🤩 How To Become a Great Host

Since the pandemic started in early 2020, many travelers have turned to holiday homes as a safe option for a getaway with built-in social distancing. In fact, you yourself might have taken advantage of a holiday home recently, opting for the space and security that a hotel doesn’t offer. If your experience was positive, you might be asking how to become a great host yourself. While less involved than starting a business from scratch, there are still some formalities to take care of before becoming a holiday home host. Here are a few tips on how to become a great host that will have travelers to stay with you time and time again!

First impressions matter

Once you’ve entered the listing’s primary details, it’s time to add beautiful imagery to go with a detailed description. Hosts with professional photos can earn 40% more than other hosts in their area that don’t use professional images. One of the top reasons guests choose to book a certain listing is based on the quality of the images. Frank Porter can not only help with the photography of your property, but they can also assist with the styling.

Have a professional cleaner!

In addition to property location, cleanliness is another important trait in a popular holiday home — especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. There’s a stigma from reluctant first-time guests using Airbnb that a listing may not be as clean as a hotel room since it’s someone else’s property. This couldn’t be further from the truth and an argument can be made that since hotels have higher nightly guest turnover, hotels are dirtier than someone else’s home. Regardless, guests want to feel as though they are stepping into a newly minted place at check-in. If you work with Frank Porter they can take care of the cleaning for you ensuring you don’t need to sweat the small stuff!

Individualized Experience

To stand apart from other listings, think about the type of experience you will be creating for prospective guests. With scores of listings on the website, hosts who highlight the features of their location, such as nearby activities and the types of experiences that the guest could have there, are likely to gain more attention than those who simply list the property details.

Price

One main reason why individuals rent a short term letting property is that it’s more cost-effective than staying at a hotel. Pricing the listing reasonably can also increase the likelihood of guests posting a good review, which in turn creates a multiplier effect that’s crucial to running a successful property.

Detail

Successful hosts are all about details. In addition to stocking the place with necessities, you should consider having board games, books, movies and entertainment options for your guests. Additionally, be sure the kitchen has condiments, coffee, and tea. Some hosts will even have bottles of water for guests when they first arrive, while others provide welcome gifts.