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    Make the most of the growing demand for longer stays

    Here’s how you can save—and earn—money with monthly guests.
    By Airbnb on Sep 18, 2020
    3 min read
    Updated Jan 19, 2022

    Highlights

    • Bookings of 28 days or more have been increasing in popularity

    • You can meet guest demand, fill your calendar, and reduce your workload by offering longer stays

    The travel landscape has changed dramatically, as remote work, school, and activities allow many people to spend more time away from home. Airbnb guests are part of this trend: 20% of nights booked in July, August, and September 2021 were for stays of 28 days or longer, up from 14% in the same months of 2019.*

    Hosting monthly stays isn’t just an opportunity to fill up your calendar. It can make cleaning, communicating with guests, and doing administrative tasks more efficient too.

    “We spend a lot more time and money on cleaning during COVID-19, so longer stays help cut down on that,” says Superhost Laurie of the Salt Lake City area. “We also manage the listing ourselves, so it’s nice to not have to worry about getting the unit turned over as frequently, especially while we are traveling or on vacation.”

    Here are some tips—and a checklist—for getting started with longer stays.

    Cover the basics

    First, enable monthly bookings by adjusting the maximum stay length in your settings. You’ll also want to choose a long-term cancellation policy, which can differ from the one you set for shorter stays.

    Since guests are staying for a longer period of time, it’s a good idea to stock up on essential amenities and cleaning supplies. It’s also worth updating your listing description to mention that you accept longer stays and to note your accessibility features and popular amenities—like a kitchen, high-speed wifi, or pet-friendly accommodations.

    Consider monthly discounts

    Guests who book longer stays typically search for listings that offer discounts. Lowering your listing’s nightly price may seem counterintuitive, but if your average vacancy is 20% (if you’re usually booked for 24 days each month), a 20% discount for a longer stay could help you earn a similar monthly amount. 

    As of December, more than half of all global listings provide discounts for stays of 1 month or longer.**

    Superhost Evan of Charlotte, North Carolina, says longer stays have helped him continue hosting during the uncertainty of the pandemic. “Right now I prefer the longer stays and higher occupancy—it’s a reliable way to stay afloat,” he says.

    Prepare your space

    Think about how guests’ needs may vary with the length of their stay. You may want to add amenities to heighten your listing’s appeal to guests searching for longer stays.

    People staying for a month or more might seek additional pantry basics in the kitchen, extra space to store belongings in the bedroom, and an ergonomic desk chair for working or studying. These guests may also appreciate having extra sheets, towels, and blankets on hand, as well as plenty of toilet paper and cleaning supplies.
    We have more of an opportunity to meet our [longer stay] guests, which is rewarding and usually helps to improve our ratings.
    Superhost Laurie,
    Salt Lake City area

    Plan ahead for maintenance

    Longer stays can affect the use of your space, which you may want to factor into your budget and hosting decisions. “The guests that are here long-term really live in the house, cook their meals, and spend time there—and that can lead to additional wear and tear,” Laurie says.

    Consider giving yourself a couple of extra days between longer stays for cleaning and upkeep. It’s also good planning to schedule seasonal or quarterly maintenance checks to make sure all systems, appliances, and safety gear are in working order.

    Evan says longer stays mean “a whole lot less management and lower-maintenance clientele.” While guests who stay longer may use your space differently than others, they can also be more forgiving, he says: “Longer-term guests have more patience and more grace if things happen to go wrong.”

    Is your space ready for longer stays? Download the checklist in the Highlights and get more details about hosting monthly guests.

    *Based on internal Airbnb global data as of September 30, 2021.
    **Based on internal Airbnb global data as of December 31, 2021.

    Information contained in this article may have changed since publication.

    Highlights

    • Bookings of 28 days or more have been increasing in popularity

    • You can meet guest demand, fill your calendar, and reduce your workload by offering longer stays

    Airbnb
    Sep 18, 2020
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