Shampoo and Booze Episode 22: Raising Airbnb Prices and The Roof (and Chimney)

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We're getting into the springtime busy season at the Farmhouse rental and things are going well considering some stained linens and BBQ crust on the oven. We like to think of those things as regular renter use, not fee-worthy behavior. The river house roof is almost done, the chimney is done, and we're watching every episode of the British TV show, Grand Designs, so we know we're not the only ones taking on big projects like this.

Interesting article about hotels trying to woo the Airbnb market with 'micro-tels'. We've stayed at Pod39 about 3 times and loved it. Guess they're doing it right.

Check out some more house progress photos below.
--Our new official Farmhouse sign.
--Different views of the rear of the River House where we tore off the junky deck to better complete the roof.
--And a series of progress photos of the chimney as it was being bricked up.






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Shampoo and Booze Episode 21: Interview with Molly, Airbnb Host in Silverlake, Los Angeles

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Molly has a super popular rental in the hip neighborhood of Silverlake in LA. She's basically booked every night of the month. And we know why, her place is so cool! Check it out. We love talking to other hosts in far off (from us) locations because it lets us compare and contrast our experiences. Something we all seem to have in common- wanting our time and independence from an office job. Molly is pretty much there, with plans to buy another place in SoCal to expand her Airbnb business. We can't wait to check in with her a year from now to see how it's all going. Thanks Molly! (P.S. These are the Kwikset electronic locks Jay was thinking of. We do have these beautiful Schlage door handles though.)








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Shampoo and Booze Episode 20: Let The Brick Begin!

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Work is moving along on the new rental house. The roof is almost done, the chimney is getting bricked and we're excited about how everything is looking. Check out the photos below of the progress. We've also been binge watching Grand Designs, a British documentary series about people building or renovating their own homes. It's great to see other people going through the same processes we go through on houses. We're not alone!




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Shampoo and Booze Episode 19: Our Grand Designs, Why We Do This

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This week, we had the flu. Despite that, the business must go on! We had our renters self check-in, using our very helpful electronic locks and they had a great time even though we could not meet them. Getting notes like the one you see above is why we do this. To provide a fancy, cozy, quiet, get away for people who want to hang out in the country. They loved it so much, they booked the house for Memorial Day weekend. Sadly, they only booked 2 nights out of 3 for that weekend. But that really spurred Ryanne into action to change both Airbnb and HomeAway's holiday weekends to require 3 night minimums. Here is tutorial on how to do it for Airbnb (they don't make it easy to find). Here is a link so you can binge watch Grand Designs, a British documentary series about people building or renovating their own homes.
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