I recently became an AirBnb host and I can truly say that I am happy with the outcome so far. Having an AirBnb checklist to make sure your space is ideal for guests can garner you the best ratings for your listing and help you earn even more as an AirBnb host.
This guide focuses mainly on how to prepare your space for guests. If you want more tips on how to optimize your hosting business, check out my post, Top Tips for AirBnb Hosts.
Ready to get your space ready for hosting?
Here’s a list of things to do and things you need so you can be well on your way to super host status.
Create and finish your AirBnb listing
This sounds like a no-brainer but you’d be surprised at how many people sign up to be an AirBnb host but never complete their listing! You can create a listing in a little as 10-15 minutes. It might take a little longer if you have to add good pictures to your listing.
Remove personal belongings
It can be a little weird to be in a home or space with someone else’s personal belonging. For this reason, it’s a good idea to make the space as “clean” as possible. This means removing all personal effects like toiletries, pictures or anything else that a guest wouldn’t need to use.
You want to make sure the guest doesn’t have to navigate around your personal items to be comfortable. Plus, your listing pictures will look much better without your personal items in them.
Place things in the room that your guests will need
I like to put snacks, towels, chargers and other useful items in my spaces. Light, bright decor goes a long way in enhancing the space’s appeal and perceived comfort.
Here’s a list of things you may want to consider adding in your hosting space:
It’s pretty likely that your guests will have their own charging chords and wall pieces, but it doesn’t hurt to have a charging station anyway.
Another great idea is to have a bedside table with an outlet or a bedside lamp with built-in usb ports. Whatever you choose, it can be a plus to have extra options for your guests to charge their electronics.
Keurig or Keurig-Compatible Coffee Maker
It’s always a nice touch to give your guests the option to make coffee or tea in their space. More than likely, they don’t want to brew an entire pot of coffee and would prefer to make individual coffee servings. This is where a Keurig or Keurig compatible machine would be handy. Don’t forget to get K-cups for your guests!
Related resource: Tips and Tricks for AirBnb Hosts
Mini-fridges are also a nice touch for guests who might want to store snacks or left-overs from their dining excursions. I like to stock mine with waters and ice. These “small” things can make a big difference to your guest.
Again, people traveling with limited funds or dietary restrictions will be very thankful for a microwave. This is especially helpful if your guest cannot have access to a kitchen for your listing. Here’s a popular microwave option on Amazon that could work for your AirBnb space.
Extra Sleeping Options
If your space can accommodate extra guests, you should offer different, space-efficient ways for handling sleeping arrangements for more people. Here are some products to consider for additional sleeping options:
I recommend making the bedding as comfy as possible. If the mattress is to firm or otherwise uncomfortable, it can lead to bad reviews for your listing. Bad reviews mean your listing won’t be shown as much and can result in lower bookings. Here are some things you can do to make your guests’ bedding comfy, yet sanitary:
- Vinyl, water-proof mattress cover
- Pillow-top mattress cover
- White sheets
- Micro fiber duvet
- Goose down pillows
Cute, yet functional furniture
Don’t forget that you need to provide things like towels, toilet paper and similar things a guest would need as if they were staying in a hotel:
Decorating your room is the fun part. I like having a color scheme along with knick-knacks that have a theme like the countryside, the beach or even art that reminds guests of where they are (Chicago, Nashville, the Caribbean, etc.)
Here are some ideas to think about:
Get a good credit card to organize your hosting expenses
If you are serious about becoming an AirBnb entrepreneur, you should consider how you will organize your business finances for the best tax-advantages. I like using a credit card and connecting it with a free accounting software, like Wave.
One of my favorite business credit cards is the Chase Ink Business Preferred. Having a credit card like this can help you separate your spending for hosting activities and also help you earn rewards towards things like free travel.
You can use the Chase Ink Business Preferred for business charges (like AirBnb costs for furniture, cleaning, and upkeep) and earn points you can redeem for cash back, travel and more. You don’t need to have a corporation or official company structure to be eligible for theChase Ink Business Preferred.Anyone in business for themselves can take advantage of rewards from the Chase Ink Business Preferred.
(Remember to pay your balance off, in full, each month to avoid paying interest. Otherwise, you are negating the free points you are earning!) Click here to find out if you qualify for the Chase Ink Business Preferred.
Hopefully, this AirBnb hosting guide will help you create the perfect space for your AirBnb listing. Are you ready to start earning money as an AirBnb host? Click here to create your listing in as little as 10 minutes.
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