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    How to set a cleaning fee

    You can cover your costs while keeping your total price competitive.
    By Airbnb on Nov. 9, 2021
    3-min read
    Updated Jul. 21, 2023


    We understand that setting your price is one of the hardest parts of hosting. Your nightly rate, and any additional fees, should strike a balance between covering your hosting costs and offering the best value to guests.

    Adding a cleaning fee

    Staying in a clean space is a top priority for guests. A cleaning fee can help you pay for your cleaning supplies or a professional housekeeping service.

    When setting a cleaning fee, keep in mind that it raises the total price of a stay. For shorter stays, the fee makes up a bigger portion of the total price than longer stays.

    To attract more bookings, try to keep your total price competitive. You can use the price preview tool under Pricing and availability to see the total cost of your listing for different dates and types of trips. High cleaning fees can discourage guests from booking your space.

    Here are a few options to consider:

    • Add one standard cleaning fee for all guests, regardless of their length of stay
    • Add a lower cleaning fee for short stays of only one or two nights, and keep your standard cleaning fee for all other stays
    • Add all or part of your cleaning costs into your nightly price to remain competitive

    Setting yourself up for success

    It’s important to manage expectations about what your cleaning fees include. We’ve heard from guests that they don’t want to do unreasonable chores, like stripping the beds, doing laundry, and vacuuming.

    It’s reasonable to ask guests to do simple things at checkout, like turning off lights, throwing food in the trash, and locking doors and windows.

    If you’re thinking of adding a cleaning fee, here are some best practices:

    • Use the fee to cover your actual cleaning costs, not as a way to earn extra money
    • Set a fee that is lower than your nightly price
    • Consider whether there’s another way to recover your cleaning costs, like taking a tax deduction
    • Try to buy cleaning supplies in bulk, which tends to cost less over time
    • If you’re new to hosting, consider waiting to add a cleaning fee until you have a few great reviews to attract bookings

    In the rare event that your place or belongings are damaged by a guest during a stay, Host damage protection, a part of AirCover for Hosts, pays for unexpected cleaning and much more. You can request reimbursement through our Resolution Centre.

    AirCover for Hosts’ Host damage protection, Host liability insurance, and Experiences liability insurance don’t cover Hosts who offer stays or Experiences in Japan, where the Japan Host Insurance and Japan Experience Protection Insurance apply, or Hosts who offer stays through Airbnb Travel, LLC. For Hosts who offered stays or Experiences in mainland China, the China Host Protection Plan applies. Keep in mind that all coverage limits are shown in USD.

    For listings in Washington state, Airbnb’s contractual obligations under Host damage protection are covered by an insurance policy purchased by Airbnb. Host damage protection isn’t related to Host liability insurance. Under Host damage protection, you’re reimbursed for certain damages caused by guests to your home and belongings if the guest does not pay for those damages. Host damage protection is subject to terms, conditions, and exclusions.

    Information contained in this article may have changed since publication.


    Nov. 9, 2021
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