How to prepare your home for Airbnb

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How to prepare your home for Airbnb

If you’ve got space to spare, putting your home on Airbnb seems like a no-brainer. But when you rent out your home or apartment to short-term guests, you can’t simply hand over the keys and expect everything to take care of itself. You need to prepare your home in advance for paying guests, many of whom will be expecting cleanliness and comfort standards on a par with those found in a hotel. The better job you do getting your home ready, the easier your guests’ stay — and your life as a host — will be. Here are a few ways to do that.


Clean it up

Nobody wants to stay in dirty lodging, and you need to go the extra mile to make a good impression on your guests. They might find dirt where you don’t. Hire a cleaning service to do a good, deep cleaning or don some gloves, get on your hands and knees, and scrub away. Put fresh bedding sets on the beds and fluffy towels in the bathroom.


Deal with potential hazards

There should be no obvious safety hazards like exposed wiring or a loose step. Fix anything that may cause the injury of a guest. Give yourself enough time before the renters come to make sure that your home is well-maintained. And try to think like a guest: Is under the sink — within reach of an unsuspecting child — really the best place to put that poisonous cleaning agent?


Secure your valuables

While Airbnb does have a pretty good screening process, you don’t know the people who’ll be staying in your home. It’s best to be on the safe side. Put away and secure whatever you don’t want available to your guests. This could be photos, artwork or jewellery. Take note of all of your valuables (even consider making a photographic album of them) so that you have something to reference when you return and can make a case should something have gone missing.


Equip your home for guests

Your home or apartment should be equipped to make your guests’ stay as easy and pleasant as possible. This is the way to get good reviews and repeat business. You should, for example, provide:

  • clean towels and linens (these don’t have to be the same as you and your family use)
  • extra blankets
  • an ironing board and iron
  • dishes, silverware, and pots and pans sufficient for the maximum number of guests you host
  • a microwave
  • coffee maker, kettle, and toaster
  • basic seasonings and food items like sugar, salt and butter
  • cleaning supplies including hand soap, dishwashing liquid, carpet cleaner, all-purpose cleaners, bleach, and disinfectant
  • basic toiletries like toilet paper, paper towels, and tissues
  • a first-aid kit
  • a fire extinguisher
  • all remotes necessary to operate the television and other devices
  • black bags for the garbage bin
  • extra light bulbs

Although not absolutely necessary, there are lots of other things you can provide your guests to make their stay more pleasant, for example:

  • basic food in the refrigerator and grocery cupboard, such as coffee, milk, juice, or cereal
  • a selection of DVDs that guests can watch if they get tired of sightseeing
  • playing cards or some board games
  • guidebooks and maps to the area

And many guests will expect internet access. So, if you’ve got internet, you can make it available to guests – but be sure to set clear boundaries with regards to usage.


Leave detailed instructions

Think about it for a moment. You’ve spent plenty of time in your home. You know the ins and the outs. Your guests won’t have that luxury. So, the more written instructions you leave for them, the better. This way guests won’t have to call you every time they have a question (although they may do so anyway). Be sure to include instructions on how to operate all the remote controls for your television and other electronics, as well as how to access your Internet connection. Also leave clear instructions on how to operate the dishwasher, washing machine, clothes dryer, stove, and any security system. Explain where the rubbish and recycling should be taken. While local supermarkets could be discovered through Google, leaving a list of all the closest amenities wouldn’t hurt.

Also, be sure to explain all the “house rules”. For example:

  • Is smoking is allowed? (If yes, provide ashtrays, or specify limits as to where a guest can smoke, such as outside.)
  • May your guests have parties?
  • May your guests play loud music after 10pm?
  • If you allow pets, provide specific pet rules and suggestions for local dog parks.


Leave a gift

A bottle of wine, a fruit basket, bread, cheese or even fresh flowers make a welcome sight for your new guests. Leave a signed greeting card with the gift letting them know you appreciate them choosing your Airbnb.


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