How To Start Your Airbnb Business In the UK?

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How To Start Your Airbnb Business In the UK?

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Many people now use Airbnb to rent out their homes, giving travellers a different option from staying in hotels.

With over 150 million users worldwide, Airbnb is a popular choice for temporary stays, whether for work trips or family vacations. You can find accommodations in many places, like cosy villages, historic towns, beach resorts, or busy cities.

If you have extra space at home, turning it into an Airbnb could be a smart way to make money.

Whether you're hosting on Airbnb to earn some extra cash or you're diving into it as a full-time gig, in this article, we’ll show you how to do it right, attract guests, and build a good reputation.

So, let’s get started!

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How You Can Start an Airbnb Business

Starting a growing Airbnb business might seem overwhelming, but it becomes much more manageable with the right approach. Let's see how you can start your Airbnb business: 

Address Legal Concerns

Before starting your Airbnb business, you need to know about all the rules and taxes that are going to apply to short-term rentals in your place. Well, these rules can be different from place to place. For example, in Greater London, there’s a rule about using homes for short stays and in Scotland, you need a special licence to be an Airbnb host. 

You should complete research on the national laws for short-term rentals in the UK and local regulations. While Airbnb can’t offer legal advice, they still provide guides that can help you understand your region’s hosting. 

But don’t forget that these short-term rental regulations keep changing. So, get guidance from local authorities to get the most up-to-date information on STR policies, regulations, and restrictions. 

Explore Your Local Market

Take a look at Airbnb listings in your local area to understand what amenities they offer and what they lack. Then, identify the unique selling point that can make your listing stand out from others in your area. 

Do your research on the kind of travellers who might be interested in your space. 

  • Are there many business travellers or families visiting for holidays in your area?
  • Are there any local attractions like historic sites or national parks?

Get all the information you need and decorate your space to impress guests by offering them amenities and comfort. 

Get Your Place Ready for Guests

Of course, you need to make your place ready for guests to give them a better experience and get positive reviews and good ratings. Here are some simple things you need to keep in mind:

  • Make sure your place is equipped with safety items like carbon monoxide detectors, smoke alarms, and fire extinguishers.
  • Remove any clutter and fix up any small repairs or renovations that are needed.
  • Invest in sturdy furniture and update your home's decor to create a warm and inviting space for your guests.
  • Provide basic amenities like bed linens, towels, soap, shampoo, kitchen utensils, and a good coffee maker for a comfortable stay. 

Create a Standout Airbnb Listing 

When signing up for Airbnb, carefully fill out your listing details. Make your listing as enticing as possible, but please don’t lie about your rental space to manage guest expectations. Highlight all the points that make your place unique.

Add high-quality photos of each accessible room in your listing. Remember, photos are often the first thing guests see. That’s why, you need to hire a professional photographer to properly show your space in the best light.

Set reasonable prices for your listing to cover your costs and make a profit. Research what other hosts in your area charge to ensure your rates are competitive. Adjust your prices based on seasonal demand, and consider using a dynamic pricing tool for easier updates.

Set Up Your Airbnb Host Profile and Account

Having a host profile is important for a few reasons. First of all, it shows Airbnb that you're a legitimate and active host on the platform.

A detailed host profile reassures potential guests that you're honest and trustworthy. When guests find your listing, they often check your host profile to make sure everything is legitimate. Your profile can make a big difference in whether a guest chooses to book with you or with someone else. Here are some things you can do:

  • Add a recent photo of yourself
  • Write a description about yourself in your profile
  • Share some of your hobbies and interests to personalise your profile

Choose Your Property Management Approach

Managing an Airbnb isn’t a simple task. You need to focus on even little things such as guest communication, calendar and pricing updates, restocking supplies, laundry, and cleaning between guests. 

While you can handle everything on your own initially, hosting can become very time-consuming as you accept more guests. So, it’s better to hire a short-term property management company like Houst, which can handle everything for you, from guest check-ins to cleaning and maintenance

Set Your House Rules

When it comes to Airbnb house rules, honesty is the best policy for hosts. Before accepting bookings from your first guests, it's important to create the ground rules for your listing.

Including these rules in your listing description is ideal, as it sets clear expectations from the start. Guests can then decide if the rules align with their stay preferences, helping prevent misunderstandings later on. 

It's wise to display a copy of your house rules on your property. Common rules for Airbnb hosts often include:

  • Guidelines for check-in/check-out times
  • Handling breakages and damages
  • Noise levels
  • Cleaning 
  • Policies regarding parties and additional guests.

Host an Airbnb Experience

After getting some hosting experience, consider taking it to the next level with Airbnb Experiences. These are all about sharing your passion, skills, or local knowledge with guests who are seeking authentic and personalised adventures.

Think about what unique experiences you can offer. 

  • Are you an amazing chef who can teach guests how to cook local cuisine? 
  • Maybe you're a history enthusiast who knows the most intriguing hidden spots in your city. 
  • Or perhaps you're a yoga expert who can lead a beachfront class at sunset.

Creating your Experience listing is similar to creating your property listing; high-quality photos, a captivating title, and engaging descriptions are crucial. Showcase what you offer and emphasise the exclusive, local aspect that guests won't find anywhere else.

Conclusion

Starting your Airbnb business will surely take some time and effort to master, but with consistent dedication, you can do it. 

When you manage your Airbnb by yourself, you can keep all the money you make. But don’t forget the high costs, like cleaning, laundry, admin, and toiletries. You'll also need to take on the tough job of being your own Airbnb manager to succeed.

However, hiring property management companies like Houst can help you manage all these things with ease. 

The Insider @ Houst

The Insider @ Houst

The Insider team at Houst is dedicated to providing up-to-date and relevant information on short-term rentals. If you have hosting inquiries, please write to us at expert@houst.com. For guest inquiries, reach out at guest@houst.com. We are here to help you navigate the world of short lets and look forward to assisting you with your needs.

The Insider @ Houst

The Insider @ Houst

The Insider team at Houst is dedicated to providing up-to-date and relevant information on short-term rentals. If you have hosting inquiries, please write to us at expert@houst.com. For guest inquiries, reach out at guest@houst.com. We are here to help you navigate the world of short lets and look forward to assisting you with your needs.

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