Busy season is coming. You may be thinking to yourself that it’s a few months away, but it’s never too early to plan for on season. In fact, if you want a successful busy season on Airbnb, the earlier you start, the better.
When the chaos hits, you may be too busy to take care of things that you could easily plan and prepare in advance. So, here are our tips for staying ahead of the game and preparing for on-season:
Screen Your Listings
Take the time now to go through all of your listings. Is any of the information outdated? Does your property need new photos taken? (If the photos no longer reflect the property, then the answer is yes) Assess your listings now so that you can optimize them before your schedule gets too hectic. This will also keep the bookings rolling in once the busy season hits!
Do a deep clean
In the months right before summer, it’s a good time to do a deep clean of your units. You’ll be seeing a lot of foot traffic, so it’s good to get it out of the way before peak season starts. Consider hiring a professional for your Airbnb cleaning.
Turn on Instant Book
If you’re not using Instant Book, it’s time to turn it on. Instant Book is a feature on Airbnb that lets guests that meet your requirements automatically book their stay. Automating this process is a major time saver. You may even see an increase in bookings.
When it’s busy, you’re more likely to run out of supplies, so it’s good to stock up early. (Costco trip, anyone?) Spend time now planning what you will need in terms of essentials and start to buy them in bulk. This may be items like toilet paper, paper towel, dish soap etc.
Get Your Appliances Serviced
Make sure all of your appliances are in order! The last thing you need is that dreaded call that something isn’t working.
Know Your Busiest Days of the Year
In order to plan for peak season, you need to know peak season. What events are happening in your city? Are there any major holidays? For example, here in Ottawa, Canada Day is a huge day for tourists and Airbnbs are extremely busy (this also means you can raise the nightly rate). Make a list in advance so that you have an overview of what to expect.
As long as you prepare ahead, you’ll set yourself up for a smooth season. Just remember, don’t bite off more than you can chew!