Airbnb Advice: Prep Your Property For Spring Break
These are two words that fill many adults, parents, teachers, and other interested parties with an unspeakable amount of dread.
As a savvy Airbnb host, the words “Spring Break: should not fill you with dread. Rather, it should fill you with an irrepressible excitement because you know one thing: you’re about to cash in.
This article will give you some of the best tips, tricks, and tools you can use to make sure you reap a bountiful harvest in the Springtime.
Why Should You Host an Airbnb During Spring Break?
Since “Spring Break” gets a bad reputation for many people, you will easily say “why bother?”. Too much potential for damage, too much noise, too much cleanup...then there’s the potential for theft, citations…we definitely understand. It seems like a massive headache.
But is it really?
All of these are causes for concern/worry/frustration… but what if you were able to downplay the impact of these? Here’s a quick reason why you should reconsider.
Airbnb is a hot travel broker for the under-30 crowd. Its service is widely used by many millennials instead of a standard hotel.
Airbnb is also being used as a way to book Spring Break accommodations. In 2016, Airbnb comprised 9.5% of Spring Break travel bookings. That number will inevitably rise this year.
Airbnb stays are relatively inexpensive, with many bookings in the range of $50-120/night, attracting people who want to stay somewhere nice but don’t have the funds.
If you add this all together, you easily get a nice perfect storm of high turnover (Spring Break occurs at different times for different schools), people who want to have somewhere to stay for the week or days, and a large clientele base.
At this point, the question you may be asking is: “when do I start?” or maybe “that sounds nice, but what about the potential problems?”
This next section addresses those problems head-on.
A headache-free Airbnb Spring Break experience
As veteran Airbnb hosts understand, hosting an Airbnb experience is no mere walk in the park and newcomers might be scared off, especially jumping in the water at this time of year.
Here are some tips you can use to help make your Airbnb experience a relatively painless one.
1. Assess the Profitability
The last thing you want is to lose money preparing your Airbnb for Spring Break.
Some cities are much more profitable than others when it comes to Spring Break. If you live in a city like Miami, it’s a lot easier to list your place for rent than if you live in Minnesota.
Best of all, this isn’t limited to stateside rentals. Here’s a list of some popular destinations worldwide: Airbnb’s Top Destinations for a Vacation.
2. Screen Your Potential Guests
If you don’t want to take any chances, it is recommended that you screen your guests prior to letting them into your home.
Look at their previous Airbnb history, look at their age, and ask them how many people they plan on bringing with them. While not immediately a red flag, a person booking an Airbnb by themselves on Spring Break should be seen with more caution. That person could easily book the place by themselves...but use it as a front for an Airbnb party house.
Don’t interrogate your guests like a private investigator, but make sure you communicate your expectations and wishes. They will likely do the same.
Learn some easy tricks on how to best communicate your expectations with guests in our Vacation Rentals Prep Guide for Spring Break!
3. Present Your Expectations
You can say upfront what you do or do not want in your home. You can specify no smoking, no drinking, no parties, etc… If you don’t let your guests know this ahead of time, if something happens, they’ll say: “you didn’t tell us”.
Then it’s your fault. List everything under the sun on your ‘House Rules’ on Airbnb & also consider creating your own lease agreement for guests to sign.
4. Provide Suggestions of Things to Do
Contrary to popular belief, many people don’t just want to drink and party during Spring Break. A lot of people who go on Spring Break are people who work and are just trying to escape the hustle and bustle of average life.
We’d recommend rounding up a list of places that provide good attractions in your area and putting them in one easy place so your guests can take a look at them.
For example, if you live in Anaheim, California - you’re surrounded by a multitude of options your guests can partake in during the day (Disneyland anyone?).
We did the hard work for you. We’ve created beautiful guides for some of the top Spring Break destinations that you can print off and have ready for guests.
5. Get Insured with the Right Insurance
You can never be too careful when it comes to your home, your most precious asset. You may think your Homeowner’s Insurance is enough to cover any damages that may occur, right?
In the event of a damage, Homeowners Insurance will NOT cover you because the damage is not considered “domestic” as in made by people who live inside of the home.
When you rent out your home under Airbnb, it is considered a business.
In order to ensure it in that situation, you need business insurance. Luckily, you have two options:
If you sign up for Proper Insurance, you’ll shave some money off of your premium because NoiseAware is partnered with them. Just mention NoiseAware and you’ll get a discount!
If you have other insurance, you can use that as well. Just make sure it is business insurance.
7. Get a Ring Doorbell
With Ring technologies, you can monitor every single piece of your property and create a ring of security (pun intended) around your entire home.
With the Ring doorbell, you’ll be able to track the occupancy at your property which is vital because you don’t want guests packing a ton of people into your place.
Ring also has other products including an entire security system. You can check them out on their official website for more details.
8. Install NoiseAware
NoiseAware is THE premier solution for keeping the noise level down in short-term rental units.
How it works is simple:
Attach the NoiseAware device to an outlet
Set the noise threshold for the household
If the noise level reaches a certain level, it will alert the homeowner
The homeowner can then take decisive action
NoiseAware enables you to be the FIRST to know about any disturbances in your home. It doesn’t matter if you’re on a vacation of your own thousands of miles away or if you’re in the same town.
NoiseAware will ensure that your property doesn’t turn into the next Spring Break party center and that you make more money than you spend on damage and fines.
A Great Time For All
Spring Break can be a great time for everyone. You have the opportunity to go on a Spring Break of your own, you can rent out your house to cover the costs, and you’ll be providing some people an inexpensive place to stay.
After all, if not you - then who? If not now - then when?
Follow these steps and turn your house into a hot Airbnb Spring Break destination ahead of time.
For more tips and tricks, download our Free Must-Have Guide for Spring Break!
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