Short-Term Renting is a Good Money-Making Strategy

If you’re already in the short-term rental market or thinking about joining, certainly one of the main draws is the extra income. A recent poll of 1000 people by real estate company Clever found that 84% of respondents think listing a home on sites such as Airbnb is a good way to make money.

However, it’s not as simple as “list the home, and the money will start rolling in.” In order to be successful at making money from your vacation rental property, you have to put in the effort proportional to how much you want to make. Consider everything you need to do before becoming an Airbnb host.

A couch in a living room of an Airbnb

Check Your Competition

Of course, before you list your home on Airbnb, check the competition – that is, the other homes in your area that are available for short-term rental. Make sure your home is at least on par with these, and that may mean investing in some upgrades for the home.

Do guests have everything they need to stay warm in the winter and cool in summertime? Make sure necessary repairs are done and your home is safe for guests.

List Your Property

If you’ve done all that, then it’s time to market the property. Take great photos. Write a description geared toward your desired demographic. Once the property is listed, make sure you’re responding to inquiries in a timely manner.

Keep Things Sparkling

Make a plan for cleaning your home in between guests and making sure everything looks sparkling for the next booking. Many hosts choose to hire a cleaning service to come in, however, if you’re doing it yourself, make sure you have a game plan for a thorough cleaning before your next guests.

Stay in Touch with Your Guests

If you want to secure repeat guests, consider fun ways to keep in touch with guests once they leave your home. Timely emails can help with that. Many hosts send newsletters to their guests as a reminder of their lovely home and to showcase the draw of the area as a perfect vacation spot.

Secure Short-Term Vacation Rental Insurance

On your list of tasks to do before advertising your property on Airbnb should be securing short-term rental insurance to cover you and your business.

Proper’s policy covers vacation homes, townhouses, condos, duplexes, cabins, cottages, apartments, and more. With expert vacation rental underwriters, we can tailor a policy specific to your short-term rental property.

About the Author

Darren Pettyjohn

Darren Pettyjohn, Co-Founder of Proper Insurance, is a well-known expert and accomplished authority figure in the short-term rental insurance sector. With a rich history of pivotal contributions to the insurance industry before launching Proper Insurance, Darren's experience and expertise are unparalleled. Residing with his family in Bozeman, MT, Darren enjoys outdoor adventures like fly fishing and skiing. His professional success, paired with his personal passions, brings a vibrant approach to insurance that resonates with the short-term rental community.


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