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How to be a Great Host for Renters

Published on April 21, 2015 by Blitzburgh

Elle put together some easy steps every host can follow to prevent hosting from becoming more of a chore than a reward.

“Some of our most enthusiastic hosts are so dedicated to their guests having an exceptional stay that they’re challenged to find their own time and resources for themselves,” says Elle. “They’re givers and sometimes givers swing too far into that giving activity.”

Determine your goals

Are you hosting primarily to earn money? Then it’s important to recognize and feel good about how hosting aligns with and supports this goal. Set practical expectations for yourself and your home. Don’t outfit it with expensive Waterford crystal and then be angry when a guest accidentally chips it. Guests are looking primarily for a great, affordable place to stay and have the opportunity to live like a local.

Surround yourself with resources

And by resources, we mean those you can “call in a pinch” when, for instance, “you need to get keys to someone at 2 p.m. when you’re working in an office across town.” This includes a community of friends, like-minded neighbors, a cleaning service, or a few people who are willing to work part time or per diem, barter or take payment for cleaning, key hand-off and greeting when you are unable to do it yourself.