How to be a Great Host for Renters
Elle put together some easy steps every host can follow to prevent hosting from becoming more of a chore than a reward.
â€œSome of our most enthusiastic hosts are so dedicated to their guests having an exceptional stay that theyâ€™re challenged to find their own time and resources for themselves,â€ says Elle. â€œTheyâ€™re givers and sometimes givers swing too far into that giving activity.â€
Determine your goals
Are you hosting primarily to earn money? For companionship? To create more art or share the meals you enjoy preparing? Then itâ€™s important to recognize and feel good about how hosting aligns with and supports these goals. For Elle, Airbnb hosting started as a means to keeping her apartment. She says that initial goal has evolved into being able to provide a great, affordable place to stay in the highly coveted West Village and give guests the opportunity to live like a New Yorker. â€œIâ€™m proud to be able to share that.â€
Surround yourself with resources
And by resources, Elle means those you can â€œcall in a pinchâ€ when, for instance, â€œyou need to get keys to someone at 2 p.m. when youâ€™re working in an office across town.â€ This includes a community of friends, like-minded neighbors, a cleaning service, or a few people who are willing to work part time or per diem, barter or take payment for cleaning, key hand-off and greeting when you are unable to do it yourself.