Be a Better Host

To be a better short-term rental host on sites such as HomeAway and Airbnb requires much more than just providing a space and a bed to guests. To be a better host, one must strive to provide hotel-quality accommodations complemented by the unique touches of a bed-and-breakfast, not to mention the comforts of a home. Being a better host requires a pride of ownership expressed through diligence and attentiveness.

Being a better host means one goes above and beyond to provide a truly wonderful experience that exceeds the expectations of guests. Being a better host means thinking like a hotel manager, as opposed to a landlord. Being a better host means aiming to delight. And being a better host means investing in the details in order to maximize the value of the rental.

Better hosting requires going above any beyond, and the pay-off is worth it.

I’m a better host. That may seem like a brash statement, but it’s true. My rental, a condo in Austin, TX, has earned me “Super Host” status on Airbnb and is booked on average for two-thirds of the available dates. My reviews are impeccable. I didn’t have a script to follow, but as a reader of this Better Host blog, you will.

The purpose of this blog is to share with hosts the best-practices I have found to maximize both the value of my rental and the enjoyment my guests experience staying there, as well as the enjoyment I experience hosting them. The purpose of this blog is to make everyone’s life just a little bit better, because, if we do that, isn’t the world just a little better, too?