How to Deal with Nerves as a First-Time Airbnb Host

After spending three months in Bogota, Colombia – I decided to throw my leased apartment on Airbnb. I had no idea how things would work out. Being an Airbnb host was more of an experiment than anything else.

I honestly had no idea if anyone would even rent my spot. It’s a small studio ideal for an independent traveler looking for a perfect location.

Then I got a request. I figured it’d be for a week or two. I was wrong. My first client wanted to stay for 49 full days. Damn.

My plan was to play Airbnb host for a few weeks while I hit cool places in Colombia. Maybe a week at the beach. Possibly checking out El Cafetero a little more.

Nope, I now had to find a completely different place to live. It was a bit stressful. Luckily, it was also a bit profitable.

How to Deal with Nerves as a First-Time Airbnb Host

My first guess arrives tomorrow. A businessman looking to make connections in Bogota, Colombia.

On paper, everything looks pretty ideal. I make a little extra cash while covering my lease. Then I get to travel around Colombia for nearly two straight months.

In reality, I’m a little nervous. My mind keeps running over all the bad things that could happen. I’m generally concerned.

What if my guess breaks something valuable like the washing machine? What if he floods something when I’m not in the city? What if my landlord gets upset that I’m subleasing?

There’s a lot of bad shit that can happen. However, I’m fairly confident everything will be ok. I thought things over and my nerves calmed down a bit. If you’re a first-time Airbnb host, here are a few things to consider:

– Subleasing & Landlords –

I kind of asked my landlord if I could rent on Airbnb. My friend stayed in my place while I was away for a few nights and I asked my landlord. He said it was cool.

So I put my apartment on Airbnb as an experiment. I’ll let my landlord know I’m having a “friend” stay in the apartment. Then I’ll pay him and head out.

While there’s a 10% chance this goes horribly wrong, I’m fairly confident everything will be just fine. This is my main concern.

My landlord only cares about his money. As long as I pay, I shouldn’t have any issues with him.

– Not Being Around –

As the guest rented the place for nearly two months, I don’t plan to stay in the city. I made this perfectly clear to my guest, but it still brings worry.

If something does go wrong, I’m not sure how I’ll handle things. I may have to call my landlord to handle the situation or come back to the city.

I do have a good friend in the same apartment building, but I feel a bit guilty asking him to handle anything too big.

Again, this could go horribly wrong. However, I think I have my bases covered. It’s a small, efficiency apartment. There’s not much that could go wrong. I’ve been living in the place for three months without issue.

– Breaking Things –

The guest seems like a pretty upstanding guy. I don’t have many concerns about things getting broken. Other than the TV and washing machine, there’s nothing of real value in the apartment.

If anything does break, Airbnb has an insurance protection policy that should kick in. So this isn’t one of my bigger concerns. It still offers a little worry if something does break, I may have to come back to the city to fix it.

My Experience as a First-Time Airbnb Host

Honestly, I have no idea how being a first-time Airbnb host will play out. Everything could run smoothly and I’d have no worries.

There’s also a possibility the whole thing goes to shit. I’m not sure what will happen, and I can’t say I’m too excited to find out.

If you have experience as a first-time Airbnb host, sound off in the comments. I’m curious to hear how things turned out for you. While I’m a bit worried, my fingers are crossed, everything goes smoothly.

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Jake D

Travel junkie turned blogger. Location independent. From the Midwest, but often based in Latin America. Big on beaches, rumba, and rum. Addicted to the gym. Committed to showing a different style of travel - one that involves actually interacting with locals and exploring different cultures.

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