Making one’s home available as an Airbnb is a great way to make additional income while providing a service to travelers. In addition to the basics like having comfortable and a sufficient number of beds, there are many things to prepare if you want to list your property as an Airbnb. In this article, we will talk specifically about getting your property set up to be an Airbnb listing, not on how to actually list it on Airbnb’s site.
Attend to Outdoor Appeal
First impressions matter, especially when it comes to Airbnb listings. Curb appeal is often the first impression potential travelers have of your property, and it can make or break the sale. You can spruce up your curb appeal by freshening up the paint job of your building, keeping the landscaping (mowed lawn, trimmed hedges, fresh flowers) current, and making sure the property is well-lit. Make sure that all walkways and driveways are clear for your guests.
A Deep Clean
An Airbnb listing is as appealing as the property is clean. While the cleanliness of your property will contribute to its curb appeal, a thorough clean does more than just make a place look nicer. Regular and deep cleaning is a safety measure, especially for places like Airbnbs that experience a lot of turnover.
When cleaning your property, make a checklist so you don’t miss any cleaning details. Unclutter aggressively, removing everything except the basics. (This is also important for preserving your privacy.) Wash your windows and walls inside and out to clear away any hidden grime. Vacuum, sweep, and mop your floors rigorously. Clean your furniture deeply, especially if you have pets. If you notice that sofas or mattresses are sagging, it is wise to replace them before you have any guests show up.
Your Airbnb listing should be a safe place for your guests to come and stay. You can create such an atmosphere by equipping your home with all necessary safety equipment, such as fire extinguishers and first aid kits in easy-to-spot places. Make sure every level of the home has a sufficient number of fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, all with fresh batteries. Before submitting your Airbnb listing, make sure that any frayed wires or loose steps are repaired.
You should prepare for a wide variety of emergencies. Stock up on nonperishable food, radios, flashlights, and batteries. Keep shovels and ice melt readily available if you live in a place that gets snow. Include your phone number and the numbers of emergency agencies like poison control and the fire department handy for your guests to access.
Before posting your Airbnb listing, bolster the safety of your property with adequate locks. It is common for Airbnb properties to use keyless entry systems, allowing owners to create a personalized code for each guest. Keyless entry expedites the processes of checking in and out, and you never have to worry about where your key has been (or if it has been copied).
Make Sure Your Maintenance Is up to Date
Before posting your Airbnb listing, make sure the building is ready for guests to walk right in. Check to make sure all the lights work, that the HVAC system is working and that its maintenance is up to date. If you offer a washer and dryer, make sure they work properly. Ensure that your sink works correctly, that your drains are free, and that you have no sign of leaking.
Get the Kitchen Ready
One of the greatest perks of an Airbnb over a hotel room is the prospect of a full kitchen. You can set your Airbnb listing apart by making sure that all your countertops and cabinets are clean and stocked with pots and pans and other kitchen basics (plates, bowls, cups, utensils, dish towels, oven mitts, cutting boards, and spices). Having a suitable table capable of seating all your guests is a great touch. If you offer the use of kitchen appliances (oven, stove, microwave, dishwasher, and coffeemaker), make sure they all work.
It’s the finishing touches that will set your Airbnb listing apart from the competition. You can start with little amenities that make a stay more convenient, things like soap, trash bags, sheets and towels, and bottled water. People rely on having the internet, even when they are on vacation, so you’ll want to make sure you have good wifi. Consider blackout curtains in the bedrooms.
To protect your privacy and personal belongings, store away personal items to keep them safe in a locked closet or safe. The same is true for cabinets containing anything else you don’t want guests to have access to, things like liquor or china.