Renting out your house, cottage or apartment involves posting photos of the exterior and enough of the key interior rooms, a description, and prices on one of the many rental sites such as Airbnb, VRBO, or Homeaway. Sounds simple enough. But to attract renters on a regular basis and garner good reviews—which will help attract more renters—it’s important to take time and put in effort to make your home as presentable and welcoming as possible.
We continue with more about getting into this part of the sharing economy. Our focus points include: the niceties to have on hand such as fresh linens and towels, taking good photos of your home’s exterior and rooms to post to attract guests, filling out a questionnaire about your home in the same way you might fill out a statement about yourself for online dating, and deciding on your house rules—no red wine or pets, for example.
Millions of homeowners worldwide now rent out a room, rooms or their entire home, helping this niche in the sharing economy become a multibillion dollar business, thanks to sites such as Airbnb, VRBO, Homeaway and TripAdvisor. Just how easy is it to hop on the bandwagon?
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There is required homework to be a careful, smart host and rate five-star reviews from guests so they will come back and rave to friends. But these days as states, cities and towns tighten rules, especially about short-term rentals, you need to know what your area, too, requires. Learn your area’s basic short-term rules. […]
Entrepreneur Brian Chesky’s concept may have started modestly when he charged overnight guests for an airbed and breakfast, hence his company moniker, Airbnb. But the business model gradually evolved into a billion-dollar operation as thousands of homeowners offered far more on the company platform—a room or their entire home—and comfortable beds. And though some […]