With Airbnb growing in popularity around the world, more and more property owners are signing up their properties. It can be very time consuming to prepare your property for guests and a little overwhelming to rent out your home for the first time, especially to someone that you have not met. There are a number of things that you should do to ensure that your property is guest ready & to make sure that you guest have everything they need. To help you with this, we have compiled our top tips of how to prepare your home to make sure your guests have a great stay and you can keep the bookings coming!
- Bookings: it is important to keep your calendar up to date so you know when people are checking in and checking out. This avoids over lapping and also allows you to block anytime off if you need to stay at the property or if you would like to have friends and family to stay.
- Check in/Check out: it is best to have clear check in and check out times, and if possible try and keep these the same for each guest. This allows you time to clean the property, replenish items and change the linen in plenty of time for your next guest with minimal stress to yourself!
- Parking: make sure guests are aware of the parking situation, whether they can park at the property, how many cars can park there, if they have to pay for parking nearby or whether you need to supply permits. It may also be worth stashing a few in the property in case a guest forgets to tell you then need them!
- Wifi: even when people are away on holiday, accessing the internet is a top priority. Supplying the Wifi password is a must!
- Amenities: it would be great to note down where local amenities are, the best places to grab a coffee or a cosy pub lunch. We would also recommend letting your guests know where the local pharmacy and hospital is in case of emergencies.
- Essentials: having a good supply of items such as tea, coffee, cleaning products, washing up liquid, hand soap and toilet paper, will allow your guests to have a comfortable stay & deal with any spills or accidents immediately so to avoid damage to!
- Crockery: if you have expensive crockery and cutlery or family heirlooms, it would be best to replace these with less expensive items or lock them away to avoid any breakages.
- Inviting: making the house inviting for your guests to stay, tidying away any clutter but still leaving your personality!
- Lockable space: it is important to have a lockable space to keep any personal items safe & story any linen, cleaning materials and provisions that you don't want guests to take home with them.
- Idiosyncrasies: make sure you make your guests aware of any anomalies, such as fire places only being for decorative purposes, hobs need to be lit by a match and balcony doors needing securing in a specific way- to name but a few.
- Detailed instructions: it is important to leave detailed instructions for appliances, heating and hot water! It is best to leave your details for guests to contact you easily if there is an emergency.
If you prefer to sit back and relax or you are busy in your day to day life and would prefer someone else to take care of this for you, this is where Air360
can help. We do everything from creating an Airbnb profile, providing a detailed property handbook, managing bookings from check in to check out, proving a professional cleaning service, and optimising your pricing to ensure you receive revenue from your property.