Preparing your Airbnb for guests goes beyond just clean sheets and a quick vacuum. Achieving success as a host requires meticulous attention to detail and ensuring your space is not only clean but also welcoming. Here are five crucial steps to take before your guests arrive:
Cleaning and emptying the bins should be a top priority before your guests’ arrival. Don’t limit this to just the kitchen; check all bins, including those in the bathroom. Nobody wants to discover remnants from previous travelers in the bathroom bin. Be thorough in your cleaning, reaching under beds, between couch cushions, and behind doors. Don’t leave any area untouched. Mop tiled floors and vacuum carpets meticulously.
Tip: Consider providing separate bins for recycling and general waste, along with clear labeling. This not only encourages eco-friendly practices but also makes it easier for guests to dispose of their trash correctly.
2. Sheets and Towels:
If you plan to host guests frequently, it’s wise to maintain a substantial supply of sheets and towels to avoid last-minute shortages. Always keep clean sheets, towels, and essential amenities readily available in the cupboard. This ensures not only that you can provide fresh linens for new guests but also that they have access to additional towels or sheets during their stay. If you’re uncomfortable with this access, be prepared to deliver fresh linens upon request.
Tip: Invest in high-quality, durable linens that can withstand frequent washing. Guests appreciate the luxury of soft, fresh sheets and towels, and it reflects positively in their reviews.
3. Toilet Paper:
Few things are more inconvenient for guests than running out of toilet paper. Ensure you stock an ample supply within easy reach of the bathroom, preventing any awkward situations.
Tip: Store extra rolls of toilet paper in an easily accessible and visible location in the bathroom, so guests can quickly find them when needed. A decorative basket or wall-mounted holder can be a stylish solution.
4. The Kitchen:
While many hosts expect guests to clean up after themselves in the kitchen, it’s your responsibility to ensure they’ve done a thorough job. Cutlery, glasses, plates, pots, and pans should all be spotless and neatly stored. Replace used tea towels with fresh ones, check and refill salt and pepper shakers and other condiments, and clear out any leftover food from previous guests. Make sure the kitchen appears clean and organized.
Tip: Create a simple instruction manual for kitchen appliances like the oven, microwave, and dishwasher. This helps guests feel more at ease and minimizes the chances of any accidental damage due to improper use.
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Safety should never be compromised. Lock up your valuables, whether by taking them out of the house or securing them in a safe. Remove items of value from areas accessible to guests, including jewelry, personal documents, credit cards, electronic devices, antiques, or collectibles.
Tip: Consider installing a secure lockbox or a small safe within the rental property. This offers guests a place to store their valuables during their stay, enhancing their peace of mind.
If you find yourself overwhelmed with Airbnb hosting responsibilities, consider enlisting the help of Keey. We specialize in managing short-term rentals across the UK. Our team can arrange for professional cleaning services to ensure your home is in top condition for your guests. For more ideas on preparing your home for guests, be sure to check out our other posts.
Hosting guests on Airbnb can be a rewarding experience, but attention to detail is key to earning positive reviews and ensuring a smooth guest experience.