Top 10 Airbnb Vacation Rental Books

Top 10 Airbnb Vacation Rental Books

Whether you are just starting out in the Vacation Rental space or you are a seasoned Property Manager, looking to draw some inspiration, here’s my list of Top 10 Airbnb Book List that we can equally benefit from!

##What are the Top 10 books to read to help grow your vacation rental business? Here’s a running list of the best books on vacation rentals, if you want to learn about topics like Airbnb investing, building a short-term rental empire, or how to have success managing your vacation rental business.

This blog consists of a list of books that will directly impact the success of your short term rental, which requires new skills that every host needs to have in our competitive market. If you’re looking for the most useful books for AirBnB hosts, then your search is over.

###Airbnb: Beginner’s Guide to Hosting

Book 1

If you are one of those that are all set to start your Airbnb business, and you want to avoid expensive errors that reduce your profitability, then this book is definitely for you! This book covers chapters like Becoming an Airbnb host, Setting up your space, Linen and bedding supplies, Creating the listing, Cleaning logistics, Hosting, Set up supply lists, House manual, and local food supplies, and Cleaners checklist.

Lauren Coats has set up and run several Airbnb properties, and the contents of this book are all based on her experiences. This is a quick read and basic How-To guide for setting up and running your own Airbnb business efficiently from the beginning.

Learn about the hosting lifestyle, the responsibilities, and the best practices to avoid trial and error costly mistakes. You'll be guided on how to strategically set up, furnish, and decorate an empty or partially furnished space to have a competitive edge on a budget, how to create a powerful listing that guarantees positive reviews, how to hire, train and manage your cleaning team, and how to fulfill your hosting duties with maximum efficiency and minimal effort by creating a self-sustaining system.

You’ll understand how to set your pricing at the beginning and raise it gradually as you have higher quality reviews. If you are a hosting newbie, this is a great foundation to help you launch the business quickly and start accumulating those 5 stars reviews, mandatory for your success.

The book includes templates for the Airbnb House Manual, Local Guide, cleaning Checklist, as well as detailed Supply Lists. As you can see, it is a practical book dealing with day-to-day issues as an Airbnb host.

###Master of Vacation Rentals

Book 2

Master of Vacation Rentals by Jedd Pierce is a comprehensive and easy-to-read guide to become a successful and profitable vacation-rental host on Airbnb or any platform. From finding and improving a property to using design, deals, pricing, and calendar tips, Jeff shows you through true stories and examples how to achieve great reviews for profit and growth.

He's here to help by breaking down the hosting process into 10 simple steps for you to succeed and profit in the new home-sharing landscape. This book contains the insights and hosting hacks you need to achieve financial rewards through satisfied guests.

Jeff's knowledge and experience have allowed him to perfect a technique to have his properties constantly booked and achieve 5.0 reviews. Learn the necessary tasks and thinking to follow for you to become the next vacation-rental success story by getting your hands on this book!

###Optimize Your Bnb: The Definitive Guide to Ranking #1 in Airbnb Search

Book 3

Even when you think you’ve reached your maximum potential or you’re comfortable with where you’re at, there’s always a lot more to learn! Former Airbnb employee and current Airbnb Superhost Daniel Rusteen is well-known in the industry for helping fellow hosts transform their vacation rental businesses through Airbnb. Known as a game-changer for many hosts, his best-seller Optimize YOUR Bnb outlines ways to improve both online and offline including increasing your ranking.

Optimize YOUR Bnb by Daniel Rusteen is one of the most reviewed and highlighted books for Airbnb hosts!

###The Vacation Rental Bible

Book 4

Have you ever dreamed of owning a vacation property that pays for itself? In today's market, platforms like Airbnb and Vrbo have made this not only possible, but easy to execute successfully.

Whether you already own a rental property or not, The Vacation Rental Bible by David Mencel can teach you how to analyze your financial performance, study your competition, and improve your guest relations to improve your profitability.

Through The Vacation Rental Bible - Proven Tips to Find, Manage & Market Vacation Rental Properties for Maximum Profit you'll learn how to:

  • Find a suitable property
  • Build a budget (including downloadable Excel sample budgets)
  • Prepare for rental guests
  • Create and maintain your online listing
  • Manage income and cash flow

Additional Topics

This book also provides guides on how to earn 5-star reviews, maximize search engine optimization, deal with difficult guests, and even includes a bonus chapter on improving your real estate photography. Whether you list on Airbnb, Vrbo, Homeaway, or through a professional property or even your own website, the tips and tricks in this book can help you take management of your property to the next level.

###Airbnb Listing Hacks – Alex Wong

Book 5

Your listing is a vital part of your business, be it on Airbnb/ Vrbo or Expedia and it is your duty as a Property Manager to ensure your listing is spot on. Airbnb Listing Hacks is a guide to maximizing your bookings and profits written by Alex Wong, which features numerous tips for improving your listings that you will not see in other books.

Airbnb has become something of a phenomenon and every day, in every town on the planet, homeowners are making money by renting out their spare rooms to travelers. But with more and more people catching on, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to stand out from the crowd. The book will teach you how to create listings that boost your visibility, bookings, and profits!

This bestselling book, Airbnb Listing Hacks: The Complete Guide to Maximizing Your Bookings and Profits can make all the difference in helping you stand out, with help on:

  • Standing out and ensuring guests find you
  • Learn what guests really want
  • Finding an effective market position
  • Attention-grabbing titles
  • Writing an irresistible summary of your place
  • Compiling effective house rules
  • Taking great photos
  • Writing effective photo captions
  • Creating a stand-out profile and much more…

The book helps hosts to optimize their listings, along with all the techniques required for success and teaches how to avoid common mistakes most hosts make.

###Every Airbnb Host’s Tax Guide - Stephen Fishman J.D.

Book 6

If you’re not taking advantage of tax deductions and depreciating assets, then you’re leaving some serious money on the table off your profit. Similarly, if you’re not doing your taxes properly then you can owe some serious money at the end of each season.

Every Airbnb Host’s Tax Guide is the first of its kind and the only tax book dedicated to short term rental hosts that we could find. It’s full of very important information regarding deductions, what records you should keep, and how to separate business and personal use.

However, it is directed towards hosts who rent out their residences and doesn’t appear to be very comprehensive for dedicated short term rental businesses. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get it, because the rest of the information will help you navigate the murky waters of taxes.

###Interior Design Master Class - Carl Dellatore

Book 7

Have you ever booked a place that had clutter everywhere, outdated furniture that didn’t match, and family pictures on the walls?

Neither have I, and neither will your guests!

Interior design is a creative skill that takes decades to master. However, it is based on inherent rules that we find in nature, like the Golden Ratio. Although not obvious, our human instincts have us gravitating to certain designs, layouts, colors, and textures over others. Being able to understand the process and controlling the feeling one gets by being in your space is a skill that every Airbnb host must have.

The Interior Design Master Class is a book that offers insights into the designers thought processes that will help you design your space to appeal to your target traveler. You’ll be able to come up with your own designs that fit your personal style that gives a uniqueness to your place that no one else can copy. Or at the very least, find inspiration!

###Interior Photography For Your Listing - Nathan Cool

Book 8

Think you can just pull out your phone and take pictures of your space that will sell bookings like hot-cakes?


First, you need to have a good understanding of lighting, composition, exposure, and white balance when it comes to shooting your interior in order to make photos that stand out!

Did you know that only 15% of hosts actually have high quality pictures of their short term rental? That means there is a quality-gap as large as 85% that you can take advantage of in order to stand out.

Photos that look professional and well composed get people on to your listing and build the expectation that guests can trust you to be a professional host. Photography for Real Estate Interiors by Nathan Cool is just that book, and is the first book in a series dedicated to real estate photography. It is a gold mine of information regarding workflow, what shots to take, and features links to video tutorials for editing your photos.

###Copywriting Secrets - Jim Edwards

Book 9

Also known as “Weaponized Words”, Copywriting is what intrigues your readers to keep going, revealing new information, making them feel the way you want them to feel (when you want them to feel it). It is very much an art that is also backed by data, particularly consumer behavior. However, it takes decades to master – and every industry will respond differently to different styles of the copy.

Your listing description on Airbnb and Vrbo isn’t just about facts that describe your space, but is your chance to get visitors to choose your place over your competitors, and copywriting is the vehicle that will take your listing where you want it to go!

Copywriting Secrets is a book that will take you through the entire process of writing your own original content that includes example headlines and when you would want to use them which will come in handy whether you want to do an amazing Profile or whether you want to wow your guests with your Airbnb welcome book. The book is written by a copywriter who writes his OWN copy, so you know he practices what he preaches!

###The Perfectly Imperfect Home: How to Decorate & Live Well

Book 10

Over the years, founding editor in chief of domino magazine Deborah Needleman has seen all kinds of rooms, with all kinds of furnishings. Her conclusion: It’s not hard to create a relaxed, stylish, and comfortable home. Just a few well-considered items can completely change the feel of your space, and The Perfectly Imperfect Home reveals them all.

Through charming watercolor illustrations and explanations on interior design, Deborah Needleman shares her knowledge of styling tips and techniques with witty humor. If decorating your vacation rental seems like a daunting task, Needleman’s inspiration and practical ideas are exactly what you need to decorate your space.

Ranging from classics such as “A Really Good Sofa” and “Pretty Table Settings” to unusual surprises like “A Bit of Quirk” and “Cozifications,” the essential elements of style are treated in witty and wonderfully useful little essays. You’ll learn what to look for, whether you are at a flea market or a fancy boutique—or just mining what you already own.

Celebrated artist Virginia Johnson’s original watercolor illustrations bring the items and the inspiring rooms of world-famous tastemakers to vibrant life. Styling tips and simple how-tos show you techniques to put it all together to create, say, a beautifully made bed (the fast way and the fancy way), an inviting reading nook, or an effortlessly chic display of pictures.

According to Deborah, the point of decorating is to create the background for the best life you can have, with all its joys and imperfections. This book will show you exactly how!

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