I became an Airbnb host over the Christmas period to test the waters. I learnt a lot, made a lot, and would definitely use a Funky Little Shack as an Airbnb in future. Here’s why:
People want a break and an experience. Being able to holiday in a Funky Little Shack would show people what it is like to live the glammed up downsized life. Put in something like a cedar hot tub or scented garden, and you’ve got additional draw cards.
My home had four bedrooms and a large patio & garden, so the cleanup between guests took me 5 – 6 hours, which included washing sheets and towels. Having a smaller place (and loads more spare linen) would make the cleanup closer to 2 hours. Of course you can outsource this work – perhaps to Airtasker or an Airbnb host.
If you are living in your home and renting out the Airbnb (on the same property), then attending to your guests requests should be pretty straight forward as you are close to them.
It’s a nice way to meet people and make a great return at the same time. One party stayed as they were renovating their house nearby and wanted their visiting parents to stay somewhere nice!
Often long term tenants move out over Christmas, so you could have your Funky Little Shack as an Airbnb over the holiday season (when rates are higher), then as a long term rental from February onwards.
Rental from Airbnb
So how much can you earn from renting your place? This depends on the quality of the home, how many people you can accommodate, the time of year, and your location. Your best bet is to do some research on Airbnb to see what others are offering in similar locations.
And please get in touch with us. One of our friendly staff will come out for a free consultation.