Is it safe? Is it a wise decision? Is it worth all the time and investment? Won’t the people be touching my stuff? Well, these are just some of the massive list of questions which people face when they decide to rent their property and become a BeMiGuest host. And that is fine, doubts & questions are inevitable because after all, you’re about to take a big step in your life.
But out of all the doubts and questions, the most common query which new hosts have is – How to be a good one?
Well, we understand it, we get it. That is why we’re here to help you with how you can be a good BeMiGuest host.
So here are some of the best practices which you can follow:
Being Upfront & Direct With The Hosts
It might be enticing to add a little Photoshop goodness to that hole in the ceiling or use artistic license to your advantage when you fill out your host profile on BeMiGuest. Well, even if you don’t have the friendliest apartment ever, you’ll end up attracting a lot of budget travelers and backpackers who just want a cheap, clean room to escape to, even if you price it out accordingly and always show it the way it is!
Making The Property Personal
Your personal contact with the guests can make the difference between a stay like this and a memorable one. Before your stay, try to get to know your patrons a bit and make it evident that you are accessible to answer any queries they may have about the property or the area. Welcoming them on arrivals to making sure they settle in well will help establish a personal relationship and provide an opportunity to make sure they have all they need for a fantastic stay. Even leaving a message for them to be accepted will build much more personal knowledge.
Keeping The Property Clean
Each time your property should be completely clean to the guests. This implies that the restroom should be immaculate, waste bins should be empty, there should be no dust anywhere and no evidence of previous visitors should be present. If you have a maid service, making a list of things that need to be performed during each cleaning to ensure nothing gets missed can be a good practice.
Familiarize Yourself With The Local Laws
Well, we have come across a number of cases where people rent their properties without letting their landlords know about it, and that is actually going against their leases to do it (because it’s called subletting). Although many tend to be hosts without having any problems, bear in mind that if the landlord or neighbors find out about everything, there may be repercussions so it’s worth researching the local laws so you can have a plan, or even buy your own room if you don’t want to think about it at all. You could also try to find a landlord who doesn’t care, although this may prove a challenge.
Keep The Guests Informed
Giving your visitors as much detail as possible can help build a better experience before and during their stay. Provide them very clear guidance before they arrive upon check-in and house rules, so they can know what to expect. On arrival, visitors will find manuals for equipment such as stereo systems or fireplaces, contact details should they have a query or need assistance, checkout protocols, and anything else that might require clarification.
Adopt A Business Mindset
If you really want to make money by hosting your property on BeMiGuest, think what you can do to make your listing even more appealing. It may be offering breakfast and coffee, a free guided walk into your area, or a discount on booking longer. You will be able to switch on the Smart Pricing feature within your hosting profile, which allows you to set prices to automatically go up or down based on changes in demand for listings such as yours, regulated by settings that you can modify at any time.
Help Your Guests Explore
This is a valuable service to serve as a personal concierge for your guests. You may want to recommend restaurants or direct them to the area’s attractions and activities. Writing down these kinds of tips can be useful, so the visitors can peruse at their leisure. Another great touch is loading the property with the area’s books or guides. Your guests can also try to get to know the area in a way they wouldn’t have been able to do if they stayed in a hotel. Help them live in your city like a local.
Remember: Most Of Your Guests Are Amazing
The best thing about having visitors at your place is -they will act like visitors/guests only. They won’t expect you to do their dishes, nor did they get wasted at 4:00 am to come home and will throw up on your couch. (In case you do, you can ask for cleaning or service charges) And you never know, some may even bring gifts from their home countries such as chocolate or wine which added a pleasant, cultural component to the experience.
Consider Making Minimum-Night Stay Requirements
That’s just a matter of choice, but it’s important to note that if you let people book just one night, you’re going to do a lot more washing and clean-up than you should. You may also miss out on a longer and more valuable reservation simply because it overlaps with a one-night stay, so listing your place with minimum night stay specifications might perform better for you.
Go Beyond Basics
Nevertheless, what makes a great host goes beyond the basic necessities. Is your property in the land of wine? Make sure you offer glasses of good quality wine. The bathroom’s big, fluffy towels add a little touch of luxury— especially if you’re offering high-end toiletries too. Do you have gourmet cuisine? Make sure that the knives are clean, and high-quality pots and pans. And nothing gives raves with smooth, comfortable sheets, like good-quality beds.