If you’ve got space to spare, turning your home into an Airbnb can be a great way to make some extra cash. Airbnb listings in Australia are rapidly growing and are becoming more sought after than other accommodation options. Whether you’re travelling overseas or simply investing in your property. Listing it on Airbnb can be a cheaper and more convenient alternative to renting through a real estate agent.
However, there’s a lot more to being an Airbnb host than you’d think. You need to declutter your home and possibly place your possessions in self storage. Safe proof your home so that it’s safe for family with children. Talk to your neighbours and let them know, as well as a range of other things that will be covered below.
What is Airbnb?
Airbnb first came to life in 2008 when two designers rented out their free space to some travellers. Now, millions of people choose to either host or rent through Airbnb. It offers a range of advantages to both guests and hosts. For the hosts it offers; free listings, setting their own price and more control. While the guests have; wide selection, customizable searches and additional services.
The first step to setting up your home
You don’t want be leaving any personal possessions in your house when hosting Airbnb guests. Guests will generally expect the same through an Airbnb as they would a hotel; clean, neat and minimalist. Therefore, you can’t have things lying around. Simply furnish the house with basic necessity’s like any other accommodation would. An ideal and convenient solution to your clutter could be renting a self storage unit. Using self storage is a great option as it’s safe, secure and gives you access whenever you need.
When renting out your home to guests you might want to consider the future of your furniture. If your furniture is valuable or sentimental it’s probably best to store it in a self storage unit and replace it with cheaper alternatives. This will avoid spills, stains rips or other damages. Rather than run the risk of damage to your expensive furniture, simply replace it with something less expensive.
There should be no safety hazards in your Airbnb home. This includes things such as; exposed wires, tripping hazards, water leaks and any other thing that has the potential to cause injury.
Another very important step is to make sure your home is safe. Ensure that your home is fitted with up to date smoke detectors, fire extinguishers and first aid kits. These are crucial factors to ensuring your home is safe. Also, if you’re looking to target your property at holiday families it’s best to child proof your home. This could include child safe draws and cupboards. As well as making sure dangerous goods and equipment are out of reach.
Equip your home
Like any accommodation, Airbnb’s also need to be equipped to make your guests stay easy and pleasant. Common things could be; towels, extra blankets, extra pillows and linens. As well as kitchen utensils and electrical’s. A great tip could be to check out what your competitors offer, and then work from that.
Some more examples are:
- coffee maker
- basic food items (seasonings, sugar, butter)
- cleaning supplies
- basic toiletries
- bin liners
- extra light bulbs
- a selection of DVD’s
- playing cards
Furthermore, these things may not all be necessities. But, they can help you to earn better reviews for your home, which will then attract more guests.
Leave instructions for your guests
If you want your guests to follow the rules you should make a list of those rules. As well as list other detailed information that may be needed. It’s more convenient for both you and your guests if you leave a detailed list of instructions. This will help to avoid guests trying to contact you with minor questions that could be answered on a list. Simply leave some information regarding; rules, what guests can and can’t use and instructions on how to use ovens, stoves, etc.
You’re ready to become an Airbnb host!
Once you’ve made sure that your home is safe, hazard free and equipped with all of the necessities. As well as stored your furniture and other valuables in a self storage unit or storage shed, you’ll be ready to become an Airbnb host. Becoming an Airbnb host is as simple and easy as that. It’s now time to make some extra cash!
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