A little background. After my husband’s parents passed away, we were left with their lovely little 3 bedroom ranch house. We originally thought we would keep it and rent it out the traditional way – long term rental. But with my work at the newly opened Ark Encounter, I saw the potential to enter into the world of Short Term Rental….STR! Specifically, via Airbnb. We researched several STR platforms & we’ve stayed at several VRBO rentals on vacation in the past, but we were drawn to the appeal of Airbnb. Then I discovered a friend of mine from central Kentucky who listed had her cute little cottage on the family farm, so we chatted all things Airbnb!
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Our Short Term Rental World
(& why I love it!)
So began our journey into STR! Starting from scratch with an empty house, I started planning my design for how we would like a rental house to be when we stay on vacation. Once we completed the décor, we listed it! It was a scary thing I thought. What if no one likes our house? What if they thought it was too rural of a setting? What if, What if…..???
Well, all those doubts faded away within twelve hours of listing!! It went “live” one evening, right before bed and I turned off my phone. When I awoke the next morning, turned my phone on….ding ding ding! I got our first notification of a booking! Talk about being excited!!! And we kept getting bookings…..
And we continue to have bookings and best of all, we continue to get 5 Star reviews! That is the KEY to listing with Airbnb. You must strive to get 5 star ratings. We take great pride in our little house & we truly care for our guests!
Guests…..that’s the part I love! I love “meeting”, albeit virtually most of the time, our guests. They come from all over the US as well as other countries! I love hearing about their family, why they’re coming to our area (almost 99% for the Ark & Creation Museum) and most importantly, how they enjoyed their stay!
If you’re thinking about the world of STR, specifically via Airbnb, feel free to contact me. I LOVE chatting all things Airbnb, what we do, how we do it, even where we buy our furniture, especially our mattresses, which get rave reviews from guests! I’m happy to help in any way and I’d love hearing from you!