Renting your room on Airbnb is a great way to earn extra money while you’re away from home, or if you simply have a spare room to rent out. But renting out your spare room on Airbnb isn’t as straight forward as you might think.

Here’s our guide to renting out your spare room.

  1. Clear the clutter
    If you’ve been using your spare room for storage, it’s time to get cleaning. But where will all of your clutter live? Store your things in a convenient and secure self storage module. Storing your items not only clears a room so you can make some extra money, it also safeguards your valuable effects while other people are moving in and out of your property. You wouldn’t leave your things laying around a hotel room if you were letting strangers inside, would you? When you’re ready to clear the decks and store your belongings, get in touch with Grace Self Storage. We offer a range of mobile self storage services, including Load4U whereby we pack and load your things for you.


  1. Set up your online listing
    Once you join Airbnb, you’ll be asked to set up your listing. To get an idea of what a listing should entail, check out some of the most popular listings in your area. Make sure you mention all of the amenities you can provide, whether there is parking and internet and where your property is located. Don’t forget to specify whether you’re renting out a single room or the entire property. Take photos that showcase the best of what your room has to offer so people can better visualise your property. Also think about when you want to rent out your room and keep your calendar up to date to avoid upsetting people. When it comes to prices, Airbnb will suggest a nightly rate depending on your listing and what is included. You will still have the final decision on what you charge though.


  1. Maintain communication
    Airbnb relies heavily on reviews. Therefore, a good response rate will convince more people to stay in your room. Keep your calendar up to date to avoid having to decline a booking as this can annoy and upset people. In addition to upsetting people, if you keep declining bookings and if you don’t respond to a booking enquiry within 24 hours of a request, your acceptance rate will drop and this may deter people from your property.


  1. Think about the perks
    Think about when you’ve stayed in an Airbnb and what made the experience better. Was it the toiletries that were provided? Or was it free access to tea and coffee? Some Airbnb hosts go a step further and provide personalised services for their guests like cooking dinner or acting as a local tour guide. Sometimes all it takes to win people over is providing access to Wi-Fi, a local map and a few pointers on where to go.


  1. Handle the reviews professionally
    So you’ve done everything in your power to make a guest feel comfortable but they simply didn’t enjoy their time with you. Before you fight back with your own words of war in response to their review, take the time to craft up something professional. Remember, other Airbnb users are able to see these reviews so you want to appear caring and considerate. In return, Airbnb allows you to review your guests. Just because they left you a negative review, doesn’t mean you need to do the same. Be accurate and kind in what you say.

Now you’re ready to create your listing on Airbnb. For more information, visit Airbnb’s website here.