DUBAI 8 August 2019: There are many short-term rentals listed on multiple platforms in Dubai and when it comes to standing out against the competition, homeowners need to think of ways to make their listing unique and appealing.
Just because you have a vacation rental that you think is nice enough does not mean the guests will immediately line up. Airbnb hosting in Dubai is especially difficult if you lack the experience! But consistency in little things can eventually win them over, says Anna Skigin, founder of property management agency Frank Porter.
Here are a few tips from her on how you can make your Airbnb listings stand out in the midst of your competition.
Reasonable Prices: Do not set the bar too high in terms of pricing – instead, charge reasonably according to the amenities on offer (place, number of bedrooms, kind of apartment, season, month, etc). Many tend to charge more than they should on their short-term rentals – remember, be fair to your guests so they choose to come back time and time again.
Welcome Packs: Introduce welcome packs upon guest’s arrival – making one feel at home on holiday always gives off a warm sentiment especially if they are new to the place. This kind of action can encourage your guests to give you good reviews.
Extra Complementary Inclusions: Were they good guests who never complained? Did they speak pleasantly to you? Did you make a mistake from your side? Was there a complaint that was not handled right away? Being a good Airbnb host is taking care of your guests. Prepare a little gift – whether it’s a box of local delicacies or chocolates, people like nothing more than a little treat!
Things to Do in the Area: One of the best things you can do is have a guide of ‘things to do in the area’ – use this guide to highlight the best restaurants and cafés, the best galleries, the nearest malls and any other attractions that your location is famous for.
It is also helpful to include a page of ‘House Rules’ and other important information like WiFi login details, pool and gym floors, emergency numbers etc.