Xena - did you put your listing in the ‘show off you listing’ thread? @JustShootMe is a frequent guest so would have some good perspective on your listing and what could be done, if anything, to improve it. I shop on airbnb a number of times a year and have a family of 5. I’d be happy to take a look also.
I turned on IB months ago and was thrilled to quickly get a booking - so so easy - not a ton of questions, going back-and-forth - a couple of single guys coming into town for a game conference - friendly, articulate, pleasant. Since then only 10 - maybe 8% of my bookings are IB. I still get inquiries asking how close I am to the metro, etc., though it is all stated in the opening description. My take is that people using airbnb want that personal interaction, or, they are new to it and just don’t really understand how it all works, so they ask questions - “is your space available?” “May I rent this space?” etc.
So I was using IB to save me time, and also, so many requests come in from Europe or Asia in the middle of the night - I thought it would be easier than waking up early to respond.
Try it and see! I’ve had no negative experiences - just the disappointment that people don’t use it more.
Also, as you book up, inquiries will slow down, because you have less availability - not just for the days you are booked, but for trips that would include that day on the front or end - does that make sense?
I also would love to see how your ad looks AFTER the professional photos. I’m hesitant to try them because I don’t want my photos to look so great that people think they are staying in the pages of Vanity Fair, lol - it’s just me, my family, and our home. Just as we are. BUT, once the full bath is complete (laugh track comes on here…) I may give it a try.