How To Get Your Home Ready For AirBnB Hosting
Congratulations. You have made a wonderful decision to put your home on AirBnB or a similar site. Not only is this a great way of earning some extra income but you’re also providing a cosy hassle-free alternative to visitors who wish to stay in a home and not have the restrictions of a hotel environment.
But don’t be fooled! Your guests will still expect all the high standards of a hotel. Therefore, in order to maintain good reviews and returning guests, read through a few of our top tips on how to get your home ready for AirBnB.
The least your guests will expect is spotless accommodation. Therefore, ensure you clean all cupboards inside and out, all surfaces, fixtures and fittings. Pay extra attention to the bathroom and clean behind and underneath all furniture. In addition, you may even consider getting the carpets cleaned, if needed. We advise cleaning before you take the photographs that will go on your profile.
A lovely smelling, clean home is what wows guests every time, so have a think about investing into some good incense sticks or plugin fresheners
Housekeeping Heroes offer a Full Deep Clean Service to get your home to a ‘showroom standard’. We are competitively priced and are experts on getting your home ready for AirBnB homestays.
You should aim to put away the bulk of your personal items, and certainly any valuables, in a locked cupboard or room. However, your guests are choosing your home partly because it is personable, so leaving out photos and nostalgia is all part of you and your home. Moreover, it tells a story to your guests.
One of the attractions of AirBnB and other similar sites is supporting small business and local families.
The most important part of getting your home ready for AirBnB, is making sure it’s safe.
After all, an accident in your home is the biggest risk you are taking when putting your home up for short stay lets. So cover your back and get the legal requirements covered first.
Make sure all electric wires are safely tucked away, that smoke alarms are working, open fireplaces come with proper safeguards and that you supply fire blankets and extinguishers. If you are likely to have small children staying in your home you may also consider plug socket covers and covers for table and surface edges.
Kitty can pop by at a time most convenient to you, to go over any queries you may have about starting up your home for holiday rentals.
A great exercise is a walk-through of your property imagining you’re a guest. Does your property provide everything they might need? Spare sheets and towels, cleaning and ironing equipment, cheese grater?
Imagine a long day of travelling or activities, you’ve finally got the kids to bed, only to discover there’s no bottle opener for our wine! Gahhhhh!
It’s the little things that count. Nobody on holiday wants to waste precious time trying to turn the oven on or looking for remote controls. Leave items your guests are likely to need in obvious places and leave instructions for any appliance they may not be familiar with.
Also, consider how to make it as easy as possible for guests to keep your home clean. Do you have a shoe rack by the front door? Essential if visitors are likely to get muddy! Are there clean (preferably new) kitchen cloths, washing up liquid and/or dishwasher tablets?
Some of the most successful Hosts go the extra mile and consider who is staying in their home. If it is families, for instance, many provide children’s books and toys. For couples, a deck of cards and scrabble board may be inspiring and for solo travellers, books are often appreciated.
For almost all guests, information on the local area and nearby attractions are welcomed. Therefore, make sure you have a selection of pamphlets, and extra stock so you, or your housekeepers can replenish them regularly.
It’s not essential but it will go a long way to making your guests feel welcomed and appreciated. It doesn’t have to be lengthy. Just a note to say ‘hello’, ‘thank you for choosing our home for your stay’ and also a bit about you and how you came to be an AirBnB Host.
Remember that the AirBnB and similar models have been successful largely because they are personal. Let your guests know that you value their business and wish them a great holiday.
Great reviews are what set you apart on these sites so do all you can to generate them.
Getting your home AirBnB ready is a time-consuming task and it will benefit you to be focusing on the most important parts. Ensuring your home is safe, making it personal and creating a great listing for your home online.
If getting your home ready for rentals is all too time-consuming or confusing, then why not hire in the professionals to take on the work?
Housekeeping Heroes offer the full AirBnB Hosting package. From a great Deep Clean which will get your home sparkling and ready for rental. A one to one home staging service with Kitty to help you declutter and get together everything you need to get going. A welcome pack created for your guests with your own personal touch. 5-star Housekeeping Cleans, out of hours contact for your guests. Hamper and Larder Stock Replenishing. Full, out of house Laundry Service and Same-Day Changeovers.
Furthermore, we work closely with our Superhost, local booking agents. As a result, if you would prefer not to deal with the bookings from guests and would rather let us run the rentals while you enjoy your time away, then we can accommodate that as a full package.
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