Running a short-term rental out of your home or second property can be a successful way to earn a secondary income. For certified Short-Term Rental Stylists, Airbnb hosts and investors are valuable clients. You need to create an attractive and comfortable space to appeal to guests. Here are 5 tips for styling your Airbnb and attracting guests to maximize your earning potential.
Reduce or avoid clutter to make the space inviting when styling an Airbnb. Guests want to feel like they’re on vacation, not facing the mess and stress of home. Opt for only a few pieces of artwork and plants rather than many trinkets and accessories to create a peaceful and uncluttered environment.
Most importantly, clear the space of personal items such as your own family photos, medications, and religious or political items. Airbnb guests may not want to feel like they’re staying in someone else’s house.
Soft sheets, welcoming pillows, large rugs, and folded fresh towels go a long way in creating a comfortable space. These items can make your Airbnb guests feel like they’re somewhere special and luxurious, not just in the spare room of a stranger’s home.
Stash extra blankets in a cabinet, provide small comforts like luxury lotions and soaps, and stock a few beautiful and interesting books on the bedside table.
When staging an Airbnb, you want it to look good, but it has to be functional too. Think about how you’ll clean the space, and what guests will need. For example, furniture that provides open storage that’s easy to use and easy to spot prior to their departure. This can help guests keep the space free of clutter during their stay, and to remember their personal items when they leave.
Guests need somewhere to put their toiletries, clothes, and other personal items. Opting for open shelving – instead of closets or cabinets – makes it harder to forget things when packing up to leave.
Offer guests comfort with carefully-selected amenities like coffee makers, irons, Wi-Fi, and air conditioning. Choose amenities that are listed as search options on Airbnb to draw in selective guests. That way, if they specifically search for an amenity, such as washers and dryers or hair dryers, your listing will pop up, making their choice easier.
The final tip in our 5 Tips for Styling Airbnbs and Attracting Guests is photography. Just like home staging, photography is one of the most important aspects of styling an Airbnb. Guests decide where to stay based on the photos accompanying the listing. Learn more about how to photograph a staged room here.
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Jake Leavy has worked in the content industry for 8+ years. Travel writing has been his main focus, however, he also has luxury hotel management experience under his belt. He has traveled to over 50 countries and loves immersing himself into different cultures. Jake combines his passion for travel and hospitality experience to offer hosts tips and tricks to improve their business.
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