Edinburgh Fringe 2019: Airsorted’s Top Tips

Edinburgh is a cultural Mecca of a city, with a rich history that champions values of inclusion and freedom of speech, particularly through the arts. With under 500,000 inhabitants, it is a relatively small city, but it punches well above its weight in the artistic world. 

The Fringe Festival is the jewel in Edinburgh’s cultural crown. It’s the biggest and most-loved arts festival on the planet – a month-long thespian takeover of almost the entire city, showcasing everything from music and theatre to comedy, dance, cabaret and art. 

And, as there’s no formal decision process to determine who gets to perform, the diversity of shows (both amazing and terrible) at the Fringe is truly something to behold. That’s all part of the fun! 

The Airsorted team in Edinburgh have been sampling the best – and worst – of this year’s acts so far. Here are their top tips on what not to miss: 

Comedy

Agnes recommends Foil, Arms and Hog: The internet sensations return for their tenth sold-out Fringe in a row. The Irish comedy group have been a fixture at the festival for years now, and with good reason. Observational and topical, their comedy is hard to pin to a specific genre. Agnes has seen them three years running! Buy Tickets.

Andrew recommends Weegie Hink Ae That? Presents: Nae Bother: Possibly having searched for the most Scottish show he could find, Andrew’s pick is a sketch-based comedy show riffing left, right and centre on Scottish culture and society. Buy Tickets.

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Revellers on Royal Mile

Music

Helen recommends Abandoman – Road to Coachella: What happens when you combine audience heckles with hip hop, pop, house and more? Abandoman happens. An improvised music show where audience participation is mandatory – it’s an entirely different show each night! Buy Tickets.

Ruta recommends Baby Wants Candy: Not dissimilar is Baby Wants Candy, which each night begins by asking the audience to shout out a new title. A full band, entirely improvised musical then develops over the following 60 minutes, never to be performed again! Buy Tickets.

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The Fringe is all about variety!

Spoken Word

Amber recommends James Rowland’s Revelations: Story-telling at its best, and the Fringe at its most thrillingly intimate. Rowland tells Edinburgh the tale of his sperm donation… and then what happened next. The winner of the ThreeWeeksEditors Award 2018. Buy Tickets.

Harry recommends Mythos: Stephen Fry’s one-man show is his first for over 40 years. An exploration of Greek mythology, Fry brings to life the gods, heroes and creatures of the ancient myths. From Hesiod to Narcissus, expect insight and humour in this trilogy of shows. Buy Tickets.


If it’s too late for you to get involved with the Fringe this year then don’t worry, there’s always next year! Why not make it an extra memorable trip and stay in one of these incredible Airbnb properties too.

And if you’re interested in hosting during the Festival then take a look at this guide.

Wondering how much you could earn? Head to our Pricing Calculator for an immediate estimate.

Optimise your Airbnb – 5 Pro Tips You Didn’t Know

As an Account Manager at Airsorted – the world’s largest Airbnb management company – I know a thing or two about optimising your listing.

There’s plenty of blogs out there suggesting you throw a rug here, leave a plant pot there, and ensure you keep the tea bags topped up. That’s important, but certain tips only reveal themselves with experience.

1. Don’t turn off ‘Instant Book’.

Instant Book. Sounds scary, doesn’t it? Up there with ‘Golden Goal’.

It isn’t.

Airbnb simply wants to make it as easy and quick as possible for guests to book their stay (before they lose interest or change their mind). So they promote properties with Instant Book turned on, and relegate those that don’t.

A search for Airbnb listings in Cape Town showed that:

  • A huge 62.4% of the first page results had Instant Book on.
  • Just 39.6% of the second page had Instant Book on.

The Instant Book properties were being pushed forward.

Now here’s the secret. You can cancel all Instant Book reservations penalty-free up to and including the day of check-in. When cancelling online you must select ‘I am uncomfortable with the reservation’ as your reason. Any other selection will result in a penalty.

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With great power comes great responsibility…

Likewise, if phoning Airbnb, the magic words are “I am uncomfortable”. Stand your ground, know your rights, and be safe in the knowledge that you do have complete control over the guests you welcome!

2. Change your property location.

Wait, what?

Okay, so whilst you can’t actually uproot your house and plant it outside London Eye you can make your Airbnb location more attractive.

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Looks about right.

Airbnb does not show a guest your specific location until they’ve booked. It would be a little risky if they did – anyone could know when the property was empty. Instead, during set-up, you’ll be asked to set an approximate location of your home.

You can use this tool to nudge your home slightly further towards that trendy high street or tourist hotspot. Don’t go mad though – its important to set guest expectations too!

3. Not all amenities are born equal.

Selecting certain property features boosts the visibility of your listing. You’ll also be automatically included as part of Airbnb’s ‘Work Collection’ – that is, Airbnb for business travellers.

This is a growing market on Airbnb. It now accounts for over 15% of all Airbnb stays!

Here is a list of exactly what you’ll need:

  • Iron
  • Laptop-friendly workspace
  • Hangers
  • Hair dryer
  • ‘Essentials’ (toilet paper, soap, towels, bed linens, and pillows)
  • Internet and WiFi (they are separate amenities on Airbnb!)
  • Shampoo
  • 24-hour self check-in (a key lockbox, keypad, smartlock, or by getting the key or access from a concierge)
  • Smoke detector
  • Carbon monoxide detector — they’re £12 and our data shows a 7.5% uplift in occupancy for those with one installed!
  • TV
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A whole new world…

Remember, you don’t need to spend a fortune on any of the above.

4. Fill out your life host story.

Guests like to know they’re renting off a real person.

Airbnb started out as a way for people to share their sofa with passing travellers. It’s fair to say things have moved on, but the platform still has a focus on the personal, human element.

So it’s definitely worth filling out your profile. You’ll need to:

  1. Upload a profile picture featuring you! Put a face to the name. Avoid a generic picture of Big Ben or Sydney Opera House.
  2. Under ‘About Me’, write a little about why you’re hosting. It doesn’t need to be your life story though. Airbnb suggests you enter your ‘Life Motto’ but we aren’t all from California so feel free to ignore their advice.
  3. Add the languages you speak. Even if you’re French is a little, ahem,
    élémentaire its worth putting on!
  4. Upload as many forms of ID as you can, as well as your phone number and email address. Think about it – you want to know who is staying in your home, and guests would like a similar peace of mind!
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Have we met before?

5. You’ve got 5 seconds to sell your listing.

Being able to sell your Airbnb to a potential guest quickly is vital. Guests spend an average of just five seconds looking at a listing before returning to the search results.

Ensure the picture which best shows off your space is the cover photo. This is the photo guests will see alongside rival listings.

Once a guest clicks through to your page they will be presented with four more photos. This will be the first four, in order, that you arranged on the ‘Edit Photos’ screen.

Don’t show off your living room four times. Select a bedroom (or two), a kitchen, and maybe even a bathroom. It should be your home at a glance.

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Good!
bad listing airbnb
Not so good!

With luck, you might get longer than five seconds.

Feels too much like hard-work? Let Airsorted take care of it for you – we’ll build your listing, find your guests, and clean your home. Find out how much you could earn with our price calculator.

These five tips were inspired by a longer article written by my colleague Jonny. His excellent, detailed tips (all 19 of them!) can be found here.

8 façons peu coûteuses de faire en sorte que vos voyageurs tombent amoureux de votre logement !

Nous l’avons déjà dit et nous le répéterons encore: des voyageurs heureux signifient des hôtes heureux.

Vous n’avez pas besoin de casser votre tirelire pour que vos invités se sentent chez eux. Quelques petites attentions peuvent faire toute la différence pour améliorer leur expérience, conduisant à de meilleures évaluations laissées par vos voyageurs et donc à une demande accrue pour votre propriété à l’avenir !

Il existe de nombreux moyens simples de permettre à vos invités de passer un séjour agréable dans votre logement. Voici nos 8 suggestions préférées :

1. Créer une station de charge téléphonique

Nous utilisons tous de plus en plus nos téléphones au quotidien, mais jamais autant que lorsque nous voyageons ! Et il n’y a rien de pire que de se rendre compte une fois arrivé et qu’il nous reste plus que 1% de batterie, que l’on a oublié son téléphone chez soi…
Dans ces situations, vos voyageurs seront ravis de voir que vous avez pensé à eux en mettant à leur disposition une station de recharge pour leur téléphone. 

Créer une station de recharge à coté d’une prise de courant n’est pas bien compliqué, et il est aussi facile de se procurer sur internet ou en boutique des stations de recharges prêtes à l’emploi pour quelques euros seulement.

Sinon, vous pouvez aussi simplement laisser vos chargeurs en évidence à disposition de vos hôtes avec un petit mot !

Pensez à laisser des câbles appropriés pour chaque type de téléphone: Micro USB, USB-C, Lightning…

2. Panier d’échantillons de produits

Tout le monde a été pris au dépourvu au moins une fois à l’aéroport en devant abandonner ses affaires de toilettes interdits en cabine (shampoing, gel douche, parfum, dentifrice, etc.)

Si cela devait arriver à vos invités, ils seront heureux de voir que vous leur avez laissé des échantillons à disposition comme à l’hôtel avec une petite note les invitant à s’en servir…

Si vous n’avez pas déjà des dizaines d’échantillons que vous avez ramené de vos précédents voyages, pouvez trouver facilement dans le commerce des flacons réutilisables qu’il ne vous restera plus qu’à remplir avant de partir !

3. Mettre en place une station de boisson

Fatigués par un long voyage et peut-être le décalage horaire, vos voyageurs apprécieront beaucoup à leur arrivée que ayez préparé et mis à leur dispositions des boissons chaudes: thé, café, accompagné de tasses et de tout ce qui pourrait ajouter une touche personnelle tel que des gâteaux fait maison.

En été, vous pouvez aussi leur préparer une boisson détox… une carafe d’eau, quelques tranches de concombre,  des rondelles de citron, un bouquet de feuilles de menthe et le tour est joué !

4. Fournir un panier de bienvenue

Lorsque vous voulez vraiment faire bonne impression sur vos invités, rien ne fonctionne mieux qu’un panier garni offert à leur arrivée avec quelques produits locaux: une bouteille de vin de la région, une spécialité culinaire, quelques douceurs ou encore des fruits de saison, le tout accompagné d’un mot de bienvenue personnalisé. Cela leur montrera que vous avez fait un effort supplémentaire pour prendre soin d’eux et ils ne manqueront pas de vous remercier en vous laissant un bon commentaire et une bonne note sur leur séjour !

5. Rendre le mot de passe wifi facile à trouver

Le moyen le plus rapide d’atteindre le cœur d’un voyageur est de lui faciliter la vie durant son séjour chez vous. En effet, ce qui peut vous paraître évident ne l’est pas forcément pour eux.

Ainsi, même si vous avez inséré sur votre profil Airbnb les données de votre WIFI, n’hésitez pas à leur laisser un mot en évidence avec le nom du réseau et le mot de passe pour se connecter. Vous pouvez aussi par exemple le mettre en évidence en l’insérant dans un petit cadre photo déposé sur la table du salon.

Par ailleurs, si vous avez un de ces mot de passe de 28 caractères compliqué, n’hésitez pas à le remplacer par un mot de passe plus facile à écrire et à mémoriser !

6. Laisser un guide d’accueil à destination de vos voyageurs

S’il y a une chose qui rend spécial un séjour dans un Airbnb, c’est la possibilité de pouvoir vivre le temps d’un séjour comme un local – bien loin des expériences aseptisées des hôtels de chaîne.

Vous pouvez améliorer grandement l’expérience de vos invités en leur faisant part de vos coups de coeur et de vos endroits préférés dans la ville et plus spécifiquement dans votre quartier. Que ce soit un bar pour prendre un café le matin ou sortir prendre un verre le soir, une boulangerie ou acheter ses viennoiseries, ou encore un musée méconnu des touristes.
Si certains évènements ont lieu durant leur séjour, n’hésitez pas non plus à leur en faire part car ils ne sont pas forcément au courant et seront ravis que vous leur en ayez fait part.

Toutes ces informations peuvent leur être présentées sous forme de petit guide touristique personnel de bienvenue que vous aurez fait vous-même ou à travers des sites spécialisés pour lui donner une touche plus professionnelle.

La société StyQR, vous permet même de créer un livret d’accueil digitale que vos invités peuvent consulter facilement sur leur téléphone en scannant un QR code et ainsi emporter avec eux durant leur visite de la ville ! (https://styqr.fr/)

C’est en tous cas un moyen sûr de rendre leur séjour plus agréable, plus spécial, et d’obtenir facilement 5 étoiles après leur séjour.

7. Laisser un adaptateur universel

Le saviez-vous ? Il y a 15 types de prises électriques dans le monde, 8 tensions (voltages) différentes et 2 types de fréquences !

Ainsi, il est fort probable que les prises des appareils électroniques de vos voyageurs ne correspondent pas au standard français…
Il serait donc dommage qu’ils commencent leur séjour de mauvais humeur en se rendant compte qu’ils ne peuvent pas recharger leur téléphone ou parce qu’ils ont oubliés d’apporter leur adaptateur.
Pour quelques euros seulement, vous pouvez leur faciliter la vie dans ces cas là en mettant à leur disposition 1 ou 2 adaptateurs universels.

N’hésitez pas cependant à leur laisser un mot indiquant que ces adaptateurs sont aussi à disposition des prochains voyageurs et qu’ils ne peuvent donc pas les emporter après leur séjour…

8. Établissez une carte du monde de vos voyageurs

Vous ne le saviez peut-être pas mais le logo d’Airbnb, qu’ils ont baptisé Belo, concrétise leur vision d’un monde où les gens peuvent se sentir chez eux n’importe où. Pour donner vie à cette vision inclusive du monde, nous avons aidé certains de nos hôtes à créer une carte du monde sur un mur de leur propriété, où chaque invité y séjournant est invité à ajouter une épinglette pour montrer d’où il vient.

Après quelques réservations, vous pourrez déjà voir une grande variété de voyageurs venant du monde entier ayant ajouté des épingles à votre carte. Cela donne l’impression à vos invités de faire parti d’une véritable communauté de voyageurs, et donne un côté interactif à leur séjour. Et puis c’est aussi une bonne idée déco !

Airbnb vs. Long-Lets: Three surprising benefits of holiday-lets for landlords

Airbnb is making life easier for Australian landlords by increasing yields, reducing wear and tear, and eliminating lengthy tenant disputes.

Increased Revenues

Here’s the problem for Australian landlords in 2019:

  1. The housing market hasn’t been this slow since 2007, when Fergie ruled the airwaves and South Africa were rugby champions.
  2. In some cities, there are more homes available than there are tenants willing to live in them.
  3. The weakening economy is forcing many renters away from high-end rentals towards the ‘bread-and-butter’ housing stock.

Supply is up and demand is down.

The consequence?

Either face long empty periods with no revenue coming in, or drastically drop the rent.

There is another option. Australian Airbnb hosts are reporting an average occupancy of 75 – 85% year round, with summer pushing that figure as high as 95%!

These Airbnb guests are not the stereotypical backpackers or “party-fiends”, but families, business professionals, and frequent travellers sick of paying exorbitant hotel fees.

Property owners looking to sell can incorporate the flexibility of Airbnb (more on this shortly) into their tenancy. For example, they could make every Monday unavailable on Airbnb, allowing agents to show prospective buyers around the property, whilst keeping the rest of the week open for guests to book.

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Airsorted can help you maximise occupancy using a mix of traditional and short-lets

Damage – Peace of Mind

It happens all too frequently with long-lets – a tenant ends their lease and leaves the property, only for you to discover stained carpets and a broken balcony door. It’s then up to you to fight the tenant and the residential authority to claim the deposit, often taking months. Even if you recover the entirety of the deposit it’s often not enough. 

But with Airbnb, your property is immediately checked over after every single guest.

In the unlikely event of damage, Airbnb’s Resolution Centre is the simple, quick, and easy way to claim compensation.

  1. Submit pictures of your claim.
  2. Airbnb seeks your guest’s opinion.
  3. A decision is made by Airbnb

The process is fair and transparent for hosts and guests. Most cases are resolved within one working week, and the maximum claim is $1 million USD.

Bonus Tip: Contrary to popular belief, wear and tear is much reduced with Airbnb. Your guests are generally out all day, and they won’t be moving furniture in, out, or about!

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Your cleaner can help check your property for damages between guest stays

Flexible Letting – It’s Your Home

Letting your property out with a traditional tenancy is as good as surrendering your home for a year.

But life moves quickly these days.

Circumstances changed? Celebrating a gathering this year? In-laws visiting…?

With Airbnb, you can block your calendar to guests at the touch of a button. All guest reservations can also be cancelled – though beware, small penalties can apply.

Move back in. Put your friends and family up in a flat, not your spare room. Take back control of your own home, whenever you need it.

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With Airbnb, you can make use of your property whenever you please

Like the sound of Airbnb but unsure how to get started? Airsorted can build your listing, market your flat, and manage your bookings. To find out how much your property could be earning, head to our Pricing Calculator now.

Four easy (and affordable!) tips to improve your Airbnb

Hosting a great guest experience at your Airbnb requires more than the bare necessities – although those are important!

It’s about creating a comfortable and enjoyable stay for your guests. The best way to achieve this is by supplying the right equipment and spending a little bit of time on the decoration.

Putting in some effort pays off big-time

Increase your revenue
Each potential guest spends – on average – five seconds looking at a listing. Great photos showing off a thoughtfully decorated and inviting space make your home much more likely to get bookings. And it comes as no surprise that more bookings = more revenue!

Higher return on investment
The better the amenities and feel of your property, the higher you can charge for nightly rates. Although equipping an Airbnb does require a little more effort than a long term rental, it really does pay off in the long run. Once you build up those reviews, you can charge a higher nightly rate, as guests feel satisfied they can expect comfort when booking your property. 

Fewer issues
Airbnbs are like interviews – first impressions matter. Get it right, and there will be less issues to follow. The short-term rental market values uniqueness, comfort and ease. Whilst location is key, value can be indefinitely increased by appropriate and conscious decorating.

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Alexander’s Farringdon flat makes great use of little touches

Competition

Your property is your business. You need to remain competitive in a saturated market. There are thousands of active Airbnb listings at any given time. Don’t forget the other online platforms too, such as Booking.com and Expedia, or the traditional hotels and B&Bs.

People choose Airbnbs over hotels not just because its easy, but also for the personality and uniqueness of the property. They want to feel at home. If they wanted to stay in a blank space they would have booked a hotel!

Creating a home

There are four main rules to keep in mind when outfitting your property. 

  • Texture
    A shaggy rug or a velvet couch can add texture to an otherwise plain room. You can also add pillows and throws over beds and sofas to create a comfortable and luxurious space.

  • Colour
    Add a deliberate splash of colour. Less is more, but bold is better. A yellow armchair or an orange table can do the trick. A good starting point in an empty space is wall art – a cheap canvas from Ikea or K-Mart will do just fine! Abstract art makes it much easier to tie the room together, and will fit well in any property.
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A splash of colour can make all the difference
  • Layers
    A rug can really tie a room together. It also works to cover any imperfections if you cannot put in new carpets. Drape a nice throw over the sofa – it will double up as a blanket in winter time.

  • Finishing touches
    The main difference from an average Airbnb and a top performing property are the finishing touches. This doesn’t mean spending lots of money on a bottle of wine for each and every guest! Consider a vibrant plant, a well placed side table, or even just a nice diffuser instead of an unsightly air-freshener.

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Plants can add colour and life to rooms

Let’s face it – not everyone has time to sort out decor themselves. If you’re running short on time yourself then check out this post about the best interior design companies around.

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Of course, decorating isn’t the only way to maximise your earnings. A host management service like Airsorted doesn’t just take the hassle out of hosting – we also help hosts earn more by optimising pricing and listings, making use of varied letting lengths and multiple booking platforms, and always delivering a personable and professional experience to each and every guest that stays at a property. 

If you’d like to find out more about Airsorted and what we offer, head over to our main site now and use our price calculator to find out how much you could be earning from your property.

How to Choose the Perfect Airbnb Investment Property for You

In recent years, Airbnb rentals have quickly become a popular choice for tourists and vacationers looking for temporary lodging. Due to this strong demand, vacation rentals have become an attractive option for real estate investors. We’re not surprised to see more and more investors turning to short-term rentals as the returns they can offer are robust!

If you too want to enjoy the financial benefits of owning an Airbnb investment property, then keep reading to learn how to choose the perfect property for you.

1. Pick Your Location

As with any investment property, location is the most important factor when selecting your perfect short-term rental. Locations with tourist attractions such as beaches, mountains, or a national park are typically desirable for Airbnb real estate investing. However, it’s important to take seasonality into account when picking the best place to buy an Airbnb investment property. You don’t want to own a short-term rental which sits empty and does not generate any income during the low season – it’ll cost you more money than it will earn you.

We recommend investing in locations where tourists and other visitors are present year-round. Such areas will have a consistent yet strong demand for Airbnb rental properties. Additionally, you want to make sure that the location has less supply in the form of hotels or other short-term rentals. This will assure that your rental will enjoy a high Airbnb occupancy rate. Naturally, Miami and San Diego are two of the best locations for buying an Airbnb investment property in 2019 because of the high demand. Following are some important figures on these two locations according to data from Mashvisor, a real estate data analytics company.

#1 Miami, FL

  • Median Property Price: $567,000
  • Airbnb Rental Income: $3,390
  • Airbnb Occupancy Rate: 56.5%
  • Cash on Cash Return: 2.7%

#2 San Diego, CA

  • Median Property Price: $739,800
  • Airbnb Rental Income: $3,760
  • Airbnb Occupancy Rate: 58.5%
  • Cash on Cash Return: 2.4%

2. Beware Short-Term Rentals Regulations  

Before buying a property to rent out on Airbnb in any location, real estate investors must check the laws and regulations regarding short-term rentals there. For one thing, some cities ban Airbnb rentals. Others allow you to rent out on Airbnb only if you’re the primary resident of the property. As a property investor, you may face legal issues if you choose to buy an Airbnb investment property in these cities. So, when you’re looking for the best Airbnb property, make sure it’s located in an Airbnb-friendly area where laws and regulations are not likely to affect your return on investment.

3. Investment Property Type

The best type of property to buy and rent out on Airbnb is the one that makes you the most money. However, this largely depends on the location, as well as the type of Airbnb guests you’re targeting. For example, if you’re interested in owning an Airbnb investment property to rent out to solo travelers or couples, then a condo or an apartment located in the city center is your best option. On the other hand, if you prefer to rent out to families or big groups of friends, it’s best to go with vacation homes or beach houses.

4. Check Your Budget and Expenses

Every rental property comes with costs and expenses that will affect your return on investment. While short-term rentals can definitely be profitable, they can also cost more. So, to find the perfect Airbnb investment property, you need to set a budget and break down your costs carefully. First off, property values are on the higher side, which makes it difficult to cover the higher mortgage payments during the low season. Besides mortgage payments, you need to factor in monthly expenses such as:

  • Property tax
  • Insurance
  • Furniture and utilities
  • Property management fee
  • Cleaning service fee
  • Maintenance fee
  • Vacancy provision

If these monthly expenses exceed your monthly rental income, it becomes easy to start losing money. So, again, the perfect Airbnb property for you is the one that you can afford and that fits in your budget.

5. Airbnb Performance Prediction

With a traditional, long-term rental, you get a fixed return in the form of rent every month. With short-term rentals, however, you’ll need to set a nightly rate and adjust it based on seasonality, special events, neighboring competition, and travel trends. Meaning, Airbnb property investors don’t get a fixed monthly return. This can make buying short-term rentals a risky investment, but you can reduce this risk with the help of Airbnb analytics.

Airbnb analytics helps real estate investors predict future outcomes, thus allowing them to make wise investment decisions with confidence. Essentially, Airbnb analytics provides data that help you analyze the returns and performance of properties based on:

  • Comparable Rental Income
  • Estimated Rental Expenses
  • Cash Flow
  • Cash on Cash Return
  • Cap Rate
  • Airbnb Occupancy Rates

With these 5 things in mind, you’re one step ahead in choosing that perfect Airbnb investment property!

If you’re looking for a profitable Airbnb rental property to buy, check out Mashvisor, a real estate data analytics platform which helps investors find lucrative rental properties in a matter of minutes. You will find readily available data and analysis of hundreds of thousands of properties across the US. Mashvisor turns 3 months of research into 15 minutes. Moreover, as an exclusive offer for readers of the Airsorted blog, you can now enjoy 25% off your first subscription.

Eman Hamed is a Content Writer at Mashvisor. With a focus on market reports, she enjoys researching the state of the real estate market in different cities across the US. Eman also writes about trends, forecasts, and tips for beginner investors to gain the confidence and knowledge they need to make wise decisions.

8 inexpensive ways to make guests fall in love with your property

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: happy guests mean happy hosts.

You don’t have to break the bank to get your guests feeling at home. A few small touches can make all the difference to their experience, leading to better guest reviews and higher demand for your property in the future!

There are loads of simple ways to help your guests have an enjoyable stay at your property – but here are 8 of our favourites:

1. Create a phone charging station

We all need our phones more and more, but never quite as much as when we’re travelling. It’s not all that hard to build a DIY charger station around a plug socket, making it easy for guests to charge up their phones and other electronic devices – and to remember where they’ve plugged them in!

2. Sample Jar

Everyone’s been caught out by the liquids ban on flights at least once. Should this happen for your guests you can help by keeping any miniature product samples you have lying around in a jar with a note inviting them to help themselves. Your generosity will be greatly appreciated by a guest in need!

3. Set up a beverage station

If there’s one thing that jetlagged guests will be grateful for when they arrive at your property, it’s quick access to a comforting cup of their favourite hot drink. Set up a beverage station to help them feel welcome and get refreshed, equipped with mugs, tea, coffee and anything else you’d like to add to give it a personal touch.  

4. Provide a welcome basket

When you really want to make a good impression on your guests, play to the timeless human love of a good freebie. Welcome baskets don’t need to be over the top luxury hampers – simply a snack, a little bottle of body wash and a personalised welcome note is enough to show you’ve gone the extra mile to make them happy.  

5. Make the wifi password easy to find

The quickest way to a guest’s heart is by making their life easier. Instead of making them search through booking information or have to root around your property for the wifi password, place it somewhere that’s clearly visible. Some of the best we’ve seen in Airsorted host properties use a picture frame to display their wifi details – guests won’t be able to miss it and will appreciate the added convenience.  

6. Leave a personal welcome guide in your property

If there’s one thing that makes staying at an Airbnb special, it’s the chance to get under the skin of a city by living in someone’s property – a far cry from the one-size-fits-all experience of staying in many hotels. You can take this one step further for your guests by adding some of your own personality in the form of a welcome guide.

Whether it’s a laminated couple of pages or a more detailed printed guide they can take home with them, telling guests your favourite local haunts (especially if you let them in on a few hidden gems…) is a sure fire way to make their stay that bit more special, and get those 5-star reviews coming in in the process.  

7. Spare adapter

Ever gone on an overseas trip and forgotten your adapter? Of course you have: we all have! There’s no need for your guests start off their stay in a bad mood because they’ve had to buy a brand new plug adapter – have one or two universal adapters ready in the flat for them.

Just remember to make sure it’s clearly marked as yours, as they can be easy for guests to accidentally take home if not.

8. Set up a hometown world map for guests to contribute to

Airbnb’s logo, which they’ve named the Belo, brings to life their vision of a world where people can feel like they belong anywhere. To bring this inclusive vision of the world to life for guests, we’ve helped some of our hosts to set up a world map on a wall in their property where every guest who stays is invited to add a pin to show where they come from.

After a few guests have stayed, you start to see a rich variety of guests from all over the world adding pins. It creates a new interesting feature in your property, lets your guests know that you’re genuinely interested in them, and makes them feel part of something a little bigger. And best of all – doing this only costs the price of a world map.

Why every Airbnb host should use an interior design company

As global leaders in rental property management, at Airsorted we like to think we know a thing or two about what matters when it comes to getting the most value out of a rental property. But time and again, we see listings that could be performing fantastically fall short of their potential, and the property owner can’t work out why.

Often, we’ll suggest they use an interior design business like Homewings in the UK to give one or more rooms in their rental property a makeover – and the results are transformative! Suddenly, the property has that ‘wow factor’ that was lacking: the property listing looks more unique and inviting than ever, and the bookings start rolling in thick and fast.

This is because when it comes to having a flair for interior design, we are not all created equal.

You may think you’ve been gifted with an eye for matching colours, or you ‘just know’ where a painting is going to hang when you first see it. And sure, perhaps you really do have an innate understanding of furniture arranging to rival the most masterful practitioners of feng shui…  

But the chances are you don’t (even if you think you do).

Here are three reasons why, if you’re planning to become a host on Airbnb, it’s worth getting professionals to help bring your property to life, and make it really stand out from the minute guests see your listing on Airbnb, to the minute they leave your property after their stay.

1. Good interior design works for everyone (not just you).

Over time, most of us get some sense of what like and dislike when it comes to interior design. But when it comes to preparing a property for hosting guests via a platform like Airbnb, your own taste isn’t only less important: it might actually get in the way of creating an environment in your rental property that guests will love.

After all, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure and when it comes to getting the very best guests reviews, the greatest design is the one that is liked by all guests, regardless of individual taste.

2. You’ll save money and time vs. doing it yourself.

OK, bear with us on this.

Let’s say you need a new bed for a room in your rental property. Maybe you already have an idea of what kind of bed, but what next? The chances are you’re not exactly a bed specialist – if you’re anything like most people, you’re probably not quite sure how much a bed should even cost.

This is where a remote interior design platform can really stand out. By pairing clients with remote designers, they’re able to charge unbeatably affordable rates for quality interior design services. What’s more, you can choose a budget you’d like them to work to and they’ll do the rest, right down to individual furnishing recommendations. They can be a one-stop-shop for your property makeover – and you’ll hardly have to lift a finger.

The result? Not only is this the hassle-free dream that most hosts crave when it comes to managing their property, but it also adds that je ne sais quoi to a property that helps it stand out from the crowd. That means more bookings, and potentially even the chance to increase the nightly rate a host can charge.

3. Interior design is worth the investment.

As with any investment, you’ve got to spend some to earn some.

If you live in your Airbnb property on occasion then not only will your guests love the do-over, but you’re going to get a load of personal benefit from bringing some interior design magic to your property.

On the flipside, if you’re a full-time landlord then you’ll want to be able to charge as much as possible for your place (so long as you don’t end up losing bookings!). So it’s worth spending a little more on really great furnishings and design, in order to reap the rewards – not to mention great guest reviews and a fast-track ticket to superhost status – over time.


Of course, interior design isn’t the only way for an Airbnb host to maximise earnings from their rental property. A host management service like Airsorted doesn’t just take the hassle out of hosting a rental property – we also help hosts to earn more than ever by optimising pricing and listings, making use of various length lets and multiple booking platforms, and always delivering a personable and professional experience to each and every guest that stays at a property.
If you’d like to find out more about Airsorted and what we can offer hosts, head over to our main site now to use our price calculator to find out how much you could be earning from your property.