Guest experiences are important. Typically, guests expect a certain level and manner of service when staying at an Airbnb or another short-term rental accommodation. And they should. Often, guests choose to stay at vacation rentals rather than at local hotels in order to see travel through a more holistic and immersive lens. They want to feel welcomed, they want to feel local, and they want to feel at home.
Renting out a home on Airbnb is a great way to earn extra cash, but most of the time, people get stuck when trying to figure out how to start. If you don’t know which things should be moved out of sight, what should be locked away, and which items should be available to your guests, here are some tips on organizing your home before the guests arrive.
Make your home clean and tidy.
Cleanliness translates to guest’s comfort and satisfaction during their stay. Cleaning your home is one thing you should never skip regardless of whether you live there or you rent it out. Clear away clutter such as your family photos if you don't feel like sharing that to them, or you can also leave a few to give your guests an idea of the people who live in the house. Decorations are fine but arrange them properly so guests can put things down without shoving them. You can also put away anything you don’t want broken. You can have magazines but it's best to have just the latest issues available for the guest. You can store away those that you are planning to read soon. For the toys, expect that most kids will play with them on the floor, outside, or anywhere in the house so make sure to put away anything you don’t want kids to play with. Cleaning your Airbnb is no easy task, but a good job will be rewarded with raving guest reviews.
Creating a listing for your vacation rental isn't quite as easy as it may seem. There are many factors that you will need to keep in mind, as you consider what your upcoming guests will be looking for. Here are some of the things you need to know when building your listing.
When entering the short term rental business, there are many things to consider. The ever growing number vacation rental sites such as Airbnb, Booking.com and Homeaway prove that more travelers than ever are opting to skip the hotel and use the alternative option of staying in a vacation rental. As the vacation property market has become more sophisticated, it follows that travelers are now after more than just a bed or basic essentials. From weekend breaks to longer out of town escapes, renting a vacation property has become the preferred choice for those after the complete “home away from home” experience. So, before signing up to any of these vacation sites, take note of these simple tips to make sure your space is ready and able to compete with "hotel quality."
Having strangers stay in your home is kind of a big deal. Who are they? What are they like? Will they mess up my furniture or go through my things? How will they take care of my property? While you won’t be able to answer all of these questions before (or even after) letting someone into your home, there are a few tricks which can help you get a better sense of who it is you’re hosting.
Hotels make you feel like a guest at all times, but short term rental properties let you have the opportunity to live in the comfort of your own temporary, furnished home, with a private kitchen, bath, and rooms to relax in while you are visiting different places. Also, it saves you more money. Flexible, furnished units are much more cost-efficient than hotels and allow you to spend less on services such as laundry, dining out, and other things that are not included with accommodations like a hotel, motel or Holiday Inn. Fully equipped kitchens (most) are a standard amenity included for short term rental listings (at least for those who are renting out their entire home). This has great appeal when for a family with small children in temporary accommodation looking for a more permanent place.
Reliability, cost effectiveness, and a job well done is what every vacation home owner looks for in a cleaning company. The upkeep of a home isn't an easy task, especially paired with the constant shuffle of travelers in and out. It can be overwhelming if you're handling this task on your own as an owner. More often than not, vacation home owners seek out a cleaning company they can rely on to make sure the house is clean and cozy for their next guest. If you are looking for a cleaning company, here are a few things to consider when making that decision.
Whether you are purchasing a home in warm weather for winter or a getaway home in the mountains, a vacation home is a good investment. During those times you won't be there, you can make extra income utilizing your home as a vacation rental for travelers. While it does make sense financially and logistically though, there are a few things to consider. Before you choose your vacation home, let us walk you through some things to think about.
Having a Welcome Guide for your home not only is a great resource for guests, but it SAVES a lot of time for you! Welcome Guides are the go to resource for common guests questions about your home and surrounding areas. What your welcome guide looks like and consists of is solely up to you and there are a few options depending on your time frame and budget. Let's take a few minutes to ensure that your Welcome Guide is just what your guests need...
You have a gorgeous vacation rental with all the furnishings, amenities, and a great listing.....but what now? Pretty soon, you will be receiving your first booking or inquiry regarding your rental. How to respond is a question a lot of owners may need the answer to. Generally, most travelers will have questions and you should have questions too! The first initial contact is a great time to provide a friendly introduction and set expectations. During this time you can also vet the traveler to ensure they're a good guest for your home.