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Airbnb Hosting: Should You Allow Pre-Visits to Guests Before Booking?🤔

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We all get requests by guests to come view our home before booking. Should you allow pre-visits? Should you not? Here’s my thoughts.

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Airbnb Hosting: Should You Allow Pre-Visits to Guests Before Booking?🤔

23 thoughts on “Hosting on Airbnb – Airbnb Hosting: Should You Allow Pre-Visits to Guests Before Booking?

  1. Happened to me two female guest interested to book my listing call me to check out the rooms.. they loved it they promised me that they will book but they didn't.
    What percentage fee should I charge if they just want to use it to take pictures,?

  2. I don't like doing it as it is not usually worth the effort. Everyone I have done has not eventuated as the people doing it seem to be checking out so many properties. I also run at 80% occupancy so the business will come in anyway. The only time I considerate it now is in the quiet season.

  3. Great vid Richard.  We have a prop that is under rehab, so we have some photos on broker sites, but not even close to all of the pictures needed to represent the STR.  We have a lot of interest and some folks want to see it.  Completely understand this, so have been accommodating.  Once we are 100% set up, no more pre-book viewings.

  4. I agree with Richard about NO pre-visits for 99.9% of all Airbnb listed properties. A competitively-priced super-hosted property is going to book anyway, so why mess with onerous pre-visits? Now for some high-end properties—above say $1500-a-night—I’d entertain a pre-visit request. Or, at the ultra-high-end of $10,000-a-night and up; by all means honor pre-visit requests—examples: The Breakers, Newport, RI, Hearst Castle, San Simeon, CA, or Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NC. Having multiple Airbnb listings with nothing currently over $150-a-night I don’t see pre-visits in my future.

  5. We’ve just listed our place yesterday and guess what. The first inquiry was a person who wanted to preview the property first, wanted to check in the next day and she lives only 30 miles away. We didn’t know what to do. We showed it to her since we wanted to get our first customer not knowing if our newly listed place would get any traffic. I was so nervous that if we’d get hurt or robbed later. Luckily, everything is fine, and she is spending her first night today. When I saw the title of this video, I thought you could read my mind!

  6. "Thank you for your interest in booking my location! I understand you would like to see the place ahead of time, but with the amount of guests I have checking in and out on a weekly basis I doubt that would be possible. I would humbly request you refer to the photos in my listing again, and then definitely read the XXX reviews I have from my previous guests that have found my listing a great stay at a great price. Of course I understand if you have a need to see the place in person, and I'm sure you'll find another listing that will have the time to show you around ahead of time. Fortunately, my place is so busy that I simply cannot block out time to show you an empty location, and I would never ask a current Guest to allow us to tour the place while they are booking it. Thanks for your time, hope to hear from you soon!"

  7. I've done 2 showings.. Both booked immediately after for more than a week.. One said she had a bad experience with another host and wanted to make sure "the silverware wasn't made of foil"..

  8. Love your channel!!! Counterpoint- This really depends on circumstances. We have booked many homestays and usually don't considered a need to preview. However when we were planning our youngest daughter's wedding in Segovia Spain 8 years ago we did. We went to visit many homes in the nearby area the summer before the wedding to determine what would work for our group. After previewing about 10 homes we choose a house and we LOVED our stay. It was an expensive rental and each property manager worked the previewing into their schedule during vacancies. Each was wonderful and did not in any way treat us as if we were weird or that we were asking for something odd. We needed 8+ bedrooms and had as many baths. Funny thing is that unbeknownst to us they redesigned and renovated between the booking to arrival and it was actually much BETTER for us than when we previewed the home! And oops – I have many times previewed hotels 🙂 LOL. Now I do that to scope out the nearby competition. Last week I offered a preview of our home to a potential guest.

  9. Almost all my pre-visits are for wedding guests. We have a lot of destination weddings in the area and the bride/groom are usually booking our house for the wedding party or guests. They do want that reassurance that the home will be a good fit. Of the ones that I allow a pre-visit, I'd say 90% turn into a booking, and usually at a good rate and for a period often a year in advance. It works for me.

  10. I find that brides and grooms want to visit before they book. I have had 3 brides come to the house to see it. One is doing pictures at the house with her brides maids before going to the ceremony. Should I charge for a bride taking professional pictures on the property and in the house? I don't know. This is timely for me because I have a bride coming tomorrow to tour the property. It's definitely off market. It's a bit of a hassle. The picture should be enough to tell the story.

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