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Airbnb Best Practices for Increasing Occupancy Rates

Being a successful Airbnb host means ensuring your rental is always booked, no matter the season. This can be achieved by providing an attractive and inviting space that guests will want to come back to, time and time again.

You can do a few tricks to prevent your home from sitting empty when things slow down. One is to offer discounts or special rates during off-peak times. Another is to make sure your home is listed on multiple rental platforms and that your listing is up-to-date and includes good photos and a detailed description. You can also reach out to previous guests and ask for reviews. Finally, you can offer amenities or services that appeal to guests and make them want to return.

But if you want bookings all year-round, here are some Airbnb best practices to apply right now:

Always Keep Listings Current

It's important to keep your Airbnb listing updated so that you can continue to attract bookings. Answering This list of questions may help:

  • Does your description fully match what you are offering?

  • Does your property have new amenities that you’ve forgotten to add?

  • Do you have new features to share through photographs?

  • Are there logistical changes that you, as a host, must note?

It's important to keep your Airbnb listing up-to-date at least once a month, so you don't miss out on any potential bookings.

Change Rates per Season

You need to make sure your Airbnb is priced competitively to get bookings. This means you must know how the seasons affect occupancy rates, the average nightly rate for similar properties in the area, what kind of amenities and features your property offers, and so on.

Offering lower rates during the week or low season can help increase occupancy rates and make your hotel more competitive. As a host, you should always be aware of how much similar listings in your area are going for and price yourself accordingly.

Focus on the Right Customers

Your property's listing title is one of the first things guests see when searching for a place to stay, so make it count! A great listing title will be unique and specific to your property, so take some time to brainstorm before you settle on one.

So potential guests will be searching for accommodations near these events, whether it's a music festival, a food and wine fair, or a major sporting event. If you can appear in these search results, you'll be in a good position to snag some new guests.

Make sure your vacation rental is easy to find online and that you are actively marketing it to potential guests. Use a catchy name and description for your rental, and ensure your contact information is easily accessible.

Finally, this list of Airbnb best practices would be incomplete without this tip: mention the state where you’re hosting! Nothing is more frustrating to a potential guest than finding the perfect property only to find out it’s a cross-country trip away! You’ll lose a booking regardless of how attractive the price or amenities are.


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