Since its launch, Airbnb has stirred up the world of hospitality. Suddenly the power is in your hands. Airbnb allows you to profit off short term property rentals while offering guests an amazing and unique hosting experience. If you want to start an Airbnb or want to make your existing one stand out, it can be a daunting task at first. It can take a lot to make a house feel like a home, that’s why we have picked out five of our favourite tips for having your house AirBnB ready in no time.
Do sweat the small things
It’s the small touches that will tie your place together. Make sure you have thought about every aspect of your guests’ stay. If the bedroom gets a lot of light, consider black-out curtains. If the bedroom gets quite cold in the winter, thermal blinds are another great option, keeping the heat in.
Don’t overlook your outdoor area. If you have a lot of plants, make sure they’re well-kept and if you don’t have any plants, why not buy some! Plants are a great way to breathe life into all ranges of outdoor spaces. Vertical planters are a great way to save pace and can be hung off pre-existing structures to create a beautiful aesthetic, even in the smallest of yards. Think about your foreign guests and keep a multi-adapter in the bedside table. It’s these small touches that will set your Airbnb apart from the rest.
The bedroom is everything
It’s where your guests will curl up after a long day, where they’ll sleep in a relax and it’s where they’ll spend the majority of their stay. The bedroom should be their very own private sanctuary, so make sure you’re doing everything in your power to reflect that. It’s easy to get carried away worrying about every little thing your guest may need during their stay. Be careful though, too many blankets, unnecessary appliances and busy decorations can all make a room feel cluttered.
Keep your design simple and cosy, furnish the bedroom with only what is necessary. Be sure to remove anything of yours from the room. It’s your guests private getaway, a wardrobe doubling as a storage closet will completely shatter the illusion. Clear the clutter and create a minimalist aesthetic to give your guests the room to spread out and relax, and you’ll have your first 5-star review in no time.
Keep your kitchen well-kempt
Not every Airbnb listing will have a kitchen, and that’s fine, however, if you are advertising a kitchen space be sure it’s of a high standard. A checklist can be a good place to start and there are plenty online. Go through ticking off the things your guests may need and purchase the missing items. Be sure to check the quality of the items that you do have. There’s nothing worse than a blunt knife, make sure your knives are sharp. This doesn’t need to involve new and expensive knife sets but consider purchasing a benchtop sharpener.
Lastly, don’t overdo it. It’s a pretty safe bet your Airbnb guests won’t be throwing any dinner parties, so don’t overstock the kitchen. Keep it basic and simple so that the essentials can be easily found. The option to cook can be a big bonus for many guests, so be sure to spend some time making sure your kitchen is a feature that you’re happy to show off.
Beautify your Bathroom
Transform any bland toilet into a beautiful bathroom by focusing on the little details. A bathroom needs to be clean and hygienic to keep your guests happy, but it’s easy to overlook some of the smaller details. Invest in good cleaning supplies early on, and you’ll save a lot of time down the line. Consider purchasing some heavy-duty chemicals to restore your grouting. This isn’t something that will need to be done all the time, but it can really help your bathroom look fresh and clean. Another hot tip is investing in water repellent; this will help your shower stay cleaner for longer and save you a lot of time long term.
Go through a set of emergencies in your head. Try to imagine how your guests would react. Remember that your guests may be new to the country, and may not have local phone numbers of emergency services or information on what to do in case of emergency. Be sure to keep important information such as this in an easily accessible area – such as a poster on the refrigerator. Make sure you have smoke alarms installed and either a fire extinguisher or fire blanket or both available and accessible. Having a first aid kit is available is another must-have. Even if nothing goes wrong, these little touches can help your guests feel comfortable and safe in your home.
Follow these few tips and watch the 5-star reviews roll in. It can be a good idea to take professional photos after you’ve finished sprucing your place up. Get the pics while your home is looking fresh and be sure to market both online and offline. Chuck a flyer up at your local information centre. What have you got to lose! Make a start now, and your dream Airbnb will be closer than ever.
Bio : A freelance writer from Dunedin, New Zealand Cloe Matheson, loves writing pieces about lifestyle and travel. She loves to inspire others to start on their journey and explore the endless possibility of travelling around the world. You can read more of Cloe’s articles on her blog.