What I Learned from Hosting My First Airbnb Guest

As an Airbnb host you might think that running an Airbnb is simple. But there are many things to consider when you're opening up your property for short-term rental: how to keep guests safe, what insurance do I need? What if they trash my house? How will I know who is coming over and who has access to my home? And then there's always the question - am I violating any laws in doing so? The answers may surprise you but after reading this article, hopefully it will help you to make an informed decision.


1. The more you provide for your guest, the better they will like it


Make your house their home! It's important to be upfront with the amenities you provide and what they will need if they stay in your place.

An airbnb host should have a document that outlines all of these items so it is easier for them when guests come over. Be sure not to forget things like: toiletries, towels, linens and an iron or clothes steamer. Make sure there are enough keys on hand for everyone who needs access too! And don't forget about snacks - even just having some crackers around might make someone happy after a long day of travel!

It may seem obvious but we did our homework and found out people LOVE coffee makers at home (especially those single cup ones!).


2. It's important to have a sense of humor and be outgoing when hosting an Airbnb guest


The only way to make a house feel like home is by making your guest feel welcome. Being hospitable and caring about their stay will go a long way in ensuring that they have the best experience possible!


Being outgoing also makes it easier for you when hosting guests - being able to talk with them easily can help break some of the ice, especially if this person has never met you before or if its been awhile since the last time someone was at your place. It's important that all Airbnb hosts take steps to ensure safety but communication goes a long way in helping people to relax too!


3. Provide information on how to get around town in case they want something specific


There are many ways to choose transportation when you're a guest in someone's city. The best way is to ask your host what they recommend or if there are any local spots that will give discounted rates for Airbnb guests! It would also be helpful to provide them with the information of how much it costs and where/how they can get these things.


4. Be prepared for some unexpected things - I had to buy new toilet paper and dish soap because my guests forgot theirs!

Airbnb hosts know that there are lots of things to think about. But sometimes you'll find out that your guests have forgotten something important - like toilet paper! It's always a good idea to have an extra set on hand for them just in case and make sure the kitchen is stocked with all necessities too!


5. Have a plan for if there are any issues with the house or anything goes wrong during their stay - make sure you're available by phone and email so that you can address any concerns right away


It's very important to have a plan in place to address any concerns of guests. Airbnb has excellent customer service and is available 24/hours, 365 days a year so it should never be too difficult for you as the host! It can also help if you're able to give your guest contact information for an alternative point of contact - just in case they don't want to reach out or are unable-to get through. For example: maybe there's another adult who lives at the house that would be more comfortable speaking with them?


If anything goes wrong during their stay (like when one of my guests accidentally locked themselves out) this person was able to call someone on our behalf without any problem whatsoever!


6. Don't forget about bedding!


It's important to provide your guests with linens and towels - they are items that you don't think about until it is too late. Don't forget about sheets, pillows, blankets and things like a comforter or duvet cover!


We hope these tips help make hosting an airbnb guest easier for everyone! And if there anything we missed? Let us know in the comments below!"


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