And so, we have six must do’s; a simple checklist of sorts to ease the process.
1. Think Clean. Think Simple.
Cleanliness is key – give the nooks and corners of the washroom an extra scrub. Use naphthalene balls generously. Dust the mattresses, blankets, curtains, and rugs right before you expect travellers.
Fresh sheets and towels, curtains that can be adjusted to let in a little light or none at all, a wardrobe and a couple of extra shelf spaces and drawers – they all can go a long way. It’s a great idea to provide a work table and chair as well – AirBnB is very often used by individuals travelling for work assignments.
2. Be Weather Conscious
Someone visiting your city may not be in sync with the weather fluctuations as well as you. So, it is always the best to equip the room according to the season. A room heater and/or cooler, weather-friendly bed linens and a geyser where necessary, are absolute musts.
3. Pay Attention To Detail
If your area has frequent power-cuts, then a battery-charged light or a couple of candles and a matchbox would be great.
It would be a good idea to slip in an electric kettle (you can one at any home appliance shop for under ₹2,000), a flask and a hot water bottle – we assure you, your guests will thank you wholeheartedly!
4. Let nature have a role to play
Set the tone of stay with a cost-effective yet charming way. From a simple money-plant or weeping fig to a succulent or a delicate cactus, the elements of decor can be complemented by a potted plant. These indoor plants do not require much care and add that beautiful splash of nature within four walls.
5. No clutter, please!
It may be the extra room in your home and things always pile up – but don’t use your space both for storage and renting out. It is hard enough figuring out a lot of things in a new city. At such a time, no one wants to figure their way out of a cluttered living space!
For the benefit of the traveller, adding an extra table, chair, cupboard or couch to the room may be a good idea. But don’t go on putting vases and lamps on every table and side table just because you had one too many lying around.
6. Price it right!
And once you have all this down and decided, make sure your prices are both reasonable and yet enough to break-even. While it isn’t cheap to host, keep in mind that AirBnB’s entire functionality is based on travellers looking for cost-effective homestays as a way to move around. The chances of a pricey space being frequented are not very high. It is also a smart idea to keep fixed prices, allowing for AirBnB as an organization to be an effective middle man, making sure that you face no difficulties in a transaction.
Happy Hosting :)
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