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New Years Eve Airbnb pricing recommendations

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It’s the middle of November in London and Christmas is getting so close now that the city has already put most of it’s Christmas lights out. I’ve been getting some poor reviews recently after a long stream of good ones. The main complaint seems to be the fact that I have multiple Airbnb guests in my house (four private rooms). The guests seem to be expecting that it’s just me and them in the house so it can come as a bit of a shock. However at the low prices I am charging it should not be too surprising. What price should you charge Airbnb guests for New Years Eve? New...

Airbnb Multi-calendar – Can you use it to manage your bookings?

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It’s November in London and already I can feel Christmas coming. I usually take guests over Chrsitmas but I always warn them that Christmas day in London means not much will be open. Certainly there will be no buses or trains and few shops. Especially guests from Asia need to be warned as some parts of Asia the 25th of December is a normal working day and they don’t understand the significance of Christmas in the west. Even in Australia and New Zealand it’s not unusual for some restaurants to open etc on Christmas day. The Airbnb Multi-calendar just disappeared I had a big...

Is Airbnb forcing down your prices?

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The heatwave that has engulfed London this summer has finally ended (we think). After some of my guests complained the rooms were too hot to sleep in I ordered some fans for the bedrooms, however these did not arrive before the hot weather ended! I suppose they might come in handy next year. Is Airbnb trying to make me lower my prices? When I first started being a airbnb host in 2014 I charged a basic £20 per night for a single person. Today I charge about the same. I assumed as time went on my prices would steadily increase. I figured this not only because of inflation but the general...

Getting an Airbnb mortgage and What REALLY gets you more bookings on airbnb

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It’s nearly October in London and it’s gotten much busier now that summer is nearly over. Over summer I had plenty of bookings but I was not 100% full. Since the start of September I have been full every day and with higher prices that July or August. I recall this being the same last year also. Most of my airbnb customers stay only one or two nights. This means more bed sheets to clean and more hassle checking in and out guests but I prefer this to having empty listings. In previous years I used to keep my prices very low to ensure I get plenty of guests but now I think I...

Airbnb Review Categories and Find an Airbnb Co-Host and save on Tax.

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It’s March in London and we just put the clocks forward one hour which means only one thing – spring is on the way. We are now out of the worst of the Airbnb low season and things are already picking up. I’ve had several bookings as far in the future as August but still most of my reservations come in less than a month before the actual booking date. Airbnb Guest Review ‘Issue Categories’ I’ve noticed that the guests reviews now reveal the actual number of stars you received (it’s between 1 and 5 stars). When I first started hosting this was not...

Should you accept cash payments from Airbnb guests? and How to automate your Airbnb home.

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Its January in London and cold and wet. The number of bookings I am getting has reduced and I have the occasional empty day. This is the same as last year i recall so I’m not worried. The low GBP will keep the tourists coming to London and I keep my prices low so I’ve always got a steady stream of customers. I have many ‘regular’ customers who found me on airbnb but have kept coming back and now pay me cash. Should I accept guests who pay cash? Nobody want to pay the airbnb service fee but that’s the price you pay for using their platform. Without the airbnb...

New Airbnb 90 day House Sharing Rules in London. Do they affect me?

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It’s December in London and Christmas is coming. After a very busy Autumn Airbnb has started to go quiet. I am booked most of the time but some days I have one or two empty listings a week. It has been the same the previous two years and usually pics up towards the end of January. The price I am charging for the each listing has risen slightly this year (after being flat for two years). I believe this is possible because of the lower GBP versus the Euro and the Dollar. New House Sharing Rules in London New rules from the Greater London Authority (which only affect Airbnb Hosts within...

Getting last minute Airbnb host bookings and Will the lower GBP benefit UK hosts?

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After a very quiet August bookings have picked up in September. I also have removed the minimum two day booking rule on all my listings. I was starting to get empty rooms and I just couldn’t see that money go to waste. This means more single night bookings and therefore more sheets to clean and checking guests in and out but this is the price to pay for keeping a full calendar. Last minute bookings Last minute bookings can be very rewarding. If I have a gap between bookings I sometimes put the price really high (usually 50% price increase) in the hope of getting a last minute windfall...

How much should I increase my Airbnb prices during the summer?

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Spring is in the air in London and I’m fully booked. I occasionally raise my prices on days where I would prefer to not be full (to give myself a bit of a break) but even these slots were booked up. After 3 months of cold weather and horrible rain it looks like the weather in London is about to improve. Better weather usually mean more guests so it could be very busy over the next six months. How much should I increase my prices during the summer? Although I do increase my prices during the summer it’s not by much. Only a few extra pounds per night. Part of the reason is that I...

How to do your first Airbnb listing and How do you decide if being an Airbnb host is right for you?

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A friend of mine has just become an Airbnb host for the first time. His first guest had just finished her stay with him and had left a nice review. The listing is a private room in his London flat near Shoreditch High Street and he charges £35 a night. Being an experienced Airbnb host myself my first question was “did you use the airbnb photographer for your listing?” He said “No need, I did the photo’s myself.” This is a big mistake. You need to make your Airbnb listing as professional as possible I did a search for my friends Airbnb listing and it was full of...

How far ahead should I take bookings?

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Its coming close to winter here in London and although the first snow has not yet fallen bookings have become thinner on the ground. I am lucky that London always has someone arriving from somewhere, so bookings do come in no matter what the weather is but sometimes it’s nice to have firm bookings in advance – or so I used to think? The problem with being an airbnb host is that it becomes your life in many ways. For some this is a good thing and can add meaning and a source of enjoyment. For me this means I am effectively on call 24 hours a day. I can’t afford to pay anyone...

When is the peak season on Airbnb and how to get rich on Airbnb?

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I’ve noticed a reduction in the number of bookings coming through. I’ve got quite a few empty slots from the end of August through September and beyond (in my experience people tend to book only a few weeks in advance so it’s no surprise December is still empty for example). A quick look on the Airbnb Groups discussion page for London hosts and many of the comments there are saying the same thing – not enough bookings. What to do if your not getting bookings? I price my listings cheap and to have an empty room now and again is disappointing but no big deal for me. Those with expensive big...

So what’s it really like being an Airbnb host

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I’ve been a Airbnb host now for nearly a year and have had over 150 guests in that time. Most guests stay for only a couple of days which suits me fine as the longer the guests stay I find they are more likely to hang around the house, and eat smelly takeaways in the bedrooms, instead of exploring the city. Weekly and monthly rates I choose not to offer a weekly or monthly rate for the reason that I don’t like longer term guests. I don’t offer use of the kitchen or living areas in my house so guests are limited to their bedroom and a bathroom. My ideal guests is a...

When a Airbnb guest cancels a booking

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Last week a guest cancelled while actually on the way to my listing. I was expecting him to arrive around 1pm and got a message at 12:30 to say “it is too much trouble to come to your listing so i’m going to stay in a hotel right here.” A bad excuse for sure. My mind immediately turned wether or not he is going to get a full refund or will i still get paid by airbnb? What is your cancellation policy? When a guest cancels a booking it depends on your cancellation policy if they are entitled to a refund or not (Airbnb’s booking fee is now refundable up to 2 times a year)...

How to get started as an Airbnb host

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So you want to be an Airbnb host and your looking forward to making some money. Well here is what you should do. 1. Register an account with Airbnb. Register here. 2. Add a new listing under your profile. Write a detailed description of your room/whole place. Try and describe factually and keep in mind what a traveller will be most interested in. 3. Your going to need to upload pictures for your room. Get the Airbnb professional photographer to take some pictures of your listing. This costs money but the pictures should look excellent and more importantly the pictures will be officially...

Your first Airbnb listing

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New listings get a boost in rankings so you may find that you a few enquires on the first day or two. After that enquires might drop off suddenly and then you will need to work on your ranking. How many of my guests are first time Airbnb users? Airbnb is still relatively new to most people in the UK and Europe despite being very popular in the USA and some other places for a few years. Consequently many of your customers will be using Airbnb for the first time and will not have any reviews from previous hosts (I estimate that about 50% of my guests are Airbnb virgins). So you get an enquiry...

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