Landlords everywhere are realizing the benefits of hosting Airbnbs. When properly managed, they can be excellent sources of income. They’re also attractive options for anyone who doesn’t spend the entire year in their home and wants to minimize the time it sits and collects dust. If you’ve been considering this avenue for a while, there’s no time like the present to get started. We’ll kick off your venture by providing a list of helpful tips on how to start an Airbnb.
Check the Laws in Your Area
Your area probably has some requirements regarding the terms of renting out Airbnbs. In some cities, Airbnbs are even illegal. You’ll want to cover all your legal bases before moving forward with your plans.
Have an Inspection
Whether it’s legally required or not, be sure to have your house inspected before putting it on the market. If your home has any issues, you’ll want to sort them out before allowing guests to occupy the house. Check for mold, water issues, electrical problems, and any other necessary alterations. Additionally, be sure to conduct minor repairs around the house as needed, whether it’s replacing doorknobs, insulating windows, or touching up the paint. These minor imperfections can easily cause a client to look elsewhere for their accommodations.
Give Your House Tasteful Personality
Your home should appeal to a wide variety of renters. Keep things modern and unique, but also add touches that will make your guests feel right at home. Be sure to get rid of any clutter or overly personal artifacts.
Know How to Market
Do extensive research on the best ways to market a home. Get a feel for how to make your house stand out above the rest and make renters feel that this is where they want to spend their vacation. Be sure to take good photos using the proper lighting and attractive angles.
Stock the Home with Some Amenities
A good Airbnb will always prepare fresh amenities and toiletries for their guests. These should ideally include:
- Clean towels
- Plenty of toilet paper
- Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and toothpaste
- A first aid kit
- A coffee maker and tea kettle
- Extra pillows and blankets
- Your information as well as local emergency numbers
Be sure you or someone you trust is always available if your renter needs something. Have resources in place for if they have any questions or emergencies.
Ask for Reviews
If you’ve done everything we’ve listed above, your guests are sure to have an amazing experience. And if they do, why shouldn’t they spread the word? When your guests are ready to leave, ask them for feedback. If it’s positive, thank them for their patronage and kindly request that they leave you a review.