Being an airbnb host?
May 22, 2012 2:48 PM Subscribe
I'm thinking about becoming an airbnb
host. Have you done this (or are you an experienced guest)? Is this a good idea, and do you have suggestions on how to make this more fun and profitable?
posted by lunasol to Travel & Transportation (13 answers total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
I recently moved into a fairly spacious (800-900 sq ft) 2 bedroom apartment in a nice, central neighborhood of Seattle. I like talking to strangers and I'm not overly weirded out by the idea of having them in my home (I've done a lot of hostel traveling, couch surfing and random house-sharing). It recently occurred to me that acting as an airbnb host might be a good way to bring in a little extra cash and meet some interesting people.
Have you done this before? What are some things to think about, either good or bad, before deciding to do this? And some specific questions:
- The room that would be available is quite small (about 9x9 ft) - will this make it hard to find guests? The rest of the place is pretty spacious, with a large living room and kitchen, and a private deck area, all of which I would make available to guests.
- Speaking of which, how do you deal with kitchen and bathroom access? Do you give them a shelf in the fridge? Do you talk about morning schedules? That seems like it could get awkward.
- Interacting with guests - do you try to stay out of their way or are you friendly? Do you invite them to share meals with you?
- How do you deal with security, both for them and you?
- If this goes well, I may consider renting the whole apartment when I go out of town for work, etc. How do you deal with the logistics of that?
- I'm a renter, but it seems like a lot of airbnb hosts are. If you are also a renter, did you ask your landlord ahead of time?