Early this year we set up a wing of our home for self-contained accommodation and listed it on Airbnb. It is in a great location with fabulous views, and we have been very happy with our guests and their reviews.
As a couple with family in both Australia and Brazil we spend periods of the year in both locations, and in the past we have used house-sitter sites to find and vet people to care for our home and dog while we are overseas. I always thought this a pretty sweet deal for the sitters, with them enjoying a marvelous vacation while I cover the $8k/month mortgage, utilities and rates!
It was my intention to do the same this year, blocking out the Airbnb listings while we are away, but then I got to thinking that the vetting and reviews already done by Airbnb on their hosts is at least good or better than that done by the house-sitting sites. And as the hosts are already familiar with Airbnb hosting, perhaps the apartment or rooms thereof could continue to be listed while they looked after the place, hopefully a win-win situation.
I’m not sure how common this situation is, but possibly it could become another function of the Airbnb web service, allowing hosts to find other hosts willing to take on their hosting responsibilities while they both get a well-earned vacation?
Anyway, I’d like to hear what others think of this idea.
I’m heading off to sunnier climes mid September!