Hello, I’m Wendy. I joined the forum in July 2017 while deciding if Airbnb should be the platform to eventually advertise the 3-bedroom, ranch house my husband and I were renovating. I read postings every day for several months to learn as much as I could. I kept a notebook and recorded anything I wanted to remember. This forum is such a wealth of information. Because there are differing opinions on many subjects, I still had lots to think about before making decisions about what to do.
We are both in our 60’s and retired from 9 to 5 employment. For 26 years we have been managing our own long-term rentals. We have been down-sizing and currently own four. We are caregivers for my parents and aunt. Our goal was to generate more income with our vacation rental than we would if it was rented long-term.
It has been a year since our Airbnb listing went live. We exceeded our goal and I credit this forum for our success! Thanks to everyone, especially @KenH for his straightforward advice.
Initially we were concerned about how we would respond to inquiries in a timely manner. We have no cell phone reception where we live and are not constantly sitting at our computer. We decided to use instant book and after reading about smartbnb on the forum, I subscribed after my free trial ended. Pierre and his team were always very helpful whenever I had a question.
As Airbnb hosts, we had fun, got exercise doing our own turn-overs, were forced to take a break from our caregiving duties, and provided a home base for guests visiting the Finger Lakes region of New York.
After providing 37 stays between April and November, totaling 98 nights and involving 169 guests I feel confident that I too, will now be able to share what I have learned this past year. I look forward to being a contributing forum member.