Hosting checklist

Guide to becoming a host

Interested in hosting? Wondering what comes next? This step-by-step guide can help you get started.

Starting your listing

Tell us the basics

First things first! We’ll ask for details like the location of your place, what type of property you’re offering, and the number of bedrooms and bathrooms your guests will have access to.

Take photos of the space

Guests love browsing photos when making a decision on where to stay. To snap the best photos, tidy up your space beforehand. Take shots of each area, using natural light and landscape mode when possible.

Highlight unique details

To help with your listing title and description, consider what makes your place special, such as a view or a pool. Also, note what might be important for guests to know before booking, like stairs or parking.

Setting your controls

Add your House Rules

To help guests understand your expectations, add rules for your space, including details like restrictions on smoking, pets, or parties.

Set your calendar

To make sure you only get reservations you can host, update your Airbnb calendar with your availability. You can also get specific about how much advance notice you need or how far in advance guests can book.

Pick your prices

What you charge is always up to you but we have tools to help you match your prices with demand and custom pricing controls for times like weekends and specific seasons.

Review your local laws

Some cities have rules covering home sharing, like night limits, registration requirements, or special taxes.

Prepping your space

Tidy up

Clean each room that guests can access, especially bedrooms, bathrooms, and the kitchen. Check that there’s no hair, dust, or mold on surfaces and floors, and make the bed(s) with fresh linens.

Store your valuables

If you have jewelry, passports, or other valuables, consider storing them in a locked room, closet, safe, or storage facility. Or you can leave them with family or friends.

Stock up on essentials

To help guests feel at home, consider providing amenities like soap, shampoo, toilet paper, bed linens, and towels. It can’t hurt to have extras on hand as well.

Provide check-in details

Be prepared to check guests in and out, or recruit friends or family to help. If no one will be around, you can always use a lockbox, electronic lock, or other form of self check-in.

Add the “finishing touches”

Guests love the little details. A house manual with instructions and tips can help orient guests. A bottle of wine or a small gift can also make guests feel extra welcome, but definitely isn’t required.

Ready to earn?