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3 Lessons You Can Learn from Being a Vacation Rental Guest in Your Own City

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There’s something enchanting about being a guest in your own city. Have you tried it?

Getting out of your own home and trying out a new place can give you a new perspective on the city or give you a whole new way to explore and learn about new (or some of your favorite!) neighborhoods. There are few “downsides” to being a townie on a trip.

In fact, have you considered what you could absorb just by “spying” on other hosts? There’s a wealth of knowledge and hosting tips to be found just by doing a little in-person research.

Here are 3 things you can learn from being a vacation rental guest in your own city.

1. What “works” and what doesn’t when it comes to comfort.

This is a great time to weed through listings and find a few that have things you’ve been considering adding yourself – a Netflix subscription, a video game console, a specialized work or exercise spot… Whatever it is you’ve been thinking about, seek it out.

Alternatively, seek out things you love and wish you had in your own place, whether or not you plan to add them to what you offer in your place.

Now, book a stay and – here’s the key – stay like you’re an out-of-towner. Plan some activities out of the house and scope out the neighborhood. Act like you’re on vacation!

Think about how likely you might be to use that video game console. Would you use the yoga space?

Do some soul searching: Is it worth the investment to include that shiny, new thing? Because maybe you’ll find that it isn’t.

Get creative, think outside the box, and leave no stone unturned.

2. What you’re missing in your own vacation rental.

Plenty of guests choose Airbnb or other vacation rental sites because they like to feel a sense of “belonging” in the city where they stay. Others like the “homey” feel as opposed to the stark, stiff feeling of a hotel. Whatever their reasoning, as a host, you can play that to your advantage.

Take time to look around you and see what creature comforts you appreciate most. If possible, think about how you can incorporate them into your own place. Alternatively, consider the inverse: What are you offering to your guests that your host isn’t? As a guest, how does that make you feel? How much better would your stay be if you had those things?

3. How to improve your listing description.

This is one task that will require a keen and careful eye.

Early on during your stay, pull up your host’s listing description and go through it while “walking” their place with a fine-toothed comb. What were they specific about in their listing and do their promises live up to reality?

What things do you see that are missing from their description that might be helpful to first-time guests to the city? Alternatively, what’s missing from their description and also nowhere to be found that might be helpful?

Keep a list of these things so you can refer back to it when you review your own listing.

 

Who knew doing research could be so much fun? This year, take a few moments to really scope out your competition and get out of the house to do it. Make this a fun project and see how much you can benefit from it.

 

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Setting Goals for Your Airbnb Business

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Airbnb is truly one of the most successful new companies of our generation. In just 10 years, it went from a humble startup to an international giant and made massive, upsetting waves in the travel and hospitality industries.

For traditional hotels and booking websites, it was a nightmare. But for vacationers, world travelers, and willing hosts (like you!), it’s been a major boon.

2018 was a great year for Airbnb. Early last year, Forbes estimated that the company stood to make gains of up to $3.8 billion. The important thing we want to point out here is that this level of success was no accident. Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky and his co-founders started with next to nothing and without some solid goals and milestone achievements, the company we know today wouldn’t exist.

Setting goals is important for your vacation rental business – no matter how big or small.

It may seem trivial because after all, there’s only so much that’s in your control when it comes to hosting guests, but setting goals is important.

If you’re not meeting your goals, you know it’s a good time to evaluate what’s going wrong and start brainstorming how you can improve and succeed.

So how do you set goals specifically for your Airbnb? Just like you would anything else: by setting SMART goals. SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-Bound goals = SMART goals) to help you stick to the task and ensure you’re able to truly track your progress. One of the best ways to do this is to choose from the three major hosting categories: Money, Guest Relations, and Occupancy. Decide which bucket you want your goals to fit into.

SMART goals are SPECIFIC.

You know the rule here: Don’t be wishy-washy about what it is you want to achieve. Set objectives that don’t require rocket science to figure out and that are clearly defined. Here are a few examples:

  • Increase total bookings every week, month, or over the year by a certain percentage.
  • Increase total bookings during the high season by a specific amount or percentage.
  • Earn a percentage more or dollar amount more over a specified amount of time, whether that be the year or month by month.
  • Host more first-time guests (not returning guests) in your home than years past.

 

There are plenty of specific goals you can set. However, it’s important to remember, too, that you don’t want to go overboard and set too many goals so that you’re working toward too many things.

Set just 2-3 objectives at a time and, if you’re working on seasonal or monthly goals, you can always add a new one once the season or month has passed.

SMART goals are MEASURABLE.

The beauty of setting objectives for your Airbnb business is that you have a centralized place where your outcomes are being measured and tracked for you, generally speaking.

There may be some things you need to track on your own, especially if you’re working to improve your guests’ experience in any certain ways, but overall, occupancy rates, earnings, and anything percentage-related is all recorded for you and easy to compare to past measures.

If you really want to be a go-getter, keep your own tallies and tabs in spreadsheets so you can easily see your progress.

SMART goals are ACHIEVABLE.

This is an important point to remember. It’s easy to get swept up in the romanticization of it all and set lofty goals that even the best super host or Airbnb Plus host couldn’t meet in their best months. Don’t let things get away from you – make sure it’s possible to achieve what you’re setting yourself up to do.

Now, the trick here is to also ensure you’re not going too easy on yourself, either. Start by giving yourself permission to be flexible. Start with a lower goal but set up “stretch goals” to strive for if you meet the lower settings. This simply means you keep pushing during your allotted time to reach a new, higher goal.

Think about how your performance has been over the course of a year or a single month. How much better could you do, theoretically and honestly, by tweaking a few things? Think critically and carefully about your goals so you can be confident about meeting them.

SMART goals are REALISTIC.

Another way to think of this is whether or not your goal is relevant:

  • By working toward these objectives, are you helping your vacation rental business?
  • By reaching out and doing more for your guests, are you truly improving their experience or just complicating matters?
  • Is it the right time to be working toward these things? (For example, are you trying to achieve an extensive occupancy or income rate boost during the low season? How ACHIEVABLE is that?)
  • What will the payoff be for achieving your goal?

 

These are important questions to answer, too, because you don’t want to be working fruitlessly!

SMART goals are TIME-BOUND.

Again, with vacation rentals, things are very time-bound and times go in cycles. There isn’t much more you need to do here aside from determining how often you want to check your progress. Here are a few ideas:

  • Are you hoping to make improvements in a single week over the busy season?
  • How much more do you want to earn or how many more guests do you want to host in a single month?
  • In a quarter, how much higher can your overall occupancy rate be REALISTICALLY?

 

This may be the easiest part of the bunch while you’re setting up your goals, but remember to consider it! Also, not all time frames are created equal. Be sure you’re giving yourself enough time to track an objective and, alternatively, not giving yourself too much time.

 

 

Setting goals for your vacation rental can be fun – it’s an exciting time of the year! This may help you set your path for the rest of the season or entire year. Don’t hold back: Decide what you want to accomplish in your business and write down your aims. Don’t forget to look at them often and keep them in check.

Good luck!

 

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How to Declutter Your Home

how to declutter your homeWhether you’re doing it to simplify your life, or as a downsizing effort, decluttering a home is a serious undertaking that takes plenty of time and energy. There are a million different methods when it comes to decluttering, but the best and easiest method is have it done by Maid This, the premier maid service Redondo Beach can provide. Read on to learn how to declutter your home like a pro and avoid everyday cleaning mistakes that can needlessly complicate your efforts.

Living room & children’s rooms

Like top-notch window cleaning and the question of how to keep carpets clean, decluttering poses unique challenges that may seem insurmountable at first and require you to change some of your longtime habits. By doing the hardest area in the house first, everything that comes afterward will feel much easier.

First, pick a permanent storage space for oft-used items such as books, newspapers, gaming joysticks, and TV remotes. Empty your bookcases, the entertainment center, and the coffee table. Take a critical look at the items they hold and get rid of everything you don’t use. Store objects such as chargers and gadgets in a specific spot so they aren’t lying around.

Lastly, take a look at the toys. Inspect them for wear & tear. Ask yourself about each toy: do your children still play with it? When it comes to learning how to declutter your home, you’ll discover that just recycling old unwanted toys that are lying around, collecting dust, goes a long way.

Bathroom

Empty the medicine cabinet. Take a look at the labels on the medications and throw away the ones that have expired. Put the stuff you aren’t throwing away back into the cabinet and, as a little life hack, make sure you store everything you’re using regularly at eye level.

Take a look at the products under your sink and in the bathtub/shower. Getting rid of chemicals that have expired or are near their expiry date is not only a good answer if you’re wondering how to declutter your home, it’s also the health-conscious thing to do.

Kitchen

Empty the cupboards and the drawers. Inspect the labels on different products and throw away foods such as spices that may have expired. Rearrange everything in the storage spaces in a way that leaves your counters empty and easy to work on. Chances are, you’ll find plenty of items that do not belong in the kitchen at all, so just put them back in place.

How to declutter your home the easy way

Are you a hardworking professional, a student cramming for exams, or a parent busy caring for children? Do you invariably find yourself lacking the time and energy to do a thorough decluterring? Then reach out to Maid This, the top maid service in Redondo Beach. The expert cleaners we work with boast the knowledge and the tools necessary to declutter your home in no time and in a way that ensures lasting cleanliness. Our online booking system is specially designed to enable quick, hassle-free scheduling. Make your appointment today! We’ll become your go-to cleaning service in Redondo Beach.

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How to Keep High Traffic Carpet Areas Clean

how to keep high traffic carpet areas cleanNothing spoils a lovely home decor like dull and dirty carpets. All it takes is a few pet accidents and spilled drinks, and your expensive carpeting can easily end up looking dingy. Of course, the best way to keep your carpets looking their best is to have them cleaned by the top cleaning services Redondo Beach has to offer, MaidThis. Read on to discover three great cleaning methods that make the question of how to keep high traffic carpet areas clean a non-issue.

As with all cleaning-related concerns, such as finding the most effective ways to declutter your home or the best way to wash windows, it’s important to avoid making mistakes when cleaning in order to prevent accidental damage your carpet.

How to keep high traffic carpet areas clean using hand shampoo

Yes, hand shampoo can be used to clean your carpet. All you need is a laundry detergent (make sure you pick one that’s made for your carpet’s specific material), a spray bottle, a nail brush, clean towels, and, of course, water.

First, vacuum the carpet and remove as much dirt as you can. Pour a little detergent into the spray bottle, add water, and shake it vigorously so it mixes well. Mist the area, but don’t soak the carpet, then lightly scrub the area with the nail brush, starting with the edges and working your way inward.

Dry the area using towels, then pat it down with a damp towel so as to strip it of any remaining detergent. Finally, pat the area with a dry towel to remove excess moisture before vacuuming the carpet again.

Dry cleaning

How to keep high traffic carpet areas clean without running the risk of damaging the carpet,” you ask? Then the dry cleaning method is for you! Since no water is used, this method is quite harmless. However, keep in mind that a certain amount of powder will stay in the carpet no matter how thoroughly you try to remove it, so make sure that the dry cleaning solution you use isn’t dangerous to pets and children.

First, carefully vacuum the carpet so there’s as little dirt as possible. Afterward, work the dry cleaning solution into the carpet, following the instructions on the label, then thoroughly vacuum the area until most of the dry cleaning solution is gone.

The foam method

If you want to learn how to keep high traffic carpet areas clean using the foam method, check this out! The foam method is similar to the dry cleaning method in that it doesn’t need water. Just keep in mind that, if you leave lots of foam residue in the carpet, it will attract dirt to that area in the future. As with dry cleaning, make sure your chosen cleaner solution is safe for kids and pets.

Start by vacuuming the carpet. Follow the instructions on the cleaner. Afterward, take a damp towel and rub the area with it to remove foam residue. Finally, restore the pile using the vacuum nozzle.

How to keep high traffic carpet areas clean the easy way

The benefits of hiring professional cleaners go beyond just receiving a high-end cleaning. By outsourcing your home cleaning to the top referral agency in Redondo Beach, MaidThis, you’re also reclaiming the free time you need to enjoy life. Book a cleaning today! We’re eager to make your home shine!

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