63 Amazing Ideas to Make Your Home Airbnb Ready

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63 Amazing Ideas to Make Your Home Airbnb Ready

So you're ready to be an Airbnb host, you've got a sweet space and you're ready to list. The first step on your Airbnb business plan: make your home Airbnb ready.

We know that hospitality and guest experiences are the best ways to get great guest reviews and rank better on Airbnb. But how do you make sure your house is ready for the best Airbnb guest experience?

Key Elements to Make Your Home Airbnb Ready

There are some standards to follow to make your home Airbnb ready, but first you want to understand the key elements of creating a hospitable space. Ask yourself these questions:

  • How does my space provide comfort?
  • How does my space provide convenience?
  • Does my space offer information about the neighborhood?
  • What are the basics my guests will need during their stay?
  • Is there information about common questions and concerns, am I offering a means of problem-solving for other challenges?
  • How can I go above and beyond a luxury hotel?

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Transforming Your Airbnb Space from Personal to Guest Friendly

Cleaning Your Space

One word: spotless.

This is how your space must be for each and every new guest. You are competing with hotels and luxury brands, even the worst hotels have this basic standard of service. You have to be sure this is done every time. Hiring a professional cleaner may be more your speed if you're not a fan of scrubbing.

Read my guide for how to clean your Airbnb space

Removal of Personal Items

First, you want to be sure you have removed all personal items that are not functional for your guests. These are items that are not things you would generally share with others. You'll want to store these in another place, or in a pantry you can lock.

Here's a list of important things to keep out of the line of guests to make your home Airbnb ready:

  • Personal hygiene items
  • Clothing
  • Valuable items like laptops, cameras, and other gadgets
  • Shoes
  • Jewelry
  • Personal documents
  • Personal photos
  • Your teddy bear your NaNa gave you when you were five, no one wants to share that

Placement of Personal Items

Here is a list of some things you may want to keep around to make your house Airbnb ready:

  • Movies
  • Video games
  • Books
  • Magazines
  • Local directory
  • Some local brochures or magazines, you can get these all over
  • Important numbers
  • Instructions for appliances including a list of the TV channels
  • A cheat sheet on common translations in your language

How to prepare for Airbnb guests: What Really Makes a Space Hospitable

Sometimes it's not the glitz and glam that make a place, it's the convenience, amenities, and peace of mind that make you really enjoy your home away from home.

Even the poshest hotel can bomb terribly if there's a major inconvenience. Thinking back, the best experiences I've had were the hassle-free ones, ones that kept me focused on the objective of the trip and not the lack of hospitality. To make your guest experience stellar, you may want to invest a little dough into your space. A little goes a long way when a guest is happy.

Here is a list of things you may need to buy to make your Airbnb space guest-ready:

  • Extra blankets
  • Extra pillows
  • Extra towels
  • A baby crib
  • Air mattress
  • Alarm clock
  • Paper towels
  • Toilet paper
  • Soft facial tissue
  • Shampoo/conditioner and liquid soap
  • Hairdryer
  • Disposable razors
  • Shaving cream
  • Toothpaste
  • Microwave
  • Toaster/toaster oven
  • Teapot
  • Salt / sugar / oil
  • Coffee maker / coffee / tea / creamer / sugar
  • Good knife and cutting board
  • Pots / pans / cooking utensils
  • Cleaning products and air freshener
  • Broom / Vacuum

Time for Sleep, Make Sure Your Guests Get Some

Nothing is worse than a terrible night's sleep. Especially when you're staying somewhere for more than a couple days. It can totally bomb a guest experience. Be sure not to overlook this major detail with some very minor solutions.

Here are some things you can do to make your home Airbnb ready for a night of zzz's:

  • Install blackout drapes
  • Get a pillow top mattress topper
  • High-quality sheets (these are awesome)
  • Be sure you have adequate blankets for different seasons
  • Slippers / eye mask / earplugs
  • Place a small fan in the room

Going Above and Beyond Even a 5-Star Hotel

If you want killer reviews, you're really going to need to put your best foot forward. Be proactive about the traveler's needs, how can you accommodate their every conflict? How can you “wow” them?

Here are a few things you can do to blow your guest's mind:

  • Provide a cellphone with a local sim and data card
  • Provide menus for local dining and delivery
  • Leave discount tickets and coupons to local events, attractions, retailers and restaurants
  • Provide bikes, kayaks, beach umbrellas, coolers, and other respective local conveniences
  • Think of the season – if it's summer leave fresh fruit, winter maybe hot chocolate
  • Bottled water, sparkling water and chocolates
  • Public transport cards
  • Airport pick-up service

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Now You Have All the Items in Place, How to Present the Space

You've got everything you need to make your guest happy as can be. Now you just have to be proactive about making everything look nice. from your towel folds to your remote controls, everything should have a finished look and be in place.

Here are a few extras to make your home Airbnb ready and comfortable:

  • Shower amenities on top of nicely folded towels
  • Chocolates, weather, and welcome note on pillow
  • Remote and channel guide on night stand
  • Neighborhood materials on table or coffee table
  • Six pack of beer in fridge
  • Special items on counters, tables
  • Fresh flowers
  • Air freshener

This is a bounty of information to get you started on transforming your Airbnb space into a welcoming home for your temporary guests. Please, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to use the comment section below. We love hearing from you.

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  1. Brad says:

    I have ten nice new single beds with top of the line bedding. One guest per bed . Three rooms , two beds in bedroom one, four beds in second bedroom and four beds in third bedroom. All beds are the same. All beds are $69 and are book as single beds, shared with other guest . Three bathrooms, all guest have top of the line towels, washrag, shower, no soaps, must have there own hygiene to use because of my guest are sharing with other guest. All guest must abide by households rules to respect other guest in house that sleep in the same room. House closes down at 10PM, to respect other guest sharing the beds in room. No parties, no other guest that are not paying for a bed are welcomed, guest who pay only are welcomed in my house. My amenities are private beaches, only I can get my guest into these beaches, because you have to own your house to have these amenities to offer guest. I live in a rich neighborhood, which our beaches are pristine, and the best around Lake Tahoe, being private to community only. My price per bed, for what my guest receive are really comfortable ,being single bed. I’m going to have a lot of guest staying with other guest and I want all guest to have a memorable time, I also live in A secluded part of town, and have privacy around my home, I’m surrounded by State Forest,

    • Todd says:

      This is the reason many communities, Lake Tahoe for example, is banning or restricting Airbnb style short term rentals. Pristine you say? Not after all your guests leave a bunch of trash on the beach.

  2. Claudia Reed says:

    Please, please, please do NOT put air fresheners in your AirBNB space. These things are actually toxic. You can purchase a portable air cleaner instead. You can also place activated charcoal in odor prone areas to absorb scents.

    • Todd says:

      I agree with this. Maybe not so much the toxicity but the simple smell. I highly dislike the plug in deodorizers. I stayed at an Airbnb one time where I removed the plugins to the freezer and said so in my review. My own Airbnb doesn’t have them. I prefer a neutral smell. After all isn’t that the best smell? Air fresheners. What are you trying to cover up?

  3. Todd says:

    Why the air mattress? Unless it’s part of your listing (why oh why?) and you’re getting money for those guests all you’re doing is encouraging unregistered, non paying guests to stay. And the potential damage the thing could do? No thank you.

  4. Elizabeth Richards says:

    I when I buy my new house in bacor spain.i will have a lovely double bedroom with a nice onsuit .very light and airy with lovely views.i need to generate some extra cash as my partner no longer wants to go halve with the purchase price .I am wondering if its possible to air bnb.and for me to stay in the house

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