Get started on Airbnb
Learn how to start hosting, from creating your listing to prepping your space.
By Airbnb on Dec 18, 2019Updated Sep 2, 2021
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Check local regulations around home sharing
Set your nightly price and set up your calendar
Highlight what’s unique or quirky about your listing
Tidy up, stock the essentials, and provide clear house rules
Create your listing
Think of your listing as an advertisement for your space. You’ll want to make it as compelling as possible, while being honest about any quirks.
- Start with the basics. Enter details like the location of your place, what type of property you’re offering, and the number of bedrooms and bathrooms your guests will have access to.
- Take photos of the space. Guests love browsing photos when making a decision on where to stay. To snap the best photos, tidy up your space beforehand. Take shots of each area, using natural light and landscape orientation when possible.
- Highlight unique details. When writing your listing title and description, consider what makes your place special, such as a view or a pool. Also, note any aspects in your description that might be important for guests to know before booking, like stairs or parking.
Organize the logistics
Your next step will be lining up all the logistics for your listing to make the hosting process run smoothly.
- Add House Rules to your listing. To help guests understand your expectations, add rules for your space, including details like restrictions on smoking, pets, or parties.
- Set up your calendar. To make sure you only get reservations when you’re able to host, update your Airbnb calendar with your availability. You can also get specific about how much advance notice you need or how far in advance guests can book.
- Choose your nightly price. What you charge is always up to you, but Airbnb has tools—like Smart Pricing—to help you match your prices with demand, along with custom pricing controls for times like weekends and specific seasons.
- Review your local laws. Some cities have rules covering home sharing, like limits on the number of nights you can host, registration requirements, or special taxes. Learn about responsible hosting here.
Prepare your space
Whether you’re expecting your first guest or your 100th, these are the steps you’ll need to take to ensure your space is ready to go.
- Tidy up. Clean each room that guests can access, especially bedrooms, bathrooms, and the kitchen. Check that there’s no hair, dust, or mold on surfaces and floors, and make the bed(s) with fresh linens.
- Store your valuables. If you have jewelry, passports, or other valuables, consider storing them in a locked room, closet, safe, or storage facility. Or you can leave them with family or friends.
- Stock up on essentials. To help guests feel at home, consider providing amenities like soap, shampoo, toilet paper, bed linens, and towels. It can’t hurt to have extras on hand as well.
- Provide check-in details. Be prepared to check guests in and out, or recruit friends or family to help. If no one will be around, you can always use a lockbox or electronic lock and provide guests with check-in instructions in the Airbnb app.
- Add the finishing touches. Guests love thoughtful details. A house manual with instructions and tips can help orient guests. A bottle of wine or a small gift can also make guests feel extra welcome, but definitely isn’t required.
Once you’ve set up your listing and space, you’ll be ready to start welcoming guests and earning income!
Dec 18, 2019
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