9 Things You Need in Your Airbnb Rental to Make More Money

Renting out your home on Airbnb has become an increasingly popular way to make some extra money. But with 1.5 million listings globally on Airbnb alone, you have to be a little better than the next guy to make your listing stand out and make sure you get good reviews. 

While there are a few things renters have come to expect as standard from a short-term vacation rental (a bed, clean sheets, towels, WiFi, toilet paper, etc.), there are other things you should have on hand to be considered a “excellent” host.

Vacational Home Digital Door Lock

1. Digital Door Lock

Giving your guests easy, hassle-free access to your property is a sure-fire way to get their stay off to a good start. Digital door lock is an ingenious gadget that allows your visitors to lock and unlock the door with ease — meaning no keys and no cumbersome lockboxes attached to your front door with complicated instructions. You can change the code between each guest and receive alerts each time the door is unlocked for extra peace of mind. 

Welcome Treat Snacks and Drinks

2. Welcome Treats

Once your guests have made it inside, their impression of your home will be made within minutes. So why not make a good impact by leaving them a welcome gift — a bottle of wine, freshly baked cookies, a nice scented candle with matches, or a fresh fruit bowl. Maybe even all of the above. Add a hand-written card welcoming them. It’s the little things that go a long way. 

3. Welcome Book

Alongside your welcome treats, leave a binder or laminated cards with information about the property and the neighbourhood. Include a list of good restaurants, take-out menus, brochures for local attractions, suggestions of your favourite local hikes or places to work out, a list of emergency numbers, and information on the nearest urgent care, hospital, vet, and pharmacy, as well as any other pertinent, helpful advice. It will make your guests feel right at home. 

Universal Adaptor

4. Universal Power Adapter / Tech-Charging Station 

There is nothing worse than getting to your travel destination and realizing that you have forgotten your travel adapter or phone charger. So to be a super-duper Airbnb host we suggest having one on hand, just in case. To deter people from stealing or accidentally leaving with your equipment, write the property address or your last name onto each item using a label maker or permanent marker. 

Bluetooth Speaker Entertainment

5. Bluetooth Speaker

Nowadays, most people carry their entire music collection around with them on their cell phones, so get a Bluetooth speaker for your rental property that will allow every guest to play their music. Don’t forget to leave a charging cable and instructions on how to connect it to a phone or iPad. 

Short Stay Add-Ons

6. Coffee Machine / Tea

While basic kitchen necessities are a must-have for any rental property, good quality coffee- and tea-making facilities, along with a selection of coffee and teas will earn you big brownie points, especially with those of us who are incapable of functioning without an early-morning injection of caffeine. Some fun mugs or a quirky teapot will also make a lasting impression. 

Shampoo Toothbrush Toothpaste

7. Bathroom Products 

When checking into a hotel, one of the first things I do is check out the soaps and stuff in the bathroom. Providing your guests with good-quality branded bath products will give your place a more luxurious feel. If you don’t want to deal with replacing miniature bottles each time you have new guests, invest in some large dispensers and label them appropriately. 

Short stay kitchen utensils

8. Kitchen Utensils and Appliances

Whether you are a gourmet chef or a “Top Chef” aficionado, the one thing that always comes in handy with sufficient kitchen essentials. Whether it’s greeting the sunrise with a freshly brewed cup of coffee or enjoying a candlelight dinner, a well-stocked kitchen will delight your vacation rental guests and give them the flexibility to enjoy their time off as they see fit.

9. A Stocked Fridge

If you want to wow your guests and push for that wondrous review, leave the fridge stocked with basics. Milk, eggs, bread, butter, bacon, bottled water, sodas, cookie dough, or fresh fruit are just some examples. But these added extras are sure to make your guests feel right at home and want to spend time in your place rather than going out to eat. It might cost you about RM50, but it could help bring in a lot of extra revenue.

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If you wish to venture into vacation rental homes, reach us out for a Free Consultation! Up to date, we have designed, renovated and furnished more than 500 properties in Malaysia into Airbnb rental homes. Speak to us before making an impulse purchase on unnecessary things!

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