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I had a nightmare of a guest recently. One of their biggest issues is that they didn’t read the check-in instructions I sent them. So when they arrived in the middle of the night, they didn’t know how to get into the property. Ugh.

That experience is what lead to today’s tip: make sure your access instructions for your space are crystal clear!

Of course you’re always going to have the occasional guest who just doesn’t read your messages at all, but the clearer and more succinct your directions, the greater chance of you not having to get up at 4:30 in the morning to let some clueless guest in! 🙂 

Happy hosting!

 

 

Pop quiz: what’s one of the biggest potential investments you can make in your space, which also has the potential to be most easily destroyed by your guests?

Answer: mattresses.

Get mattress covers for all your beds! Even a cheap mattress is a large investment that should be protected. You’d much rather pay $30-50 to buy a new mattress cover than $500 dollars to buy a new mattress. 

Consider it a way to protect your investments. And if you think you’ll never need it…you’re wrong. Just do yourself a favor and go buy one.

Happy hosting!

 

 

Today’s tip piggybacks well off of a story I recently told on the blog

As a host, please make sure you give guests the ability to adequately regulate their temperature! Providing blankets, fans, space heaters, etc. goes a long way towards someone enjoying (or not enjoying) their stay. 

No one wants to be uncomfortable in their own house – even if it’s their house for only a few days. So do your best to make sure that your guests can keep themselves warm in the winter and cool in the summer. 

Happy hosting!

 

 

Last week’s Tuesday Tip featured washable shower curtains. I realized after I wrote it, however, that I left out an important part!

Even after I bought washable shower liners, I was still struggling to take them off and put them back on the hooks. 

Until I discovered double-sided shower hooks. 

With a hook on both sides, these make taking off the liner SO much easier. Simply put the curtain on one side and the liner on the other, and you’ve got easy access to the liner whenever you want.

BONUS:  

Buy a liner with reinforced holes like the one below to keep the holes from ripping. 

Happy hosting!

 

 

To save money, many people buy cheap plastic shower liners. It’s true that these usually cost significantly less than washable fabric liners; but it may not be the best move for you in the long run.

Over time, everyone’s shower curtain liner starts to get moldy. It’s an unavoidable result in such a wet environment.

If you’ve got a plastic liner, you either have to take it down and scrub the mold off by hand, or you have to throw it away entirely and replace it. This will quickly become either a huge waste of time or money. 

Although they are a little more expensive at first, fabric shower liners quickly pay for themselves. At the first sign of mold, all you have to do is take it off and pop it in the washer with the rest of your whites. So much easier!

Happy hosting!

 

 

We’ve all been there. You’re trying to get a stain out of the sheets, and don’t have enough time to get them done before the next guest arrives. 

To keep this from happening, consider getting multiple sets of sheets and towels for every guest bed you have in your space.

Additionally, I’d highly recommend you buy all your linens in the same color – preferably white. That way you can easily bleach them to remove stains, and you don’t have to worry about sheet sets getting mixed up with each other because they’re all the same.

Happy hosting!

 

 

The other day, I was telling a friend about the ins and outs of what I do as an Airbnb host. 

“Isn’t it exhausting to deep clean your house before every guest?” she asked. “I just don’t think I could keep up with that kind of rhythm.” 

The truth is, I don’t deep clean my house before every guest. I would find that rhythm exhausting, too!

I clean the guest bedroom and bathroom pretty thoroughly after every booking, but other than that I just do housework at the same pace I normally would. 

If you’re renting out a space in your own home, try to handle the cleaning issue the same way you’d handle it with family. Make sure their private space is clean, and don’t let the common areas be overly dirty or untidy; but a little mess isn’t going to hurt anyone. 

Your guests will still feel at home, and you get to keep your sanity :). 

Happy hosting!

 

 

Have you ever been somewhere that had a guestbook? Don’t you just love signing it? I do. I feel like I’m leaving a little piece of myself there to be remembered. 

As a host, there’s a bonus for you in doing this – you get to go back and look at all the nice things people have said about you in the past! 

Here’s a nice, simple option for you to try (click the image to see more info):

 

Happy hosting!

I recently went away for a few weeks to Europe. 

It was a wonderful, magical vacation. There was great food, amazing people, fantastic views, and more. It was a fabulous opportunity to relax and unwind.

But in a way, it was also very stressful.

I had not had time to arrange for a backup person to run point on my properties while I was gone. So every evening found me getting on the internet, checking my messages and making sure nothing had blown up in my absence. (Not that I could have done anything about it from the other side of the world, but I digress.)

If you want to have any flexibility in your life while managing short term rental properties, you need to have someone you can call in case you’re unavailable. Someone you trust, who you’re confident will provide the same level of support that you do. 

If you don’t have anyone in your life who you feel fits that description right now, start looking for someone who does.

Go to meetups, talk to your contacts, expand your network until you have someone you can rely on. Don’t wait until you need someone to start looking – that’ll already be too late.  

As a host, there are a few things that you should always provide for your guests, such as towels and soap. That is the bare minimum. 

If you want to do a little more, you can provide personalized sizes of shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, lotion, bar soap, and more. Many hosts have started doing that, in some form or fashion. 

But if you really want to make your space stand out, you need to get creative with your giveaways. Think about the space you’re offering, and then give your guests things that compliment your unique space.

Here are a couple of ideas:

  • A bottle of wine at a romantic getaway
  • A s’mores kit at a cabin that gives guests access to a firepit
  • Loaned beach umbrella and towels for a beachside listing
  • Public transit passes for listings near public transit or in the heart of the city
  • A guest book with local food and activity recommendations 
  • Granola bars and oatmeal at a place that caters to business travelers
  • A map of local bike trails and / or walking paths
  • A small sampling of local food, if there’s something your area is famous for

As you can see, the possibilities are nearly endless. Get your creativity going and come up with something to surprise your guests with that complements you and your space perfectly!