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Recharge Yourself as a Host this Fall

Recharge Yourself as an Airbnb Host from MaidThis.com

Someday, we’ll all be able to look back on 2020 and laugh, right?… We can only hope. 

There’s no denying that this year has been, in the words of CNN’s Jake Tapper, “a hot mess, inside a dumpster fire, inside a train wreck.” (His remarks were in response to the first presidential debate, but they still apply to the year as a whole, wouldn’t you say?)

So, while a few things remain on this year’s check-off list, one thing may not be on your to-dos that really should be is to recharge

We’ve all taken a beating and we all need a little R&R. Here are a few of our recommendations on how to recharge yourself as a vacation rental host this fall. Best of all, they’ll fit any budget. 

 

1. Book an Airbnb staycation.

You may be rolling your eyes at this one, but hear us out on this one. There are two reasons we recommend going this route: 

A) You’re away from home and a true guest somewhere else, and 

B) If you can’t help but work, you can take the opportunity to spy a little on your competition.

We recommend going a little crazy here and booking a night or two in a place that you wouldn’t normally – maybe something more expensive than you’d typically look for. Consider a place like this super-hip downtown loft or really get outside the city in this cozy Airbnb Plus historic home once owned by actress Bette Davis.

The idea here is to, for once, be the guest and not the host. Treat yo’self. 

 

2. Support local businesses: Book a spa appointment, order a hefty take-out order from your favorite restaurant, and look for other “shop local” opportunities.

Everyone is struggling these days, especially small businesses across America. If you’re looking to recharge yourself, you can also do a little good by supporting your peers.

If you’re not comfortable visiting a spa, purchase a gift card from them or buy one for a friend. You’re still supporting the business! If funds are tight, look for deals on Groupon.

If you’re not comfortable (or unable to because of city or state closure mandates) sitting in a restaurant to eat, order a big takeout meal. Order for a meal or two and choose menu items that will still taste great when they’re reheated at home. This way, you’re supporting a local business and saving yourself the trouble of cooking for multiple meals. *HIGH FIVE* While you’re at it, tip the staff at the restaurant even though you’re not dining in. 

Ask friends and search the web for other ways you can treat yourself and support other community entrepreneurs. 

 

3. Find a new hobby.

There are so many things you can do to fill your time and the internet has opened a world of learning to everyone. Even before the pandemic hit, online classes and courses were available to anyone willing to learn a new craft. 

Look into Airbnb’s Online Experiences or consider learning hubs like Skillshare or Masterclass. There’s so much to learn out there and at such an affordable price. Take your mind off your struggles for a while and find something new to enjoy.

 

After a year like the one we’ve had, it’s important to remember to take time to reflect on the good. Step away from everything for a moment and make an effort to do something for yourself.  

Take what time we have left to turn things around and prepare for the awesomeness that will be 2021. By giving yourself a little time to recharge as a host, you’ll be ready for what comes next.

 

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Vacation Rental Insurance: Are you Covered?

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Whether you’re renting a property as a serious source of income or just as a side hustle, it’s important that you have the right insurance policy to cover any damages that might occur. As running a vacation rental is a business activity, your usual homeowner’s policy or landlord’s policy won’t be valid for the times you rent your property out for short-term stays.

Luckily, many insurance policies are specifically designed for short-term rental properties these days and most providers will allow you to easily add a short-term rental policy to your usual home insurance plan. 

Here’s what you need to know about vacation rental insurance. 

 

What should your vacation rental insurance cover? 

What’s the difference between vacation rental insurance and homeowner’s insurance? The answer is the degree of coverage as well as what areas are covered. 

There are three main categories you should look at when determining what coverage you’ll need for your rental property: 

 

  • Liability: Without liability insurance, your guests could potentially sue you for any injuries or accidents that happen on your property. This is true even if it doesn’t seem like you’re at fault. General liability insurance protects you and your assets in the event of an unforeseen disaster resulting in injury. 
  • Property Damage: For serious property damage caused by renters or natural disasters, many hosts would be out of luck without property damage insurance. Make sure that the insurance policy you choose covers your entire property, including decks, sheds, and other structures that might be set further away from the house. 
  • Loss of Income: Your property is considered a business expense, so if damages prevent you from renting it out, you’ll need insurance to cover the loss of income. You may be able to be compensated for the time that you miss out on renting due to repairs as well as the repairs themselves. 

 

With a comprehensive insurance package, you won’t have to worry about things going awry when you rent out your property. It’s almost always worth the investment if you’re serious about vacation rental hosting. It’s much cheaper to pay for insurance than it would be to pay for damages or lawsuits that might occur without it. 

 

Vacation Rental Insurance Providers

It’s easy to find a trusted name when it comes to vacation rental insurance. Many of the big-name insurance providers now offer homeshare or short-term rental insurance policies. Here are a few to consider: 

 

The insurance provider you choose will depend on your individual rates as well as what feels best for you. It’s a good idea to shop around and see how the policies differ before committing to one. Don’t just go with what’s familiar; the insurance provider you’ve used for auto insurance in the past might not necessarily be the best choice for your vacation rental insurance. 

 

Overall, an airtight vacation rental insurance policy will save you a lot of time and hassle if something goes wrong during a guest’s stay. You can rest easy knowing that your property is covered, no matter what life (or a guest) throws at you. 

 

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Pros and Cons of Short- and Long-Term Renters

Pros and Cons of Short-Term and Long-Term Airbnb Renters from MaidThis.com

It’s safe to say that travel habits have shifted dramatically in 2020, but Airbnb hosts are still able to find success if they adapt to the changing times. As vacations have declined with the onset of the global pandemic, many hosts are turning to a different business model than usual in order to fill their rental properties: Long-term renters. 

There are pros and cons to both short- and long-term renting that you should consider if you’ve noticed a decrease in bookings this year. Here are a few things to think about. 

 

Short-Term Renters

Most Airbnb hosts target short-term renters. These are the people who want to book for shorter periods, like a weekend getaway or maybe they need to rent a venue for a family gathering. Usually, short-term renting is an ideal arrangement as you’re able to keep your property booked for peak season rates without having to worry too much about unpleasant guests overstaying their welcome.

However, when no one is traveling, short-term renting is much less lucrative. Hosts may struggle to keep their properties occupied, especially on weekdays (even at the best of times), and enhanced cleaning guidelines means spending more time and money on thorough sanitization between guests. 

 

Long-Term Renters

While the exact definition may vary depending on who you ask, in general, a renter is considered long-term if their stay is 30 days or longer. Some areas will grant your guest tenant rights after a month, so if you do decide to pursue long-term renters, it’s important to know your local laws and ordinances first. 

It’s also extra important to vet your long-term renters before their stay. Short-term renters can only do so much damage during their time with you, but a long-term renter could wreak serious havoc on your property if you’re not careful. It’s a good idea to check in with long-term renters a few times during their visit to make sure they’re not causing any harm to the unit.

However, there are many pros to long-term renting that make it worth considering. Usually, offering discounted rates would mean that long-term renting isn’t as lucrative as short-term if you’re able to book back-to-back short-term stays. 

But these days, since few people are traveling, you’re actually better off booking a long-term renter and guaranteeing your property will be occupied for a month or more at a time. 

Hosts who rely on short-term rentals might see their units sitting empty for most of the month, but plenty of people still need to book long-term rentals because they’re between leases, or because they want to ride out the pandemic in a new location.

Many hosts report that long-term guests end up taking better care of the rental property than short-term guests because they come to see it as their home during their stay. Finally, you’ll also save on cleaning fees as you won’t have to disinfect the property nearly as often when your guests are staying long-term. 

 

While you might need to change your business model to attract long-term renters, it’s a profitable solution that many hosts enjoy. Ultimately, navigating through these uncertain times will require you to consider whether short- or long-term renting is a better fit for you. 

 

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Environmentally Friendly Airbnb: Is Your Vacation Rental Eco-Friendly?

Is Your Airbnb Environmentally Friendly? from MaidThis.comIs your Airbnb environmentally friendly? Plenty of hosts ask themselves this question at several points throughout their hosting experience.

There are plenty of ways you can “go green” in your vacation rental and varying benefits for each change you make. Here are 4 ways to make your Airbnb environmentally friendly and the positive impact it can have.

 

Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs

Energy Star-rated light bulbs have been around for years now and are far more affordable than they used to be. While many may have questioned their effectiveness, the data is clear: Energy Star-certified light bulbs use up to 90% less energy than “traditional” light bulbs. That’s pretty amazing!

While we don’t recommend changing out all your light bulbs simply for the sake of saving energy (and ultimately wasting perfectly usable “traditional” bulbs that are still operational), we do recommend you replace old bulbs as they burn out with Energy Star-approved ones. You may opt to purchase enough bulbs for your entire home all at once so you can ensure the light coloring and potency is consistent from room to room, but this isn’t completely necessary.

 

Effective Weather-Stripping and Caulking

We often don’t think about the weather-stripping or caulking around doors, windows, and showers and sinks until we notice an issue. That said, it’s far better to head off issues by checking these things a couple of times every year than to wait for problems to arise.

Poor caulking or weather-stripping can lead to pricey leaks – from water to cold air coming in during winter to leaking cold air seeping outside during the hot summer months. These ultimately jack up your utility bills and long-term can cause potentially serious damage in your home. 

Keeping tabs on them to keep your costs down and use less energy overall is ultimately good for the environment. 

 

Efficient Water Fixtures

While you can’t control how guests utilize the water in your home, you can do your water bill and the environment a favor by installing low-flow shower heads and sink faucets in your bathrooms and kitchen.

 

Is it worth making the switch? The EPA estimates that the average American family uses as much as 300 gallons of water at home every. single. day. That’s a literal TON of water. By installing low-flow faucets and shower heads, you could reduce as much as 60% of water over-usage!

 

Smart Thermostats

Guests change the internal home temperature a lot. Let’s face it: It’s impossible to please everyone! 

How can you ensure your heating and cooling bills don’t run through the roof? Install a smart thermostat that will allow you to “lock” minimum and maximum temperatures. Not only will you potentially save a bit of money on your monthly bills but you’ll be doing the earth another small favor.

 

There are plenty of ways you can translate “green home” basics into your Airbnb. Look for things you can do with few barriers. You might be surprised how easy it is to implement environmentally-friendly practices into your vacation rental.

 

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3 Beginner Tips to Improve Your Airbnb Search Ranking

3 Beginner Tips to Improve Your Airbnb Search Ranking from MaidThis.com

With literally millions of vacation rental listings online, lots of hosts wonder how they can improve their search ranking on Airbnb. While it’s not an exact science, there are a few things you can do that could make a positive difference.

It’s important to remember that any changes you make won’t affect your listing ranking overnight. That said, to determine how well your changes are working, it’s important to sit on them for at least a month to determine their effect.

Here are 3 beginner tips to improve your search ranking on Airbnb and other short-term vacation rental sites. 

 

1. Invest in good photos. 

We’ve said it over and over (and you’ve heard it over and over from other short-term rental sources): PHOTOS WILL MAKE OR BREAK YOUR AIRBNB LISTING. Guests are more likely to click on listings that have great, professional-looking photos than ones that look like they were simply taken by the host on their phone. The algorithm on Airbnb will learn which listings tend to get the most action and push these to the top of search results over time.

Guests are looking for stellar photos that sell them a dream stay or vacation. Think about it in terms of how hotels market their properties. Hotels are really, really good at selling the appearance of their rooms and common areas because they have professional photos taken from the very best angles. 

The point here is not to over-sell what you have, but to be sure you can truly highlight all your best features. Be sure to choose a great lead photo, too, to entice guests to click on your listing when they’re searching through properties. 

 

2. Respond to guest questions ASAP.

The faster you can respond to guests, the better. In fact, you should stay in contact with guests well before their stay up until the time they leave

Airbnb tracks how quickly hosts reply to guest questions and booking requests. They keep tabs on how often a host replies in 24 hours or less – this is considered a good reply timeline. (Of course, the sooner you can reply, the better.)

Ideally, implement the instant book option for guests so you don’t have to worry about checking booking requests quickly enough (or turning them down which can also be detrimental to your ranking over time). Airbnb’s “What factors determine how my listing appears in search results?” help page explicitly mentions that allowing instant bookings can positively affect your search ranking.

Anytime you delay and wait for more than 24 hours to reply to guest correspondence or requests, imagine a negative “ding” on your Airbnb record. Over time, a build-up of “late” correspondence replies will negatively affect your ranking in search results.

 

3. Keep it super-clean.

This goes without saying, but guests expect a clean home. And we mean 5-star hotel-quality clean.

In the era of COVID, maintaining a clean home is more important than ever. Whether you’re rolling your sleeves up and doing it yourself or partnering with a company like MaidThis, it’s vital that you implement and maintain a coronavirus cleaning process.

Before the pandemic, guests simply expected a home to be squeaky clean and as good as what they saw in photos on the vacation rental listing. Now, they want to be sure they can’t possibly become ill from a previous guest or cleaner that may have been asymptomatic.

How do you accomplish demonstrating your cleaning systems in your listing? Harvest as many positive reviews as possible and ask your guests to specifically mention how they felt about cleanliness and safety. You can also download a free cleaning graphic from the MaidThis COVID Resource Center to add to your photo lineup.

 

Learning the ins and outs of the Airbnb algorithm is tough for all hosts, even those who are well seasoned. To maximize your occupancy potential, re-evaluate your listing a few times every year and make changes based on hints from Airbnb.

 

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What We’ve Learned about Airbnb Domestic Travel in 2020

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In 2019, Americans spent a whopping $972 billion on domestic travel – and that was at a time when international travel was still a wide-open option.

While some states have instituted travel restrictions and there’s no question that all travel levels are down from their expected marks this year, Americans are still making efforts to move around the country. As summer winds down, here are a few things we’ve learned about Airbnb domestic travel in the U.S. and how we expect they’ll continue to make an impact through the end of 2020.

 

Guests are planning ahead less and traveling more spontaneously. 

According to data compiled by Guesty, there’s been a major uptick in bookings made just a week before “go-time.” More and more guests are “feeling out” the moment – case levels where they’re traveling from and to, restrictions on travel and movements in the area they’re vacationing in, and whether or not entertainment venues and activities are open – before they book. 

These days, such precautions are completely warranted and the emerging pattern makes sense as most Americans are genuinely concerned about their health and the safety of those around them. Because there’s really no telling when this will all be “over,” based on current trends, we’re going to bet that bookings for much of the rest of this year will follow this pattern.

 

More people are opting to stay closer to home than travel across the country. 

Earlier this summer, Airbnb reported a huge uptick in local bookings around the world – meaning guests were opting to stay closer to home rather than travel to far-away places. This surge was a surprise given the pandemic was still looking pretty dire in a lot of places and considering the bottoming-out of cancellations it experienced as the pandemic made its way around the globe.

As air travel is still a risk given the necessary close proximity to other travelers and the question of the safety of recirculated cabin air (even with many airlines promising state-of-the-art filtration systems, there is still no consensus or enough study information to confirm how truly safe airplane air is), fewer travelers are trekking anywhere near airports.

 

More than ever, guests are opting to stay longer

Rather than booking for a short time, guests are often choosing to extend their stays. This could be a combination of necessity and opportunity: Guests who really want to experience a location can’t cram as much into a shorter stay and thanks to the surge in remote work requirements, they may have the time to “live” somewhere else for a while. 

Airbnb seems to be pushing this by alerting hosts like you to update their listings to cater to guests looking for longer-term stays and by giving guests more obvious long-term, close-to-home options. We expect this to become more of a norm than it was before given the continuing crisis, though there will still be plenty of guests who only book for a few days.

 

Things began to heat up for the summer. With the slow season upon us, we’re sure to see more shifts in the “normal” expectations for bookings. That said, by arming yourself with recent facts and having a better idea of what guests are looking for in their stays, you may be able to come out on top.

 

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4 Irrefutable Tips for Getting 5-Star Airbnb Reviews

4 Irrefutable Tips for Getting 5-Star Reviews from MaidThis.com

Every Airbnb host wants to get consistent 5-star reviews. If you don’t care, you might be in the wrong business. 

There’s plenty of suggestions and information floating around the web about how best to land those perfect ratings, but how do you know what are the best, most tried-and-true methods? 

We’ve done the legwork for you so you don’t have to do the digging yourself. Here are what we think are 4 irrefutable tips for getting 5-star Airbnb reviews.

 

1. Communicate consistently.

Check-in and check-out used to be a great time to gets some valuable face time with your guests and to connect with them on a more personal level. Now that social distancing is the norm, that system is literally out all the open windows.

Unsurprisingly, no one is doing face-to-face check-ins or check-outs anymore due to the coronavirus. In order to make a connection, you’re going to have to create opportunities. 

Make an effort to stay in close contact with your guests before, during, and immediately after their stay. Don’t worry about being too “chatty”: You don’t need to write long, heartfelt messages. Simply drop a quick line to let them know you’re available to answer questions and are looking forward to hosting them. 

To really stay on top of these quick little notes, keep a Google doc or note somewhere with canned responses that you can consistently copy and paste into your messages.

 

2. Make a habit of over-delivering.

Make an effort to be honest in your listing, but don’t give away every nugget you’ve got in your gold pan. Surprise your guests with higher-level toiletries or a few snacks and drinks upon their arrival. 

Maybe hand-write a note thanking them for their stay and leave it with your printed house rules or somewhere you’re sure they’ll find it. 

Get creative and go above and beyond. As you’re less likely to ever meet your guests these days, these kinds of small personal touches can make all the difference. 

 

3. Do a little homework.

We really love this idea from Get Paid for Your Pad: Do a little reconnaissance on your guests to see what kinds of things they may be interested in.

If your guest is an Airbnb veteran, chances are that they’ve left several reviews for their past hosts. Hop over and check out reviews they’ve left on other hosts’ review lists. You never know what you’ll find – it may offer you a great way to make their stay even better.  

 

4. Think like a guest.

At the end of the day, it pays to simply consider what you would be “wowed” by as a guest yourself. Think back to some of your own amazing Airbnb stays in the past – what made them so amazing or memorable?

Implement what you can without breaking the bank. Remember that reviews don’t bring in more money right away, but they do help you build trust with new and potential guests which ultimately leads to more bookings… and more income.

 

Don’t stress yourself out over earning 5-star reviews. With a little consideration and planning, you can consistently earn your guests’ appreciation and praise.

 

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2 of the Best Airbnb Door Locks

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Door keys are so last century. No one wants to keep a jangling wad of metal in their pocket or handbag anymore when they can walk in the door by simply pressing a button.

These days, it’s also worth mentioning how the novel coronavirus has affected the short-term rental industry and the fact that the more we can cut down on passing things from person-to-person, the better. 

Now that every check-in is a remote one, dealing with physical keys is that much more of a hassle. Here are 2 of the best options for Airbnb door locks currently on the market. One may just be a great fit for your vacation rental.

 

Yale Assure Lockstarting at approx. $199 on Amazon

We love this lock for a number of reasons. Not only is it a fully keyless option, but it looks super modern and sleek. You have a few options to choose from to get much of the same functionality, including opting for a new door handle rather than a full-blown new lock. We think that’s pretty neat.

Here are a few other reasons why we like the Yale Assure Lock lineup:

 

  • Control everything from your smartphone: Add and remove an unlimited number of access codes right from the app. Never recycle old codes again if you don’t want to.

 

  • Third-party integrations: If you’re living in your home and truly home-sharing, it might be helpful to get your lock set up with other smart home apps like Alexa, Google Assistant, or Siri.
  • Set up auto relock: Set the door to automatically lock every time it closes so you never have to worry about whether or not it’s secure.

 

 

 

Gate Labs All-In-One Video Smart Lockapprox. $299 on Amazon (with service plan)

Gate Lab’s video smart lock is in a category all its own and might be our favorite of the two choices here. It’s the only lock on the market that directly integrates video along with its actual locking capabilities. Pretty cool, huh?

While compared to other “smart” locks it falls a tad short – it doesn’t integrate with Alexa, Google Home, or other third-party applications – and in order to get all its functionality, you’ll need to subscribe to a monthly “premium” service plan, it’s still one of the most robust options out there. 

Here are a few things we love most about the Gate Labs All-In-One Video Smart Lock:

 

  • Live HD video streaming: Greet your guests upon their initial arrival! You’ll be able to see them (and verify it’s who you’re expecting) and speak to them directly using the lock’s two-way audio to ensure they settle in comfortably.

 

  • Remote locking and unlocking: Lock and unlock the door via your smartphone and add up to 4 other admins with the same capability on the free service plan.
  • Unlimited guest access codes: Set a new code (or cycle through several) as guests come and go so your home always stays secure. Add and remove access codes all from the Gate Labs smartphone app.

 

 

 

There are a number of really amazing and secure Airbnb door locks on the market and not all are created equal. That said, we think these two options are the best suited for vacation rental hosts thanks to their functionality and user-friendliness.

 

By investing in a secure and easily-managed lock system, you not only keep your vacation rental safe and ensure the safety of your guests.

 

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What’s a “Fair” Airbnb Cleaning Fee?

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As an Airbnb host, you’ve likely toyed a lot with finding your average nightly rate “sweet spot.” It’s a bit like impersonating Goldilocks: You’ve got to find a rate that’s not too high, not too low, but just right. And, as part of your rate, you’ll need to include a cleaning fee… But what’s a “fair” Airbnb cleaning fee? And how can you ensure your “fair” fee isn’t scaring off guests?

 

How much should you charge? 

Good question. In the age of Covid, chances are that guests are more willing to accept “higher” cleaning fees than ever before. That said, there are still plenty who will balk at the sight of what they deem “excessive” costs.

To figure out your magic cleaning fee number, here’s what we suggest:

At a minimum, know exactly how much you’re going to charge. Make sure that however you decide to divvy it up – be it across a guest’s stay or publicized entirely in the cleaning fee – that you’re going to get enough to cover your costs. Base this amount on your actual MaidThis cleaning fee or based on quotes from vacation rental-specific cleaning companies. Don’t look at regular residential cleaning fees to decide on your Airbnb cleaning fee. They’re not the same (and shouldn’t be).

Also, keep in mind that this shouldn’t be a place where you’re trying to make an extra buck or two. Charge only what you need to cover your Airbnb cleaning costs. 

Then, look at what your competitors are listing for their cleaning fees. You might be surprised to see how much they fluctuate from listing to listing. You might also discern that other hosts are wrapping up some of their cleaning fees into their nightly rates. 

Finally, make a decision about how you want to publicize your cleaning fee. It’s as simple as that.

 

How do you avoid losing potential guests because of a “too high” Airbnb cleaning fee?

Efficient and effective cleaning is very much a subjective viewpoint. Folks who may travel less often or who don’t understand the costs associated with ensuring turnovers are extensive from stay to stay may be turned off by a high cleaning fee – especially one that may exceed the cost of their entire stay.

So how do you combat this? By getting smart about how you publicize (or don’t publicize) your cleaning fee. 

 

Option 1: Put your cleaning fee front and center.

Whether you’re cleaning up yourself or paying a professional service like MaidThis to turn over your vacation rental, the most obvious option is to include your cleaning fee – all of it – in the specified place in your listing. 

There’s one definitive downside to this: Depending on how “expensive” your Airbnb cleaning fee is perceived to be, you run the risk of losing some potential guests. 

All that said, it’s still a common move for hosts to add full cleaning fees to their listings.

 

Option 2: Add part (or all) of your cleaning fee into your average nightly rate.

Instead of blatantly mentioning your cleaning fee, you could opt to spread it out across your guests’ stays. 

This obviously makes your nightly rate go up a bit, but it also keeps less experienced (or “stingy”) guests from having a heart attack at your clean-up price tag. Assuming your average nightly rate is still within range of your closest competitors in terms of similar stays near you and throughout the larger area, this little trick should come off without a hitch. 

The best way to ensure you’re still bringing in enough money to actually cover your cleaning costs is to require a minimum stay. This way, you can split some (or all) of your cleaning fee across multiple nights, ultimately lowering the overall perceived cost by guests. When you have guests who are staying for a single night, it can be more challenging to ensure you’re getting enough money from their booking to cover the cost of a turnover – especially if you’re not doing it yourself. (If you’re renting out a room, this may matter less. If you’re renting out an entire home, this is where you can get into more trouble and end up spending money out of your own pocket.)

By including at least part of what you intend to charge for cleaning in the actual fee space provided, you help them understand that you do take cleaning seriously. This is true even if it’s a small amount (under $50).

 

Deciding how much to charge for your cleaning fee is a bit like a game – while ensuring you cover costs to turn over your vacation rental you have to also ensure you’re not scaring off potential guests. Do a little research and get smart with your advertising, and ultimately ensure your cleaning costs are covered after every check-out.

 

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3 Key Takeaways from the “State of the STR Industry” Report

3 Key Takeaways from the "State of the STR Industry" Report from MaidThis.com

Times have changed, haven’t they? 

At the start of the year, 2020 really seemed like it was going to be something spectacular. Arguably, it has been, albeit for reasons no one could ever have imagined. 

Like you, we’ve wondered what the long-term effects will be for the vacation rental industry and how other businesses have been faring. Thanks to Guesty’s recent “The State of the Short-Term Rental Industry Amid Covid-19” report, we have a better idea. 

Here are the 3 biggest takeaways we noted from Guesty’s report. 

 

1. Nearly all hosts have enacted more robust cleaning practices… and rightly so. 

When a dangerous virus lurks in communities – especially one that causes a sickness like Covid-19, where some infected individuals may not even know they’re spreading it – there’s no such thing as “too clean.”

Hosts around the globe have gone out of their way to ensure their homes are not just clean but that everything is sanitized and surfaces are properly disinfected. In addition, hosts who have seen the most success haven’t been shy about the changes they’ve made: The newest “best practice” is to mention your cleaning and disinfecting in both your listing name and your description.

At MaidThis, we’ve done our part to ensure all the cleaners we match you with follow our Covid-19 safety guidelines and have created the Covid-19 Resource Center to help you communicate your cleaning changes to your guests effectively.

 

2. Hosts with the best Covid-rebounds are implementing more flexible cancellation policies. 

Now, more than ever, flexible cancellation policies are king. 

Leisure travel hasn’t experienced a hit like this in modern history. Guests are leery of booking stays they can’t be certain will come to fruition. Their reasoning for being cautious should come as no surprise: With the threat of more states reneging on their reopening plans and the possibility of further skyrocketing Covid case numbers, plenty of folks are unwilling to make plans they can’t easily cancel. 

While you may not be willing to go with a fully-forgiving cancellation policy, the numbers suggest that any kind of cancellation is better than none. (Arguably, this has always been true.) As things can change in a flash these days, you’ll be more likely to see bookings increase if you give guests at least a week to change their plans. 

 

3. Industry insiders expect short-term rentals to bounce back faster than hotels post-Covid.

While it won’t happen overnight, industry insiders like Guesty and hosts alike expect the short-term rental market to regain its stride in due time. 

Why?

Social distancing is a big reason. Hotels make it nearly impossible for guests to distance well enough and avoid high-contact areas like elevators and lobbies. Offerings like free continental breakfasts have become a thing of the past due to the threat of community spread and there’s no telling how safe (or not) public swimming pools – both indoor and outdoor – can be if someone was unknowingly infected with Covid-19. 

Short-term rentals make it easier for travelers to keep their distance. Whether they rent a place with a private pool or opt to prepare their own breakfast, there’s a sense of security in knowing there are no shared amenities at a vacation rental like there are in a hotel. This alone plays a huge role in guests’ peace of mind. 

 

There are still many “unknowns” with this virus – not just from a scientific perspective but from an economic perspective. No one can say with certainty how things will continue and how quickly affected industries will recover and find sure footing. As we all continue to discover a new normal, we expect to see more positive feedback surrounding these observations and others like them.

 

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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.
Laura G
Airbnb Host in LA
90+

Hours
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