Renting a room on Airbnb can be a rewarding and lucrative endeavour, while also allowing you to meet new and interesting people, forming friendships with travellers from across the globe. Sounds exciting? It really can be, if you get the little things right.
In an Airbnb, the smallest touches often make the biggest difference. So, here are eight hosting tips that could transform your Airbnb from somewhere to stay into a wonderful getaway.
Provide a Warm Welcome
In any situation, first impressions are key, and this is true with an Airbnb, too. To help your guests feel at home, prepare a welcome basket. You could include bottled water, local produce and universal chargers, as well as practical things like the wi-fi password, a little guidebook and your contact details.
Ignite all Five Senses
The way we feel about a hotel or B&B is about more than just how it looks, so consider how you can evoke all your guests’ senses. For example, a scented candle or diffuser can create a welcoming atmosphere, while playing some soft background music when guests arrive can help them feel at ease.
Make it Charming and Cosy
You want your home to feel warm and cosy, to allow your guests to relax. To do this, include sumptuous soft furnishings like rugs and cushions, hang these Direct Blinds blackout curtains in the bedroom to help them get a restful night’s sleep, and make it feel lived it by leaving out books and magazines.
Keep a Clutter-Free Bedroom
While you may be using your spare room as an Airbnb, you do not want your guests to feel that way. Depersonalise the space by removing all your items from drawers and wardrobes, to make it feel more like a purposely styled guest room, rather than a storage area.
Dress to Impress
The way you decorate your holiday rental really matters, both for the purpose of the listing and guest stays. To dress it right, try to create a lifestyle, so guests can visualise their stay. This could include draping blankets on the bed to make it look inviting, hanging striking artwork, or adding an extra touch with flowers and plants.
Invest in Quality Items
When it comes to those little details, the quality you offer is crucial. This means spending a little extra and investing in soft fluffy towels, high-quality linen and a good mattress. In addition, nice glasses, cutlery and mugs are a plus, too.
Stock up on Essentials
To provide your guests with things they may have forgotten and help them settle in, make sure you have all the essentials ready. This includes toiletries like shampoo, shower gel and toothpaste, as well as milk and a selection of tea and coffee.
Spend Time with Your Guests
Lastly, spend some time with your guests. Although you may be busy, and your guests will be out and about discovering the area, welcome them with a quick cuppa or invite them into the living room for a glass of wine.
Having your own Airbnb listing can be a fun experience, as well as provide some extra income. When you have got all the basics covered, try these little additional touches to please your guests.