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4 Reasons to Share Your Favorite Neighborhood Spots with Your Vacation Rental Guests (and How to Do It)

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There’s a lot of competition out there among vacation rental properties and it’s not hard to guess what travelers cite first in terms of priority: location, location, and location.

However, it’s not just about staying in close proximity to the major tourist attractions and hotspots. Guests also like to know a little bit about the neighborhood they’re staying in; where should they go to eat, drink, learn, and explore?

As a vacation rental property owner, it’s in your best interest to share your favorite neighborhood spots with your guests. Check out these 4 reasons why you should be sharing local recommendations within your community and how to do it effectively.

1. You’ll help your guests feel like locals.

Travelers who opt to rent apartments, homes, and private rooms are often interested in getting a local, insider-perspective on the city they’re visiting. After all, while hotels can be perfectly nice and comfortable, they don’t often paint an accurate picture of how locals live in a given city.

Vacation rentals, on the other hand, often come equipped with comforts and amenities that help travelers to feel like they’re right at home. Take this feeling to the next level by offering your guests a guide to your neighborhood, including off-the-beaten-path suggestions, hidden gems, and local hangouts.

If your rental property is located in a major tourist destination, it’s likely that your guests have heard of all the hottest bars, restaurants, and brunch spots. Show them the city from a new point of view by letting them know about the little cafe on the corner that makes a great cappuccino or the pizza parlor down the street that’s open all night long.

2. You’ll stand out as an authority (and get more business).

Sharing your favorite neighborhood sights, attractions, and establishments doesn’t just help your guests – it can help your rental business, too. By sharing insider tips like upcoming festivals and events, peak visiting hours (or hours to avoid), little known facts, and secret menu items, you’ll stand out as an authority among the countless other rental options in your area.

If your rental property is located in the same neighborhood and price range as a competing property but your listing is filled with local tips, photos, and ideas for exploring, travelers are much more likely to choose your listing. After all, who doesn’t want to be hosted by an authority on the local neighborhood?

3. You’ll help support and grow your local community.

Those mom and pop shops, family-owned restaurants, and other local prizes are what give your neighborhood its unique charm, right? By sharing your top recommendations with your vacation rental guests, you’ll help give back by promoting, supporting, and growing the small businesses in your local community.

In large cities that are also popular tourist destinations, there’s a lot of competition among restaurant and other business owners, and it can be easy for the smaller guys to get looked over and forgotten. By pointing your vacation rental guests towards the neighborhood establishments you know and love, you’ll be making sure they have a great time and helping small local businesses stay afloat.

4. You’ll receive better reviews.

Vacation rental owners who go above and beyond in their hosting duties always tend to do better in terms of receiving both 1) a greater number of reviews, and 2) more positive reviews. Sharing your favorite neighborhood spots with your guests is yet another way to exceed their expectations and ensure they have a fabulous time in your rental property (and that they write about it online afterwards). After all, the highlight of their trip could be all thanks to your recommendations!

How great would it feel to know that your guest had the best meal of their whole trip at the restaurant you recommended or that they enjoyed the small art gallery you mentioned even more than the top-rated museum in the city? Better yet, what if that guest posted about their amazing experience online and that review brought in a whole new wave of business for your property? That’s the power of positive guest reviews!

How to Share Your Favorite Neighborhood Spots

Not sure how to go about showing your guests how special your neighborhood is? Take a look at these ideas:

Include information directly in your listing. One of the easiest ways to share your favorite local hotspots is by simply including it in your listing. Many rental sites like Airbnb offer a designated space for writing about your property’s neighborhood. Use this section to paint a picture of your neighborhood in general and call out interesting tidbits (i.e. “We’ve got more museums than any other neighborhood in New York City” or “If dive bars and antique shopping sounds like your idea of a good time, this is the neighborhood for you!”) and give a shout out to specific favorites.

Leave a binder. Many vacation rental owners leave behind a binder or folder filled with helpful tips for their guests, such as checkout procedures or how to use certain appliances. This is a smart idea, but take it up a notch by including a brief welcome letter and a list of all of your favorite local restaurants, cafes, bars, sights, and attractions. This can be especially helpful for guests on the day they check in as they’re often tired, hungry, and not in the mood for venturing too far from home.

Send an email. Similarly, you can save some paper and simply send guests an email with all of your local suggestions. As soon as your renters have confirmed their booking, send them a message that outlines all of your neighborhood recommendations.

Build a website. For vacation rental property owners who are really looking to take their marketing strategies to the next level, a personalized property website can really make your listing stand out. One Airbnb host did just that and now uses her property’s website to highlight her neighborhood’s best qualities and hidden charms. In fact, she has an entire section dedicated to upcoming festivals, art showings, performances, and other events, as well as new ideas for dining and exploring.

Create a digital guidebook. Help your guests discover what you love about your neighborhood by sharing your guidebook before they get there. Sending a guidebook in advance will also help decrease unnecessary questions like directions, check-in details, parking, etc. This way, your guests will arrive with better questions and will make more informed decisions about what they want to do during their stay. Plus your hospitality appearance will be more modern and professional.

Sharing your favorite neighborhood spots with your vacation rental guests can mean good things for you, your guests, and your local community. Use one or more of the tips listed above to help make your property listing shine!

 

Need help making sure your vacation rental is in tip-top shape for your guests? Schedule your next MaidThis! appointment today!

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13 Tips for Smart Airbnb Business Management

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13 Tips for Smart Airbnb Business Management

The first and most important thing Airbnb hosts must realize is that they are businesspeople. That means you will have to manage your Airbnb account and rentals as a business – that is, if you want to make money.

Smart management will enable you to make money from your rentals without going crazy. More importantly, you will be able to run a profitable business without working yourself to the bone.

Here are some business management tips that will enable you to save time while making more money from Airbnb:

1. Use a professional dedicated Airbnb cleaning service.

Such a service will save you a lot of time by taking care of all the cleaning chores. A dedicated cleaning service that specializes in short-term rentals will get the job done right every time because its people understand the special needs of Airbnb hosts. Some services are even available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year to provide more peace of mind. Keeping your ratings high is the best thing you can do for your Airbnb business.

2. Outsource as much of the work as possible.

For example, there are now companies that will restock the supplies in your units and do the laundry. A big advantage to outsourcing is that the work will get done even if you are not available. It will also enhance the possibility of you getting a 5-star rating because cleaning will be professionally done. Outsourcing is critical to success for those who have other jobs or run another business.

3. Use an accounting software.

The biggest cause of small business failure is lack of effective money management. This can lead to cashflow problems, tax troubles, and other finance-related headaches. A good way to avoid this is to use a small-business accounting solution such as Intuit’s QuickBooks Self-Employed from the beginning.

If you still have trouble managing the books, you might consider hiring a professional accountant or bookkeeper. This can get expensive but when complex tax questions are involved, it is sometimes worth it.

4. Have a source of financing in place from the beginning.

Lack of cashflow is one of the biggest causes of small-business failure. Payfully, a factoring service for Airbnb hosts, offers cash advances for future bookings. This means that you could have the money for your upcoming reservations whenever you need it without having to wait for your guest to check-in.

5. Take advantage of business education.

If you have no previous experience or business-specific education, you should consider taking some courses in subjects like accounting, bookkeeping, and business management. Free and low-cost courses are available online and from community colleges. A little education can make operating your business a lot easier.

6. Get a mentor.

The best way to learn the ins and outs of a business is from someone who has been there and done that. This means finding a mentor. The best mentor for a short-term rental operator is an Airbnb SuperHost. An effective mentor can help you avoid mistakes and teach you how to become a SuperHost, yourself.

7. Set up a separate bank account for your Airbnb payments.

This will make easy to keep track of earnings and expenses. If possible, use one credit or debit card to make all the payments related to Airbnb. This will give you one record of all the transactions, which will make bookkeeping a lot easier. You can also make a few extra bucks by using a “cash back” credit or debit card. If you use PayPal, you can also get a credit or debit card linked directly to your PayPal account.

8. Use an online property management solution.

Property management companies provide a team of people that will help you handle your bookings, schedule cleanings, and even answer your guests’ messages. Such services can be a lifesaver for hosts who have other obligations such as a family or a full-time job. They also make you seem more professional and enhance the chances of getting that 5-star rating.

9. Buy all the supplies you need for your rental properties from one place in order to get the best prices.

You can reduce the time spent shopping by ordering all of your cleaning supplies from one online source such as Amazon Business or Walmart. These retailers offer low prices and free shipping deals.

Bonus tip: you can use your Amazon Prime subscription as a tax write off if you use it for business.

10. Offer amenities that attract guests.

Today’s guests expect amenities like Wifi, high-speed internet, widescreen TVs, a Netflix subscription, and fully-stocked fridges. Adding extra stuff can lead to more return customers, higher-paying guests such as business travelers, and more 5-star ratings.

11. Take on a partner.

Many Airbnb hosts fail because they try to do everything themselves. You can now add family or friends as an additional host to your Airbnb profile so they can help you manage your bookings. To add an additional host when available:

  • Go to “Manage Listings.”
  • Select “Manage Listing and Calendar” on the listing you want to edit.
  • Hover on the left side of the page to open the menu.
  • Under “Management,” select “Additional Hosts.”

12. Get an investor.

If you have the time for Airbnb hosting but not the money, consider taking on an investor who will act as a silent partner. That person will put up the funds while you provide the labor. Potential investors include professionals who may have extra cash but no time.

13. Form a company.

If you operate more than one short-term rental or take on a partner or investors, there are serious advantages to incorporation. Business entities, such as limited liability corporations (LLCs), offer serious tax advantages and protection from lawsuits. Online resources can help you form one without the cost of a lawyer.

If you want to have fun and make money with Airbnb, you will have to treat it as a business. No business can succeed without effective management.

Payfully is a platform that offers cash advances for Airbnb hosts. This means you could receive the payment for your upcoming reservations any time you want. With Payfully, you don’t need to wait for your guests to check-in to get paid.

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At first I tried to take care of all of the cleaning process myself, and it turned out to be a bigger headache than anything else. So a friend told me about MaidThis and its been fantastic. I’ve been working with my cleaners for a few months so far. I recommend you check out the service for yourself.
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I definitely think that as a company we've been able to make more money, not only because we're saving money by using Maid This, but also because they're helping take a few of the necessary evils with doing vacation rentals off of the property managers plate.
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Airbnb Host in LA
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