Setting up the Airbnb profile: When we create your Airbnb listing, you have two options: add your listing to one of our existing profiles, or create your own. If you create your own, we will ask you to write a short bio about yourself, including your interests and what brings you to Airbnb.
Inside Tip: Studies have shown that profiles with hosts’ picture(s) have more likelihood of being booked than those who don’t. Even though you won’t be the one managing the listing, showing guests who the owners are, gives the listing more personality and credibility.
Your Listing: A lot goes into your listing, including details about your property and things to do in the area. The more detailed you are, the easier it is for the guests.
Your listing will include:
- details about the space, number of rooms, how many guests can sleep in each room, bed sizes, and special features such as decks, patios, etc.
- highlights of your amenities, such as: essential toiletries, towels, linens, iron and ironing board, and hairdryer
- a notice that someone is on call 24/7 to respond to emergencies
- recommendations regarding activities in the area
- how close the listing is to things like public transit and local tourist attractions
Inside Tip: The more attractions you list, the better. Listing attraction key words, helps our Search Engine Optimization, so guests searching for specific attractions will be directed to your listing.
Photos: Time to let your inner creative photographer come out, as we will start with photos of your home, from your phone. We want at least five photos: one bathroom, one kitchen, two bedroom, and one living room. Stage the bedrooms with your freshest brightest linens, put up some extra decorations or flowers, and take the photos during the day while the sun is the brightest.
Inside Tip: Our creative team will add little narratives to each photo as if the guest was seeing them. It’s much more inviting to say: “sip coffee outside on our private patio like a local,” instead of simple stating the obvious: “patio.”
There is no need to pay for a professional photographer; Airbnb will send out a free professional photographer to take photos a few weeks after the first guests check in.
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