The advent of AirBnB has seen anyone who owns their own home (and some who don’t) easily able to rent it out to whoever is interested. While it’s a popular system, it’s not an easy gig. It’s competitive, and bad airbnb reviews can sink prospective hosts. But what does Indow know about AirBnB?
Well, we aren’t looking to become a go-to expert or create a full AirBnB hosting guide, but we’re pretty experienced when it comes to comfort. We’ve a unique perspective worth considering when trying to make a space comfortable to stay in, and a recent excursion by Indow CEO Sam Pardue leaves us well-placed to give a tip on how to get more AirBnB bookings.
Sam and his partner took a trip out of Portland and had a less-than-stellar experience with an AirBnB in which they stayed. The cause for discomfort? Read on to see how Sam gleaned an idea of how to get more AirBnb bookings.
A Guest’s Explanation For Why They Left a Bad Review
A couple weeks ago my partner and I were scrambling to find a place to go on vacation in the Pacific Northwest unchoked by smoke. Wildfires were burning to the north, south and east. Washington’s Olympic Peninsula seemed like the best bet and the Hoh Rainforest and Makah reservation did end up giving us clean air to breathe and relatively unclouded vistas.
On our third night we stopped in Port Angeles and there we ran into trouble with a noisy AirBnb. The place had many nice features: great furniture, spotless, comfortable…but it was located right above a lively restaurant. The outdoor patio was filled with diners and we could hear every word of their conversations as the noise came through the single-pane windows. The noise from the restaurant kitchen came right up the stairs and into the living area.
After that noise died down we heard the street noise coming right through the windows.
During our uncomfortable stay I mentioned the noise problem to the offsite host. Unfortunately, he must not have read any sort of AirBnB hosting guide because he was kind of rude, so I didn’t take the next step and mention that Indow window inserts would be the perfect solution to his AirBnB noise problem. All I felt I could do was leave an honest review so future travelers would know. It was frustrating because I know we would have slept so much better with our own Acoustic Grade inserts in the single-pane windows, and the owner would get more AirBnB bookings from my referral!
We finished our tour by looping around to Seattle where we got one relatively clear day before the smoke from the British Columbia fires caught us. The sun disappeared from the sky, the islands from Puget Sound. As we stayed with my partner’s mother I wondered if Indow window inserts would help keep the downright poisonous air out of our bedrooms.
Indow window inserts to block wildfire smoke out of homes in an ever hotter world? I hope we don’t get to that point.
How To Get More AirBnB Bookings: Indow Tips
So, if you’re an host and you’re reading this blog post? Noise issues could be harming your rating, and scaring away potential renters. Take the following notes and pop them into your AirBnB hosting guide:
- Experience it for yourself. If it’s been a while since you stayed in the property yourself, spend a night when you think it could be noisy. You might be surprised by what you find.
- Find the root of the problem. Where exactly is the noise coming from? If the property is on a busy street or next to a bar, you know it’s external noise to block. If the noise is coming from within the building, that’s a different issue entirely.
- Take action. If the noise is coming from outside, tackling your windows could be the best bet. If it’s from inside, insulating wall panels (or a polite request to lower the volume) are for you.
- Reap the rewards. Once you’ve your noise issue solved that means more satisfied guests, better reviews, a higher rating – and more bookings. Simple!
There you have it! How to get more AirBnB bookings? Solve the noise issues – you may not even realize they’re there.