Thinking of transforming your home or apartment into an Airbnb to make a little spare cash? It might not be such a silly idea. I’ve stayed in numerous Airbnbs around the world to save money while I travel, my boyfriend runs one, and I love the concept, so I think I have a few ideas I can share with you for making a successful Airbnb:
1) Invest in a quality mattress:
One of the main parts of Airbnb is the fact that travellers will want a soft bed to rest their head. A quality bed makes all the difference in sleep, and if you want good reviews having a comfy bed is the perfect place to start. Whether you go for a double mattress or a king mattress just make sure it’s large and comfy!
2) Add a coffee machine
How much you’ll spend on a coffee machine, will depend on how much you love coffee. But for me, personally, I can’t function without it, so a place with a coffee machine is an instant winner in my books. It can be a simple capsule machine, or something more fancy – or if you find yourself on a bit of a budget, please at least have a French press available!
3) Leave clear instructions
Some of the places I’ve stayed have been my favorites because they’ve left clear instructions which has made it easy for me to get orientated with where I am. Adding in things like local restaurants that deliver, emergency contacts, doctors, and so on will make the guest feel ‘up to speed’ in no time.
4) A little salt can go a long way!
It can be expensive to buy oil, salt, spices etc for only a few days somewhere. I’ve stayed in a few Airbnb places where they’ve suggested that I help myself to their spices, oils, coffees, teas, sauces and so on. It’s just made life a little easier because cooking at home required less ingredients, because many were already there. It made me feel really at home and I imagine that actual cost of this service is very low.
5) Spare Towels
You’ll be surprised by the number of places that only offered one towel. I think as a woman who likes to dry her hair while drying her body, two towels are simple essential. A few spare towels in a cupboard is a great way to keep your guests comfortable and it’s really no trouble at all.
Do you have any tips of things that you would consider helpful to include in your Airbnb property? Share them in the comments below: