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January Host Wrap Up: Super Money & Cracking Back

January Host Wrap Up: Super Money & Cracking Back

Howdy, to all you happy hosts and rental rock stars! I hope your January was full of booked nights and 5-star reviews. As 2019 picks up steam, there have been massive changes to laws and regulations all across the country. Even though it is unfair to change the rules mid-game, ignorance is not a defense from fines and prosecution. So, consider this a friendly reminder to make sure you know what your local regulations are so you can act accordingly. Now, with that reminder out of the way, let's move on to this month's Rental Host Wrap Up:  


Super Bowl Super Money

This year's biggest excuse to gather with friends, eat chicken wings, and drink beer is almost upon us. For those hosts in Atlanta, it's time to cash in on a massive low supply-high demand situation. For many, going to the Superbowl is a lifelong dream or it is a business expense write-off so they will let the money flow freely. Some hosts will even get 10 times their normal booking rate. Don't believe me? Check out this great write up about the rental income being generated by Superbowl attendees. For those of us not in the ATL, this is a good reminder to take a close look at the events and attractions in our area that could dramatically increase demand for a few nights. You could be leaving hundreds or thousands of dollars on the table by missing these events.


Bad Law Crackbacks

Well, it's not all bad news on the new law front for Short Term Rental Hosts. A recent court ruling in New York City is blocking a law that would have dramatically cut down on the number of people able to do short term rentals. This is a great example that the fight is never over and hosts can always attempt to appeal to a higher authority. I think one of the best examples of this is what happened with Uber in Las Vegas. After city officials essentially outlawed ride-sharing apps, advocates backed by the companies were able to plead their case at a state level. They ultimately won and now Uber and Lyft are major players in the city's transportation system. Hopefully, hosts in Las Vegas will receive that same kind of backing and support from the Short Term Rental companies. 


Listing Spotlight

This month's listing spotlight is one you might have seen before but I think is worth taking another look at. Check out the  Dog Bark Park Inn B&B in Cottonwood, Idaho. Never heard of Cottonwood, Idaho? You are not alone. This small town, kitschy delight is constantly booked. And, for good reason. Just look at it! Tell me you wouldn't want to stay here for a few nights just for the experience. I think the lesson here is don't be afraid to commit to a theme and make sure your pictures scream,"Come on, you know you want to experience this!"

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Hosting Tip: Cleaning Hacks

We all know that cleanliness is vital to the success of any Short Term Rental. But, after a while, you can start to feel like a cleaning slave, especially if you have a lot of one-nighter bookings. You wake up, clean, welcome guest, sleep, repeat. The best way to combat the infinite cleaning loop is to find ways to speed up the process. Now, we're not talking about doing a subpar cleaning job. We don't want you to get any bad reviews, or worse, have your super host status revoked. Instead, it's time to make a plan, get efficient and follow these tips to shave minutes off of your cleaning time.


Question of the Month

Rental hosts rarely receive the opportunity to see how other hosts operate which makes it hard to learn and improve. The solution? Every month, I ask a question so we can all learn from each other.

Last month, I asked about the self check-in process. Unfortunately, I messed up the responses so we didn't get good results. My sincere apologies about that. However, I think this is an important question that we should try again. 

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