Are you looking for Airbnb booking tips? If so, keep reading. I’ve book thousands of Airbnb Guests every year and I mostly have a great time hosting all of them. But lately, I’ve heard many Airbnb Host horror stories.
In Calgary, a family’s home was trashed by renters in a drug-fuelled orgy. In New York, some prostitutes used apartments as brothels. In San Francisco, an Airbnb Guest Allegedly Stole $35K in Valuables From Host’s Home. I’m not saying this to scare you; I’m saying this because these types of horror stories happen quite often to new and inexperienced Airbnb Hosts, as it once happened to me.
When I started hosting on Airbnb, I once had a very bad experience with a Guest who wanted to book my home for a quiet weekend getaway. In reality, they were actually renting it to throw a person bachelor party for thirty people for three days. I showed up for their departure only to find out their marital celebration had made $4,000 of damages to my home. Fortunately, the Airbnb Host Guarantee ended up paying for a part of the damages but that’s another story.
I believe most Airbnb horror stories, including mine, are directly linked to a lack of knowledge about hosting on Airbnb and with proper Airbnb training, most of these incidents could have been avoided during the booking process. My bachelor party experience sure was a costly lesson that changed my entire approach on how to book Airbnb Guests. With that, I thought I’d share with you three tips you can keep in mind so that you could avoid your own Airbnb horror story.
Airbnb Booking Tip # 1: Ask Many Questions Prior to Booking Airbnb Guests
When I first started booking Airbnb Guests, I didn’t ask many questions before booking them. I do so now ask several questions before booking, especially with Guests who have no history with Airbnb, and these questions include where are you from, the purpose of their trip, the age range of the group and how are they that will stay in my house. Also, I ask for a short bio off themselves so that I’ll have an idea who I’ll be dealing with. I am transparent about who I am as a Host so I’m asking potential Guests to be transparent and honest with me when they want to book my home.
Airbnb Booking Tip #2: Be Very Clear About Your House Rules
When I started, I wasn’t necessarily clear about what I expected from my Guests. Now, prior to booking anyone, I always mention that we live in a residential area and that no party or loud music will be tolerated at my place. My house instructions are also very detailed and this includes what Guests should do when they leave my property. This helps accelerate the cleaning of my home between “back-to-back” bookings.
Airbnb Booking Tip #3: Learn To Say No To Some Airbnb Guests
Once upon a time, I was saying yes to pretty much any Guest who wanted to book my home. Not so much nowadays. As soon as my instinct tells me that there’s something fishy about a Guest contacting me, I simply say no to the booking. Truth is, when you are a busy host, you will end up finding countless quality Guests for the same dates if you implement this booking screening process.
As you can see, Airbnb has a steep learning curve and it will cost you lots of time and money to try to learn everything on your own. I currently offer a lot of free Airbnb information via email to empower all types of Airbnb users. There’s so much more to know and there’s so much we can get into on the tactics.
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