As the UK eagerly anticipates the ability to take holidays and staycation becomes the activity of the summer, a number of homeowners are looking for ways to earn income by transforming their properties into Airbnb stays. While offering a room or entire home to tourists and travellers has always been popular, as in-land vacations become more ubiquitous, more regions are becoming newly developed as popular destinations.
For those creating an Airbnb for the first time, there is certainly a learning curve. Simply opening your doors isn’t enough and, while there may be a few initial bookings, any poor experiences will accumulate into a lower online reputation. As such, it is important to design your home, its interior and function, to best cater for the staycation crowd. Here are the most important tips to ensure that your home has the best chance of being a hit with Airbnb.
While some hosts encourage guests to integrate into their homes, sharing open-plan spaces and dinner tables, the majority of guests will always value privacy. For properties that are renting out a single room, this can be somewhat difficult to achieve but, fortunately, not impossible.
Go to lengths to ensure that their bedroom is as optionally independent as possible. This could mean a luxurious en suite bathroom or even something as humble as a small refrigerator and kettle, enabling guests to keep to themselves, should they desire.
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The autonomy that is conducive to privacy also benefits the host, especially if they are able to operate entirely without compromising their home. Outbuildings, log cabins, and summer houses are ideal structures for those homes with garden spaces as they allow Airbnb guests to arrive, stay, and leave, without the need for supervision, which, in turn, enables a property to be offered at all times.
Garden outbuildings are becoming popular for a number of reasons, especially their utility as professional spaces, but guesthouses remain the most common since they are beneficial for both Airbnb stays and friends and family.
You may consider yourself to have a keen eye for interior design but, as a long history of successful bed and breakfasts will attest, neutral tones and styles please the widest audience. So, when it comes to choosing curtains and painting walls, be sure to steer yourself away from bold colours and harsh patterns, since these are more likely to displease guests.
The more you invest, the greater the return. Keep this in mind when choosing what facilities and features to add to your guest room and home. Stylish embellishments and comfortable furniture will earn your greater favour than examples of corners being cut.
Once the decision has been made to earn from your property, be sure to approach all renovations and refurbishments with a business mindset, justifying the extra expenditure and furniture with the foresight of positive reviews. Plus, these investments will also increase the value of your property too!