Getting Your Home Airbnb Ready
Everything you need to do to make your home profitable on Airbnb.
Airbnb can be a great way to get some extra income from your house. Check out our seven simple ways to make your home rental-ready.
1. Make your bedroom inviting
The first thing that people want to know when looking for accommodation is where they’ll be sleeping. Your bed needs to look comfortable, and more importantly, clean. The easiest way to accomplish this is to use light coloured bedding for bed sheets and duvet covers.
If you want to make your bed look hotel-perfect, get a duvet a size up from your mattress size. For example, a king size duvet on a queen mattress will make your bed appear bigger and more comfortable. Add some throw blankets, a range of pillows, and you’re done.
Just like guests would expect in a hotel, make sure that there are obvious electrical outlets for charging phones, bedside tables for easy storage, and lamps.
2. Bathroom cleanliness is key
No one wants to stay somewhere that looks unhygienic. Make sure your bathroom is clean and accommodating. Matching towel sets are a must – include bath towels, hand towels, face towels and a bathmat. Hang them in the bathroom or leave them folded on the bed for a touch of class. Go the extra mile by including a bathrobe to really make your place stand out.
A well-placed plant, a nice tray with a few essential toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, soap), and some candles will really make for a luxe look.
3. Keep it clean
Guests will riffle through your things so save yourself the embarrassment and clear out anything you wouldn’t want touched before they arrive. They don’t want to hang their clothing by yours in the cupboard, or touch your toothbrush in the bathroom. Take away personal items before guests arrive and remember to remove your valuables, or keep them stowed away in a locked room. Guests want to feel like they’re in their own space so it’s important to keep things tidy and minimal.
4. Plants make every home look more inviting
Live plants make your home look well-cared for. They give your home an airy atmosphere, and are the ultimate lazy way to make any space look more welcoming. It doesn’t matter what type of house you have, there is a plant to suit your needs. Put them anywhere and everywhere to let your guests know that they’re in a loved home.
5. Anticipate guest questions
Guests need instructions on navigating your home. Prepare a guide on the essentials: wi-fi passwords, appliances, parking, local amenities, how to do laundry or work the television etc. Lay out your house in a way that would make sense for a stranger.
6. Little touches matter
It’s the small things that will get you great ratings on your profile. Think about what ‘extras’ you can easily include to make guests feel like they’re getting value. Linen, basic toiletries, toilet paper, dishwashing detergent and towels are standards to provide. A charging dock, nice candles, condiments, snacks, a bottle of wine or some fresh flowers demonstrate true appreciation for your guests.
7. Exploit your uniqueness
The most popular homes on Airbnb tell a story about what it will be like to live there. Take what is unique about your area, home or your family story, and share it with your guests, or provide a guestbook so that your guests can share their stories and memories. But it’s important to remember that if you’re going to sell your home as a ‘suburban retreat’, then you need to provide retreat-quality amenities. A beachfront shed can be sold as a beach holiday if you throw in some beach towels, buckets and sunscreen. An inner-city apartment is a foodies’ dream with some maps to notable nearby eateries.
Guests want to know what to expect of their stay before they arrive. So be honest, and utilise what you’ve got to your advantage.