How to rank at the top of Airbnb in Malaysia for 2019

 
You know that old saying- a picture is worth a thousand words? This is particularly true for your listing. After trial and error, we realised the switch off just the first picture will make-or-break your listing.
 
Here are some of our valuable tips for getting your guests to love what they see. Here at Plush Services, we offer a full range of Airbnb management services in Malaysia, including free advice on listing and photography.
 
Plush Services’ professional photography team uses years of experience to help you get a leg up. As can be seen by the photos featured below, we take pride in producing quality shots of all our properties.

Lighting, lighting, lighting

Airbnb Property Management Services Malaysia - Binjai - Plush Services
Binjai Residency – one of the top 10 Airbnb listings in 2018
It’s no secret that a photograph of a lovely, light-filled home will always sell better than that of a dreary, dark interior. Showcase your property by taking your photos in the day, with as much natural sunlight as possible.
 
Before shooting, switch on all the lights. Open all the windows and switch on all lamps. This creates an atmosphere that is bright, airy and appealing to potential guests. Our photographers always take pains to shoot either early in the morning or late in the afternoon, when the light is at its best for photographs.

Highlight your home’s best features 

Banyan Tree - Airbnb vacation rentals in KLCC, Bukit Bintang Banyan Tree apartment with KL Tower view
 
You may not have the biggest kitchen around – but you do have that stunning view of the KL skyline! Remember to focus on the best attributes of your home to showcase it in a positive light, and to help your listing stand out.
 
Do also ensure that your home is tidied up well, prior to shooting. Overlooked areas of messiness (such as an unmade bed or a leftover plate) could well be the make-or-break in a guest’s decision.

Be selective with your photo choices 

Don’t overwhelm viewers with 800 photos of the same old living room. Make it a point to highlight each of the rooms and key areas of interest within your property.
 
Always ensure that you include your “money shot”, i.e. a key photograph that defines your listing. Take this money shot of this beautiful Banyan Tree Residence unit under our portfolio. For example – our photo of choice is attention-grabbing and paints a clear picture of the luxurious amenities.
 
Banyan Tree - Airbnb management at its best at Bukit Bintang and KLCC
Banyan Tree – a luxurious Airbnb at Bukit Bintang and KLCC
 
In addition, it would also be helpful to include a photograph or two of your surrounding neighbourhood and any outdoor spaces, to give potential guests a sense of the environment around them.

Use props in your photos 

Binjai 8 Premium Soho - Airbnb management services
Binjai 8 Premium Soho – Airbnb vacation rentals in KLCC
 
A simple tip is to introduce some key props to help craft an impression of a homey space, or a place with a unique character.
 
As part of Plush Services’ professional set up, we make it a point to bring our handy bag of props with us to liven up the photos we take. Items such as cups of coffee, cooking books in the kitchen, or fresh flowers and fruit often work wonders to set the scene effectively.

Invest in a good camera 

M City - Airbnb management services in Ampang
M City – Airbnb management services in Ampang
 
There is a tonne of apps that can produce great photographs including Snapseed and Diptic. However, nothing beats a decent wide-angle DSLR camera like that used by us in our photos. If photography isn’t your thing, hire a professional photographer! Plush Services provides this service to all our clients.
 
Whatever your equipment of choice is, do make sure that your photos are of high resolution. Preferably, the photos should also be in landscape format. Airbnb’s software prefers these photos as they appear better on mobile. It also provides guests with a better visual and spatial sense of your property.
 
If you’re interested in getting the best out of your listing, call Plush Services at +603-2181 9399, or email us at [email protected] for assistance. You can also visit https://plush.services/homestay-services/ to find out more about our services!
 

2 thoughts on “5 Photography Tips for a Fab Airbnb Listing

  1. Michael retnam on January 2, 2019 at 9:07 am Reply

    I have a condo in cheras, Kuala Lumpur that I need to list out for homestay or air B and B, how to go about it.

    1. admin on January 4, 2019 at 11:50 pm Reply

      Dear Michael, thanks for your interest! We will contact you directly to obtain more information from you.

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