Ready, Set, Guest....Making Your Airbnb Ready for Renters
Since 2008, Airbnb has provided a trusted marketplace for people to list, explore, and book exceptional accommodations around the world. The company has over 3,000,000 listings for short-term lodging rentals ranging from a bedroom to a castle.
Once you decide to become an Airbnb host and list your rental, it's time to get your place "guest ready." In addition to the basic amenities guests expect, there are other items you can add that will completely enhance their experience and make it truly special. Great reviews and high star ratings for your property mean repeat business for you!
The first thing you want to do to prepare your property for guests is to create a welcome book filled with useful information that includes:
- Emergency contact information, including your cell phone number (and email address)
- Wi-fi password
- Instructions for any electronics equipment and appliances they may not know how to use
- Maps and current area guides, along with personal recommendations for restaurants
and local attractions
Equipping your guests with this information will help them feel safe and comfortable.
Make up the bed with freshly washed sheets and leave a complete set of towels for each of the guests. Be sure to have a sufficient quantity of toilet paper easily accessible. Fill a basket or bowl with travel-sized toiletries including shampoo, conditioner, and body wash – Bergman Kelly has a wonderful collection of white-tea infused products that are the choice of many Airbnb hosts.
If your renters will have access to a kitchen, have dishes, glasses, cutlery, and pots and pans readily available, as well as cleaning supplies so they can tidy up when they are done. A thoughtful touch is to leave beverages, including coffee, tea, and water bottles, and some snack options that they can grab as needed.
Beyond the basics, there are other items that will enhance your guests' experience. These include:
- An iron and ironing board
- A spare phone charger
- A blow dryer
- Toys for small visitors
- Books and magazines
- Access to Netflix or other online streaming account or a selection of DVDs
- Board games
When you go above and beyond, it shows you care about your guests' comfort. Start racking up those glowing reviews and more bookings are sure to follow!