Home Owners Guide to get started If you are a homeowner at a busy tourist destination, enjoy good earning opportunity by turning your house into a homestay. Once you convert your house into a homestay, it important that you to do your homework to attract guests. Here is a “get started guide” to help you develop a popular homestay. This guide tells you about How to develop checklist of • Facilities and Amenities • Activities • Attractions • Rates • Availability
How to • Write a perfect banner for your listing • Upload Photos
How to • Take photos of your property • Make it attractive to travelers • To convert inquiries into bookings
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How to write a Banner to get noticed Although you can change your advertisement anytime, it is best to get it done perfect the very first time to make an impact. Keep it short and simple
• Choose your words carefully to make strong impression and to capture the traveler’s attention. • Create this advertisement as if you are going to place it on a main highway hoarding.
Make it unique Since no two homestays are similar, mention what makes your homestay unique and special. Create an impression that helps you stand out of the crowd. Make it seasonal • If your area hosts any cultural event in the coming season, create a banner mentioning about that event or festival to attract the travelers who might be tempted to explore that opportunity. • While writing a headline, include keywords like location, category (luxury or budget), type of location (beach or city centre) and facilities. Describing your property Portray the best picture of your property; provide details Sell your property first Describe the best features of your homestay. To make it more compelling, add local area attractions too. Explain your property to particular traveler type Since different travelers come with different expectations of a place, describe the benefits of your property to a particular type of traveler like nature explorers, honeymoon couples or romantic couples, families with children or older people. Finding your property on web Using right keywords is of great importance while describing your property. Use the names of main tourist attractions, activities, events, restaurants in your area.
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Use perfect Pictures • Display your property • Capture different pictures of your property from different sides and upload on your HomeStay360 listing. It increases your property’s exposure. Capturing different areas of your property Take vibrant photos of • • • • • •
Living Room Dining Area Master Bedroom 2nd bedroom Kitchen Verandah
How to take good photos • Capture your property in best condition • To make it best fit, use a standard landscape format. • Use 500X300 sized or larger digital photos. Use your photo software to save only a JPEG digital image format only. • Once you have chosen the photos to be uploaded, write a small caption for each photo to describe it.
How to upload your pictures online Follow the steps if you have used digital camera to take pictures • Step 1 : There are a few small boxes given with each listing. These slots are for uploading photos. Click the link given “upload a photo here”. • Step 2 ; Upload new photo screen prompts you to browse the photo stored inside your computer. Once you find the photo, click the open button to finally upload the photo. • Step 3: Keep repeating steps 2 and 3 until you upload all the 10 photos. • Step 4: Click Save Changes button to save the photos. It takes 2-3 days to get your photos displayed.
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Home Stay Checklist This is important to create a checklist of amenities, attractions and activities in your area. Leisure Activities Tourist Attractions Conveniences How to reach • Airport • Sightseeing • Historical sites • Restaurants • Train Station • Movies • Picnic Areas • Laundry • Highway • Theatre • Museums • ATM/Bank • Bus • Exhibition • Shopping areas • Hospital • Water parks • General stores • Theme Parks Communication • Phone • Computer • Internet Access
Services • Baby Sitting • Spa/Beauty • Food • Beverages
Entertainment • TV • CD player • DVD player • Books • Video games • Kids’ toys
More Facilities • Balcony • Garden • Outdoor pool • Hot tub/spa • Sauna
Kitchen • Refrigerator • Microwave • Coffee Maker
Indoor comforts • Air conditioning • Ceiling fans • # of bedrooms • Type of beds (twin, double, queen, king) • Total # of guests your home can accommodate • Type of bathrooms # of bathrooms
Guest Resources • Local activities guide • Local maps • Dining guide
Parking • Garage • Driveway parking • On-street parking
Luxury Amenities • Car - included w/stay • Daily maid service • Personal chef • Private staff • Chauffeur • Concierge
Start-up Household Supplies • Soap- basic • Shampoo • Hair dryer • Toilet paper • Bottled water • Filtered water • Laundry detergent Look around to gauge competition
Availability • Day, week, month • Spring • Summer • Winter • Year-round • Holidays
Rental Terms • Housecleaning included • Housecleaning optional • Cleaning fee
Rental Rates that you charge • Peak/off-peak season • Weekly • Weekend (2 nights) • Weekend per night • Nightly • Extra person
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Right Pricing is the key Gather information about the pricing of similar properties in the area. Check listings at Homestay360 to check rates. It helps you set competitive rates for your property. Do not forget to check rate in the nearby hotels that are offering same amenities as hotels are your biggest competitors. Lowering of rates If you want your property to be booked faster than any similar property around, keep rate of your property a bit low. Get higher rates If you want rent out your property at higher rates, communicate more effectively about the special features of your property.
How to turn Inquiries into bookings Show ready response • Be an early bird if you want to gain more. Be prompt to answer all queries within a day’s time. • Homeowners, who make response within 24 hours time, get more bookings.
Bit Tips • Do not forget to say thanks to travelers for querying! • Keep boasting about the amenities and special features of your homestay to impress travelers. • Be sure to provide correct contact information. Keep updating calendars • To ensure that your listing comes higher into search results, keep its calendar updated. • Travelers also check availability of property before contacting.
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