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Airbnb in Canberra

Discussion in 'Airbnb & Short Term Letting' started by Lito, 26th Jul, 2016.

  1. Lito

    Lito New Member

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    Hi,
    I'm a newbie. I would like to connect with anyone who is currently hosting an Airbnb place in Canberra. Yes, I'm considering doing the same thing. Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
    Ciao.
     
  2. Leo2413

    Leo2413 Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    @Gockie may know someone there or have some good info on it perhaps.
     
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    Marg4000 Well-Known Member

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    Have you stayed in Airbnb before? If not, try a few to see what works well and what doesn't.
    Marg
     
  5. Gockie

    Gockie Be the change you want to see in the world Premium Member

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    Hi Lito,
    I agree with Marge's comment. Stay at a few and see what makes a great stay and borrow some of their ideas. I have a few Airbnbs but they are in Sydney.
    I stayed in a good Airbnb in Canberra while I was visiting though, it was in a family's townhouse style home (i.e. PPOR) in suburbia in a near new estate. The rates were reasonable, my comment to them was that they should raise their rates, it just seemed too cheap for what they offered. (They were saying they also attracted people who wanted to stay 3 weeks or longer who moved to Canberra for work and they didnt like that... neither would I)!.

    The fantastic thing about this stay was that the hosts were really great, spacious clean and comfortable bedroom with tea, coffee, microwave in the room if you wanted to use it. The home was clean and they liked to use the heating! (It was super cold outside!!) But in addition, we had our own full clean bathroom all for ourselves... extra kudos for that! :)

    I suggest you can try staying at some and talking to the hosts.

    The downsides...
    Washing! Lots of it.
    You may get very over cleaning... so get some very reliable cleaners.
    Its a bit of work but not super ardous.

    Upsides...
    The money!
    Meet interesting people. :)
    If you do it in your home you're likely to keep it cleaner than if you didn't.

    Absolutely consider doing full home/full private space options... you'll be able to charge more for it but obviously you need to have a space you can do that.

    Also, I stayed at someone else's home and he was renting 2 rooms in the home as separate listings. That's a real option too, and quite nice for travellers to meet other travellers but in a home situation rather than in a hostel.
    More than 2 rooms in one home would feel a bit transient though imo.

    Whether or not you want to do something like that is up to you though.

    :)
     
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  6. Jamie Moore

    Jamie Moore MORTGAGE BROKER - AUSTRALIA WIDE Business Member

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    Hi @Lito

    Where is your airbnb pad?

    I haven't tried it in Canberra but I suspect it would work well - especially if the property is close to the city or universities.

    Canberra is a transient place - a lot of people would come for short work stints or to check it out before committing to a move. For those people - air bnb would be a perfect option.

    Cheers

    Jamie
     
  7. S1mon

    S1mon Well-Known Member

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    yeh im giving it a crack....need to get it listed, just doing my landscaping now..bit of a low risk gamble..

    a trailer certainly helps when gumtree shopping :/
     
  8. Angel13

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    How is your AirB&b going?
     
  9. Angel13

    Angel13 Well-Known Member

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    Hey Lito

    Did you end up doing the AirB&b? Just wondering how it's going? We are currently building and will have a guest bedroom downstairs with its own ensuite and walk in robe so thought I would rent this out on Ab&B when the time comes.

    A bit worried about safety though.
     
  10. S1mon

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    yeh its going ok i would say...averaging a bit more than double normal rent , minus costs. april was mostly booked out, May tho only 10 days so far so its definitely getting quieter as it gets cooler..still undecided if its worth the effort , by the time i pay tax etc..(it probably is, more just that im busy with other stuff)...will do 12 months and re evaluate.

    sharing a room is a different ballpark to a whole place tho

     
  11. Angel13

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    Whaaaaat wow really? I thought unless you had a house in the city Air B&B wouldn't work here so much. Boy am I wrong. Goes to show how much I know lol.

    Where is your property located? And are you renting out a room or whole house. Give me all the details please
     
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  12. S1mon

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    Angel, mines in evatt, whole house (granny flat). Shoot me a pm and happy to answer any questions
     
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    Not exactly Canberra, but the folks I know doing AirBnB in Bungendore are doing a roaring trade. Big shortage of beds in the area, and tourism is taking off. Hoping to take advantage of it myself in around 6 months after doing some renos on the back of our house to make it a separate unit.

    If you want to chat to a couple of folks in real life about it, there are some AirBnB owners coming along to the Bungendore Connect meetings. They have given me some great advice and invited me out to check out their properties.
     
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