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Cleaning fees have come into the spotlight since the outbreak of COVID. That scrutiny isn’t showing signs of slowing down anytime soon. Hosts have often been accused of boosting their income by charging an inflated Airbnb cleaning fee. But once hygiene became a matter of life or death, hosts massively increased their cleanliness standards. Word travels fast when your cleaning standards are not up to scratch and your reviews will reflect this. 

All of this attention begs the question – what are people charging as an Airbnb cleaning fee? As local market experts, we have access to all sorts of data. We collected and analyzed the cleaning fees of every Airbnb property in North America. We then averaged out the results and created this market report. It should help you work out what you should be charging!

Average Airbnb Cleaning Fee – Canada

Airbnb cleaning fee figures vary drastically according to property type. Of course, guests renting a room in your house will not be willing to pay the same cleaning fee as if they had rented the entire property. We collected the data for all property types listed on Airbnb and divided them into four main categories: entire home, shared room, private room, and hotel room. We then divided the ‘entire home’ category into five subcategories: entire house, entire chalet, entire condominium, entire cottage, and entire apartment. 

As you can see from the charts, hosts who rent out their entire home or chalet charge more than hosts who rent only their apartment, or a room within an apartment. This works logically, if you think about it, because the smaller the property, the easier and faster it is to clean. 

Of course, general figures can only carry you so far. These figures do not take the level of luxury, or price of listing into account, which will also affect the Airbnb cleaning fee charged. The figures that we collected and analyzed, in this case, are simply meant to illustrate the greater market trends within cleaning fee patterns in Canada.

Average Airbnb Cleaning Fee – US

Unsurprisingly, average cleaning fees in the US are higher than their property equivalents in Canada. Generally speaking, the Airbnb listing prices are higher, so this is to be expected. 

In the graphs below, we did the same with the data as we did for Canada. The first graph shows you a breakdown of the average cleaning fees for properties in the following categories: entire home, shared room, private room, and hotel room. In the second graph, we dive into the ‘entire home’ category and discover the average cleaning fees for different property types available for ‘entire home’ rentals.

In Canada, the highest cleaning fees were charged for entire house properties. In the US, it was for entire chalet properties. Again, these figures do not take property room count into account, nor does it consider the average daily rate as a benchmark. 

For hosts that own and operate an apartment and list the entire space on Airbnb, our figure of $86 should help identify if you are charging too much, or too little. If you’re charging just $10, it’s a safe bet that you can increase your cleaning fee. If you are questioned about it, justify the cost by explaining that cleanliness standards in the wake of COVID demand more intensive cleaning with more expensive anti-bacterial products. Generally speaking, you won’t have many people querying a cleaning fee, provided that it isn’t extortionate. 

How Can DPGO Help?

If you’re an Airbnb host looking to access vital Airbnb data insights, then DPGO is the perfect choice for you! Not only do we offer extensive market insights, but we also use that information to improve and optimize your pricing. To give DPGO a try, click on the banner above and register for an account. We’ll give you 30-days to enjoy DPGO services for free, and we also add credits to your account for every listing that you optimize with us. Got questions? Drop a mail to support@dpgo.com and a member of our Support Team will gladly assist you.

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Second in our Comparison Series is AirDNA. This week, we’ll jump into the nitty-gritty of the differences between the services that DPGO offers, and those that AirDNA offers. 

Unlike our other competitors, AirDNA does not offer automated dynamic pricing. As you may know, DPGO offers data analysis, automated dynamic pricing, trend forecasting, and automation. AirDNA offers enterprise data, and their ‘MarketMinder’.

About DPGO

DPGO was founded by a group of Airbnb investors and experienced short-term rental (STR) hosts. Not only do we know the industry inside and out, but we also specialize in the collection, analysis, and optimization of STR data. Instead of aiming to cover the entire world, we wanted to focus on specific areas. This enables us to get deeper into the data and analyze it with greater depth. 

The data collection, analysis, and optimization system that we developed never stops. This means that your prices are always competitive, data-driven, and perfectly placed to secure a booking. These prices are determined by a massive range of data. We examine everything from competitor pricing to exchange rates and global booking trends in order to make sure your prices are ideally pitched within your local market. 

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Unlike most other dynamic pricing tools, we examine your true, direct competitors. By ‘true, direct competitors, we mean properties that are similar to yours. If you have a five-bedroom house, then we will only compare your prices and listing health to other five-bedroom houses within a 500m radius. By doing this, we narrow down your actual competitors and ensure that your listing is the most appealing in terms of price. 

DPGO is equipped to display and customize long-term pricing, weekend adjustments, seasonal price changes, minimum night stay requirements, base prices, maximum and minimum price figures, date-specific discounts, time-specific discounts, and more. 

We also offer specific technologies that other companies simply do not offer. Namely, our Gap Night Stay technology. We developed this functionality to be as dynamic and advanced as possible. It allows us to offer single-night stays in order to cover a gap in your listing’s calendar. The ingenious thing about this is that it does not confuse your global minimum night stay, or your day of the week minimum night stay requirements.

About AirDNA

AirDNA offers data predominantly. AirDNA customers can purchase data on a specific target location and use said data to optimize their pricing and their general listing details themselves. 

This differs from DPGO’s offerings in several ways. AirDNA is a data service. You request the data, pay for it, and they deliver it to you. Their service is the collection and display of short-term rental data. You will have to do the optimizing yourself as these data insights are not accompanied by any automated functionality in regards to pricing. They do offer pricing suggestions, but they require manual updating on your vacation rental calendars. 

AirDNA collects its data on a monthly basis. With it, a report is created and that data is sent to their customers and displayed as ‘average’ figures. This data is then translated into dynamic pricing suggestions, but they are not based on reactive data. We also display average figures, but ours change on a daily basis.

Price Forecasting Comparison

DPGO offers price forecasting 52-weeks in advance. You can also set special pricing rules for dates far in advance in order to protect their financial interests. This amounts to 365 days of price forecasting, throughout your peak and off-peak seasons.

AirDNA is a data service only, and so they do not offer price forecasting. Their data can only show you historical pricing.

Service Pricing Comparison

DPGO also offers a selection of market data for free, which is available to everyone via the Markets page. DPGO users have a choice of pricing plans. They can opt to pay 0.5% of a booking’s nightly value or $1 per booked night. This figure does not change based on the number of listings that you optimize through DPGO. 

AirDNA pricing varies according to the popularity of the market in which you want to access data. For markets with under 100 active listings, you’ll pay $19.95 per month. For markets between 100 and 1,000 active listings, you’ll pay $39.95 per month, and for markets with more than 1,000 listings, it’s $99.95 per month.

How Does DPGO & AirDNA Compare?

AirDNA and DPGO offer similar services, but they differ in substantial ways. While we both collect large amounts of STR data, how we use that data is very different. 

AirDNA offers access to data that you would not be able to collect on your own. You are then tasked with using this data to your advantage. DPGO also offers you access to STR data but combines that service with an automation and pricing optimization service. This means that you do not have to interpret the data and that we do it for you. We also automatically update your prices on a daily basis to ensure that you are kept competitive 24/7/365. 

DPGO offers free market data via Markets, which will show you a range of values like average daily rate, average occupancy rate, market supply, and more. AirDNA also has a functionality similar to this, but you have to register with them to access it. 

We also offer four main pricing strategies, that allow our customers to personalize their business goals and tailor their pricing strategy to suit them perfectly. 

For new customers, DPGO offers a free 30-day trial. We also offer usage credits for every listing that you connect. You can use these credits to offset your DPGO bill. You’ll only start paying once these credits have been used. 

To get started with DPGO and register for your free 30-day trial, visit our homepage, click ‘sign up for free. You’ll be taken through the set-up wizard and your Airbnb listing will be running perfectly with optimized prices!

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We get a lot of questions about how our offering at DPGO compares to that of our closest competitors. Whether it’s Wheelhouse, Beyond Pricing, AirDNA, Pricelabs, or Airbnb Smart Pricing, potential customers want to know the difference between DPGO and the rest of the Airbnb dynamic pricing tools on the market. 

This comparison post will focus on Pricelabs and the ways that our offering differs from theirs. 

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Below is a visualization of the differences between DPGO and our market competitors.

About DPGO

DPGO was founded by a group of Airbnb investors who own various properties across the United States and Canada. Our dynamic pricing tool is built on the basis of data collection and accurate analysis in order to find the perfect price for your listing in any given market environment. Instead of covering the entire globe on a basic scale, we decided to target specific areas in order to dig deeper and offer greater analysis into those chosen areas. 

Our data collection and analysis never stops. This, paired with our automated daily price updates, will keep you competitive 24/7/365. 

DPGO offers fully automated, data-driven dynamic pricing services. Our pricing recommendations are based on the analysis of large volumes of data that is specific to your local market. We also enrich that data with more global data, like exchange rates, global booking trends, international market health, and even trending travel news stories. 

We examine direct competitor pricing, market health score, booking pace, market supply, and general demand. By ‘direct competitor’, we mean if you have a two-bedroom apartment, we will only compare your listing with other two-bedroom apartments. These comparison properties must sit within a 500m radius and have open dates in their calendars. This ensures that your pricing is as accurate and competitive as possible because DPGO compares it only to your true direct competitors. 

DPGO offers the following capabilities: Health Score, long-term pricing, weekend adjustments, seasonality adjustments, event data, competitor data tracking, real-time market data, and Gap Night Stay technology. 

DPGO users can customize the following values: Base price, minimum & maximum price, minimum night stay requirements, day of the week minimum stay, date-specific minimum night stay rules, last-minute discounts, long-term discounts, weekend price changes, and seasonality adjustments (which you can personalize by month).

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About Pricelabs

Pricelabs defines their dynamic pricing software as “Automated rate updates based on market data and your listing performance”. They create prices based on “seasonality, day of the week, lead time, and local demand”.

Pricelabs users can customize the following values: last-minute adjustments, ‘orphan day prices’, day of [the] week pricing, minimum prices, and occupancy-based adjustments. They also offer what they call ‘dynamic minimum stays’.

Price Forecasting Comparison

DPGO offers price forecasting 52-weeks in advance. You can also set special pricing rules for dates far in advance in order to protect their financial interests. This amounts to 365 days of price forecasting.

Pricelabs offers price forecasting for 180 days in advance.

Service Pricing Comparison

DPGO also offers a selection of market data for free, which is available to everyone via the Markets page. DPGO users are given a choice of pricing plans. They can opt to pay 0.5% of a booking’s nightly value or $1 per booked night. This figure does not change based on the number of listings that you optimize through DPGO. 

Pricelabs offers ‘portfolio analytics’ for free, and their dynamic price services start at $19.99 for one listing and increase as your total number of listings increases. They offer a rate calculator on their website to help you understand how much you would need to pay in order to manage all of your listings.

How Do They Compare?

Comparing DPGO and Pricelabs really hinges on what you’re looking for in dynamic pricing software. Pricelabs offers three separate products, while DPGO offers those same functionalities in just one product. 

The suitability of each company’s pricing again depends on your business needs. Pricelabs has a fixed price, which would ordinarily help people with higher volumes. However, that price increases based on the number of listings managed. DPGO has both a variable and a fixed pricing model. Neither of these changes according to the number of listings that you connect.

Both DPGO and Pricelabs offer a free 30-day trial. DPGO offers usage credits for every listing that you connect. You can use these credits to offset your DPGO bill. You’ll only start paying once these credits have been used up. 

To get started with DPGO and register for your free 30-day trial, visit our homepage, click ‘sign up for free. You’ll be taken through the set-up wizard and your Airbnb listing will be running perfectly with optimized prices! 

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We’re sure a lot of you have heard of our competitors. Collectively, they represent the majority of the dynamic pricing market. While we, along with our users, think we offer the best service at the best price, we received multiple questions about how the offerings at DPGO compare to that of Pricelabs, AirDNA, Wheelhouse, Beyond Pricing, and Airbnb Smart Pricing. 

To answer these sorts of questions, we designed a comparison chart, which you can see below:

But an overly simplistic explanation isn’t always supremely helpful. So we decided to dive into the details of DPGO, as well as our closest competitors to give you the best understanding of the differences. 

We’ll publish these comparison stories one by one over the next few weeks. We’ll update this page with all of the links once they’ve been published. This means you can access them all in one place! 

First, we’ll start with Pricelabs, then AirDNA, and those posts will be followed by Wheelhouse, Beyond Pricing, and Airbnb Smart Pricing. 

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If you have any questions or queries about DPGO or the services we offer, please feel free to reach out to us! A member of our Support Team would be happy to help in whatever way they can! You can contact DPGO Support via email at support@dpgo.com, or engage the Support Chat on our website’s homepage!

You can sign up for DPGO right away and enjoy a 30-day trial on us! That’s no fees, no payments, and no usage limits for 30 days! If you want to get started, sign up here and start improving your business with dynamic pricing. 

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We update our DPGO blog at least once per week with new and exciting content aimed at Airbnb hosts and other short-term rental industry stakeholders. If you have a spare minute, why not take a look at some of our latest posts? We’ve developed guides on DPGO Strategies, Debunking Dynamic Pricing Myths, Peak Season Pricing, Hosting Experiences on Airbnb, Pricing for Host-Only Fee Structures, Co-Hosting, and more!  

Pricing strategies are complicated subjects! We wanted to jump into our Airbnb pricing strategies and help you decide which strategy is right for you! 

At DPGO, our users can choose between four Airbnb pricing strategies: More Aggressive, More Conservative, Recommended, and Custom. 

What is the Difference Between the Airbnb Pricing Strategies Offered by DPGO?

In this section, we’re going to examine what makes each strategy different. Puls, what the similarities and disparities are between them. 

Let’s start with…

More Aggressive

The More Aggressive Airbnb pricing strategy is aimed at increasing your revenue. Every setting, figure and feature is optimized to get the highest prices for every booked date in your calendar. When using this strategy, the DPGO algorithm will source and analyze the appropriate data to ensure that your prices are as high as possible, while still working within your pricing framework and staying competitive. 

More Conservative

The More Conservative Airbnb pricing strategy is aimed at increasing your occupancy rates. All of the settings on your DPGO interface will be optimized to ensure you secure a booking. This aims to increase your overall occupancy rate. Like every other strategy available on DPGO, the algorithm will work within the pricing limits that you set to ensure that you never have to honor a booking for a price lower than that of your break-even point. 

Recommended

With all of the data collection and analysis that our pricing tool does on a daily basis, we created the Recommended strategy to give our users the most data-driven pricing approach possible. We use everything from exchange rates to booking surges and changes in competitor prices to arrive at the best price. This ‘best price’ is created as a balance between increasing your occupancy rate and securing the highest nightly price possible.  

Custom

We wanted our users to be able to design their own pricing strategy from the base up. This is exactly why we designed the DPGO interface in the fashion that we did. At every possible step of the set-up process, DPGO users can choose the ‘Custom’ strategy and enter their own values. We designed the process to feature this ability because we wanted users to be able to create their own strategy and make changes if they identify that part of it is not working. Of course, we’re here every step of the way to make sure that your custom-designed Airbnb pricing strategy works like a dream. 

Which One of the Airbnb Pricing Strategies is Right for Me?

Your choice of pricing strategies really depends on your business goals and how well you think you know your local market. All of the advice and insight that we offer comes from data. We make no assumptions and never offer a solution unless it is backed up by corresponding data proof. 

If your aim is to make as much money as possible, then the More Aggressive strategy is best. 

Maybe your aim is to have higher occupancy, then the More Conservative Airbnb pricing strategy is better for you. 

If you want a balance of higher occupancy rates and maximized revenue, then the Recommended strategy should be your first choice. 

Finally, if you think that you have a good understanding of your listing and the market in which it exists, then try your hand with the Custom strategy. Just be sure to check back every two weeks or so to make sure that you can correct any potential flaws in your pricing strategy before you leave money on the table! 

Can I Change My Strategy?

Interestingly, we decided not to set our strategies as holistic throughout your pricing strategy. Instead, our users can choose More Aggressive, More Conservative, Recommended, or Custom at every stage of your set-up process. You can choose your strategy for the following input values:

  • Base Price
  • Last-Minute Discounts
  • Weekend Adjustments 
  • Seasonality 

You can alter these choices at any time. The DPGO pricing algorithm will then update your prices accordingly. 

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How Will I Know if My Strategy is Working?

We’ve developed a great way to show you how well your listing is performing in the market. Our Health Score display shows you your current Health Score, as well as scores in the past and the scores of your competitors in the area. 

If your Health Score stays the same, or even decreases after you select ‘Custom’ and set your own pricing values and principles, then you’ll know that your settings are not working to optimize your listing. 

How Do I Sign Up to DPGO?

To sign up for your free trial, simply visit www.dpgo.com. All you need to do is create an account, link it to your Airbnb profile, and boom – you’re on your way to better Airbnb pricing! 

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There are a whole host of ways that you can increase your Airbnb listing’s profitability and ease of management. We’ve created a few guides to help you explore your options: Co-Hosting, Airbnb Experiences, Vacation Rental Insurance, Pricing for 2021 Travel Trends, Revenue Management, Finding Your Next Airbnb Investment, and Dynamic Pricing for Beginners.

The total number of Airbnb properties in three major tourist areas in Hawaii has increased by over 100% in the last week! From March 29 to April 4, 2021, Maui had a total Airbnb room/unit count of 2,763. Honolulu had 1,563, and Kauai had 1,247. Then, our deep learning algorithm picked up a substantial surge in listings in these three areas. Maui jumped to a total of 6,121, Honolulu jumped to 3,547 and Kauai increased to 2,446. In percentages, Maui increased by 122%, Honolulu by 127%, and Kauai by 96%.

Airbnb started a large-scale marketing campaign at the start of 2021 to expand its host network in time for Summer. This started with the disbanding of the Airbnb Associates Program and has slowly increased in success.

Anytime we see a big shift in the market, we’ll draft one of these data-insight news blasts to keep you in the loop. In a ‘Coming Soon’ development, you’ll be able to sign up for data reports generated by Markets by DPGO. Stay tuned to our Facebook page for news on the launch of this latest innovation from DPGO!

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While you’re here, stay awhile longer and take a look at some of our other posts! Team DPGO consists of real-estate investors and experienced Airbnb hosts, so we know what we’re talking about. Here are a few highlights from this month on the DPGO blog:
The Lowdown on Airbnb Experiences
Co-Hosting & Dynamic Pricing: The Secret to Airbnb Success
Vacation Rental Insurance: Do I Really Need It?
Stay in Complete Control: Dynamic Pricing with DPGO

Dynamic pricing is a strangely contentious issue in the world of short-term rental hosting. While it has been around in the airline and retail industry, dynamic pricing is relatively new in the STR game. Hosts often cite that they fear losing control of the nightly price of their listing.

All sorts of myths and rumors have circulated about dynamic pricing. We’re here to debunk those myths and show you that it is the best way forward for your business.

Myth #1
It Will Increase My Prices & Scare Away Potential Guests
Verdict: False

It’s a sentiment often heard in STR groups and chat rooms. Hosts and property owners worry that dynamic pricing tools are programmed to hike up the prices in the name of “higher revenue” and often end up scaring off all potential bookings. 

We can’t speak for other dynamic pricing tools, but in DPGO’s case, nothing could be further from the truth. We designed our software to use a myriad of data points to calculate the highest rate with the highest likelihood of securing a booking. This figure will vary depending on the market environment on any given day.

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Myth #2
It Will Drop My Prices & I Will Miss Out on More Money
Verdict: False

Again, hosts get concerned that dynamic pricing will actually bottom out their prices and leave hosts with almost no money at the end of the month. Again, this is false. Dynamic pricing tools read market trends and only alter prices to take better advantage of those trends. 

DPGO allows hosts to enter a minimum price figure which helps establish a pricing framework within which our dynamic pricing engine can work. By stipulating a minimum price, you ensure that we will never set your prices below that figure. Your minimum price guarantees that you never have to honor a booking for a figure lower than your break-even cost.

Myth #3
Dynamic Pricing Doesn’t Work
Verdict: False

Dynamic pricing tools are seriously advanced pieces of software. Not only do they collect billions of data points, but they also analyze that data in extremely short spaces of time. Without the data that only smart pricing engines can access, hosts would be completely in the dark and utterly unable to update their prices accurately on a daily basis. 

Markets are fluid concepts, they change every minute. It’s critical that hosts recognize this if they want to move towards optimized pricing. Without the help of dynamic pricing service, hosts simply do not have the expertise to accurately estimate what the market is doing at any one moment.

This is your DPGO Pricing menu. Here you can set your Base Price, plus your Minimum and Maximum prices.

Myth #4
It Can Increase Revenue by Up To 40%
Verdict: True

We can’t speak for other dynamic pricing software specifically, but generally speaking, using dynamic pricing offers hosts a marked increase in revenue generated by their STR property. 

On average, DPGO users see an increase in revenue by up to 40%. Compared to industry standards, that’s an impressive figure. It’s even more impressive when you factor in our pricing models. Our users are given a choice: $1 per booked night or 0.5% of the automated booking total.

Myth #5
Constant Price Changes Scare Away Returning Guests
Verdict: False

Guests in the modern era cannot expect prices to remain the same, year after year. Inflation rates change, currency exchange rates change and the cost of living fluctuates noticeably in a 12-month period. If your returning Airbnb guests book the same weekend every year, simply set a discount for that week on your DPGO dashboard and ensure that your returning guests are ready to book! Alternatively, if your returning guests stay over a week or over a month, you can set up time-based discounts on your DPGO dashboard too. 

If you’ve got any more questions about dynamic pricing, or concerns about switching, please contact a member of our friendly Support Team. They would love to hear from you! You can send them an email to support@dpgo.com, or alternatively, you can join the Support Chat on our website homepage – www.dpgo.com.

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While you’re here, stay awhile longer and take a look at some of our other posts! Team DPGO consists of real-estate investors and experienced Airbnb hosts, so we know what we’re talking about. Here are a few highlights from this month on the DPGO blog:

The Lowdown on Airbnb Experiences
Co-Hosting & Dynamic Pricing: The Secret to Airbnb Success
Vacation Rental Insurance: Do I Really Need It?
Stay in Complete Control: Dynamic Pricing with DPGO
Top 12 Must-Have Products for Airbnb Hosts

We’re always looking for ways to give you a competitive advantage in the STR market. This week on the DPGO blog, we wanted to explore Airbnb Experiences.

What is an Airbnb Experience?

Airbnb Experiences can be anything from cooking classes to guided tours. Hosts often have a lot of knowledge of their local area, and by giving them an opportunity to share that knowledge, Airbnb moved into an interesting place in the tourism industry. 

By offering experiences, Airbnb managed to cordon off another vital section of the market and add value to their existing host network. It was a stroke of genius, we have to admit! 

What Qualifies as an Airbnb Experience?

Before the pandemic, anything from a cooking class to a tour of the local area qualified as an Experience on Airbnb. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, hosts have been forced to get creative.

Experiences have moved online with people getting more and more creative about what they can offer Airbnb users. People across the world were confined to their homes and soon started to miss the rush of travel. Resourceful Experience hosts saw a gap in the market, and they took advantage of it big time. 

Cooking classes went virtual, quizzes moved online and in-person tours changed to video explorations of far-off places. Some of the highest-rated experiences on Airbnb are virtual and based on the feedback we read, virtual Airbnb experiences are here to stay!

Who Hosts Experiences on Airbnb?

You don’t need to be an Airbnb listing host to run experiences on Airbnb. Some Experience hosts that we interviewed were normal tour operators who listed their services on Airbnb. After registering with Airbnb as an Experience host, some quotes that more than 60% of their monthly income came from Airbnb users. 

Airbnb hosts that offer Experiences have the added benefit of being able to offer their services to existing and returning guests. Some of the most successful hosts offer both their property and their experience as a package and feed one into the other. Of course, this is done with some pretty impressive marketing.

How Much Money Can You Make?

Well, that number varies wildly from host to host, place to place, and season to season. We did a fair amount of market research on this one and found a huge range of numbers from $0 to nearly $80,000. 

Based on the reviews we read, food-based experiences are the most popular on Airbnb right now. However, interactive tours, quizzes, and team-building activities have also seen a huge spike in booking rates. 

The beauty of virtual Experiences is simple: you’re not limited to people located in your local area. A professional chef can run a pasta-making class and host people from right across the globe. 

More and more companies have also been using Airbnb Experiences as team-building exercises in light of the ‘work from home’ movement sparked by the pandemic. This gives Airbnb Experience hosts a huge boost in business as they receive one payment and can do just one class.

What are the Possible Drawbacks?

Again, based on market research, we found that quite a few hosts were unhappy with the Experience review system. According to various hosts, the review system is hard to understand, hard to complete, and often yields incorrect information. You can read more about how to review an Airbnb experience here

There was also another drawback that existing Airbnb Experience hosts highlighted: the lack of ability to set minimum numbers. Sadly, Airbnb does not allow hosts to set a minimum number of guests required in order to actually conduct the tour/class/experience. This means that if hosts get one booking, they have to go through with the reservation, even if just one booking means they lose money. 

We also received a few complaints that Airbnb’s review process is unclear. Once you register an experience, someone from Airbnb needs to verify it. Many hosts have reported excellent rapport with their reviewers, and seemingly no hiccups. Some were even told that their Experience well and truly exceeded standards, and yet, 6 weeks later, their request to like an Experience on Airbnb was denied. No explanation was offered. 

Hosts Who Helped

These lovely Airbnb Experience hosts helped us with market research and gave us invaluable insight into their hosting operations:

Terry Silvers – London, UK
Explore backstreets with a historian
Discover hidden sites with a historian
Investigate travel with a historian

Rae Walaska – San Diego, US
Murder n’ Mayhem

Andrew Horner – Austin, US
Paint & Explore with Graffiti Artists

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A Few Experience Suggestions from Airbnb YouTube

While you’re here, check out a few of our other blog posts! We’ve developed guides on Cancellation PoliciesDynamic Pricing for BeginnersCo-Hosting, Pricing Myths, and Vacation Rental Insurance.

Managing an Airbnb listing can be a supremely stressful endeavor and honestly, not everyone is cut out for it. Maybe you need an Airbnb co-host! You might have business savvy, but a close friend or business associate of yours might have a fantastic eye for detail. Imagine you’d like to bring them on board as a partner in your Airbnb listing – does Airbnb offer co-hosting capabilities?

Well, yes, they do. In fact, co-hosting on Airbnb is so popular that it’s practically a separate industry all on its own! There are a number of professional co-hosting businesses across the globe and some are recording very impressive business figures.

Airbnb categorizes a co-host as “someone the listing owner already knows. Co-hosts are usually family members, neighbors, trusted friends, or someone the host has hired to help with the listing. Hosts and co-hosts agree on who’s responsible for what, how much of the reservation income will go to the co-host, and how the co-host will be reimbursed for expenses.”

What Does an Airbnb Co-Host Do?

Co-hosting makes the most sense when a property owner lives a considerable distance from their property but a close relation or friend of theirs lives closer and is willing to manage said property in their absence. 

These sort of arrangements always work better when duties, jobs, and responsibilities are clearly spelled out and agreed to by both parties. Without a co-hosting agreement, things can fall through the cracks, and neither party benefits from unhappy guests, especially on a platform like Airbnb where reviews are so highly regarded.

How Does the Airbnb Co-Hosting System Work?

Primary hosts who have listed their properties on Airbnb need to add their co-host via the Airbnb interface. Go to Listings, select the listing that you’d like to update, click ‘Co-Hosts’ and ‘Invite a Friend’. You can add up to three co-hosts per listing, but remember that you will all have to agree to the co-host Terms of Service 

What Does the Airbnb Co-Host Terms of Service Say?

Airbnb’s Co-Hosting Terms of Service are there simply to make the co-hosting relationship as official as possible, and protect Airbnb and its users’ interests. Critically, Airbnb co-hosts are only allowed to join as a co-host if they are doing so in an individual capacity, and they are not representing a business or organization. If you want to register a professional as a co-host, you’ll need to get express permission from Airbnb directly. This is very possible and there are a few professional co-host companies that have seen huge success as of late!

Co-hosting allows members of Airbnb’s host community to enlist help from their friends and family in an official capacity in order to get extra support for the management of their listing. Critically, it is not the same as a host hiring a property management company.

How Can Having an Airbnb Co-Host Help Me?

Generally speaking, if you live within commuting distance from your listing, then having an Airbnb co-host might not make sense for you. Unless of course you work full-time and cannot dedicate the amount of time necessary to manage your property listings accordingly. 

If you find yourself in a restrictive position like the above, co-hosting is a way to bring someone you know and trust on board to help and pay them a pre-agreed percentage of your income. It is normally calculated per booking. The same goes for hiring a professional co-host.

Airbnb’s Terms of Service for Co-Hosting stipulate a few of the possible duties for co-hosts and they include: adjusting calendars and prices, handling guest check-in and check-out, managing guest communications, interacting with Airbnb for claims, and troubleshooting, and more. You can read the Terms of Service here.

What Are Some of the Best Practices for Airbnb Co-Hosts?

Communication is undeniably the most important attribute that any co-host relationship must prioritize. Without communication, no business relationship can flourish and succeed. Be sure to actively communicate and make very clear which duties are the responsibility of which party. 

Discuss any limitations that you have identified and look for ways to address them. A co-host is a fresh pair of eyes on the property. Perhaps they will identify issues of which you as the primary host may not have been aware. 

Reliability is another important factor in any successful co-hosting relationship. Both parties need to be completely reliable and dedicated to making the co-hosting arrangement work.

Where Does Dynamic Pricing Come In?

Co-hosting was designed to make the Airbnb hosting process easier than ever. And more efficient, of course. Co-hosts get paid a percentage of the bookings that they manage. Dynamic pricing gets you more money for every booking and that benefits both you and your co-host. 

We designed our dynamic pricing tool to find the best possible price for your listing in every market environment. It reads market fluctuations, changes in demand, changes in supply, global travel trends, exchange rates, and more before it creates the optimal price. It then automatically updates your prices every single day. 

Business in 2021 is all about optimization. Technology has given us all amazing opportunities to increase the profitability of our businesses and DPGO is no different. Start pricing more intelligently and sign up for your free 30-day DPGO trial now! Register here!

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The best STR hosts know the importance of insurance and the terrible consequences if you don’t have it. Check out our vacation rental insurance guide! We’re always on the lookout for products and services that further optimize the running of STR properties. Here is our list of Top 12 Must-Have Products for Airbnb Hosts. If you’re looking at investing in a new Airbnb property but you’re unsure of which location to pick, try Markets by DPGO! We whipped up a quick guide on how you can use Markets to find your next STR location.

We live in an age where you can find and buy almost anything on the internet! As a result, STR really should get their hands on these must-have products if they want to make their lives as easy as pie!

Here’s a quick look at our Top 12 products for Airbnb plus other STR hosts:

Robot Vacuum Cleaner

We’ve done loads of research on this and found that the majority of hosts would opt not to put a robot vacuum cleaner in their Airbnb listings. But, sadly, we think that they are wrong because these machines are so advanced and so easy to use that it’s hard to imagine not needing one! So, grab this one from Amazon, program it to clean only the kitchen, and give your guests the highest level of in-home cleaning convenience.

DPGO Favorite Must-Have Products: Amazon Echo Dot

The Echo Dot from Amazon is a great invention by the tech and commerce giant! We think every Airbnb listing needs an Echo Dot or two. It’s one of our favorite must-have products! The convenience it offers is unmatched. Program it to turn lights on and off, play music, and even deliver messages. Set reminders for your guests to check out on time and further optimize the operations of your STR property.

DPGO Favorite Must-Have Product: Keurig Coffee Maker

Coffee makes the world go round and it really is that simple. The vast majority of people drink coffee so it makes perfect sense to buy a high-quality coffee machine to satisfy your guests’ caffeine cravings. Keurigs are arguably the most popular coffee machines in North America, and they have so many options to suit so many different budgets and interior styles! Here’s our favorite:

Starbucks Coffee K-Cups

If you’ve got a coffee machine, buying Starbucks coffee to use with it seems like a logical step. Because this affordable variety pack features all of the Starbucks favorites, we think it’s a great buy! So, leave one of each flavor in your listing per booking and relax in the knowledge that your guests will be caffeinated and happy! But remember, you can’t have a Keurig without K-Cups, so why not choose the best for your guests?

AirWick Air Freshener Plug-Ins

Bad smells are unavoidable in any type of property – rental or otherwise. We love these AirWick plug-in air fresheners so much that they’re high up on our list of favorite must-have products! Not only do they blend into any home perfectly, but they also release fragrances consistently throughout the day. They leave your Airbnb smelling like a summer meadow. So, no matter the season, your Airbnb will smell wonderful. These AirWick air fresheners come in a variety of scents, we are just particularly partial to the Fresh Linen scent. Be aware, there are allergens in these oil-based diffusers so be sure to read up on them before buying!

Shoe Rack

Protect your floors and get yourself a shoe rack! Encourage your guests to take off their shoes by leaving a shoe rack at the entrance. You can even leave a little sign asking that guests remove their shoes because replacing carpets is an expense that nobody needs. So by giving them somewhere to place their shoes that’s neat and out of the way, guests will naturally adopt your house rules and you’ll have pristine floors for longer! Dirty carpets are never a good look so we think it’s best to avoid them…

Wood Furniture Repair Kit

This one is more of a host-staple than one that guests can use, but we think that it’s a really important item to keep in your repair kit! Wooden furniture is insanely popular because it’s usually cheaper, easier to fix and it blends into most design styles. As a result, this wooden furniture repair kit is perfect for fixing small instances of damage like scuff marks, or scratches, dents, and more. Make sure you have a really detailed look around your property once every month or so (if possible) and touch up any issues that you can spot on your wooden furniture.

Mrs. Stewarts Liquid Bluing

This is another one aimed at hosts more than guests, but Mrs Stewarts Liquid Bluing is a weapon that should feature in every host’s arsenal. Bleaching laundry is a weekly challenge for Airbnb hosts, but what are you supposed to do when your linens take on that slightly yellow color? So, that’s where Mrs Stewarts Liquid Bluing comes in. As a result, by adding a splash of blue, the yellow in your linens will be neutralized and you’ll be left with a sparkling white wash load!

DPGO Favorite Must-Have Products: Make-Up Remover Towels

Every host knows the struggle of make-up-stained towels and pillowcases, so we found a solution! Nothing ever seems to shift make-up stains on light-colored linens. So instead, buy yourself a few packs of these special make-up removing towels for guests to use at their pleasure. As a result, you’ll see no more foundation and black eye make-up on your pillows, and silky soft remover towels for your guests. Simply wash them with some anti-bacterial cleaner or soap and you’ll be good to go for your next booking!

No String Blinds

We cannot count the number of times that Airbnb guests break the blinds in our properties. There is something about blinds on a string that means people simply lose their minds. Replacing blinds is expensive and complicated if you live far away from your STR property, so we think we’ve found the perfect solution – cordless blinds! These little beauties fit wonderfully well into any design aesthetic, they’re super easy to use plus they’re not expensive! Simply because they’re cordless, you’ll never go back to normal blinds again!

Plastic Microwave Cover

Cleaning microwaves is a nightmare and it takes forever. So, save your cleaning crew (or yourself) some time and grab one of these must-have products from Amazon. Most hover at around $10 and they’re so great for minimizing the mess in your microwave. Faster turnovers are the name of the game in STRs, especially in peak season, and this plastic microwave cover will go a long way in making your cleaner’s job easier than ever.

Slipover Couch Cover

If you’ve made the decision to be pet-friendly, this couch cover is a fantastic idea for protecting your furniture and is certainly a must-have product! It protects the fabric of your actual sofa from dog hair, and as a result, it protects from any mud, mess, or dirt. And, it’s only $35! This also allows you to be extra safe with guests who have mild pet allergies. Your couch cover can be easily removed and washed, ensuring that no pet hair remains for your next guests, whether they have a dog or not! 

We hope you enjoyed our list and found yourself a must-have product or two to make your life as an STR host a little bit easier!

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