Everything you need to know about Airbnb Plus

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As more and more people swap their standard hotel room for a spacious apartment, Airbnb have thought of a new way for you to enjoy your luxury getaway... introducing Airbnb plus. As well as having the basic amenities that Airbnb have always required, each home is one-of-a-kind and designed with those who enjoy the finer things in life in mind.

The most prestigious properties are now being listed on the Airbnb website. Airbnb Plus is quite simply the highest quality homes who have trustworthy hosts that have been verified by Airbnb themselves. This way, travellers can enjoy the cosiness of a home environment with a 5* boutique hotel feel thrown into the mix.

The Benefits of becoming an AirBnB plus host

To gauge the success of their new venture, Airbnb surveyed travellers and found that 73% were willing to pay more to stay in a home that was verified for its high quality and comfort. Good news Airbnb Plus hosts - it’s time to up your prices. People are willing to pay premium prices if they’re getting a premium service. And remember, higher prices often attract better clients, which means you’re less inclined to have to fork out for any damages or mess that can be found in low-budget accommodation.

Not only will you be able to set a premium nightly rate for your property, but you’ll also have a higher chance of travellers snapping up your home quickly. As an Airbnb Plus host, you’ll receive a prestige badge to help you build trust and look reputable with potential guests. Your property will have increased visibility in search results and Airbnb customers will be able to go on a complete virtual photo tour of your home. Essentially, you’ll have a much higher chance of getting fully booked. It’s time to start taking the Airbnb game more seriously if you want to bask in the benefits of being an Airbnb Plus host.

If you’re serious about making money from Airbnb then your home has to be able to compete with the likes of luxury hotels. Why? Because that’s the standard that people have come to expect, whether they’re on an overnight work stay or a week long romantic getaway.

Ordinary Airbnb properties are more likely to receive bad feedback and even cancellations if the home and the host’s service aren’t both up to scratch. Making it onto Airbnb Plus gives you that competitive edge over standard Airbnb properties. Who wants to stay in a run of the mill property when they could be spending the night in a luxurious, vibrant home?

The criteria

In order to become an Airbnb host, there is a checklist of requirements that each home and host must meet. From single private rooms to a full house, any property is able to become a part of Airbnb Plus as long as they’re able meet the criteria.

The criteria covers everything from the design of the interior to how comfortable people feel in the rooms.So if you’re looking to join the Airbnb elite it might be time to start investing in some sheepskin rugs and high quality linens for your guests.

Once you’re confident that you’ve met every requirement on the checklist, Airbnb will send one of their partners to visit your home and walk through the list to check that everything’s in order. Though making it to “plus” status is no easy feat as Airbnb themselves concede that each property will undergo a 100+ point quality inspection to ensure maximum visitor comfort.

It’s not just the property that requires thorough inspection; Airbnb hosts seem to be under the magnifying glass as well. To qualify as an Airbnb Plus host, you must have a 4.8 average rating from guests, have accepted 95% of booking requests and have had no cancellations in the past year. No pressure!

Making your house an Airbnb Plus home

Airbnb are looking for much more than just a nice home for the night. They expect their “plus” homes to be thoughtfully designed, well equipped, well maintained and frankly be one-of-a-kind.

Here are some of our top tips to make your property in line with Airbnb’s criteria:

  • Redecorate and modernise with fresh paint and stand-out tiling
  • Add touches of vibrancy with fresh plants and flowers
  • Avoid masses of empty, unused space
  • Experiment with a theme of colours and textiles.
  • Make a statement with bold antiques and paintings
  • Ensure you provide all necessary amenities from super-fast wifi to fluffy bath towels.

Adding little touches of personality to your home will give you a better chance of achieving Airbnb Plus status.

At FIXAS, great design is one of our passions. If you need help maintaining and improving your current property and raising it to Airbnb Plus standards then we are on hand to help.

We can transform your average property into an extraordinary home and ensure that your property is in order and guest-ready. This gives you a fighting chance of getting onto Airbnb Plus and attracting guests that are more inclined to take care of your property during their stay.