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How Last Minute Bookings Made Me a Better Airbnb Host

November 05, 2019

Oh yes. We’ve all been there. The last-minute booking, the turnover that we thought was not possible, alas, we get it done in the 11th hour! You think to yourself, “I’ll never do that again!”. Until next week that is. Sound familiar? It’s the plight of every vacation rental host, the last-minute turn. There are […]

Oh yes. We’ve all been there. The last-minute booking, the turnover that we thought was not possible, alas, we get it done in the 11th hour! You think to yourself, “I’ll never do that again!”. Until next week that is. Sound familiar? It’s the plight of every vacation rental host, the last-minute turn. There are ways to make them less painful, many in fact. Truth be told, once you’ve been through a few, you can navigate it like a pro.

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Streamline Your Turnover Process

There are many ways to do this, and not only does it help you become more efficient with those last-minute turnovers, it will help you become more efficient with your regular turnovers. When you become efficient with all your turnovers, you become the host that everyone wants to book their vacation rental with!

Cleaning on the Fly

Do you dread seeing those last-minute Airbnb bookings pop up on your phone? Well, fret not! Having a trusted vacation rental cleaner on call when you are not available to do it yourself is not only a lifesaver in crunch time, it can make your turnovers a breeze when you have plenty of time. It can be very appealing to pocket that money that you could dole out to a professional vacation rental cleaner, but hear me out, there are a few reasons to consider having at least a backup, if not someone you want to use on the reg.

Not only are seasoned vacation rental cleaners fast, efficient and thorough, if you have someone that is accustomed to cleaning your place, you eliminate someone new coming in and learning the ropes in a pinch. If you don’t live on-site or near your rental – all the more reason to have at least a backup on hand. TurnoverBnB screens all cleaners and offers a great scheduling platform to make it seamless.

Keep Extras of Things You Didn’t Even Know You Needed

Oh how I wish that someone would have told me this little tidbit when I first started my Airbnb, it would have made my life so much easier. I have personally found that having a locked closet, with either a code or a key, for you and whomever you have trusted with access, can hold all of the extras you need. Here are some things that I kept in my secret stash:

  • Sheets
  • Towels
  • Toiletries
  • Coffee
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Anything else that would be disastrous to run out of

This doesn’t necessarily have to be an emergency closet, but it does help in a jam.

Anticipate Bookings Before They Even Happen

While sometimes it’s nice to have that downtime between bookings, it’s always a good idea to think ahead and have your place ready to go just in case. This is also an ideal time to try out a vacation rental cleaner, or a new scheduling app like TurnoverBnB, when you have some extra time to play with. Don’t wait until you have no wiggle room to clean your place, stay ahead of the game by keeping your place clean well ahead of schedule.

Remember, accepting those last-minute vacation rental bookings means more money in your pocket, and makes you look like a star in the eyes of your guests. Make it a win-win for everyone with a little thought, planning, and some behind the scenes help.

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By Lisa Brown