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So you’ve decided you want to be an Airbnb host. You’re out of town a couple days this month and you’ve got your apartment ready to list. What’s next? As a host, you’re not only providing a roof over your guests’ heads, but you’re also creating a certain unique experience that only home-sharing provides. It’s extremely important you do everything you can as a host to make sure your guests have a comfortable experience, as guests are likely to base their reviews off every aspect of their stay. So really think…what could you be missing?

Be sure to read through this article so you don’t overlook anything important for your first Airbnb reservation!

Make Space & Lock Up Your Valuables

Although most Airbnb reservations run smoothly, theft is definitely among the top concerns for many hosts. Some items to take into consideration are jewelry, electronics, and important documents like passports and financial statements. Be sure to store these valuables away in a secure and out-of-reach place, such as a locked closet.

Additionally, you’ll want to create plenty of space in your unit for your guests to enjoy. It should never be as packed and cluttered as when you usually live there. We suggest you store all your personal and miscellaneous items in your locked closet.

Clean the Space

Your apartment should be spotless and in good shape before your guests’ arrival. After you’ve stored away all your personal belongings, the next step is to conduct a deep cleaning of your entire unit. In particular, the bedrooms and bathrooms should be given special attention. The beds should already be made with clean linens. One thing Airbnb guests always check before deciding to stay at an apartment are the reviews. Was the space spick and span as promised? Many hosts actually hire professional cleaning services to do a proper cleaning before guests arrive.

Provide Basic Amenities

Your guests expect a certain level of comfort standards similar to what they would expect to find in a hotel. While some of these items are optional and not absolutely necessary for hosting Airbnb guests, going the extra mile and spending a few bucks can really make a difference in getting you that stellar Airbnb review! Having guests leave good reviews quickly makes you a great, trustworthy host that other guests will want to do business with in the future — and they may even be willing to pay a bit more for that assurance.

Some amenities to consider:

  • Bed linens and pillows
  • Extra blankets and pillows
  • Bath towels
  • Basic toiletries (toilet paper, hand soap, shampoo, body wash)
  • Hairdryer
  • Pots, pans, and kitchen utensils
  • Dishes, cups, and silverware
  • Basic food items (salt, pepper, coffee, sugar, cooking oil)
  • Microwave
  • Kettle
  • Coffeemaker
  • Trash can and extra trash bags
  • Wi-Fi access
  • TV
  • DVDs, Netflix or Hulu access
  • Books and magazines

Leave Instructions

It’s always nice to leave written instructions for guests that include check-in instructions, wifi password, house rules, and even recommendations for local restaurants and attractions. This is more so out of courtesy — sort of like leaving a personalized welcome letter. Also, if you have all the answers to common questions already written down, guests won’t have to call or text you every time they have a question.  

Happy Hosting!

To reiterate, you want to make sure your guests have the best experience possible so they leave great reviews. When it comes to being an Airbnb host, stellar reviews are the lifeblood to running a successful business. Likewise, all it takes is one negative review to really take a toll on your listing. However, don’t worry too much, as most guests are courteous and a pleasure to host. Just be friendly and hospitable in the areas mentioned above and remember to property communicate with your guests at all times.

So now that you’re all caught up with everything you need to do to prepare for your first reservation, it’s time to make some money and have some fun doing it!


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