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Blog entries by Ashley

  1. One of the most challenging and subsequently wonderful things an Airbnb host experiences is the review process. Honest reviews are what the whole Airbnb process relies on. As a host you read past host reviews of guests to make sure they are a good fit for your space, while guests read reviews of hosts and their spaces to determine if the listing is all it cracks up to be. But humans are...
  2. I remember when I first became an Airbnb host, it was so exciting when I received my very first inquiry! It was a couple days after the professional photos were posted on the site by Airbnb and I think I peed my pants just a little. I had no idea on pricing, or really how the whole process worked. My first inquiry sent a little message, as many people do,...
  3. Like many of my fellow Airbnb hosts, I feel like I fell into the position-- much like Alice through the rabbit hole... but less trippy and dangerous. Personally, I always find it so interesting how hosts first learned out the Airbnb phenomena and what drove them to allow strangers into their home. The stories you will hear, range far and wide. My story still surprises me, but I'm living it...
  4. How do guests effect your behavior? More-so, who decorates their house with guests in mind? This may seem like a weirdly timed post, but the 4th of July is soon approaching and I have streamers on the brain! Being someone who loves any reason to celebrate and put out festive decorations; combined with picnics with friends, bbq smells, cold drinks and crocque... I'm a sucker for Independence...
  5. There is a short list of amenities that are incredibly cheap, but offer huge value to your guests! I'm always looking for great ways to get a bigger bang for my buck-- when someone is traveling there are a few things that make all the difference to them. A few things on that list is offering: towels and linens toiletries continental breakfast alam clock map of your city bottled water...
  6. When a guest finally arrives on your doorstep, everyone is excited! First impressions are made in a split second. In most cases, this will be the first in-personal interaction you have with your guests, even if you have been emailing back and forth everyday for the last month-- the initial greeting can set the tone for the duration of the stay. When I first greet my guests I am sporting...
  7. I feel one of the strongest tools I have as a host is the house guidebook-- honestly I think it preserves my sanity. I have constructed my guide to be a stand-alone reference for the house and beyond the front door. I give my guests a thorough walkthrough of the house with ample time to ask questions, but often I feel much I share goes in one ear and out the other. I certainly can't blame...