Getting an Airbnb rental location ready for guests can be a complicated project. In the process, it can be challenging to remember everything you need to do to be successful. In this article, Mike Eisenga shares seven things you need to take care of when it comes to renting out your Airbnb.
Check The Legality
Before you even begin to make any big moves, make sure that you know the specifics of what the local laws say. You may have to follow certain guidelines, or you may not even be allowed to host at all. There are countless examples of that being the case. Doing this before attempting anything else will save you from a potentially costly mistake.
Hide Anything You Can’t Afford to Lose
No matter how much you trust your guests or what kind of security you install, you should make a habit of ensuring that anything that could easily be stolen is put away someplace safe. Ideally, keep these things in a place like a nearby safety deposit box location.
Don’t Forget the Neighbors
Remember that most houses don’t exist in a vacuum; there are neighbors surrounding them. They’re going to be the ones who will hear loud music and disruptive behavior. Set behavior expectations with your guests ahead of time and inform them of what time they need to start keeping the noise down. You don’t want your neighbors to be dreading it whenever a new guest is over. Noise complaints and visits from the authorities aren’t particularly pleasant.
Don’t Allow Parties
Speaking of noise complaints, the quickest way to get one is to have your house become a party destination. This is most commonly a problem in towns that attract many tourists, but you should always make it clear anyway. Not to mention it’s against Airbnb policy. Not only are you saving yourself from having to clean up potentially huge messes that partygoers leave behind, but you also keep yourself on good terms with your neighbors.
Clean the House
It must seem obvious, but believe it or not, it’s still something many people underestimate. Like with any other situation where guests are coming over, you should make sure that your place looks the best it can. Don’t put yourself in a situation where, when it comes time for the guest to rate their stay, the one negative feedback you get is over the condition of the living arrangements.
Leave Out a Note
Regardless if you’re going to be on-site, a great way to help guests settle in quicker is to leave them some helpful information on things they may not immediately know. Things like operating a more complicated appliance, the wifi password, some local places to eat, and other valuable things. Make it so that the guests don’t have to worry about figuring anything out during their stay.
Invest in Supplies and Snacks
Another thing that many hosts forget is basic necessities, like a first aid kit, a flashlight, extra rolls of paper, etc. Leaving out snacks for the guests is also a very nice gesture and will go a long way for getting a good review. Most of the time, the guests may not even notice, but there will come a time when they wish they had something that they didn’t. Always be ahead of the curb on things like that.When it comes to Mike Eisenga, there’s little he doesn’t know about keeping properties at their best. By following these tips, you have done everything you need to have a worry-free renting experience.
About Mike Eisenga
Mike Eisenga is a successful commercial real estate investor with a banking and finance background and is the former mayor of the City of Columbus. As a President of both American Lending Solutions, a mortgage lending company (he founded and operated from 2000 to 2018), and First American Properties, he has a track record of creating and operating successful businesses. Mr. Eisenga is also devoted to property development and construction, primarily serving smaller local communities.