Making the Most of Being a Host
Hey, thank you for taking the time to check out this post and for your interest in nextstore. What follows is a brief guide to ensure that you maximize being a host, feel free to spice it up in your own special way!
To start off with, we suggest scoping out your home’s space. Find ways to brighten up the space and tidy up. Make the room or garage looks as pristine as possible. Avoid clutter in the images and avoiding making the area look high traffic. Try to ensure there aren’t other individuals in the picture or pets. Most people love a good boy, but they don’t want that good boy getting into their stuff.
Next, we recommend taking the best pictures you can. Try to take some that show off the features of the space. You don’t need to be a world class photographer to take good pictures for NXTSTOR, but making sure they aren’t blurry, are well-lit, and show the entire space you plan to rent out will be more attractive to prospective renters. This is the biggest factor in getting your space booked. If you’re afraid your pictures won’t meet expectations you can check out www.thumbtack.com or www.fiverr.com for a freelance photographer.
After taking your photos, take some time to think about what makes up the space. We’ll need an idea of where in your home the space is first. Then a brief bio of the space, 2–3 sentences should suffice. Talk about your neighborhood, and how calm and quiet it is, or maybe the location in relation to other things. Go into detail about how you would be a great host.
Finally, select the space attributes: are there additional safety features like a camera or a keypad? Will the space be available 24//7 with key card access? Is it heated and air-conditioned? Is it pet free? All of these will allow you to get better rates for your space.
As far as price goes, we generally believe you should price your space in the $0.75-$1.25 per square foot per month price range. While this sounds small, on a monthly scale this could have you earning $100+ for your space — without people trekking through your house or having to do any extra work. This also means recurring payments month after month without having to find new renters or tidying up. The renter just drops off the items and picks them up when they need them back.
Finally, make sure all your account info is correct and you have set up a credit card or bank account that will accept the funds you earn. After all, we want you to get your money! Make sure your renter takes time to fill out reviews of your space, it will help you in the future! Thank you so much for being a part of the greatest community network out there. As always, if you have any questions or are having trouble with anything, shoot us an email and we’ll make sure to lend a hand however we can.