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Getting your home Airbnb ready

So you’ve decided to take the plunge and put your house up for short term rent. Smart move. You’re about to make the best use of one of your largest assets. First things first: you need to ensure your property is guest-ready.

But what exactly do you have to do?

How can you anticipate what your guests will expect when they walk through your front door?

And how can you tell what to expect from your guests?

Making money from the happiness of holidaymakers doesn’t have to be hard. Common sense is your friend here. Think about what kind of place you like to stay in when you’re relaxing away from the stresses of work and home.

You like to feel comfortable, safe and secure, right?

Those same three things are key when preparing your property for short-term renting.

Comfortable furniture is important. Nobody likes to sleep on spring-punctured mattresses or sit on rock-hard cushions. But comfort means more than having a soft couch (though that goes a long way). Providing more than enough linen and towels for your guests’ needs is the first step, but it’s also ensuring that these items are fresh and don’t feel like they’ve been used to dry and warm hundreds of bodies. Having a property manager sort out the laundering of these items will ensure they’re always fresh, and you’ll avoid the lingering damp smell of wet towels and dirty sheets.

Comfort goes hand in hand with safety. When your guests are on holiday they want to know that they’re relaxing in a safe place. Any hazards in your property – from unfinished electrical jobs to that one dodgy stair – will need to be dealt with. If you’ve got a pool, it will need to be compliant, and the surrounding area should be fenced and safe. Every house has quirks and it’s easy to get used to navigating them if it’s your property, but remember it will be your guests’ first time stepping through that door. It’s common sense to never count on the common sense of others.

Comfortable furniture is important. Nobody likes to sleep on spring-punctured mattresses or sit on rock-hard cushions. But comfort means more than having a soft couch (though that goes a long way). Providing more than enough linen and towels for your guests’ needs is the first step, but it’s also ensuring that these items are fresh and don’t feel like they’ve been used to dry and warm hundreds of bodies. Having a property manager sort out the laundering of these items will ensure they’re always fresh, and you’ll avoid the lingering damp smell of wet towels and dirty sheets.

Comfort goes hand in hand with safety. When your guests are on holiday they want to know that they’re relaxing in a safe place. Any hazards in your property – from unfinished electrical jobs to that one dodgy stair – will need to be dealt with. If you’ve got a pool, it will need to be compliant, and the surrounding area should be fenced and safe. Every house has quirks and it’s easy to get used to navigating them if it’s your property, but remember it will be your guests’ first time stepping through that door. It’s common sense to never count on the common sense of others.

With safety comes security. Considering security is two-fold. Obviously you need to think about the security of your guests. Ensuring the house has locks on doors and windows will help your guests feel safe and give you peace of mind that no “unbooked” guests will turn up. But what about the security of your belongings?

Keeping your own valuables secure and locked away is paramount, especially if you’re leasing your own home short-term and have nowhere else to store them. As anyone with children can attest to, accidents can and will happen. The risk of a guest breaking something in your house is very low. The risk of something finding its way into a guest’s suitcase is even lower. Nevertheless if something does happen, what are the chances it’ll be that one priceless heirloom that you couldn’t bear to lose? There’s nothing wrong with closing off one room of your property. Ideally a non-bedroom such as a study or even a large wardrobe should be used to tuck away anything of value or importance.

Protecting yourself is the flipside of the coin when it comes to providing a safe, secure and comfortable place for your guests to relax and escape. You want your guests to recommend and rate your place when they leave, and you don’t want to have to think about the security of your valuables. To help this happen, Beachside Breaks has used their professional experience to develop an extensive home preparation system to help any property owner make the best use of their biggest asset. Let us help you take the plunge today.