Want to join the Airbnb boom? Or are you already enjoying the extra cash, but hate the hassle? Here’s how to make money, without lifting a finger, with Pass The Keys.

One of Bath’s fastest growing areas; homeowners across the South West are seizing the chance to earn money by renting their vacant properties to tourists. The Airbnb boom has taken off, fuelled by Bath’s all-year demand as a tourism destination. Approximately two million visitors a year are pumping just under half a billion into the Bath economy, along with demands for a more ‘authentic’ holiday experience.

Demand for Airbnb accommodation in this Georgian city experienced a growth of 83% in the past year, with the South West hosting 733,000 travellers in 2017 making around £64 million for hosts. But while it may sound like ‘easy money’, opening your home as a tourist destination involves much more than simply handing the keys over.

Bath’s property short let management business Pass the Keys has built its reputation for making Airbnb hosting easy for hundreds of clients. From creating a professional listing on Airbnb, cleaning and providing linen to guest support and key handling – they take care of every aspect an Airbnb hosting needs.

Here, Sean Boyd, the firm’s city manager in Bath, has put together his top tips for a hassle-free short-term letting experience…

Make your listing pop out

Anyone can take a photograph and write a few words about their property, but to get it to really stand out requires some practice. Describe who your property is best suited for, share a bit about your neighbourhood and how to arrive at your property from major transport links.

Make sure your listing comes with professional photographs which would stand out from the crowd and attract more bookings. As long you don’t redecorate your flat, the photo won’t have an expiry date and you can still use them in a year or two. Ensure your key exchange and check-in works for everyone. Not everyone can take time off work to meet their guests in person. Your guests may experience a flight delay and you need to check them in at 11pm. If it is not for you, a property short let management service can take this on, handing over the keys and offering 24/7 guest support.

Giving your guests more flexibility for arrivals and also including professional photography is included in our service.

Make your guests feel at home

You may have had lovely guests, but your property will still need to be freshened up after they’ve gone. You’ll need to have time to change the bedding and towels and clean the home top-to-toe. If not, let your agent organise a professional clean after every guest.

Attention to detail also goes along way, adding little extras like plug adaptors, a hairdryer and even the basics to make a nice cup of tea go along way to ensuring your reviews are five stars and put you in a good position to obtain Super Host Status. So really put some thought into what you can add for your guests to give them the best possible experience.

Make the most of Prime Time

Many Bath homeowners plan holidays around Bath’s festivals and events, so they can let their accommodation at premium rates while they escape the city’s busiest time. In August, the average Airbnb price per night in Bath was £175 with an occupancy rate of 79% – making it even more popular than London, so it is well worth letting someone else do the work while you reap the rewards.

Rewards can be impressive – Pass the keys and earn

A good property in the BA1 postcode area can earn in the region of £3,450 per month, with an average price per night for a property sitting in the region of £175.

Alex, who lives in central Bath, has earned £11,000 since signing up with Pass the Keys in November and offering his two bedroom property for short term visitors. He said: “I work and live in London, but wanted to keep my home in Bath for when I retire. Signing up with Pass the Keys means I can have the money to keep my home maintained and also let it be enjoyed by guests coming to Bath. It also means that when I want a weekend away from London I can book my own home through the client portal and enjoy it too!”

Sean also points out that Airbnb rentals can be for everyone. With services such as ours, Airbnb hosting becomes incredibly easy and you’ll be amazed of what you can earn in a short space of time.

Find out how Pass the Keys can help manage your Airbnb business. Visit: passthekeys.co.uk or call: 0208 050 2818