Do you want to know how to increase your Airbnb bookings immediately? With over 4,000,000 listings worldwide (as of 2018), you’re up against some serious competition as an Airbnb host.
The short answer is that it takes some time effort to get to the top and persistence is a key factor.
A full booking calendar and maximum price per night is every host’s goal, and it doesn’t happen overnight. But it can certainly happen much faster if you’re aware of what makes your rental appealing.
Here are a few improvements you can make to your Airbnb listings to start attracting guests more quickly.
1. Reach superhost status
Becoming a Superhost should be one of your priorites. When potential guests filter down their choice of holiday accommodation they quite regularly only choose Superhosts. The become a Superhost you need to do some basic things correctly – respond to guests quickly, get good grades on price, location and cleanliness and host a certain number of guests.
2. Fill in your profile
Have a friendly picture and write a couple of nice and true things about yourself.
3. Title and description
Your listing should include relevant information directly in the title. As Airbnb notes, if you have a rental in the lower east side of Manhattan, you could use terms like “New York City, NYC, Manhattan, Lower East Side, LES, or The Big Apple” in your title. Furthermore, your listing should contain as much information regarding your neighborhood as possible. This could be anything from local attractions, upcoming events and public transportation that can make your listing make attracting.
4. Upload beautiful pictures
Use professional pictures in your listing. Your photos will be travelers’ first impression and will determine whether they click on your listing to know more about it. It will also help them decide whether they include it in their wish list. You can consider the Airbnb Professional Photography service which gets the job done and provides an extra verification for your profile. If you are willing to invest in a camera and take the pictures yourself, you can consider the budget Nikon COOLPIX B700 option.
5. Start low
People want a great deal on Airbnb. Make your listing more attractive be offering a competitive rate. You can do this by simply searching for other listings in your area to get a better understanding of what the going rates are in your neighborhood. If you’re just starting out, you may want to have lower rates until you receive your first good reviews.
6. Don’t cancel confirmed reservations
While there are unforeseen circumstances, you want to make sure that you never cancel a booking. Besides making a customer disappointed, you’ll also be penalized by Airbnb’s search algorithm.
7. Reply ASAP
Try to answer every question and comment made by your guests and do it as quickly as possible. People expect a response ASAP – although within 24 hours is acceptable. Of course, there are times when you don’t have the time for a long response. If that’s the case, then at least send a message stating that you received their message and will respond later.
8. Upload a floor plan
Adding a beautiful and informative floor plan to your Aitbnb listing will make you stand out from the competition. It also gives potential guests extra bits of information that is otherwise not visible from the photos. Archibnb offers professional floor plans that can also highlight the most prominent features of your property.