Airbnb is a room letting website that provides customers with places to stay around the world. Airbnb was founded in 2008 and has risen to a global giant of peer-to-peer accommodation through the marketplace. Airbnb allows users to lodge their flat or house on the website, working like other holiday booking sites you can select the dates you wish to stay, price range and the type of room. After pressing search, you will be shown the available rooms hosted by other users. Host’s and travellers will be able to write reviews about each other, offering new users reliability and trust. If you have a room available in your house all you need to do is register online, take photos of your accommodation, set a price and apply some house rules. You will then be able to build your reputation providing high-quality service for lodgers.
Looking For a Place To Stay
Airbnb hosts share their spaces in 190 countries and more than 34,000 cities, so if you are planning on going on holiday on a budget, you will have no problem finding an available place to stay.On average, it costs A£25 a night to stay the night in London. Now if you can find a cheaper option in a hotel then i will eat my foot, don’t hold me to that.
Its free to register and you have a choice of registering with an email, Facebook or Google Email. You only need to enter a few details before you can start searching or hosting. Airbnb wants the whole peer-to-peer system to work seamlessly. However, they know as well as us that security still needs to be implemented as certain people like to take advantage of pleasant things. Once you have registered, it would be recommended to become verified. You will need to provide Airbnb with Identification, Passport or driving licence will be sufficient. Bear in mind any last minute bookings require that you provide identification.
When you have decided where you would like to stay in the world, the dates that you would like to stay and specifications of the place, press search. Airbnb will provide you with a selection of listings from around the area that you have chosen. Once you see a listing you like, click the listing to be sent to the details of the listing.
Airbnb will display all fees and charges on the right-hand side. This may include cleaning fee and the service fee that Airbnb receive for the service. If you are unable to choose from the list provided, you may add it to your wish list so you can compare your favourites later. The last option for you to do after you have gone through the charges and rules is to contact the host or request to book.
Becoming a Host
Airbnb says that people who host their accommodation out usually average out Â£395 a week, which is not a bad amount of money coming in at all. After you have registered and completed your profile, the next step is to press ‘Become Host’. You will then be shown three steps, first being the location and type of accommodation. Step two involves taking photos and writing a description about the property; you will be given 500 words so make sure you provide an honest feel to your place. On the last step you will be asked to set a price per night, make it reasonable, the average price depends on where you live. If you look to the right of your screen, Airbnb will have provided you with a weekly estimate based on others in your area.
Airbnb will charge hosts a 3% fee for using their service. The fee will be taken out of the money that you have earned. There are many ways that Airbnb acceptsA payment. However, i would suggest only using Paypal or bank transfer.
Service Fee – This will be charged to the guest for providing services, this is 3% which is taken out of the reservation subtotal.
Cleaning Fee – This option can be decided by the host if they would like to offer a cleaning service while the guest is staying.
Security Deposit – The host can set a security payment that has to be paid before the guest arrives, this fee covers against damages, unreturned keys and stolen items.