My life as an Airbnb Host What I've learned from hosting and how I make money using Airbnb

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Should you pay for the official Airbnb Photographer? and Why you must use Instant book!

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It’s September in London and Summer is drawing to a close. Like every year so far the July and August period has been slow. It’s unusual for me to have empty listings so I really notice the difference. I believe things are now picking up as i’m full for the next few weeks. The prices I have been charging for my airbnb listings are higher this year than in previous years but only by a small amount. So far no great wealth has flowed from airbnb for me but it has paid my mortgage and then some. Should you pay for the official Airbnb Photographer? When I started doing Airbnb...

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 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...

Why I use Instant Book for my Airbnb listing

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This week I turned on Instant book for three of my listings. I was always hesitant to use instant book because I liked the added sense of security of getting the chance to refuse undesirable guests at the request to book stage. When a guest wants to stay in your listing on airbnb they have to request to book by sending you a message introducing themselves. Only if the host is satisfied with the information the guest has provided do they release pre-approval and the prospective guest can book. If you turn on Instant book a guest can book without going through this request to book stage and...

My life as an Airbnb Host What I've learned from hosting and how I make money using Airbnb

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