Just like hotels, not all Airbnbs are created equal.
There are the gorgeous, Instagram-friendly abodes meant to make visitors feel like they’re in the lap of luxury, and the more serviceable spots geared toward travelers just stopping off for a good night’s sleep.
Whether you want to operate a rental that’s fancy, basic or somewhere in between, there are certain amenities all hosts should provide. Then, there are the extras, which can mean the difference between a so-so stay and one that ends with a glowing review.
Here are some decor guidelines that will ensure your property is remembered — for all the right reasons.
The brass tacks
Put yourself in the position of the traveler and begin in the bathroom. It should be squeaky clean (as should every other room) and make sure to include extra toilet paper, tissue, a cleaning wand and a plunger. Include shower staples — shampoo, conditioner and soap — and everything needed for hand-washing. None of this stuff must be high-end. Sample sizes and recognizable drugstore products are totally fine. One often overlooked must: a blow dryer.
Invest in matching sets of towels that meet the maximum number of people your space can host. There’s nothing wrong with inexpensive white towels that you can bleach between uses, but swap out any towels that get stained.
Other must-haves include safety equipment: a fire alarm/carbon-monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher and a first aid kit.
In the bedroom, sufficient linens are a must. Buy a few sets specifically for visitors and keep an eye out for when it’s time to retire them. And don’t forget extra blankets.
If your guests have kitchen access, they need all the same stuff you would to keep the place clean and functional. That includes dish soap, a sponge or scrubber, light cleaning supplies such as paper towels and multi-surface spray, a drying rack (in the absence of a dishwasher) and laundry soap if there’s a washer/dryer.
Don’t forget a pad of paper and pen, a flashlight, and a set of instructions that include the WiFi password and any other useful information guests might need.
Upping the game
Then there are the things no guests really need, but are definitely appreciated.
Consider greeting guests with a bottle of wine from a local wine shop and other goodies found in town along with a curated map of fun places to shop, eat and drink.
Thoughtful but practical touches, such as reading lamps by the beds and places to unwind, are a good idea.
If you’re wondering what else you should provide, ask your guest. Would an umbrella, a pizza cutter, a white noise machine be the thing that puts your Airbnb above the others?
Whether you’re renting out an extra room or an entire house, decor can make all the difference.
Start by taking the “personal” out of the space. That doesn’t mean removing every family photo in the house. But it does mean personal pictures should come off nightstands, console tables and the refrigerator and intimate artwork (such as boudoir photos) should be placed out of sight.
As for the decor itself, you don’t have to approximate the Ritz. Think simple and tasteful: a consistent color scheme, well-appointed bedding, uncluttered surfaces, subdued artwork or mirrors on the wall.
Incorporating the spirit of the area you live in is a good design directive. Consider a color scheme, photography, artwork and books that nod to the history, heritage or geography of the state, city or town.