For us here in Barcelona we are coming in to the low season. Strangely it has affected us more at our home where we host rather than the apartment we manage, which is going strong. So what to do about this lull time?
First things first, check and lower rates accordingly. It is better to have someone in paying a lower amount than no one in at all. Plus you don’t want to miss out on that chance encounter with some one that may come and stay and become a great friend, or inspire you in some way.
In terms of our competition there is allot as each month more and more properties come on board with airbnb. We have a rule now where we will only take into account rates of other hosts who have over 10 reviews and who are on the first three pages of a search for a space similar to ours. The reason we only look at the rates of over 10 reviews is because these are the hosts that are doing it right, they are serious airbnb hosts and would be active in generating bookings.
For us we dropped our rates by €20 per night for one person, and it has made a little difference in enquires.
Like any hotel, resort, b&b or guest house, quiet times should be taken advantage of such as checking what maintenance needs doing. Maybe there is a wall that needs painting, or maybe things like shower curtains can be taken down and washed. We only renovated our double room 6 months ago, but already after many guest coming through, the room needs some TLC in areas. Another great one to do at this time of year is cleaning curtains and sofa covers.
Get the tool box out and fix the squeaking door or tighten up the handle thats been driving you mad the past few weeks.
It is important to take note of how bookings go this time of year and be more prepared next year.
In the Summer make sure to ‘make hay’ for these times.
The next important thing to do during the quite times is to RELAX! Kick back and enjoy not having to host, because before you know it you’ll be back to 5 requests a day, so many check ins and check outs that you’ll feel like installing a revolving door!
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