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.

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 showcasing 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.

Interested in a policy to protect you and your business from liability and damage claims? Proper Insurance leads the Nation in short-term rental insurance, with over 40,000 policies written in all 50 states. Backed by Lloyd’s of London and exclusive endorsements from vacation rental leaders such as HomeAway and Vrbo, Proper Insurance is built on world-class insurance coverage.

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.

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