How Last Minute Airbnb Booking Made Me A Better Host

Every Airbnb host has been there. The guest turnover or last-minute booking that you thought was not possible. When this happens, most likely, you were not prepared. Maybe the house had not been thoroughly cleaned, or you had not restocked on supplies. But that does not mean it is impossible. If you allow instant booking on your listing, you can expect this to happen time and time again. And once you have been through a few of these, the process no longer feels stressful.

Streamline the turnover process

There are several ways to do this, and this will help you become efficient with last-minute and regular turnovers. You just have to know which strategies to put in place. When you become efficient with turnovers, you increase the chances of being a host that everyone wants.

💡Hire a great turnover professional that knows what they’re doing or are open to learning how an Airbnb differs from regular residential home cleanings.

Cleaning on the fly

Most hosts dread seeing that last-minute booking pop up on their phones. But if you play it well, you do not have to fret about that. Ensure that you have a trusted Airbnb cleaner on call who will be available when you cannot do the cleaning yourself. They should also follow CDC guidelines for safety purposes. This is very important because you are in a time crunch, and you need the space to be cleaned as fast as possible. You might be tempted to pocket that money and do the cleaning yourself instead of hiring a professional vacation rental cleaner. But having a backup is important. Even if this is not someone you plan to work with regularly, you will need help with last-minute bookings.

Professional vacation rental cleaners are fast, effective, and thorough. Even better, have one or two go-to-cleaners. Because they are used to cleaning your place, you will not have to get someone new to teach you how you want your home to be cleaned. If you do not stay near your rental, then the more reason to have a backup for those last-minute Airbnb bookings.

Do you have any idea on how to clean your airbnb, faster? 🤔
Read this blog Tips for Faster Vacation Rental Cleaning

Stock your Airbnb with extra supplies

This is something that even people who do not allow instant booking do. It makes life much easier because, at times, people forget things. You will find that you do not have extra clean towels, yet a guest is about to show up. To avoid such inconveniences, have a locked closet in the unit where you can put all the extras you need. You can give an extra copy to someone you trust, like your cleaner or property manager. Some of the things you need to stock up on include:

  • Sheets
  • Towels
  • Coffee
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Coffee
  • Any other item you would not want to run out of

While this does not have to be an emergency closet, it will come in handy when you are in a fix.

Anticipate booking before they happen

Most hosts would prefer to have downtime between bookings. It gives them adequate time to get the space ready. But it is also a good idea to anticipate bookings and have your place ready at all times. If you have been doing the cleaning on your own, this is the time to find a vacation rental cleaner. You do not have to wait until there is no time to clean up your unit. Stay ahead of the game by keeping your space tidy ahead of schedule.

What are the advantages of Airbnb? 🤔
💡Airbnb offers people an easy, relatively stress-free way to earn some income from their property. Guests often find Airbnb is cheaper, has more character, and is homier than hotels. Airbnb makes the bulk of its revenue by charging a service fee for each booking.

Tips on preparing your Airbnb place for last-minute bookings

Here is a summary of what you can do to get your place ready for last-minute bookings.

  • Stock on supplies
  • Maintain cleanliness
  • Be communicative and responsive to guests’ concerns
  • Keep up with repairs and maintenance
  • Remodel your unit to make it more appealing
  • Keep extra copies of your handouts available
  • Update your availability and rates
  • Pay attention to first impressions

When preparing your home for last-minute bookers, it is important to think like them. These are the type of people that want to book accommodation just before they travel. They pay attention to the latest deals, whether it is flights or accommodation. That means they also want to be updated with what is going on, and therefore, Wi-Fi is a necessity. There is also the possibility that they have not thought about the activities they can do or places they can visit. So go that extra mile and recommend local activities, restaurants, and other attractions a traveler would like to see.

Accepting last-minute Airbnb booking means more money for you. Make it a win-win situation for everyone by ensuring that your guests will be comfortable in the space.


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