Are you an Airbnb host that wants more than just a steady amount of bookings from Airbnb? Your occupancy rate is stable and average but after a few months of renting your home to travellers and guests, are you starting to think you want a little bit more? There are over 64,000 listings on Airbnb in London alone, so how can you make sure that you are going to receive more bookings with all that competition?
There are many websites and platforms for home sharing on the internet, and a lot of them target different types of guests to your property. You also need to take into account your property calendar so you don’t get guests from multiple platforms at the same time. Before you start going ahead and listing on every single platform available, there are a few things you should consider first.
You need to consider what kind of guests you want at your property, including how many travellers, where are they travelling from, where your property is located and the type of home you have. Airbnb is quite universal, however over 60% of bookings on the platform are made by millennials, according to iPropertyManagement.
For a working professional guest or for families, who are also willing to spend a little bit more money, they are more likely to visit other websites for their holiday accommodation, such as Expedia and Booking.com.
Other types of guests will use platforms such as these that are popular in their home countries. Websites like HomeAway or VRBO, link their platforms from other countries together so when you list your home on one, it will get listed to all of it’s other variations.
One of the biggest factors to consider when listing your home on multiple platforms, is your calendar availability. Firstly, you cannot simply just list your property on more than one platform without linking your property calendars - if you don’t, you could very well end up with various double bookings from each platform and having to cancel guests.
Using a property management company or an official Airbnb co-host, allows you to sit back and relax while an expert team takes care of those technicalities for you. Short let management company, Pass the Keys, have a professional host portal that allows Airbnb hosts to view all of their bookings from various platforms all in one calendar, straight from your phone. If you need to stay in your property for a weekend, or need the place empty for some renovations, just simply block out the calendar and you won’t receive any bookings from any platform, just from the click of a button.
If you would like to find out more about the Airbnb management services that Pass the Keys offer or would like to know more about how you can earn more with a property management company, get in touch with one of our host advisors on +44 208 050 2818.