Turn your house into a Airbnb 'hot property' this festive season

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Sara-Jayne King

77 days ago
Turn your house into a Airbnb 'hot property' this festive season © baloon111/123rf.com

- Tourism in South Africa is starting to fly again says Elevate Airbnb founder James Boyers

- "Our bookings are up, our places are full and we're expecting to have a busy tourist season"



With Covid restrictions lifting, vaccine numbers on the up, and the global populous in desperate need of satisfying their Covid-curtailed wanderlust, we're likely to see a welcome increase in tourist numbers this festive season.

Listing your property can be a great way to earn some extra cash over the summer months.

Wasanga Mahena speaks to James Boyers at Elevate Airbnb about the best way to get your property tourist season ready.

"Tourism is up, bookings are full, we're expecting to have a busy season," he says.

1\. Decide if you want to rent out your whole property or a section of it to potential guests

Decide if you're going to allow guests into your personal home, or if you're going to create a [separate] space that is set out for Airbnb guests...

James Boyers, Founder and Managing Director - Elevate Airbnb

2\. Decide if you will manage the property yourself, or outsource to a managment company

You need to think through check-ins and check-outs, meeting the guests, the cleaning, the linen...

James Boyers, Founder and Managing Director - Elevate Airbnb

3\. Make your listing look professional

Get professional photographers in, iPhone photos are unfortunately no longer the standard.

James Boyers, Founder and Managing Director - Elevate Airbnb

4\. Be accurate in your descrption of the property

The last thing you want is a guest arriving and thinking there's four parking bays and wifi, when you don't actually have any of those things

James Boyers, Founder and Managing Director - Elevate Airbnb

5\. Go the extra mile

Some fresh coffee when [guests] arrive, a bottle of wine, all of those things contribute to a good review.

James Boyers, Founder and Managing Director - Elevate Airbnb

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This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Turn your house into a Airbnb 'hot property' this festive season

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