How to Get Started as an Airbnb Host

The rise of Airbnb really has been quite something. It has completely altered the way win which travellers think about how to find a place to stay and as such it has provided new opportunities for landlords and guests alike.  81,000 cities and 191 countries across the globe are now covered and it continues to grow at a phenomenal rate.

Many people ask how easy it is to get started with a successful Airbnb business.

Airbnb seems to offer a real win-win for guests and hosts alike. For landlords, participating in Airbnb is an ingenious way to increase rental yields from property in an area that attracts visitors or alternatively to generate income from outbuildings, spare rooms and space that would otherwise not be used. It can certainly be extremely tax efficient and relatively simple to manage. For those looking for a place to stay, Airbnb offers a cost effective, practical alternative to booking a traditional hotel room or bed and breakfast.

It seems as if any and all types of property can be listed on Airbnb. There are single rooms, apartments, shepherd’s huts, entire houses and even moored yachts and houseboats up for grabs. Hosts set their price and it is free to list, it’s pretty easy to get started.

It will come as no surprise that there is also a downside. The biggest risk to any host is that the property may become damaged or require costly and frequent maintenance. That’s why it is of crucial importance to ensure that the property is well-maintained with robust fixtures and fittings throughout. The property will need to comply with all current health and safety regulation. This is especially vital for any electrical and gas installations, fire safety equipment and ventilation.

One of the UK’s most coveted Airbnb destinations is the historic and beautiful city of Bath.

In the very heart of this historic city, just a stone’s throw from the world famous Roman Baths, Mobius recently refurbished a splendid listed property, that was previously a Bank in order to create four well-equipped apartments above the former commercial space. These were destined to be listed on Airbnb.

Colour is another factor you should take into account when considering your brand’s identity. Studies have shown that certain colours can have different effects on the mind and evoke different emotions and feelings. Blue for example, is thought to make people feel calm, bright. Contrasting colour combinations are also popular as they tend to draw the customer’s eye. When planning your fit out , make sure the colour palette and overall design is sending the right message.

Working for a London based landlord Mobius was selected to provide a complete refurbishment to provide luxury apartments ready to let via Airbnb to some of Bath’s many visitors.  Work included fitting brand new bathrooms, kitchens, electrics, plumbing and a complete redecoration.  We turned things around in a matter of weeks with all work completed to a very high standard. These properties are now available to rent on Airbnb and are proving to be very popular, making them a very profitable rental investment indeed.

If you have a property, an outbuilding or disused space that you think could work for you as an Airbnb let, call us for your no obligation quotation and we’ll help you to make it reality.

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Mobius Works is an experienced and trusted integrated service company that provides innovative solutions to the commercial, industrial and luxury residential sectors. Our attention to detail and professionalism has already helped many projects realise their full potential. One of our recent projects includes being appointed as lead contractor to design and install electrical and mechanical elements of Bristol’s Wapping Wharf development. The city’s iconic floating harbour is now home to a host of independent bars, restaurants, cafes and retailers made entirely of converted shipping containers.  You can read the case study here. It’s well worth a visit! If you are considering undergoing a restaurant fit out and are overwhelmed by the many restaurant fit out contractors out there, why not get in touch to learn more about how we can bring your space to life.

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