8 ways to get more Airbnb bookings and maximize your profits

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Getting your property listed is one thing, but getting tenants to choose your Airbnb over countless others isn’t quite as straightforward as it may seem.

So, you’ve decided to join the Airbnb movement. Perhaps you’re going on an extended trip and want to rent your place out while you’re away. Or maybe you’ve got a second property that’s just languishing empty and you want to put it to good use and earn an extra few bucks.

While we all know the obvious no-noes to avoid in your rental – I’m looking at you dirty kitchen and full laundry basket; there are also a bunch of useful tips that you can use to make your listing hot property on the home-sharing platform.

#1 Keep your admin game strong

It might sound boring, and it generally is – but making sure your profile is up to date, responding to all comments, and promptly replying to all enquiries are absolutely essential if you want to get noticed.


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Plus it all adds to the chances of you becoming an Airbnb Superhost which can be priceless in getting your listing to the top of the pile.

#2 Feature one high-class design piece

Now for the fun stuff. More often than not, places are a clutter of unremarkable, cookie-cutter furnishings that inspire little excitement. This is, of course understandable, especially in a second home. But one striking piece can make your place stand out from the others.

Invest in an eye-catching feature piece, like the mosby lounge chair from Urban Edge, to give your place an edge. When set against a white backdrop, a good quality chair with clean lines and in a vibrant colour will make your living room pop.

#3 Get arty

If you’ve got a fairly plain apartment and not much room (or money) to get a feature piece to jazz it up, some splashes of colour on the wall could be the answer.

You don’t have to invest in a Picasso, but some tasteful prints on the wall or even an artistic rug can liven up a place and they don’t take up any valuable floor space in smaller rooms.

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This city centre studio in Madrid nails it; minimal clutter, bursts of colour, funky art, and a mirrored wall all make the place look and feel inviting.

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#4 Emphasize your clean bathroom

It goes without saying that your whole place should be spotless before guests arrive. But it is universally accepted that people especially love a crisp, clean bathroom, like this one in Bali.

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After all, no one wants to be reminded of past residents when using the facilities.  So make sure you give your bathroom a deep clean and get it sparkling.

Place some white fluffy towels in there to give it the five-star vibe, and if you’ve got a tub, flaunt it!

#5 Creative camera angles are your best friend

This isn’t strictly something you can do with your property, but it is certainly a handy trick that can make a difference and it will cost you nothing.

The right camera angle can enlarge a space and make it significantly more appealing to anyone trawling through hundreds of similar postings. While a fisheye lens may be taking it a little far, it’s perfectly acceptable to add internet “curb appeal” to your listing by employing a wide angle.

#6 If you’ve got architectural beauty, flaunt it!

If you happen to own a special gem with its own architectural or design highlights, make sure not to drown them out with too much clutter.

The paired back furnishing in this 100-year-old house in Tokyo shows off the unique architecture and exposed wooden beams. Features like this can be priceless for getting people through the door.

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#7 Lighting and mirrors

Making your property appealing can sometimes be all about illusion. A brightly lit room immediately becomes more attractive than dark and dingy places, so make sure to light up your space.

Natural light is undoubtedly the best way to go, but if you’re struggling for that, a few well-positioned lamps around the place can make all the difference. This cosy place in the Hollywood Hills has the right idea; an abundance of natural light and lighting for the double whammy.

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Mirrors are also great as they reflect the light back into the room and also give the illusion of a bigger space. If you can, a wall of mirrors makes a place feel significantly roomier. Natural lighting goes a long way in keeping your tenants happy:

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#8 Make your outdoor space a feature

If you’re lucky enough to have some outdoor space, make sure the prospective renter knows about it!

Some outdoor furniture or simply a beanbag can transform an otherwise neglected balcony into an extra room and somewhere for tenants to kick back and relax.

While it might not hold much novelty for us here in Southeast Asia, any guest coming of the colder climes of Europe or America would absolutely love the chance to bask in the sunshine on their very own balcony.

*Article was written by Emma Richards and edited by Reena Kaur Bhatt.

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