I've also raised our price and immediately noticed a higher calibre of guest.
I decline guests that ask for a discount.
That is definitely a RED FLAG for me.
Again today I declined a Booking Request:
Requester: "Hello! My sister, boyfriend, and I are traveling through Melbourne for a few days before we head to our cousin's wedding in Tassie. We are from America (although after recent election results), we may try passing as Canadians!
We are looking for a convenient area to stay in with lots to do. Your charming town home seems like the perfect place. There are 3 of us so I am wondering if two rooms would be available to reserve for $64 per room per night. (my Rate is $85 per soon + $20 for an additional person per room).
Let me know if it's available Dec 8th-11th.
Look forward to hearing from you! "
Me: "Hello XXX,
Thank you so much for getting in touch.
We already offer a fantastic 5 Star value for a quality stay and are not able to offer discounts.
Fortunately, there are many, many places in our area within your budget.
Give one of them a go and you're sure to find some lovely accommodation.
Wishing you a great trip to Melbourne.
With best regards from David "