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In today’s world, many people are owning fewer things and sharing more. The Millennial generation is less interested in showcasing their wealth, or attempt at wealth, through material goods. In fact, it’s become “cooler” to be a minimalist. And it’s easier to live this way too, because of the sharing economy. Uber is a fine example of ridesharing and Airbnb has created an online marketplace where any and all types of accommodation can be found.
What’s more, Airbnb has created opportunities for anyone who owns a property to turn a profit. Your house, apartment or holiday home can be offered as a short-term rental to holidaymakers both local and from across the globe. A lot of profit can be made from this venture and as far as side hustles go, this is an excellent way of raking in cash. Many people have made an effort to invest in property of some sort, and often the property is offered as a long term rental. However, making use of Airbnb means you could double your earnings.
The accommodation game is a competitive one. You need to make sure your offer is attractive and once people make use of your property you need those good reviews or you won’t bring in any new or repeat business. So here’s how you prepare your property to list on Airbnb.
Do your digging
Get to know your guests through their profile on the Airbnb site and start a conversation. The more you know about them the more you can attend to their needs. Even finding out something as small as their excitement to discover the wine routes in the Cape could help you. They’d be well impressed if they arrived to a bottle of the best red wine as a welcome gift.
Buy in bulk
You don’t want to be the place that ran out of toilet paper. That’ll be the opening line of your review which will negatively affect your future business. So bulk purchase toiletries, bottled water, tea and coffee, bin bags, paper towels, cleaning products and anything else you think you’d like to include for them. Whatever you commit to supplying though you don’t want to have run out of it. There must be enough to last the whole duration of your guest’s stay. Also, make sure you have enough linen for them to change their sheets as and when they want to. Make sure you have extra blankets and pillows to suit every guests’ needs for them to be comfortable.
Employ a professional cleaning service
Your place needs to be in pristine condition if you hope to have a good review and continued success. A quick once over won’t cut it. You need to do a deep clean before your new guests move in. And even those guests, who in their personal capacity are untidy or a mess, will notice if you haven’t made an effort to ensure everything is completely spotless.
You should also consider protecting your furniture, such as your lounge suite, by having it scotch guarded. This way your furnishing will look fresh and new for a while to come. There’s nothing as offputting as a stained couch or carpet. You might even consider including a small fee to cover the costs of the clean up so that your new guests are made aware that you take cleanliness and hygiene very seriously. Also, this will, of course, assist with the fee of a professional service.
Keep it homely
While your guests want to experience a clean and comfortable stay, they have chosen Airbnb because they don’t want to live in a hotel. So don’t make your place look like a hotel. Rather keep it homely and allow for quirks to remain in tact. For instance, if your reading nook is jam packed with recipe books on making the very best potjie or tomato bredie then don’t remove them. Rather get out your potjie pot with instructions for use. Don’t change the style, don’t go monochromatic, keep things lively and exciting. Leave the rooibos tea and chutney in the kitchen for your visitors to experience.