Category: Airbnb Series

How I’m living for free and traveling the world (and plenty of tips for hosting guests in your own home)

Transmission Failure: Instructions for Airbnb Guests

Transmission Failure: Instructions for Airbnb Guests

There is no way to sugar coat it.  Guests don’t read the house manual provided online, and often they ignore the house rules section, too.  The number one way to combat this is to have instructions in a guidebook at your house (and posted notices as necessary).  Hopefully that gets the point across to the guests who are harder to communicate with than an alien from outer space.

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My Worst AirBnB Hosting Experiences and the Lessons Learned

My Worst AirBnB Hosting Experiences and the Lessons Learned

I’ve had some great experiences meeting some wonderful guests, from wine nights to Elf on the Shelf.  Overall, I find guests are respectful of my space.  Many leave my house as clean as they found it.  It’s been extremely profitable.  I regularly get asked about any negative AirBnB experiences, so I’ve decided to keep a running list.  None of the following are bad enough that I’d hesitate to continue hosting.

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Hacking My Half-Million Dollar House

Hacking My Half-Million Dollar House

Living in a house has always been my preferred lifestyle choice, and getting paid to live in my house is even better.  When I moved down from Michigan, I had already been researching my area for 8 months.  The houses were extremely expensive, so I intended to get roommates to help with the cost initially and figured a partner could split the cost with me later.  The roommates turned out to be a disaster, and only brought in $1200/month anyway, so I decided a change was needed.  I tried hosting in my house for AirBnB in June, and found that it was far preferable to roommates, so I invested in the necessities to turn it into a solid business.

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Tips for AirBnB Hosting

Tips for AirBnB Hosting

I almost always rent out my house on AirBnB when I’m out of town because it’s such an easy way to cover the cost of the trip and can bring in a lot of extra cash.  No matter how dirty things are when you get home, you can scrub things down and clean them well.  If things break, guests will usually pay to replace them, and I keep my valuables and important breakables safely hidden/locked away.  AirBnB takes the guest’s money up front when they book and directly deposits into my account the day after they check in, protecting us both.  AirBnB does a great job marketing.  They also help with conflict resolution. See AirBnB’s insurance policy for more details on how they help protect their hosts.

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