Omaha hotel prices spike during the College World Series and the Berkshire Hathaway Annual Shareholders Meeting. With that in mind, Warren Buffet advised visitors to consider using airbnb.com for accomadations.
Airbnb is a five-year-old startup that’s become more than a billion dollar business. Using Airbnb to rent out your home can be rewarding personally and financially for families. Here are some tips to consider before listing your property on the website.
Make money while you’re out of town
If you’re going to be out of town for a few weeks, you can put your place to a good use. Listing your space on Airbnb will allow you to rent out your house or apartment to someone who wants to experience your city as a local resident.
Meet people from all over the world
Airbnb allows users from everywhere to search for homes that are in bustling cities and carefree country areas. It’s a great chance to meet people from all over the world who enjoy traveling.
Share your space
Using Airbnb means renting out your space to people you don’t know. Although you can see the reviews other hosts leave for your potential short-lived tenant, you’re still taking a risk. Be cautious of who you accept into your home. You have a right to decline a guest when an Airbnb user asks to book with you.
It’s vital that you communicate frequently with your Airbnb guest. Make sure they know when their room or house is available and when they’re expected to leave. Email or call them to set up a time to deliver the keys and handle any last minute details before you leave.
Comply with rules and guidelines
Before you rent out your place to an Airbnb guest, make sure you’re not violating any terms or contracts. If you don’t own your home or apartment, consult with your landlord and ask if this arrangement is a possibility.
Stop your mail
If you’re heading out of town and leave the mailbox for an Airbnb guest, be sure to stop your mail or forward it to a post office box. Any personal items and confidential information should be stowed away safely before guests arrive.
Cleaning for the next guests
If you have multiple guests during the month, make sure the place is cleaned thoroughly before the next visitors arrive. Although you’re not running a hotel, you want your guests to feel welcome and comfortable during their stay. No one wants to arrive to a dirty room.
Give great detail
Guests want to know exactly what they’re getting before they get there. When you create your profile, give as much detail as you can about your apartment or house. Showcase photos of your living room, patio, bedrooms and bathrooms.
Whether you’re renting out your place to guests who are looking for a short weekend in your city or a long vacation in your town, you’ll want to keep these thoughts in your mind before you accept an Airbnb user who wants to rent out your home.