9flats host tips
How to get lots of booking requests as a new host
When our hosts have questions, they either write us an email, call us… or sometimes they come to see us in person.
Like Martin: the Berliner who listed his property on 9flats.com a few weeks ago. Because this is just down the road from our office in Kreuzberg, Berlin, and he passes by every day on his bike anyway, he decided to drop in. So one sunny October day, he arrived at our door with the words: “Is this 9flats?” Here are the other things he wanted to know, and the advice we gave him…
As well as a detailed description and photos, a good price is also important. For Martin, it’s best to begin with a slightly lower price compared to similar offerings in Kreuzberg. Then, when a few guests have booked because of the great price, he can slowly start to adjust the price. At the moment, Martin’s “Room with Breakfast” is offered at a very attractive price of €29 a night.
Always be quick to answer booking requests
“Right, let’s wait and see if the first guest books with me…” Martin said, getting on his bike and cycling home. Our tip for him: hosts have 24 hours to respond to booking requests. After that, they expire and are automatically withdrawn. The faster you answer as a host, the better it is for your ranking, because guests can request up to three places.
Martin and his first guest
Martin has apparently heeded our advice, because last weekend, Jens from Erlangen stayed with him as his first guest. Jens’ review: “Great location, nice room, cozy… almost like home. I can definitely recommend it!” So, congratulations, Martin!