22 Jun 5 tips to create the perfect Airbnb profile
It’s settled, you’re going to put your flat on Airbnb! All your friends already do so and always brag about making money by just going away a few days. But being a host is not just putting 3 photos of your flat and hope for a booking. You need to create THE perfect Airbnb profile to get bookings! We are here to help. Check out our 5 tips!
1# Your contact details
Please make sure to enter the best email at which you can be contacted, as you’ll need to answer fast
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to all your inquiries and your guest questions. You need to be reachable 24/7. Don’t worry, all private contact details will be kept safe and sound until you confirm a booking! It’s all the more so important if you’re away during their stays and unable to meet them in real life.
2# Your description
You’re going to sell yourself here. Describe your dreams, your reasons to be on Airbnb, your story with Airbnb,… But mostly show your personality, why you stand out. Include stuff about you. What do you like? What do you do in your free time? Do you have passion? Basically, anything that could create
a connection between you and your guests. The connection is a good way to have an inquiry -on top of having a good flat, that goes without saying!
A plus in “edit profile”: do not hesitate to note extra speaking/writing language, it might be very handy for some guests, and they will thank you later!
For example here’s mine:
“My name is Dimitri and I’m 22. I know my name sounds Russian but I was born in Paris. However, I spend most of my time away from Paris since my dad, mom, brother, and girlfriend live in four different cities. My mum lives in Bangkok, my dad in London, my brother in Montreal and my girlfriend in Nantes. My flat is thus a melting pot of all these different cultures, which will ensure a cosy and creative stay. Finally, I think it’s important to say that my favourite animal is the sheep.”
3# Your profile picture
On Airbnb, your profile picture is not about what you look like but about what qualities you want to give. Here is our”do’s” list: smile, if you are sharing the Airbnb account include the others in the picture with you, and have a clear picture. What
about the “don’ts” are you asking? Don’t do too much: not too professional, not too funky. Also, wisely choose your surroundings, because they’ll also be checking that.
A plus into “edit your profile picture”: Airbnb also gives you the possibility to film a 30-second video. Creativity time: it’s the perfect way to reassure your potential guests on what they will find!
I’ve made an amazing blog post for that: click here!
4# Your verified identification
Trust is basic on Airbnb, and the Verified guest/host system is the best proof. How do you become a verified host? You have to provide Airbnb with an ID (passport, driving license,…) so that they can ensure you are not a fraud. Being a verified host on Airbnb is the best way to reassure your guest about your good intentions. Do you want trustworthy guests? Well, your guests want trustworthy hosts as well! When it comes to having trustworthy guests you can check this blog post: here.
5# Your references
References are very important for your guests. You need at least one, especially at the beginning, with no or few reviews. Know that you can accept or decline all references, so you can ask as many people as you want! Ask your friends and relatives on Airbnb for a review, and offer to give them one back. You’ll become more reliable.
After making the best Airbnb profile possible, don’t forget to check out:
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Yesterday, we set down the rules of being the perfect houseguest. The host likewise has important responsibilities and expectations to fulfill. The ability to show hospitality has been a measure of one’s character across cultures and time. Hospitality goes beyond providing simple room and board; it involves making your guest feel comfortable, welcome, and at home. For many men who have finally landed their own place, this holiday season may be their first time hosting travelers. Following a few simple guidelines will ensure your guest’s visit will be a happy memory they will have forever.
1. Be on time to pick up your guest. No one wants to be standing at the airport like a dope with no one to greet them. Make your guest’s first impression of their trip a pleasant one by being there to warmly greet them as soon as they arrive.
2. Stock up on tasty treats. Your guest is on vacation; they want to relax and eat delicious food. Don’t leave them at your house with only an old jar of mayo in the fridge. Make sure there’s plenty of snacks to be had.
3. Make your abode as clean and pleasant as possible. After a long trip, there’s nothing like stepping into a host’s inviting home. You may not mind living in a mess, but that’s no condition in which to have a guest. Make sure the guestroom is particularly hospitable with an inviting bed and clean sheets. Even if your guest is sleeping on the couch, make the couch look cozy and comfortable.
4. Cook for your guest. Preparing food for your guest is an ancient rite of hospitality. It doesn’t matter if you’re not much of a chef, the effort is what counts. And always make breakfast for your guest on the first morning of their stay. There’s something quite welcoming about waking up to a home cooked meal.
5. Plan interesting activities for your guest. You want your guest to have a memorable visit and the best possible time while they are with you. Show them all your favorite spots and take them on all your favorite excursions. But also research some activities you know will particularly appeal to your guest and their interests. Even if you cannot accompany your guests on these sightseeing trips, give them a list of ideas, maps, directions, and everything else they need to go out and enjoy themselves.
6. Never act imposed upon. Every guest worries a bit that they are imposing on you. There’s never a need to magnify this insecurity. Always act as though you could not be more pleased that your guest is staying with you. You shouldn’t have to fake such a sentiment; while you may experience moments of annoyance, keep in mind that such visits are infrequent and that your guest will soon enough be returning to their distant locale.
What’s been your experience in hosting travelers? Have any advice you’d like to share? Drop a line in the comment box.
Last updated: November 25, 2017