Make Your Apartment Airbnb Friendly and Keep Guests Coming Back For More.
Accessibility, utility, style, and cleanliness are just the beginning of making your apartment Airbnb friendly. Here are small things often forgotten and important things to always include when welcoming guests to your Airbnb.
Your Airbnb Must Match Your Listing
From a designer carpet to guaranteed Wifi, your Airbnb must match the details provided in your competitive Airbnb listing. One of the greatest features of renting an Airbnb is being able to see the room/apartment before arrival- no guessing! Airbnb is there to give travelers peace of mind, so you have to hold up your end of the deal and deliver on the promises.
If you are not able to greet your guest with a formal key handover (or hire someone to), there are a few keyless entry options. Some home-installed devices even allow you to see the guest in a camera from your smartphone and let them in with the press of a button. Anything else that requires a key like desk drawers or closets should be unlocked and optional for guests. Locked doors are not welcoming.
Much like technology, it doesn’t matter how fancy or how much money you put into your Airbnb if it’s not “user-friendly” it’s of no use. How do you make an apartment user-friendly? It’s easy, pretend your guest has packed nothing! Make sure everything serves its full purpose and is ready to be used. If there is a desk, provide pens and paper. Keep the bathroom fully stocked with all toiletries including soap minis, toothbrush, toothpaste, and plenty of towels. In the fridge keep a few essentials like a pack of bottled water. Coffee and tea are also a must. Provide dishes, cups, cutlery, pots, and pans- everything one might need if they wanted to make full use of the kitchen. Keep Wifi and Netflix passwords on display along with any numbers in case of emergency. And though it’s an ancient relic, a house phone could be of tremendous use. Making your apartment Airbnb friendly means making it move-in and live-in ready.
Your Airbnb apartment must be clean…duh. But not like your mom came over and dusted, clean. More like, professionally detailed, type clean. Smell is one of the first impressions- make sure it’s a pleasant one. Keeping a scented plug-in is always a good option but go for a universal smell like “clean linen” or ‘fresh”- apples and cinnamon isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Also, keep cleaning supplies available to guests. Paper towels, broom with a dustpan, spray cleaner, trash bags, and a sanitizer is a good start.
Leave a Customized Gift
If you want to go the extra mile, leave a handwritten welcome note to the individual and/or family staying at your Airbnb. Nothing makes your apartment more Airbnb friendly than a token or gift that makes your guest feel welcomed. Did you notice in a conversation or text message that they will be in town for vacations and beach trips? Leave a nice bottle of sunscreen or a beach towel alongside your welcome note. Are they staying for a weekend work conference? Leave some high-quality coffee to help them with early morning. Anything you do to show that you know your guest, will be appreciated.
Always keeping your guest’s needs in mind is the key to making your apartment Airbnb friendly.
Author: Amina Grace