119. Five Commonly Overlooked Cleaning Opportunities

Uncategorized Jul 08, 2021

There are so many things to clean within your short-term rental, so it’s worryingly easy to overlook something. We’re exploring the top five things that could save you a trip to your rental thanks to some smart, preventative cleaning.

 

1. Shower and Sink Drains

We’ve all had to rely on some Drano once in a while, but that really isn’t necessary if you can keep up the routine maintenance. Using a cheap, disposable plumbing snake, you can make sure those drains never backup in the first place.

 

2. Garbage Disposal

You have to keep your garbage disposal clean and clear. You can use a magnetic rod to detect things like metal bottle caps that have fallen in. You can also remove the splash guard from the disposal and use something like Bar Keepers Friend to clean around the drain.

 

3. Washing Machine

As counter-intuitive as it sounds, the washing machines often need a good washing of their own! Clean up any drips of detergent around the input...

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#STRShareSunday: Magnolia WV

strsharesunday Jul 04, 2021

It’s time for #strsharesunday and today we are sharing Magnolia WV!

 This is historic farmhouse (circa 1805) is hosted by Leigh and Corey, and it's an absolute showstopper! We want you to go check them out and be inspired. In this space, every corner, every detail, every room, interior and exterior is perfectly designed. Every inch of this property has been designed with the guest in mind, and that is a HARD thing to do with an older property.

They have NAILED it and have truly fused old and new in the most perfect way. The pictures are gorgeous and draw you in, almost as if you were already there. Add it to your travel wishlist, because we sure are!

Magnolia WV on Instagram

Magnolia WV on AirBnB

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

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118. The Hidden Expense of Your Airbnb

Uncategorized Jul 01, 2021

When you’re running a business, keeping track of your expenses is just as important as tracking income. But there are some costs that you’d never think of. We’re going to cover one hidden expense that’s going to give you a real gut check – and that’s your time.

Most expenses are pretty straightforward: how much are linens, how much is WiFi? But when it comes to the cost of time, there’s far more involved. There’s a lot of emotion tied up in how we view our time and, as most of us know, hosting does not have a strict start or end. You’re on call all the time. It’s hard to nail down exactly how many hours you’ll be working.

 

Tracking Your Time

We start by calculating the amount of time it takes to communicate from pre-booking to checkout. From answering questions, sending check-in instructions, responding to requests or problems, and asking for reviews and follow-up visits, there is a lot of communication day to...

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#STRShareSunday: the Cliffs at Hocking Hills

strsharesunday Jun 27, 2021

It’s time for #strsharesunday and today we are sharing The Cliffs at Hocking Hills!

This one is a BEAUTY. Don't go chasin' waterfalls... because this space comes with its own waterfall! Located just 45 minutes from Columbus, this place is as unique as it is drop dead gorgeous.

This space has enough room for 18 guests and has 5.5 bathrooms, two living rooms, a game room, waterfall, hot tub, AND swimming hole. I mean... what more could you ask for?

They are 100% direct booked from their own website, so be sure to follow them on instagram and check out their website for some inspo!

The Cliffs Website

The Cliffs on Instagram

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

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#STRShareSunday: Gaston Getaway

strsharesunday Jun 20, 2021

It’s time for #strsharesunday and today we are sharing Gaston Getaway!

This STR Sunday ties into this week's episode! Go to their page and look at their bio. You're going to see that they don't have the typical AirBnB link there, they have their DIRECT BOOKING link there instead. You can go straight to their website and book your dates. We're super excited they're doing this. If you're not familiar with direct bookings, first, listen to our latest episode, and second, go over to Gaston Getaway and give them a like and follow and check out their direct booking link.

This rental is located in Littleton, NC, hosted by Mike and Tasha, and they are new to the STR world so we are wishing them the very best of luck!

Gaston Getaway on Instagram

Book a stay at Gaston Getaway

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

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117. Start Boosting Your Direct Bookings Today with Mark Simpson

Uncategorized Jun 17, 2021

So many hosts complain about the drawbacks of online travel agencies but few actually do anything about them. Most don’t even know how!

In an ever-competitive marketplace, Mark Simpson helps short-term rental hosts thrive. After successfully coaching over one thousand hospitality businesses to date, Mark’s current mission is to help one million hosts increase their direct bookings so they are no longer under the control of online travel agencies.

If you’re ready to start taking control of your listings and breaking free from the limitations of online travel agencies, where do you begin?

One of the most important things that you need to do, even if you only have one listing, is to find property management software. There are so many options to choose from, so just look into a few and don’t get stuck in decision paralysis. You can always change your choice later. Once set up, the software will allow you to connect your Airbnb, Vrbo, and even start...

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#STRShareSunday: Cozy Coastal HP

strsharesunday Jun 13, 2021

It’s time for #strsharesunday and today we are sharing Cozy Coastal HP!

We are SO READY to hop in the car RIGHT NOW and head to Cape Cod to stay in Kate's gorgeous rental.

Her feed is cozy, but also coastal, fresh, and clean. There's a ton of cohesiveness on her feed and makes you really want to head to the beach. It's not in-your-face beachy, however, Kate has expertly and tastefully woven in the beach vibes.

One of the things we also love is her "details" highlight on her instagram feed, full of little things you wouldn't notice unless you were staying there. These little touches really draw you in and make you want to visit!

Cozy Coastal HP on Instagram

Cozy Coastal HP on AirBnB

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

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116. Cash Pad, TV Show Renovation & the Austin STR Market with Lauren Noble

Uncategorized Jun 10, 2021

Ever wonder what it’s like on the other side of these home renovation shows?

Lauren Noble is a Superhost from Austin, Texas whose short-term rental was featured on the CNBC show “Cash Pad” with the Bachelorette's JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers in the fall of 2019. Hosting was supposed to be a fun part time project for her, but it has turned into a busy side gig that has jump started her desire to get more involved in real estate investing. She’s also an ICU nurse and first-time mom! She runs the Airbnb by herself, with the occasional help of her husband, a small business owner.

Because they weren’t exactly planning on getting into the rental business right away, there were a lot of things they weren’t prepared for. Their first guest taught them a ton of lessons. It’s great to have plastic containers for food. You need to give people multiple options for cooking food. Don’t use towels that will show stains quickly. And, in general,...

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#STRShareSunday: Barefoot in Sauble

strsharesunday Jun 06, 2021

It’s time for #strsharesunday and today we are sharing Barefoot in Sauble!

This adorable bungalow is located in Sauble Beach, Ontario

 Put this on your to-do list: USE YOUR INSTAGRAM HIGHLIGHTS!

What we love about this rental is that they have a highlight called "rave reviews" (yes... "rave" reviews specifically), and one for video tours. First of all, people want to know what other people have to say about their stay, and everyone LOVES video. People LOVE a live-action video tour. It just really helps bring the space to life.

We really encourage you to add these highlights to your instagram account! Check out their instagram account to get a good feel for what we're talking about. Be sure to give them a few likes and a follow while you're there!

Barefoot in Sauble on Instagram

Barefoot in Sauble on AirBnB

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115. Outdoorsy Takes Short-Term Rentals on the Road with Matt Mitchell

Uncategorized Jun 03, 2021

Looking for a creative, fun, and accessible way to get into the short-term rental space? Look no further!

 

Matt Mitchell is a digital nomad who turned his passion for campervan travel into a short-term rental business. Through each rental experience, he’s able to educate travelers about their investment in adventure and outdoor recreation. He spent a year traveling across the US & Canada in his home on wheels, and the experience gave him more than he could possibly describe. Now, he wants to share the feeling and encourage others to get outside and live minimally – or at least get a taste of the lifestyle before making the leap.

 

Matt now has two campervans that he rents on Outdoorsy, which is essentially the Airbnb of RVs, motorhomes, and campervans. His larger van currently costs $225 per night, while the smaller one goes for $200. Demand for this type of rental is through the roof right now – and for good reason: everyone’s itching to...

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