As Airbnb hosts, we have a natural inclination to show our property in the best possible light in order to secure more bookings. But what happens when guests arrive, and the space doesn’t meet their expectations? It may seem counterintuitive to advertise that your neighborhood can be noisy on weekends, for example, but isn’t it better to book guests who are okay with that?
San Diego Superhost John Anderson’s approach is to allude to both the pros and cons of his listing in order to book guests who are a good fit for his Airbnb. He became a host in July of 2011, and since then he has racked up 450 reviews and expanded to three active listings. He was also able to quit his job as a CPA, become a full-time host and stay home with his two children through Airbnb.
John is also the founder of the Short-Term Rental Alliance of San Diego (STRASD). Today he explains the current debate regarding regulations in San Diego and the political climate around Airbnb in the city. He shares the specifics of his approach to photos and descriptions, explaining why he would rather miss out on an occasional booking than host guests who are not a good fit. John discusses the unexpected upgrades he provides, the key amenities he offers, and how he handles guests who want to cancel their booking upon arrival. Listen in and learn why you should under-promise and over-deliver to provide your Airbnb guests with a positive experience!
Regulations in San Diego
The political climate around Airbnb in San Diego
John’s approach to descriptions and photos
Why John alludes to pros and cons in his listings
How John over-delivers with unexpected upgrades
The amenities John recommends
John’s advice around Wi-Fi
How John handles guests who want to cancel once they’ve arrived
John’s best tips for Airbnb hosts
This episode is sponsored by Hostfully.com where you can create a custom digital guidebook for your guests!