Home Preparation Checklist for Airbnb Hosts

Have guests staying at your short term rental apartment? You need to prepare adequately for their arrival. After all, you want them to get the best possible first impression and an even better stay. Below is a checklist for how to prepare apartment for Airbnb.

  1. Clean Your Home
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You should start cleaning a few days before your guests are scheduled to check in. You need to clean every nook and cranny of the house so you might need quite some time especially if you have a big home. Clean the kitchen, bedrooms, bathroom, dining room and any other area that the guests will be using. An unclean house is a bad first impression that you might never recover from. Your guests would actually be justified to leave a bad review on Airbnb, and this could just spell the end your hosting career on the platform.

For a sparkling clean home that’s welcoming to your guests, sweep, vacuum, and mop the floors. Wipe all the countertops using a Clorox wipe making sure to remove any sticky spots and stains. Take some time tidying up the bedroom and scrubbing the toilet, sink, and bathtub.

  1. Fresh Sheets
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This might seem obvious but a lot of hosts seem to forget to put fresh sheets on the bed. Your guests certainly won’t take it kindly if they find dirty sheets when going to bed. You should have several sets of bedsheets so that you’re always ready for your guests even on short notice. Good quality bed sheets should only cost you about $50. This is a worthwhile investment that you definitely shouldn’t be skimping out on.

  1. Clean the Refrigerator
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Make sure the fridge is well organized and clean. Throw away leftovers and anything else that’s unsightly. Stock up on fresh fruit juice, bottled water, and sodas. If meals are included in the package, you can go all out an include meat, eggs, and other basic foods.

  1. Stock Up on Bathroom Supplies
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Most guests will come with their own shampoo, toilet tissue, soap, and conditioner. However, it would be a nice touch if you provided these items. They won’t cost much and will do a lot for your reputation with your guests. You could also add a measly $10 to the cleaning cost to cover these essential items.

  1. Secure Your Valuables
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You really do not know your guest so it’s best to take precaution and protect your property. You might need to keep your valuables under lock and key especially if you will be renting out the whole house. Have a safe or lockable closet for your jewelry, iPads, computers, important documents, money and any other thing you consider valuable. This will give you peace of mind whenever you are not around.

  1. Prepare the Guest Key
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You should have a spare key ready for your guests before they arrive. If you don’t have one, go to your local hardware store and have one made. Never give your guests your only key, God forbid should they lose it.