Letting out an empty property or room is an excellent way of making some extra money, with Airbnb making it increasingly easy to do so. While it may be easy to sign up and post your listing, grabbing a potential guest’s attention and ensuring they have a great stay is another story.
There’s plenty of competition wherever you are in the world, so guests now expect the very best for their money. Don’t worry, though – as long as you’re organised, getting those positive reviews isn’t as hard as you’d think. Become the ultimate host with our top tips on what to do before your guests turn up.
Declutter your property or room
Nobody wants to pay for a messy, unorganised room, especially if the photos presented it in a more organised state. You want the space to be homely, but neutral so the guest doesn’t feel like they’re intruding in someone else’s home. If you went to a hotel and found someone else’s belongings in your room, you wouldn’t be impressed – the same goes for Airbnb. Cleanliness is key, so ensure your room is up to scratch by decluttering and cleaning until the property is spotless.
Put all of your personal bric-a-brac and clutter in a secure storage unit from Ready Steady Store. This is a great way of decluttering without throwing out items that you may need in the future. With 24-hour access to units, extensive security and amazing prices, you can simply stash your stuff away until you need it. Removing clutter will make the room seem bigger too, which is sure to attract more guests.
Bring personality to the room
Once you’ve decluttered the room and ensured it’s organised, you can add some finishing touches to the space. While you don’t want to cover the room with your own personal belongings or ornaments, you still want it to have a bit of personality. Add a pop of colour through soft furnishings, bring the room to life with fresh flowers and hang up a few classy paintings.
Make a room more enticing
There’s nothing more annoying than arriving at your Airbnb, only to have to pester the host for the most basic of things. This is frustrating for both the guest and host, which is why we recommend making an information book or brochure providing all the information they’ll need. Consider including the following:
- Wi-Fi name and password.
- Facilities they can use and where they are located, such as the washing machine, kettles etc.
- Places to go in the local area, including restaurants, bars and activities.
- Times they should check out by, as well as instructions on how to do so.
- House rules, such as if guests are allowed visitors or not.
- Where things are like towels, cleaning supplies etc.
Making a book with the above information makes sure your guests have everything they need to enjoy their stay.
Provide some extras
There’s nothing better than getting to your Airbnb after a long day of travelling and seeing the selection of teas, coffees and snacks already on the side. While you don’t have to provide all of their meals, providing these extras will be very much appreciated by your guests. You could go one step further and provide a bottle of wine or chocolates from your local area, this is a great welcome to the city or neighbourhood.
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