Airbnb is becoming an increasingly popular way for people to arrange accommodation for short and long term stays. As such, more and more people are embracing the site in order to let out their home (or part of it) and boost their income.
In case you aren’t familiar with how it works (where have you been?), hosts use the site to rent their entire homes or individual rooms in their homes to guest who are looking for some where to stay in the area.
But, just like renting your property out to tenants, if you let your home out on Airbnb, it’s important that your home is fully prepared for your guests’ arrival. In fact, just a few small changes can not only increase the level of interest in your property, but also boost your reviews and your rental income!
So, if you’re thinking about jumping on the bandwagon and becoming an Airbnb host, here are our top tips for getting your home Airbnb ready…
Clean and Tidy
It goes without saying that, if you’re going to rent your home out on Airbnb, it needs to be ultra clean and tidy. After all, no one wants to stay in a dirty property, right? Either hire a professional cleaner to give your home an overhaul between guests or be prepared to get your rubber gloves on and give everywhere a good scrub.
Safe and Sound
Before you can invite paying guests into your home, it’s important that you ensure that the space is safe. So ensure there are no chemicals in reach of children, cover any exposed wiring, check your smoke alarms regularly, install Carbon Monoxide detectors, etc.
You should also make sure that your own, personal possessions are safe. After all, you don’t personally know the people who will be staying in your home. And humans are naturally inquisitive. Lock away anything that you don’t want to be accessible to your guests. You might want to invest in a safe or add a lock to one of your cupboards.
If you’re only letting out a room in your home, or a smaller space, then it makes sense to optimise the space as best you can. Remember that prospective guests will judge your property on the photos, as well as the location and the price. So maximise the space you have as best you can. This can be done through clever storage solutions, a well-planned layout, and more.
Spruce up your garden
Your garden or driveway will be the first thing your guests see and it’s important to make a good impression. So make sure your outdoor space is looking just as good as the inside of your home.
Embrace studio living…
If you have a large room to let out, why not convert it into a studio apartment complete with its own kitchenette, en-suite bathroom facilities, and bedroom area. This will not only provide your guests with their own, dedicated space, but it should also increase your potential income as most people prefer to rent a stand-alone space.
Here at Kenneth Installations, Glasgow, our skilled and experienced team can design and install bathrooms, kitchens, and fitted wardrobe solutions in line with your specific requirements. For further information or to discuss your project further, please get in touch.