- Achieve higher occupancy
- Lower guest turnover
- More predictable income
With today’s guests searching for longer stays, allowing them to spend more time with their family or the perks of their remote work in a new location, Airbnb hosts should be taking advantage of Aibnb’s new feature.
With monthly stays, hosts can fill their calendars and make tasks like cleaning and guest communication more efficient, not to mention guaranteeing their second income for longer.
Fine-tuning your calendar settings for longer stays
- Updating your Airbnb calendar to allow for longer stays
- Blocking days in between to help prepare for your next guests
Your first point of call should be to update your listing description to mention that you accept longer stays and ensure your calendar is up-to-date.
Here are the steps you should take:
- Enable monthly stays in your availability settings to be seen by guests searching for monthly stays.
- Set up weekly and monthly discounts, which guests will see in results when searching for stays longer than 28 days.
- Optimise your listing for longer stays to appear higher in search results, including improvements to your listing and essential amenities for monthly stays.
- Set your reservation preferences, such as the time between bookings, how soon guests can book, and how far into the future they can book.
How to prepare your Airbnb for long-term guests
Monthly stays might seem similar to hosting for nightly stays, but there are slight differences. Your property must require essential amenities that make guests feel comfortable, safe and at home. Remember that guests will typically look for listings with a well-equipped kitchen, laundry facilities and comfortable living spaces.
To-do’s for long-term Airbnb reservations
- Have a fully stocked kitchen full of amenities guests can use, from cutlery to strainers. For example, a drying rack is essential if you have no dishwasher.
- Provide larger bins and instructions for weekly rubbish removal and recycling.
- Ensure the bedrooms are fitted with heavier curtains that block morning sunlight.
- Add shelves to your bathroom or showers to store bathroom essentials like soaps and shampoos. Also, provide space for a toothbrush to live. Provide enough toilet paper initially, but you do not have to do so for the entire month.
- Invest in good WiFi and a large Smart TV so guests can relax. It’s also best to provide extension cables and an HDMI cable.
- Ensure the home is child and family-friendly.
- Dining tables and chairs and a separate space for guests to work remotely are also recommended.
Benefits of guests who stay longer
Longer Airbnb stays = lower maintenance management.
- No need to keep arranging key pick-ups and drop-offs.
- Less frequent check-in and check-outs.
- You won’t have to explain house rules each second day.
- Better approval for neighbours.
- Attracting more serious, respectable guests.
- Not having to turn the property over as much (less housework, laundry and cleaning).
- Better income security (but not as high as nightly prices).
Easy ways to captivate guests during longer stays
- Before their stay, ask the guests what they need or if they are missing any essentials.
- Offer cleans mid-stay, which is a great perk for guests halfway into their booking, or offer a more frequent service for an increased fee.
- Recommend local services and explain where to go and how to get the best out of the local area.
- Add special touches from a souvenir from the local area or something simple, such as freshly baked bread from the bakery.