Running an Airbnb is a clever idea if you want chunky cash injections year-round from the millions of people enjoying this incredible alternative to hotels. However, you aren’t always guaranteed success. There is a lot of competition and even when you do book a guest, they have to give you an epic review to help your listing attract new bookings. To help you Airbnb your way to a full diary of bookings, here are six essential items in your place:
At the very least, you should include some high-quality cookware sets so that your guests can cook up a storm in your place. At the most, why not add some cool gadgets and accessories like a coffee machine, blender, milk foamer and veggie noodle maker? If you’re appealing to foodies, these cute gadgets could be a great plus point in reviews.
Weary, tired travelers love a welcome pack, especially if they are going to be arriving when all the local shops are closed. Here are some great ideas for welcome pack items to get in place for your guests:
- Chocolate or other candy
- Milk for tea or coffee
- Bottled water or sodas
Ideally, you can check the person’s previous reviews to see if they have any preferences or dietary requirements. For example: a vegan would be very impressed if they arrived to a fresh carton of oat milk and some dairy-free chocolate in the fridge.
Over 80% of travelers say that a comfortable bed is the most important aspect of accommodation. Do your research and opt for quality sheets, blankets, pillows, a comfortable mattress and of course all the frills, like cushions and a throw. A good night’s sleep makes for a well-rested guest who is more likely to leave you a great review.
It may seem basic but, toilet roll is so important when it comes to an Airbnb. Using the toilet is a basic amenity and most guests see toilet roll as part of that amenity. So give them all the rolls they ever wanted, and none of that cheap scratchy stuff either.
82% of Airbnb users who have reported a problem with the service include customer service in their report in some shape or form. A friendly booklet including the following is extremely useful to guests and reflects really well on you as a host:
- How to leave the place at the end of the stay
- Information on local sights and useful shops
- A list of the different rooms and what is in there, how different things work, etc.
- Emergency instructions
- How to use heating, water, etc.
- How to contact you for further help
- Any special instructions
A whopping 99% of hotel guests consider accessing the Wi-Fi in their room as very important. Most Airbnb users are likely to feel the same, especially as the internet grows in importance in all of our daily lives. See the internet as a must-have in your Airbnb, otherwise, you could be left behind by the many travelers who expect it as standard.
Your Airbnb is going to be amazing, we just know it. But just to make sure to follow our tips above and do your research on current trends in the hospitality industry. The more you know, the more informed your decisions about your Airbnb setup will be. Soon enough you’ll have tons of bookings and importantly, tons of amazing reviews that follow, securing your success as an Airbnb host.