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PostPosted: Thu Aug 30, 2018 5:58 pm    Post subject: ABB Cleaning Fee Reply with quote

Is there an advantage of adding a separate cleaning fee on ABB?

Note all in my area do.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 30, 2018 10:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is the fee commissionable?

I charge a lower price on Booking.com but add a cleaning fee. I don't pay commission on the cleaning fee!
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2018 11:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

When you search an area on Airbnb, it pops up with the relative prices of each one. I presume that this is before the cleaning charge so perhaps you are better to add one?
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2018 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

www.carpetbagenterprises.com/post/165585218109/optimizing-your-listing-cleaning-costs
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2018 9:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think there is some advantage but am interested in answers to your question Apex Blue.

It seems that Airbnb when they show cheapest rate for property do not include the cleaning fee.

On my mobile when I look at calendars for properties it displays the charge per night without the cleaning fee. (I can't see this on my laptop.)

However if you enter specific dates I think the price shown per night is higher including a proportion of the cleaning fee.

AirBnb's price tips don't take any account of any cleaning fee.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2018 2:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We include a cleaning fee as it helps balance the cost of shorter stays, what we charge doesn't actually cover our costs.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2018 7:53 am    Post subject: Re: ABB Cleaning Fee Reply with quote

apexblue wrote:
Is there an advantage of adding a separate cleaning fee on ABB?

Note all in my area do.


The main disadvantage with doing so is that the cleaning fees are always refunded for guest cancellations.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2018 4:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ianh100 wrote:
We include a cleaning fee as it helps balance the cost of shorter stays, what we charge doesn't actually cover our costs.


Sorry, but I just don't get it. You don't cover your costs on short stays but get paid a nominal sum to clean up after? Surely far simpler to do without the hassle.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2018 7:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I charge 80 cleaning fee on ABB. Nobody has complained, although a couple of times the bathroom bin has not been emptied by Americans. Still, I am not complaining. It brings my payment to the level I get from bookings through my website, otherwise I would be out of pocket.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2018 9:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So are there advantages to adding a fee?

Have just been put off booking an LMH ex member as 100 clean fee added.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2018 11:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I must say I was somewhat surprised myself, all my guests for July and August were foreigners, ( are we allowed to say that now?) from a mix of countries both in the EU and elsewhere.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2018 1:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Adding a fee simply allows you to quote a lower nightly rate and therefore appear higher in searches if they are sorted or displayed by price. You end up paying whatever price the owner thinks their property is worth but allows them to compete with the owners who quote below market value rates, or at the very least grab some attention to start with.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2018 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Agreed Nemo. If your nightly rate is lower, you'll be seen by more people. In our experience, lowering the nightly rate and adding a cleaning fee seemed to give us more bookings after a few weeks of nothing with a higher nightly rate.
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