There’s no doubt that sites like Airbnb offer incredible opportunities to make a bit of extra cash on the side.
Income from unused bedrooms can exceed £900 a month – not bad when you consider that the room would have lain empty otherwise.
What’s more, income from vacationers can help you afford your next holiday, putting extra money in your pocket and allowing you to live life the way that you want.
Competition on sharing platforms, like Airbnb, however, can be fierce. So while you don’t want hosting to take up all your time, you need to think carefully about how you can impress your guests.
Remember, happy guests will leave glowing reviews, attracting new visitors to your home.
So what can you do to make an impact?
Depersonalise The Bedroom (Unless You Know Your Target Market)
Unless you have a particular market in mind (for instance, if you live next to a ski resort), then the best strategy is to be as neutral as possible.
It’s likely that people from all sorts of walks of life will use you as a host for all kinds of reasons, and your bedroom should reflect this.
- Remove all personal items, like photographs, and keep the decor as neutral as possible.
- Cream, beige and white paint all work well on the walls, while light brown and cream carpets are good options on the floor.
- Because you want to create a lasting impression, you don’t want your spare bedroom to look bare: try hanging generic paintings and mirrors on the walls and ensure that Julian Charles bedding looks fluffy and plush when guests arrive.
Invest In Big Ticket Items
You don’t have to spend a lot of money on decor to get punters coming back time and time again. But you may need to invest in big-ticket items, such as beds and wardrobes.
The quality of the bed is likely the most important consideration for your guests, so if you want to impress, avoid cheap bedding options. Choose a mattress that is neither too hard nor too soft and make sure that it is king size – single beds can disappoint many guests.
Get the bedding right, and you’ll soon start receiving positive feedback on social media sites and Airbnb itself.
Choose High-Quality Soft Furnishings (But Not Too High)
When guests arrive at your home, you want them to feel as if they are receiving star treatment. Because of this, appearances often matter more than reality.
Impress your guests by investing in bedding and other soft furnishings, such as throws, that look and feel premium.
Don’t spend too much, though – you don’t want guests sneaking off with pillowcases.
Consider your flooring too. Guests want to feel cozy during their stay, so cover any exposed floorboards with rugs and mats.
Light pollution can be a problem too and disrupt sleep, so ensure that you use blackout blinds or curtains if you live in an affected area. Well-rested guests will wake up happy and refreshed and are more likely to recommend you in the future.
Finally, make sure that all bedding and soft furnishings complement the neutral colour scheme. Avoid loud colors at all cost.