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All About Airbnb Fees For Cleaning

21 Oct , 2013  

All About Airbnb Cleaning Fees

Calculating Airbnb Cleaning Fees

If you are a host in Airbnb, you will want to have full knowledge of all Airbnb fees and also have full control for setting and editing your cleaning fees. This can be done if you go to the pricing settings. Just remember to take account of all the possible extra expenses you may need to pay for getting your space squeaky clean before your new guests arrive.

Set your cleaning fee

Also, be aware that cleaning fees are added automatically. They show right up to reservations. This is sometimes not the case for those other hosts, who want to give out special offers which are supposed to be all-inclusive (this is something you might want to do as well and will be discussed below). Generally speaking, the cleaning fee should be a part of the total for the reservation and will not be returned to the guest at the end of his or her reservation period. In short, you as a host will get it at the payout at the end of the reservation. Another thing you have to remember is that the cleaning fee should not be charged per night, it should be a one-time fee for the entirety of the guest’s stay. Also take note that when guest search through listings, they will see the cleaning fee reflect as inclusive in the entire rate.

Figure out the total price for your guests to see

The price that is visible to your Airbnb guest, how is it calculated? Simple: it is derived by dividing the declared cleaning fee by how many nights they stayed for the duration of their reservation. Then you add that number to your usual or declared nightly rate. To make it simple, here is a sample.

Say that your guest reserved your room for a total of 5 nights and your listing rate is 120 dollars per night. Also, lets assume that your cleaning fee is set at 30 dollars. The resulting equation would look like this:

30/5 + 120

Then multiply that again by the number of nights and you have:

630 dollars (note that this is before your service fee)
Airbnb fees for cleaning

So there you have it. That should give you a very good picture of the total price and how this will turn off or maybe turn on potential guests who search through the listings for cheaper rooms. Before they send in their official reservation for your room, your potential guests will see the cleaning fee listed separately only in the total breakdown.

This is very important and will definitely help you gauge your guest or client behavior. Hosts with brand spanking new listings will find that using this insight will be very important in determining not only how attractive your listing is for its value, but also whether your cleaning fee is worth it, too high, etc.

One last tip, those hosts who do not feel like putting in cleaning fees would do well to head Airbnb’s suggestion for a security deposit. After all, cleaning expenses can be expensive tedious and you never know what kind of mess a guest is capable of doing to your room and linen. Then you should add an explanation in your house rules that guests should keep the cleanliness by themselves.

Now that you know these tips, we hope you have great luck with your Airbnb fees calculating and hosting experience!

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Dealing with Airbnb Guests with Children

16 Oct , 2013  

Airbnb Guests with Children

As a host, you will be thinking about what kind of guest you don’t want, will this include Airbnb guests with children? Perhaps the first thing a host would be afraid of are sociopaths, but second to that fear is the fear of children. Why, because children, depending on their age, could be a potential liability. This is not just to say that children can destroy or damage your property. That is certainly true, but that is not the entire story. The safety of children will also be an issue. Is your space prepared to take in tots or playful kids? A host must also imagine the legal brouhaha that would ensue if a guest’s child gets injured or, god forbid, worse. Then, there is also the issue of  noise and dirt. Babies cry. Some toddlers are not the yet masters at the potty. Some kids wet the bed. All of these hassles are things any new bnb host should consider.

Airbnb Family Travel – Are Minors Allowed?

Airbnb users, be it guests or hosts, will need to be older than 18 years old in order to sign up and create an account. But this does not mean that the answer is no. Of course there will obviously be users who will bring their children. Therefore, it is up to each host to determine whether their space and accommodation is suitable for children. Guest will see this once they look up the Amenities section and if you allow children, they should see the following sign:

Family friendly

What If Bed and Breakfast Guests Show Up With Children?

The fact is that guests should detail the exact amount of people who they will bring along into your accommodation. This should have been discussed clearly through the messaging system while making the reservation request. They should include in the details, whether they are with children and how many of them will be staying. This means that you, as a host, should also proactively seek out this information right away because some problematic guests might not include these details or might forget to do so. If you have these detailed, you will have proof for Airbnb if your guest does not follow your agreement.

How To Know If Your Place is Kid Friendly

Airbnb Guests with Children

If you are a parent, this will be much easier. But those with no experience with children will have to imagine having one. What dangerous things in your space could possibly be detrimental to kids or tots? The most common problems would be kitchen cleaning chemicals stored within reach of kids. In any case, if you intend to allow kids in your space, you have to be extra vigilant with safety. But you will also have to think about laundry and cleaning. Kids might make a mess so be sure to include these in your cleaning clause or fee. You might also want visitors to sign a contract stating that they should be responsible for their children and for damages to your accommodation: just to cover your basis.

These are just a few things you should consider if you are a host. Should you allow guests with children? Finally, that is all up to you. Kids can be both adorable and messy so just take that into consideration. You might also want to allow kids if you are thinking of building your business and widening your possible guests. Just make sure to be prepared especially for Airbnb guests with children.

 

- Carlos Cruz

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Similar Websites: Airbnb Alternatives

9 Oct , 2013  

Airbnb Alternatives

Websites Like Airbnb

The success of Airbnb is huge and this is why so many airbnb alternatives popped up out of the blue. It is considerably, a very young internet company and yet it has risen in ranks and is now worth billions. At the same time, it has become an industry disruptor since it has carved out a huge niche which does not seem to show signs of waning as it is estimated that almost a thousand new listings appear in Airbnb daily. And in the internet, we know that every enviable business will be copied. There are so many other websites that have sprung out as clones to Airbnb and many hosts like us would want to take advantage of them. But be warned, these clones might not be as satisfactory as the original. Here are some of these alternative sites like Airbnb.

Top Airbnb Clones

Airbnb Alternative

Wimdu

The thing about talking about Wimdu and many of the other clones of Airbnb is that they are so similar to the original that describing their similarities is almost useless. The website pretty much works the same: host your room or house, stay in private accommodations all over the world, etc. Wimdu is probably the best competitor of Airbnb and it is backed by the same German based businessmen who create clones for various other internet businesses such as Groupon, etc. It has over 235,000 + properties in over 100 countries and 100,000 + registered users. This is of course, still a far second to Airbnb’s numbers.

9flats

9Flats

This is another blatant Airbnb clone, 9Flats was started by another German internet businessman Stephan Uhrenbacher. Even the design, look, and feel, are the same as Airbnb. 9Flats ranks as the third biggest space sharing website, below Airbnb and Wimdu. To date, there are around 50,000 members and 30,000 hosts in 100 countries all over the globe.

 

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Roomorama

Roomorama has slightly different color themes. It functions the same way and has 70,000 registered properties but no info on the number of active guests around the world. It got its funding from PROFounders, Thrive Capital, Lerer Media, and Jose Marin. They also bought one of their competitors Lofty at the start of their roll.

What most hosts say about these competitors?
It may seem unethical to copy business models, but that issue is moot. We can argue over it endlessly. The fact is that so many businesses are created by way of copying an already proven formula. That does not mean that these other companies are not trustworthy. The truth is that as hosts, we probably want to take advantage of all of these platforms so that our vacation rentals could have the most business possible. But the problem is the amount of effort to be put in setting up and maintaining listings in other sites. Is it worth the time and effort? For example, I know many people who have tried the biggest competitor, Wimdu, and their feedback is that it is way inferior to Airbnb in terms of the number of requests they receive. Also, Wimdu tends to push you to accept all bookings, I’ve heard instances of aggressive email replies and threaten hosts who do not want to accept bookings (even from guests they don’t trust). They’ll imply that not accepting and replying to bookings will mean less visibility and even account deactivation. This is most likely because they need to get their community up and running faster.

There are plenty more clones out there, but the consensus is that the original is the best. However, Wimdu has a more German and Euro centric market which means if those are your locales, they might also be good choices. Getting the most of all these free airbnb alternatives is great, just make sure you are your effort’s worth.

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Airbnb is Not Illegal in NYC: No Fine for Nigel Warren

1 Oct , 2013  

Airbnb is Not Illegal

Last June, Airbnb was rocked by a controversial lawsuit in New York, and now it has finally been resolved and truly, Airbnb is not illegal . Nigel Warren is an Airbnb host in New York who was fined thousands of dollars by a NYC judge just because he rented out his apartment for a few days. This decision was met by opposition by the Airbnb community. Airbnb publicly stated that they felt the decision was wrong in legal terms and would also be a step back for New York. Airbnb supported Nigel in their appeal for this ruling. Finally, this past Sept 28, the Environmental Control Board of New York has official heard the appeal and agreed with the arguments of Airbnb. The thousands of dollars fined to Nigel are now reversed. This is a very emotional victory not just for Nigel but for all the hosts in New York trying to make a decent living through Airbnb.

Many of us Hosts are truly thankful for this Victory. It would not have been possible without the community’s strong support for Nigel. This support is not only felt by Nigel, it is felt by every host. This is truly a cause for cheers and celebration as more hosts will now have confidence our endeavors. But of course, there are still some things we have to pay attention to. New York law is notoriously difficult to follow. Hosts everywhere should not forget to be mindful of the regulations for their space or apartment. Hosts should be aware of all laws and rules before going into the bnb business since Airbnb won’t be knowledgeable of all these local rules.

What Exactly Happened In the New York Appeal?

Airbnb and Nigel gave the following argument: under the New York law, if a permanent resident is present during the guest’s stay, this should not be in violation of the short term rental regulations of NY. Many parts of the law is confusing, especially with provisions that pertain to specific buildings but does not apply to others. However, the provisions regarding shared space is not ambiguous or hard to understand. Airbnb got involved with the case since first court decision on the case was indeed wrong. And now, it is truly a pleasure to hear that the Board has heard this argument and has agreed to it.

Of course this is not the end of the show for the Sharing Economy

There are still many fights to be fought. New York law is certainly hard to work with and sometimes, hard to clarify. This is why Airbnb has promised to keep on their work and support of both the hosts and the city officials of New York so that ordinary New Yorkers who want to share their space can keep on doing so in the safest way possible.

In any case, this victory is something that will elevate the status of the sharing economy and surely, so many New Yorkers will be happy with the new decision. Truly, Airbnb and the sharing economy is proving itself to be sustainable industry and be sure that Airbnb is not illegal in the city of New York.