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Evaluate Your Airbnb Listing This Year

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And you know what that means… things are coming to a close and there’s no better time to evaluate your Airbnb business and make plans for 2019.

Even if you’re not a fan of personal reflection or goal setting, keeping close tabs on your business performance is important if you want to earn more in the new year.

Whether you had a stellar 2018 or feel like there’s room for improvement, we’ve got a few suggestions to help you on your way.

Take a moment to reflect.

Like all good year-end evaluations, it’s important to take a look over the time that has passed.

Grab a sheet of paper and draw a line down the middle. Label one side “Plus” and the other “Minus.” Now get real about your year. Be honest.

What went well for your vacation rental business this year? What were you excited about? What brought you down or disappointed you?

If nothing else, physically write down at least one thing that you consider the “highlight” of your hosting year and one thing you consider the worst. Hang on to that as you prepare for the new year and new season.

Look over your reviews – both written and received.

What kind of guests did you attract this year? Were you pleased with the folks who stayed at your place? This is a good time to look over your guest year and remember the highs and lows.

Which reviews were you especially proud to receive this year? Try singling out 2 or 3 from the pack and look closely at your guests and what they wrote about their experience. What was it that made their stay so great?

Now do the same with some negative or not-so-fantastic reviews from this year. Of those 2 or 3, what went wrong or wasn’t up to scruff? What could you have done differently, if anything?

Again, be honest: Was it a situation where you really did everything you could or could you have extended a little more to keep your guests happy?

Then, look over and think about the reviews you wrote this year. Which ones stick out in your mind? Choose 2 to 3 positive reviews and 2 to 3 negative reviews.

Looking at those negative reviews, what could you have done on your end to avoid having those outcomes? This can be a difficult exercise because often, we feel all the blame should be on the guests’ side. However, it’s important to do some real soul searching to ensure you’re identifying every area where you can stand to make improvements – no matter how small.

Write out a few goals.

Yes, actually write them down somewhere that you’ll see them a few times a week at the very least.

There is something so powerful about writing down your goals. In fact, according to studies, you’ll be 1.2 to 1.4 times more likely to achieve your goals if you write them down and see them from time to time.

Look at the lists you’ve compiled on that paper of “Plusses” and “Minuses” and take a few moments to think about how you want 2019 to go.

Write down 3-5 goals you want to achieve in your business and then do it! Work hard toward these things and check in with yourself regularly to see where you’re making it happen and where you’re falling short.

 

Make 2019 your best hosting year yet. We’re cheering for you!

 

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How to Clean Windows Like a Pro

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When it comes to how to clean windows like an expert, the best and easiest way is to reach out to Maid This, the best Redondo Beach maid service you’ll ever see, and have your windows cleaned by the pros. But you can also DIY! Many homeowners consider window washing a pet peeve. They often dislike it even more than they dislike other house chores, even regular carpet cleaning or the unavoidable decluttering. Part of what makes window cleaning so frustrating is that too many people believe they should be doing it using spray cleaners, paper towels (or even newspapers!), and a whole lot of elbow grease. These are common cleaning errors and we’ve all made them.

Well, enough is enough! In this article, we reveal some of the window-cleaning secrets the experienced maids we team up with rely on to give your windows that crystal clear look we all love.

Strip applicator washing

Don’t waste your time trying to clean a big picture window with a small tool. Strip applicators boast long cloth heads that soak up soapy water and scrape dirt off like nobody’s business! For your cleaning solution, just pour a little dish-washing liquid in a bucket of hot water, and you’re all set.

Wipe with a squeegee

If you’re right-handed, start off at the upper left corner (right, if you’re left-handed), and drag the squeegee in a pattern that sort-of resembles an inverted S. After each stroke, use a lint-free rag – linen napkins or even cloth diapers are great for this – to wipe clean the squeegee’s blade. Continue reading to learn more about how to clean windows in a way that makes them a joy to look at.

Dry the windows off

Get a wet chamois and wring it dry until it’s just a little damp. This way it will soak up the drips without leaving any streaks. Use it to wipe away the moisture remaining on the corners. Finally, grab a rag and use it to dry the windowsills.

Deal with those tenacious spots

Whether you’re looking for tips on how to quickly clean your house, or you’re preparing for a party and you want your place to be squeaky clean to impress the guests, it pays to spend a little extra time to get rid of those stubborn spots. After the regular cleaning is done, you can give the glass that extra loving touch by wetting it again and gently scrubbing it with some fine 000 steel wool.

With these tips, you’ll never again need to ask how to clean windows like a true pro. Still, there’s one more method that we firmly believe yields the best possible results while also giving you the invaluable leisure time you need to focus on things that truly matter.

How to clean windows with the best possible results

Window washing is something you do two, maybe three times a year, so it pays to have it done right by an enthusiastic professional with many years of experience. Our quick & easy booking method and two-part satisfaction guarantee ensures that you get top-of-the-line cleaning for your place. Feel free to reach out to Maid This today! We’re eager to impress you and make you proud of your sparkling clean home!

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Common Cleaning Mistakes

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Needless to say, the easiest and most reliable way to have a sparkling clean home is to hire our exceptional Redondo Beach cleaning service and kick back while the enthusiastic maids we work with spin their cleaning magic. Not that we can’t achieve similar results, from squeaky clean windows to spotless floors and carpets, it just takes us more time and some handy know-how. Chances are, you’re unknowingly making at least a few common cleaning mistakes that actually make your place dirtier and slow down the cleaning process. To top it all off, there’s a whole lot of decluttering to do from time to time, making your home a total mess.

Keeping your home tidy is one of those big obligations you never thought about when you were a kid and family members asked you what you were going to do when you grew up. Most people look for ways to quickly clean their home, but maybe speed is not what you should be focusing on. That being said, here’s a list of things to avoid doing when going about the business of making your home spotless.

Too much cleaning product

More doesn’t equal better when it comes to using cleaning supplies. Applying a lot of cleaning product tends to oversaturate most cleaning materials such as microfiber cloths, and results in streaks being left with each pass. Worse, you’ll end up wasting even more time wiping away the overspray than you will cleaning your baseboards, windows, or countertops. When it comes to avoiding common cleaning mistakes, sticking to the “less is more” approach really is the way to go!

Using dirty cloths

Many people make the mistake of having one or two cloths they use for most of their cleaning. If you’re cleaning with dirty cleaning materials, you may as well not bother because you’ll end up unintentionally spreading grime and grease all over the surfaces you’re trying to wipe. Worse, this can also be unhealthy. It seems obvious, but it’s easily one of the most common cleaning mistakes we see homeowners make. Take extra care to freshen clothes and rinse sponges, especially if you’re doing difficult housekeeping tasks such as cleaning the light fixtures or scrubbing the freezer.

Using wrong products

A great way to spend too much time – or outright waste it – is to use cleaning products for tasks they aren’t suited to. To top it all off, it can damage your property. For example, using too-rough steel wool to scrub spots off your windows can leave permanent scratches. Sometimes, the best guidelines on how to wash windows or stone surfaces can be found in the descriptions of your cleaning products. Take the time to read them and understand what each cleaning product is designed for, and you will avoid headaches later on.

One of the most common cleaning mistakes is not leaving it to the pros

As with everything in life, hiring expert help is sure to yield better results than going it alone. More importantly, by outsourcing your cleaning to Maid This, the finest cleaning service Redondo Beach residents have ever seen, you’re also reclaiming the one thing you can never have in abundance – free time! Our easy-to-use booking method enables you to schedule a cleaning in under a minute, and our two-part satisfaction guarantee ensures that, should you be unhappy with any part of our cleaning, we’ll come back and fix it at no extra cost to you! Reach out to Maid This today and get the cleaning of your dreams!

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Are You Writing Helpful Reviews for Your Guests?

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Writing reviews for guests is a major part of the hosting process, no matter how you look at it. That being said, there’s more than one way to write a review for Airbnb guests… but that doesn’t mean they’re all equal.

When things go smoothly, writing reviews is a breeze – but when things don’t go so well, it can be a challenge.

What habits have you allowed yourself to fall into when it comes to writing reviews, or have you created any habits at all? When a guest’s stay was great, are you reflecting that well? When things go awry, are you deflecting or placing too much blame?

Here are a few quick tips on how to write solid reviews, no matter the situation.

1. If it was a “bad” stay, evaluate your hosting behavior.

Obviously, there are some things that are completely out of your control and anomalies happen. However, as a dedicated and seasoned host, you probably know how to ensure your guests are comfortable and have everything they need.

That said, there are times when you do everything you can and for the guest, that’s still not enough. We’re not saying you should allow yourself to be pushed around, but before you tap the keys to write a negative review, look carefully at the situation and ensure there’s nothing else you could have done to fix the issue.

2. Be honest and specific.

More often than not, if things don’t go according to plan, we worry about being “unkind” and writing a bad review because of how it might reflect back on us as a host. We understand the hesitation, but honesty truly is the best policy.

If a stay was genuinely awful, be specific in your guest review about why that was. This not only gives the guests a heads up about their behavior (which, hopefully, they’ll be willing to change if they stay in future hosts’ homes) but it also gives potential hosts a heads up about what to expect from said guests.

If a stay was great, be sure to sing plenty of praises. In some cases, “short” reviews can be perceived as “negative” reviews for minorly “bad” guests. Don’t force that on your great guests.

All in all, be specific about what happened – good or bad. Great guests appreciate the compliments and bad guests get called out for their bad behavior.

3. Make it personal.

There’s plenty of software out there that will generate positive reviews for you or you may even have some generic reviews written and saved somewhere that you use when the time comes. No matter how you do it, we urge to you personalize your reviews every. Single. Time.

Great guests appreciate the gesture (as review writers themselves, they know the time it can take) and often, they’ll be willing to reciprocate and write a stellar review for you in return. This eliminates some of the “fluff” reviews that are left on your listing.

Let us explain what we mean. Here are two examples of guest reviews that aren’t helpful:

  • “Cindy was a great guest – we hope she will be back!”
  • “Jerry kept our home clean and followed our house. Great guest.”

 

These don’t give any specific detail to what went well during the review or give any indication that you had communication of any kind with your guests. If you’re specific, your guests will be, too.

 

Writing great reviews isn’t rocket science and doesn’t have to be a challenge! Don’t let a few lines of text worry you the next time you’re personalizing a review.

Happy hosting (and reviewing!)!

 

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