When travelers are searching for a temporary place to stay on sites such as Airbnb and Vrbo, some of the first things they look for are the basic amenities. Now, Airbnb allows you to rent out a single room or a unique space, but basic amenities still have to be accessible. These amenities include a comfortable place to sleep, access to a bathroom and running water, electricity, and sometimes even a kitchen. But these are the basics. There are still certain things about your rental space that will either have travelers accept it or decline it.
Accept: Internet Service/Wifi
While vacations are for “getting away from it all”, many people will still appreciate the fact that a vacation rental has internet access. Of course, you don’t want this to be a mediocre internet connection from a cheaper company, because that may result in your guests leaving bad reviews— especially if your listing highlighted having internet access. A decent internet connection can cost you roughly around $100, so it’s a small investment worth considering in order to improve your booking rates.
Accept: Cable or Satellite T.V.
Again, many travelers prefer to have many of the same luxuries and amenities that they are accustomed to in their own homes, so having a T.V. with cable and or/satellite is a good way to get more bookings. On the downside, this can cost you $80 per month just for the cable/satellite, and you will even need to purchase a T.V., which can be done for roughly $200. However, you can choose to purchase a SmartTV that comes with streaming apps, such as Netflix, Hulu, etc. If you choose to go with this route, then you will also need to have internet service.
Decline: Overselling/Underselling in the listing.
It goes without saying that when writing your listing, you will want to highlight your property’s best features. On the other hand, there is such a thing as overselling. People can usually tell if you’re trying to make your property seem better than it actually is, so be descriptive, but avoid using too many adjectives. Also, be honest.
At the same time, you don’t want to be not descriptive enough. Try to put yourself in the shoes of your potential guests. What are some of the things that you want to hear about in a listing? Of course, you will want to list the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, but also talk about what other amenities are available to the guests, and also what amenities will not be available, if applicable.
Some animal lovers may leave their furry companions in the care of a pet-sitter, but others will have them tag along if they can find pet-friendly accommodations. If you don’t have pets, then this may not be an option for you. But there are some non-pet owners who don’t mind opening up their rental property or vacation home to guests and their pets. If this is the case, make sure that your rental property is actually pet-friendly because if it is not, this could result in you receiving low ratings.
Accept: Luxury Amenities
Internet access and cable T.V. may seem like luxuries (they kind of are, but internet is definitely necessary in many cases), but other luxuries that many people don’t have in their homes, such as pools, hot tubs/jacuzzis, a fireplace, and even a balcony are all likely to give you higher booking ratings. Some luxuries can be easily added to your property, while with others, it will just be easier to find a property that already has this luxury as opposed to trying to add it to your existing property. If you don’t own a spare property, make sure you learn everything there is to know about investing in rental properties.
Decline: Poor Quality
This can refer to the quality of the property, as well as the quality of the pictures you include in your listings. Travelers are much more likely to accept listings where pictures of the property are taken in well-lit or natural lighting, giving them the best picture of what to expect. With that being said, make sure that your property is both clean and neat before pictures and before guests arrive.
When making sure that your property gets booked on these listing sites, don’t forget to be a good host/landlord. Even if you have the best place with the most luxurious amenities, not many people will want to book again if you’re not a good host.