Like many, I am missing our guests but am reluctant to jump into “busines as usual”. Rather than a complete shutdown I’m considering a phased-in opening starting when our governor begins relaxing the stay at home directive. Would appreciate comments on the plan.
Context: In-home host with split entry house. Seperate bedroom and bathroom downstairs. Family space almost exclusively upstairs (downstairs laundry room)
Pricing; There are 96 similiar in-home STRs with a median price per night of $48, Average ppn $45, just over 1/2 have a cleaning fee.
Our current price $39/no cleaning fee. Changing to $49 with a 3 day or longer discount (current limit 14 days - proposed limit 10 days) Since we have opened over 1/2 our stays are one day (passing through) visits.
Removing from listing:
Iron (because it is set up in a common space)
Adding to listing - not mentioned in new write-up until it is completed in about a month:
Outdoor picnic area to bring in take-out food
New opening statements (will change to present tense when we actually re-open.)
"We will be re-opening on the date the ”Stay At Home” recommended shutdown is lifted but recognize there will still be Covid-19 concerns. Due to those concerns we will be implementing enhanced health safety measures. Although we have always cleaned to a high standard we have increased the disinfecting routine between guests. All frequently touched surfaces (light switches, doorknobs, cabinet handles, remotes, etc.) are cleaned and wiped down with disinfectant wipes before you check in. Additionally, there will be a 72 hour block between each guest to allow for airing the room.
Since the room will be vacant for extended time frames, we would like to encourage longer stays. Stays of 3 days or longer will receive a discounted price of $39 per night. If you are planning a 3 day or longer stay, please message before requesting to book and we will give you a “Special Offer” with the reduced price."
Anyone doing something similiar or have additional ideas?
I will miss out “tea-time” and long chats with guests but that will eventually come back - after there is a vaccine/when scientific data suggests this has been reduced to minimal risk. Recognizing that may be 18 to 24 months. sigh