Our Airbnb Property Fall Checklist

Our Airbnb Property Fall Checklist

In case it is helpful to other Airbnb hosts in cold(ish) weather climates, I thought I’d share the Fall checklist we developed for our properties in Minnesota. Much of this probably applies to any property, but there are a few things that may be more or less important for an Airbnb vs. traditional rentals or your primary residence. House – Interior Remove and store window AC units Replace furnace filter Close storm windows Clean windows

Our Minneapolis Airbnb Stats – Spring 2017 (April, May)

Our Minneapolis Airbnb Stats – Spring 2017 (April, May)

This post is a quick update of our experience with our own short term rentals in Minneapolis during April and May of 2017. The units ranged from 70 – 100% occupancy. In the graphs below, I’m showing the breakdown of reasons for guest stays. Many people assume that Minneapolis/St. Paul is not a traditional tourist destination and therefore short-term rental demand will be low(er) in non-summer months… My experience does not support that assumption and

5 Ways to Save When Furnishing an Airbnb

5 Ways to Save When Furnishing an Airbnb

We recently furnished upper and lower units of a duplex for purposes of renting through Airbnb.  Our goal was to create unique, comfortable, well designed spaces without breaking the bank.  And since we had to furnish two units at one time, we definitely needed to find some creative techniques.  Below are five of the strategies we used to furnish our Airbnb properties on a budget. *In the picture above, the sofa and wood for the

How To Make Your Airbnb Family-Friendly

How To Make Your Airbnb Family-Friendly

Within a couple months of listing my home on Airbnb, it was very clear that there were a lot of families booking and interested in my place.  It makes sense. I assume parents are drawn to the extra space and full kitchen that they likely won’t get booking a hotel. Also, it helps that my home is in a family-friendly and safe part of town.  I looked around on Airbnb in the area and noticed there

Who Stays in our Minneapolis Airbnb?

Who Stays in our Minneapolis Airbnb?

I continue to be impressed by the demand for short-term rentals via sites like Airbnb in the Minneapolis market – a market that is not traditionally known for its high tourism rates, especially in winter months.  And, honestly, I wouldn’t even characterize the majority of our guests as “tourists”. The point is, there are a lot of reasons for folks to travel to Minneapolis-St.Paul and I wanted to share our experience because I feel like

Keeping Airbnb Check-In Simple – Our Take on the Key Exchange

Keeping Airbnb Check-In Simple – Our Take on the Key Exchange

The check-in process is kind of like the “first impression” your short-stay property has on your guests. It only takes a little consideration and effort to make it a good one!  This is even more important for guests who are renting through Airbnb (or similar site) for the first time. My goal with our properties is to try to make the check-in process as simple as possible to minimize our guests’ anxiety but also to

5 Reasons To Get in the Short-Term Rental Game (Airbnb)

5 Reasons To Get in the Short-Term Rental Game (Airbnb)

We are big believers in taking advantage of the recent trends in the short-term rental market (pretty obvious, since we crafted our business model in this space!).  Here are a few of our favorite reasons why we offer our properties for short-term rental. 1. Higher Earning Potential than Long-Term Rentals This will be dependent on the occupancy and going nightly rate of your short-term rental compared with what you could charge when renting monthly.  In our

Airbnb DIY – Creating a Romantic Master Bedroom Retreat

Airbnb DIY – Creating a Romantic Master Bedroom Retreat

This is the second post sharing our experience renovating a Minneapolis duplex for short term rental… The upper unit of the duplex is a cozy one-bedroom space (860 sq ft), perfect for a couple (or a small family or solo traveler).  I really wanted to make this unit into a “romantic retreat” for a couple to relax after a day/night out in the city. This bedroom was my personal pet project out of the whole

Airbnb DIY – How We Optimized a Small Living Room Space in our Airbnb Rental

Airbnb DIY – How We Optimized a Small Living Room Space in our Airbnb Rental

We recently purchased a duplex in a quaint Minneapolis neighborhood with the goal to offer it for short-term rental on sites like Airbnb and VRBO.  We really wanted to create welcoming and relaxing spaces for travelers to stay while visiting the Minneapolis area, so we spent a couple months doing small improvement projects and furnishing/decorating both units of the duplex. We took this project on as beginners, DIY-ers, wanting to learn as much as we