111. Giving a Historic Home New Life with James Gray

Uncategorized May 06, 2021

If you had the opportunity to purchase a historic home, what would you do with it? James and Jacob, created an Airbnb rental, a country retreat, and a hub for fine dining, photoshoots, weddings, and more.

 

The two now own Farrand Hall, a historic estate built by Henry K. Farrand in the magic capital of the world: Colon, Michigan. Farrand Hall was added to Michigan State Preservation Office’s List of Historic Sites in 1971 and The National Register of Historic Places in 1972. Both James and Jacob live and work in Chicago, but expect to make Farrand Hall their full-time jobs very soon.

 

We’re passionate about hosting on Thanks for Visiting, but James takes it to a whole new level. He talks about how he and Jacob grew Farrand Hall into a multi-faceted business with rentals, events, and more. Hear the details of how he hires professional chefs to host unique dinner events at the property, the challenges with turnover after, and the secret behind their signature...

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#STRShareSunday: Duck Pond A-Frame

strsharesunday May 02, 2021

It's time for #strsharesunday and today we are featuring Duck Pond A-Frame!

Yes... this is as interesting as it sounds! Hosted by our friend Wendy, this Dutch a-frame isn't something you'd think you would find in Arizona. Wendy does an amazing job with furniture curation and has a lot of eclectic spaces, but this one really catches your eye (we LOVE the rainbow of glassware)!

This one-of-a-kind stay has a lot of visual interest. Remember: how you take your photos is how you sell someone on booking with you. Check out her IG and her AirBnB listing, and you'll find that not only are her photos amazing, but you really need to go through and read about her space, line-by-line. Wendy really lets you know what she has in every room, what you can enjoy. Her copy is top-notch and she is also SUPER clear with her rules.

Duck Pond A-Frame on Instagram

Duck Pond A-Frame on AirBnB

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110. 7 Tips to Ensure Pool & Spa Safety with Justin Ford

Uncategorized Apr 29, 2021

 

Safety is such an important component of the rental industry. You’re inviting people who aren’t familiar with the space and carry responsibility for their safety while they stay. We’re talking to our Safety Captain, Justin Ford, once again to discuss safety when it comes to pools and spas.

With summer just around the corner and the world opening up after the pandemic, people are itching to get out there, relax, and cool off. Before they do, Justin has seven tips for hosts and owners to keep their pools and spas safe for guests.

Note that we are discussing how to keep your pools, hot tubs, and spas safe. We are not trying to discourage you from having one of these amenities at your property. These are just the key considerations to keep in mind to ensure applicable short term rentals are as safe as possible.

 

Electrical Inspection

In Palm Springs, California, this is actually a legal requirement. If you want to list your property with a pool there, you...

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#STRShareSunday: Stay In Crozet

strsharesunday Apr 25, 2021

It's time for #strsharesunday and today we are featuring Stay in Crozet!

They have 4 properties, which include two lofts and a cottage, so we love the variety of properties you can stay at.

What really stuck out to us immediately is their direct booking site, and you can facebook message them FROM their site! We have not seen that! If you don't use a site like AirBnB to book, Facebook is a great way to communicate with your guests, and having it as a plugin (maybe that's not the right terminology here... but we're trying !) right on your website makes it super easy!

We love their tagline: "Never underestimate the joy of relaxation" and how it's front and center on their site. (psst... We TOTALLY agree!)

Go check out their site, give them a follow on IG, and stay with them the next time you are in Virginia!

Stay in Crozet

Stay in Crozet on Instagram

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109. Using Rental Property to Fund Your Vacation Home with Larry Nettles

Uncategorized Apr 22, 2021

 Who wouldn’t want to vacation on a Caribbean island for free?

That was the goal for Larry Nettles, a short term rental property owner in St. Croix. He bought one property as an investment with no experience but he is bringing the dream to life. His story is relatable for anyone looking to start their own STR journey and shows what’s possible in just a few years.

He talks about some of the challenges that come from furnishing a property on an island, accepting that you have to give up control, finding a team you can trust, and how his investment is shaking out nearly four years in.

 

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#STRShareSunday: Dusty Rose

strsharesunday Apr 18, 2021

It's time for #strsharesunday and today we are featuring Dusty Rose!

Let's cut to the chase here... where did their name come from? Your hosts are Dustin (aka Dusty) and Anna Rose (aka Rose). Clever, right!? This rental is located in St. Mary, Georgia.

Anna is an environmental historian, so she has taken that and made sure it's infused in their rental to make sure it's as sustainable as possible.

Here are a few things they're doing:

Bamboo cutting board (did you know bamboo can grow 3 feet in 24 hours? Woah!)

Organic linens dyed with pomegranate

Nest thermostats with eco mode

Providing reusable bags with their logo (double points for branding)

Dryer balls instead of dryer sheets

Makeup washcloths

Public Goods reusable shampoo, conditioner, and body wash bottles (healthy ingredients with nothing to hide)

They have a fire pit in their backyard, and they have positioned a movie screen on their shed. Who wouldn't want to relax by the fire and throw on their favorite movie!?...

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108. Recognizing the Lifetime Value of Your Guests

Uncategorized Apr 15, 2021

What if we told you that the actual reservation is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the true value your guests represent?

We’ve been in a reflection mood lately. Part of looking back on our hosting journey is recognizing how much we’ve grown while looking closely at the mistakes that we’ve made along the way. There are three giant missteps that we’ve made that we can’t stop thinking about. One of the biggest ones is this: Underestimating the lifetime value of your guest.

Automation is great, but if you limit interaction with your guest just to “turn and burn” you’re going to leave money on the table. You can get so much more value out of each guest beyond the actual reservation. Here are some examples:

  • Repeat bookings
  • Referrals
  • Added services

We had to learn this lesson the hard way, but now you can learn from our mistakes and get things right the first time. To learn about the other two mistakes we made and how to avoid...

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STR Share Sunday: Kettle House Galveston

strsharesunday Apr 11, 2021

It's time for #strsharesunday and today we are featuring the Kettle House!

How the HECK do you turn a steel tank into a house? Clearly, anything is possible if you dream BIG and have a vision. Hosts Ashley and Michael and their one-of-a-kind STR home were featured on episode 17 of the TFV podcast and on DIY Network show Big Texas Fix.

We LOVE how well-designed every square inch of this unique space is. And that Smeg refrigerator! LOVE!

Be sure to check out the before and after pictures on their page and give them a like and a follow

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the Kettle House on AirBnB

We would love to feature YOU, so don’t forget to use the #STRShareSunday to get your chance!

 


 

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STR Share Sunday: Broad River Cabin

strsharesunday Apr 05, 2021

It's time for #strsharesunday and today we are featuring Broad River Cabin!

Charlotte and Ryan are your hosts of this charming cabin in Black Mountain, NC. This cabin is so well-designed and we say this a lot, but we love their honesty (yes! Honesty IS the best policy). They let you know right out of the gate that their cabin is small, the wifi might be slower than you're used to, you might hear cars going by, and you might see some bugs. Sometimes stating the obvious (bugs in the mountains, who knew?) is really helpful to have in your listing.

We love their brand, logo, and their gorgeous space so be sure to give them a like and a follow!

Broad River Cabin on Instagram

Broad River Cabin on AirBnb

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107. Focusing on Preventative Maintenance, with Andrew Kaiser

Uncategorized Apr 02, 2021

 Being a successful host requires more than being reactive to issues — you have to be proactive and preventative.

MendBnb is a service that helps vacation rental property owners and managers save money and time while offering unlimited service calls for maintenance and repair. Andrew Kaiser is the Head of Sales and Growth at MendBnb, and he started his own Airbnb, which turned into three, then five. After being headhunted to run operations for various property management companies, he now spearheads disruptive growth for MendBnb. He’s going to share with us the top five maintenance tasks that all hosts should focus on to improve the guest experience.

  1. Everything has to work. If you have an appliance or anything else that doesn’t work, repair and replace it immediately.
  2. Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Get into the habit of changing batteries out once a year. Use high-quality batteries, and don’t wait for the chirping to warn you. No guest wants to...
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