Comfort, convenience and cleanliness will make your home one to remember
Whether you’re planning to rent out a room or your whole home, short-term vacationers appreciate the little touches that make their stay more comfortable. Whatever type of space you plan to share, make sure it is one to remember with these simple tips.
Think Like a Guest
Transform your home into a comfortable and welcoming space by thinking like a guest. What amenities make your life easier when you travel? Space for luggage, an empty dresser drawer or an area cleared in the closet will make putting away clothes easier. The smallest things can make a world of difference for someone trying to settle in. Make sure the guestroom is equipped with the necessities like a bedside table, lamp, clock and free outlet for charging electronics and laptops. Organize the kitchen and bath in an intuitive fashion and set out extras like toilet paper and towels in an easy to find location.
Cleanliness is King
You can never redo a first impression so ensure your space is ready to wow guests as soon as they arrive. Make sure your home is clean and odor free, cleared of pet hair, dirt, dander and any other clutter. If it is in the budget, it is well worth it to hire a professional. Otherwise, make sure all linens, bedclothes, towels other and shared spaces are clean and fresh. It is also a nice touch to include simple toiletries like shampoos, soaps and lotions to guestrooms and bathing areas. Room spray or essential oil diffusers can also be used to create a welcoming spa-like atmosphere.
Going above and beyond does not have to be a grand gesture. Setting up a coffee and tea station in the kitchen or guestroom allows visitors to fix themselves beverage after a long day exploring. Providing snacks, granola bars or other local goodies is also a thoughtful perk. Don’t forget the kiddos by including some instant hot chocolate or juice boxes.
When it comes to visitors, you are the expert on your city. A great low-pressure way to share some of your favorite sights about town is to put together a city guidebook. Include the best place to grab breakfast or lunch nearby, local coffee spots, your favorite winery, breweries or restaurants and any notable shopping. For homes in walkable neighborhoods, providing shared bikes can be a simple way to encourage travelers to get out and explore. This is also a good opportunity to include any information about your home – like the wifi password, house rules and instructions about the property or appliances.
If you are planning to cater your space toward families, it is very helpful to have some kid-friendly equipment on hand. Parents will appreciate not having to bring a crib, pack and play or high chair on their journey. Extra pillows and blankets along with kids toys, books or movies can go a long way in making a parents life a little easier. Equipping bedrooms with nightlights or sound machines can take things above and beyond.
Make Sure You have the Essentials
But above all else, make sure you have the essentials on hand. Below are our must-haves for any Airbnb rental.
- Toilet paper
- Paper towels
- Electric kettle or coffee station
- Soap (hand and body)
- Shampoo and Conditioner
- Bath Towels
- Clean sheets and linens
- One pillow per guest
- Wifi and the accessible password
- Hair dryer
- Desk or small work station