about a brand new challenge… telling the long-term tenants, who had never met me, that they needed to find a new place to live. This problem… Continue reading Respectfully Removing a Renter: How To Transition From Long-Term To Short-Term Rental
My phone started “blowing up” with pictures and videos from my cleaning partner, showing me the damage and disregard for my house rules by the guest who had recently checked out. I was LIVID at first. But, after a few minutes, I realized why I should be grateful for the experience and started identifying the… Continue reading They Had a Party: The Dreaded Phone Call And How It Improved My Short-Term Rental Business
After I got my first short-term rental up and running, my mind started buzzing about a million miles-per-hour thinking about the possibilities of the business. Especially once I strengthened the automation of my same-state rental homes, I thought about what it would look like to have homes in other places…further away places…places I would want… Continue reading Short-Term Staycation: Utilizing Your Airbnb Business To See The World
Whether you want to rent out a room in your house, try your hand at rental arbitrage, or invest in a whole house to list on Airbnb and other short-term rental platforms, there are several non-negotiables which I always recommend to people looking to get started in the hosting business. In this post we’ll discuss… Continue reading My Top 10 Tips For Starting An Airbnb Business
Buying an entire home to use as a strictly-rental investment is not the only way to scratch your itch for hospitality. I mentioned rental arbitrage in an earlier post and it can be an option for those trying to get into the game without owning the home. But, what if you own your primary residence… Continue reading STR House Hacking: Renting Out Unused Rooms In Your Home on Airbnb
I consider myself a top-tier money-saver. I HATE spending. I find great joy in knowing that I’m able to forgo select creature comforts in exchange for a little extra money in my bank account. When it comes to my short-term rental properties, however, I’m smart enough to understand the areas that are NOT skimp-worthy. I… Continue reading Favor Frugality? Know How To Pick Your Battles In Your Short-Term Rental Business
If you’re looking to get into the hospitality business without having to talk to (and be pleasant with) people, this may not be the business for you. There are countless communication strategies you could adopt for staying in touch with your guests, but in this post I will talk about mine. End-to-End Hospitality If you… Continue reading Courteous Contact: How I Communicate With My STR Guests
Midwest Winters are no joke, and neither is making sure your STR guests are comfortable, safe, and respectful of your home in the cold months. In this post we’ll walk through the steps I took to get my places ready. Thinking Ahead The colors on the trees have changed here in Michigan and temperatures are… Continue reading Winterizing Weekend: Steps to Get Your Short-Term Rentals Ready for the Cold
How and Why Major Hosting Platforms Distinguish Their Best Hosts When consumers shop for items on Amazon, one of the first things most do is look at reviews and star-ratings. The marketplace is full of countless independent sellers, most of which offer items very similar to those of other sellers. So, in order to make… Continue reading Elite Hospitality: Earning the Top Titles on Short-Term Rental Platforms
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