How Houst Superhost Kay Turned An Empty Studio Into $2000 a Month

As a host, what do you value most?

  1. Is it making sure your guests experience an authentic visit in your city? No problem, let’s draft up a neighborhood guide together and leave goodies for your guests. 
  2. Is it making sure your neighbor friends stay neighbor friends? Fair enough, let’s make sure your listing states how quiet and homey your place is. Even better – let’s get your neighbor hosting too!
  3. Is it earning enough to travel and visit family? Let’s talk numbers – nightly rates and our custom pricing algorithm to start.

Is it all 3 of these? 

Well, if so, let’s talk about advice from our partnered Superhost in San Diego, Kay. 

Kay came to us nearly a year ago after learning that her neighbor friends were hosting with us – and loving it. With a detached studio only used for family and friends, Kay had the ultimate San Diego spot – in the heart of America’s finest city, no less. Within her first weeks, Kay was up and running and absolutely smashing the peak season’s occupancy and reviews.

What’s her secret?

  1. Clear communication

For instance, Kay takes care of things like making sure the trash and recycling are taken out the way her neighbors would want (as they share bins) or leaving treats for guests, while we handle the time intensive tasks. We cover things like making sure the place is in tip top shape for a same day check out and check in or answering guest inquiries.

“I would not want to do this without the backup and work of Houst… If I did this on my own, I would have to have a day or two between every booking.”

Want to hear more from our hosts? Check out some more of our host testimonials.

2. Sharing her expertise

When hosting with us, your home will have specifics that only you have expertise with. Sometimes our cleaners will need to give specific attention to certain appliances or areas that you know have needed work in the past. This is why Kay “makes friends with the cleaners so they know they can contact me if something needs extra work.” Being able to work through specifics like this together is what has helped Kay’s flawless Airbnb reputation so far. We don’t, however, want to give the impression that your most valuable asset – your time – will be used constantly communicating with us while hosting. 

We do all of the time consuming tasks like:

  •  vetting guests
  •  answering inquiries 24/7
  •  scheduling cleans
  •  taking care of damages
  •  opening claims on Airbnb
  •  basically all of the things that would tie you down instead of free you up

Kay’s last hosting trick?

3. Personal touches.

With the help of our hosts like Kay who know how essential “having a good manager to partner with who communicates with the hosts, the cleaning crew and troubleshoots’ is, we are lucky enough to work with hosts who go the extra mile, which yields higher reviews and thus, higher occupancy. We are passionate about hosting and love it when our hosts are too.

  “The personal touch from an owner is important and makes it more rewarding for me,” and this sure shows in her reviews:

So what does Kay do with all the free time she has from working with Houst?

When Kay isn’t going the extra mile, she’s traveling a few miles while using her additional income to visit her infant granddaughters in Washington DC and Durango, Colorado.

We are honored to host with people who free themselves up by working hard, but more importantly by working smart. People who open their homes in order to open opportunities, people like Kay. 


Does this sound like you, too? Give us a ring, we’re here when you need us!

5 of Edinburgh’s most incredible Airbnb properties

Airsorted help hosts to look after and short-let over 600 properties in Edinburgh today.

Like much of the housing in the capital, the majority of Airsorted managed properties are one or two bedroom period flats, but there are lots of gems that really do stand out as unbelievable places to stay.   

We asked our Edinburgh team to tell use about the most truly unforgettable properties they manage in the city. Here are their top 5 picks:

1. A penthouse with castle views, McEwan Square

This stunningly modern penthouse apartment on McEwan Square boasts several balconies – one with spectacular castle views – and a double-height living room with a modern spiral staircase up to a second living area.

As well as two bedrooms and two bathrooms (one en-suite), it comes equipped with a balcony barbeque and stylish indoor dining area.

2. The Nest, Morningside

The Nest on Church Hill is a quirky book lover’s bolt hole, on the boundary between the lively and leafy boroughs of Morningside and Bruntsfield.

This third-floor flat has two bedrooms, an open kitchen, a living and dining room – and enough books to keep you entertained for weeks.

3. Clock tower apartment, New Town

This grand New Town apartment has incredible views over St. Mary’s Church spire and the Firth of Forth. With four bedrooms (two ensuite) and a master bathroom with a roll top bath, this is a really luxurious choice for up to 9 guests.

Visitors have a choice of three dining areas and the fantastically central location is perfect to explore all that Edinburgh has to offer.

4. Cost castle-view flat, Old Town

In the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, and just around the corner from our Airsorted office, this romantic one bedroom apartment is and a couple of minutes walk from Edinburgh Castle and the colourful Grassmarket square.

However, with views of the Castle from your bed and a cosy log burner in the living room, you’d be forgiven for swapping sightdseeing for snuggling up inside this cosy home on a chilly Edinburgh winter’s evening.

5. The King’s Chamber, Royal Mile

Undoubtedly, one of the jewels in Airsorted Edinburgh’s crown is this stunning one bedroom historic apartment in Riddle’s Court just off the Royal Mile.

The bedroom, which features extraordinary painted beams, was once the location of a dinner party hosted by King James VI of Scotland. If walls could talk…

Autumn in Edinburgh – What’s On

Now that we’ve made it through the weird, whacky and downright wonderful month of August, what has Edinburgh got going on?

Autumn is a great time to visit this beautiful city; the architecture stands out against the seasonal hues, the paths are scattered with fallen leaves and we have so many great events coming up!

Our Airsorted Edinburgh team have pulled together some of their most anticipated upcoming events in the city. So whether you’re local and looking for something interesting to do, or visiting the city for the first time here are our top picks of what’s to come in this amazing city!

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The 90-Day Airbnb Rule and What it Means to You

When you’re letting out your property, it’s really important to be a responsible host. Not only will this keep your guests and neighbours happy, it will also ensure your property is well looked after.

You’ve probably heard about Airbnb’s 90-day limit, which aims to regulate property letting in London. But do you know exactly what it is, and what it means for you?

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