Learn how to manage your calendar with Houst

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Learn how to manage your calendar and review pricing on the Houst host dashboard.

Houst are now official ‘Integration Partners’ with Airbnb. In short, this means that the Houst host dashboard’s connection with Airbnb’s website will be more stable and reliable.

All good news, then. But the move means that you’ll no longer be able to manage your listing settings on Airbnb. Blocking dates, setting minimum nights, changing the price – these will all now be done on the Houst host dashboard.

How to open or block dates on the calendar

Navigate your way to the Calendar tab of the Houst host dashboard.

If you want to open dates:

On the right-hand side, you’ll see the option to enter a ‘Start date’ and an ‘End date’. Choose the start date as the first day from which you’d like the property to be available for bookings. Choose the end date as the day on which you need the property back for – your guest will be able to check-out at 11am on that date.

Below the dates, you can choose between ‘Available’ and ‘Blocked’. Click available. Leave ‘Override price’ blank, and then press ‘Save changes’.

You’ll see that the chosen dates now appear as white on the calendar. This means they’re available to book. Don’t forget to book a clean for the first day!

Tip: if you want to make all dates available, click on ‘Availability Settings’ on the right-hand side. Then select ‘Dates open by default’, and press save.

If you want to block dates:

On the right-hand side, you’ll see the option to enter a ‘Start date’ and an ‘End date’. Choose the start date as the first day on which you need the property back for – your guest will be able to check-out at 11am on that date. Choose the end date as the final day for which the dates should be blocked.

Below the dates, you can choose between ‘Available’ and ‘Blocked’. Click blocked. Choose a reason (so that our teams are kept in the loop), and then press ‘Save changes’.

You’ll see that the chosen dates now appear as grey and struck-through on the calendar. This means they are blocked to bookings.

Tip: if you want to block all dates, click on ‘Availability Settings’ on the right-hand side. Then select ‘Dates unavailable by default’, and press save.

How we set your pricing

Our pricing analysts will proactively monitor and change pricing across our different cities, according to demand. The price at your property changes on an automated basis too (we call this ‘the algorithm’). The price for any given night at your property depends on three different factors:

  • The time of year: summer is peak season, so you’ll have a higher nightly price in these months. Christmas is also a busy period.

  • The day of the week: for example, we price Fridays and Saturdays higher than Mondays or Tuesdays.

  • How far in advance a booking is made: if a guest tries to book six months in advance, they’ll pay a premium. If dates aren’t filled as we approach them, the price begins to come down so we can attract bookings. Prices reach a lowest point just a few days before each date.

Head to the Calendar tab of the Houst host dashboard.

If your property is only active on Airbnb, you’ll see just the one blue number per date. This is the current price of your property.

If you’re also live on platforms like Booking.com, Expedia, and HomeAway then you’ll see two blue figures for each date. The price changes between different platforms due to different platform fees, and the blue numbers reflect this range.

How to manage your pricing

If you’d still like to change the pricing, you can. Click ‘Pricing Settings’ on the right-hand side of the calendar tab.

Here you’ll see an option to change your weekly and monthly discounts. If they’re blank, then they’re on our default settings of 5% and 15% respectively.

You can also change the ‘Dynamic pricing adjustment’ field. This controls our pricing algorithm.

If you choose to increase the ‘Dynamic pricing adjustment’ by 10%, the new prices will be whatever our algorithm thinks is correct (see the previously mentioned factors), plus an additional 10%. Lower it by, say, 20% and it’s our algorithm’s figures minus 20%.

To increase prices by a percentage, just write the number (e.g. 10, 15, 40). To lower prices, write the number with a minus sign (e.g. -10, -15, -40). You don’t need to enter the ‘%’ symbol.

Tip: whatever number you enter, it always alters the original prices set by our algorithm, not the current prices displayed on your calendar (if you’ve previously changed this field, that is).

Once you’re happy with any changes, remember to press ‘Save changes’.

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