It can almost feel like you’ve been blacklisted when you receive a bad review on Airbnb. After all, who’d want to stay in a property where the previous guest claims they had a bad experience? Fortunately, it is possible to bounce back from a poor rating and go on to rent out your property again and again. Here are five things you can do to achieve this. Continue reading
Airbnb is a scheme that’s allowed property-owners to make a lot of money over the years. However, this doesn’t mean that renting out your home is a walk in the park. The truth of the matter is that there are many missteps that hosts can make when dealing with guests who are staying in their property. With this in mind, here are three ways that people often go wrong when managing their own Airbnb. Continue reading
Let’s say that someone’s applied to stay at your property and fully paid up for the trip – it’s smooth sailing from there, right? Wrong. The fact of the matter is that first impressions really do count for everything when it comes to Airbnb. This is why you need to make sure that your place is looking pristine and in-line with what guests are expecting when they book. If you can’t ensure this, it’s likely those bad reviews will start flooding in. Here’s why a good first impression can make all the difference. Continue reading
When you decide to rent your home or apartment on Airbnb, you’ll need to have a realistic awareness of what your guests will expect to find when they step through the door. Obviously, your home should be spotlessly clean, and you’ll need to pay particular attention to bathrooms and kitchens so there are no nasty odours or signs of grease or mildew. But there are plenty of other comforts and luxuries that your guests would find in a good hotel that you’ll be expected to provide. Continue reading
On Tuesday morning, 12 September 2017 Christine da Silva had the honour of speaking with Kieno Kammies on Cape Talk radio about home-sharing in the township communities of Cape Town and the mentorship program she is involved with in Langa through the Home Sharing Association South Africa. Listen to the conversation about our Cape Town Township Home Sharing here.
If you’d like to get involved, donate pre-loved linens, or come spend time with us and our home-sharing community in Langa, please get in touch with us at SharingSA!
It’s getting to that time of year again, where I start to receive calls from many home owners wanting to lease our their apartment or home on Airbnb for summer, long-term or whilst they are away. People often wonder at the value that property management companies may bring them, as they feel they could pocket more money if they do it themselves.
Let’s talk about making beds for your guests.
Prior to running my own Airbnb property management company, I did not think of the possibilities when it comes to making beds. Continue reading
We can honestly say that this December was one of our busiest Decembers yet!
Every December the amount of Airbnb listings increase quite substantially on the platform. This was no different to previous years, except that we had over 16,000 listing live in Cape Town!
Property management firms in the city are a dime a dozen. Everyone offers property management for the Airbnb host now. What makes us different?
We all think of our homes as our sanctuary, and we’ve created our spaces within according to our taste. As with receiving any guests to your home, the space alone will not make them feel welcome. It is the warm greeting, personal tour of the house and those small extra special touches that will make your guests’ feel at home and their visit memorable.