Why host on Airbnb? I’ll tell you in this post why hosting on Airbnb has worked for us, why it’s been fun, and why I won’t be stopping anytime soon.
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In December of 2019 (right before Covid hit) my husband and I closed on our first little rental house. It needed a lot of love, but it was a diamond in the rough, a steal from Monopoly’s Baltic Avenue, and was such a fun project. You can read all about the before and after and see all the photos here.
We could have rented it out a dozen different ways, but Airbnb was an immediate hit. It is easy for a beginner to learn, user friendly for both renter and homeowner, and it’s made us money so much faster and easier than we expected. We aren’t in a tourist destination, nor did we dump a ton of money into the property; we just made a safe, clean, easy-to-rent space for guests.
Why I Am Hosting on AirBnB:
3 Reasons: the money, the flexibility, and the freedom to continue to work from home.
Every month we’ve rented first our rental house in Etna, then my spruced up mother in law unit, and now my brother’s house, we’ve far exceeded the mortgage+ taxes & insurance every month. Most of the time we’ve doubled that. I don’t live in a high traffic area, nor did we spend a ton of money on these spaces; we just are meeting a demand for people traveling to our area (to see family, to hike, to see friends, etc) with a clean, safe space that’s easy to rent!
The flexibility is pretty amazing. My brother owns his house but lives far away; how flexible is it for him to say hey, I’ll be visiting this week in the spring, so he can block those dates out (he’s my co-host 😉 and stay in his own house (waaaaay cleaner than when he lived there!) and still be making money off it the rest of the year?!
Freedom is a value I’ve come to prize more and more; I want the freedom in my day to stay home with a sick kid, to accept the assignments that are right for me (not just what’s doled out) from work, and Airbnb hosting has done that!
Not only has hosting on airbnb made sense with my work from home life financially, it’s been FUN.
Why Hosting is FUN
Hosting on Airbnb has been a blast!
The 3 things I have LOVED are:
Decorating a clean slate. There’s no one else’s junk or clutter in the space. You decorate to be beautiful, unique, inviting, but you also have to think super-practical as well. It’s been so fun to flex my previously weak decor muscle!
I’ve loved connecting with AirBnB guests! I love being an ambassador for our lovely community. I want to bring cool people to our town to spend money at our restaurants and tip my ex students! I get to know so many wonderful people via hosting for AirBnB; We’ve had 100% positive experiences so far! Several times the guest and I connect that we know a mutual friend, and one guest was in the same class as my dad.
I love the creative problem solving aspect; there’s so many things that need an out of the box or new-to-you solution. We quickly realized that we couldn’t get facial products like retinol and black eye makeup out of washcloths. So, we got black cloths embroidered with “Makeup” on them to use AND single use makeup removing wipes. We had to display them so they’d be impossible to miss and the problem is solved.
You also may love my Rental Rennovation Blog post here