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Airbnb Host Advice: How to Turn Your Property into a Vacation Hotspot

So, you took the plunge and decided to try your luck as an Airbnb host. Not only have you joined one of the fastest-growing vacation rental communitie

So, you took the plunge and decided to try your luck as an Airbnb host. Not only have you joined one of the fastest-growing vacation rental communities, but you’ve also become a part of a lucrative investment.

Most of the time when a property owner decides to list their home as a vacation rental, this can be an overwhelming experience. For example, let’s say you’ve listed your rental. You’ve had a month’s worth of visitors and you’ve made a decent profit from your first round as a host. All is good in the world, right?

Well, when you finally log in to see your stats, you come across some less than dazzling reviews. Maybe you even were rated less than 2 stars… Ouch.

If you’re interested in beating the total on your Airbnb profit estimator by making your property a premier destination for Airbnb guests, the following tutorial will assist you.

Outdoor Elements 

The outside of a property can be a huge attraction for anyone who might be interested in renting your property for vacation purposes. All the same, it can also be a huge deterrent if your landscape is less than appealing.

When you go on vacation, you want to have every element available to help you relax and have a good time. If the outside of your property isn’t welcoming, or if it’s otherwise boring and lacking amenities, chances are you’ll be passed up for a better deal with the same price tag.

Some elements to consider when restructuring your property include:

  • Firepit
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Courtyard
  • Manicured open spaces
  • Gardens
  • Sitting areas
  • Gazebo

Many of these elements add character to an otherwise droll appearance and increase your property value as well. So, the money you spend on adding these elements will be worth it in the long run, should you choose to eventually sell your home.

Amenities 

If you think that people want to vacation in a home where they have nothing to help occupy their time, think again. 

People want to be entertained, and as a host, it’s your job to produce the best experience possible for all of your guests. Knowing this, you want to target your amenities to the type of clientele you’re after. 

If you’re looking to bring in the younger, party crowd, you might consider some of the following games and amenities:

  • Pool table
  • Ping pong table
  • Cornhole 
  • Video games
  • Streaming devices 
  • Smart TV’s
  • Large gathering tables 
  • Volleyball net
  • Sports equipment 

Even if you’re looking to cater to an older, more business professional crowd, many of the above amenities will suit them as well. Of course, if you’d prefer only to rent to casual travelers, you could reduce your amenities, but studies show that the more amenities you list, the greater your chances are of landing repeat clientele and healthy reviews.

Think of the Kids

Though there are quite a few couples and solo travelers out there that want to forget they even have kids when on vacation, many families bring their kids on vacation with them as well. And, it’s always nice for the kids to have something to do when the adults attempt to relax.

If you’re looking to rent out to vacationing families, having plenty of elements to help occupy children is an attractive quality of any vacation rental. A few things to consider when looking to cater to families include the following:

  • Build a playground 
  • Power Wheels
  • Outdoor sports toys
  • Water sports toys
  • Kids movies 
  • Board games 
  • Video games 
  • Build a toy room

Having even a few of the above options is sure to attract the clicks of a vacationing family looking for a place where the kids can feel at home, just like the adults.

When you’re sitting at the drawing board looking to increase your Airbnb profits, keep in mind that adding any of the elements listed can have a dramatic effect on the overall attractiveness of your property. And, this will translate into more cash in your pocket.

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