So, The last thing I have to do on my bathroom renovation is the threshold transition and I plan to compete that today. So I am wondering what people’s thoughts are on replacing the old listings to reflect this. Currently the 3 listings that have this bathroom are as follows:
2BR/1BA - 4.5* 29 reviews
Back BR/1BA - 4.3* 15 reviews
Front BR/1BA - 4.6* 7 reviews
I have a private room listing in my shared home with 4.9* in 46 reviews so the issue is not that I am really a bad host. Mostly since the whole home listings are in a doublewide and I enforced my house rules people retaliated in reviews the first couple years. The past year I have only gotten one 4* and the rest were 5*. The Back BR listing is only so low because I had a 1* in October 2018 from someone who never even stayed. After that, what had been my highest occupancy listing then only had 2 more bookings since then (both 5* luckily). A majority of the reviews are excellent and all of the reviews in the last year.
On one hand I hate to lose those reviews; they also provide potential guests with some good info from a guest’s perspective that I couldn’t just regurgitate in a new listing and be credible. And starting over at no reviews could be seen as more detrimental by some potential guests. Although, I am a SuperHost so maybe SOME of that trepidation could be assuaged. And for some context, the stra ratings in my area seem to average around 4.7-4.8 but with still many in the 4.3 and even a few 3.8s not too far away. My most direct competition is between 4.5 and 5 (leaning much heavier towards the 4.8-5).
On the other hand, having the opportunity to start out with what would more likely be mostly 5* from the get go would be helpful. Perhaps I could screen shot the great reviews from each listing (or at least maybe the top 3, 5, 10, 20 or whatever) and add them as pictures at the end of each listing.