I had the pleasure of writing an article and having a project featured in this spring’s Texas Lifestyle Magazine issue. Read on or click here to see the article in full on how to create a book-worthy rental for Airbnb and sites a-like.
These expert tips will take your short-term rental from “meh” to “yeah!” in seven easy steps.
THINK WITH PHOTOGRAPHY IN MIND
From the moment a potential guest is scrolling through, searching for the perfect “home away from home,” you want to capture their attention with a great image of your space. Capture a fun corner or painting to show your home has personality. Pro tip: A simple way to achieve this is with a patterned wallpaper. Keep in mind that for photography of spaces, it’s best to keep the clutter minimal. We recommend working with a professional photographer who can capture your space in its essence.
CREATE AN AREA THAT STANDS APART
Your space must feel cool and unusual to the interested renter. After all, vacation is no time to be boring! Capture the qualities of your home that would make the renter stop scrolling and immediately picture themselves in your house. The idea here is to think outside the box—you want your home to feel well thought-out to make it immediately appealing to your potential guest.
HIGHLIGHT WHAT YOU LOVE
Now that you’ve secured your renter, it’s time to impress. The reason why so many are interested in renting a home rather than a hotel is simple: personality. You want to enhance the vacationer’s experience as much as possible by adding personal touches to make the space feel less sterile—maybe it’s a personal record collection of local musicians or a vibrant, welcoming rug.
GIVE A NOD TO YOUR TOWN
Travelers often prefer experience over consumerism. They really want to feel excited about their destination when experiencing a new city. A lovely framed map or even a photo of an iconic local spot should do the trick. What about stocking your fridge with a local craft beer?
BECOME THE CONCIERGE
Showing off your favorite spots to guests can be a great way to get that five-star rating. Those using home rental services are often interested in being immersed in the local culture. Using décor items, like a chalkboard list that showcases favorite restaurants or neighborhoods, gives your guests a good inkling on what they might enjoy exploring during their stay.
THOUGHTFULNESS IS KEY
This tip comes down to simple hospitality. Thinking of the little things like stocking the fridge with water bottles, creating a coffee bar or having a tasteful display of mini toiletries shows guests you’ve thought of them even before their arrival. You want them to feel that you are excited about their stay.
COMFORT KEEPS THEM COMING BACK
While home rentals do offer a more liveable experience, you still want your guests to have the pristine feel of a high-end hotel. Clean, fluffy towels and high thread count sheets make for an experience that will have your guests coming back again and again.
Check out the original piece by clicking the link here to Texas Lifestyle Magazine’s Spring 2018 issue.