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Airbnb Host Checklist to Maximize Airbnb Experience

October 07, 2018 |

Like every business venture, there’s planning, preparation, and good old-fashioned hard work that goes into every vacation home rental. As a property manager, you’re not just ‘handing over the keys to a roof over your guests’ heads; you’re responsible for shaping their experiences. Chances are, you’d like to shape an enjoyable one at that.

Yes, there are many great approaches to providing the best stay for your guests, and buying certain household items marks one instance where the road less traveled is not necessarily the best one to choose. Make sure your Airbnb is stacked with the essentials – travelers like to know they can expect the expected when it comes to having a well-prepared trip and being taken care of.

Guesty For Hosts

When considering what items are essential for you to supply for your guests, think of your Airbnb as a professional accommodation and mirror the maids’ carts and linen closets you tend to see in hotels. Of course, unlike a hotel, there’s always room for you to create a 5-star Airbnb experience, but that power lies beyond mini-shampoos.

In this post, we’re giving you a standard checklist that you can rely on to be an outstanding Airbnb host; we’ll keep it limited to the basic tools for your hosting arsenal:

Short-term rental bathrooms

 Bath Towels (2 per guest)
 Beach Towels (if relevant)
 Towel Hooks
 Toilet Paper
 Feminine Products
 Hair Dryer
 Magnified Makeup Mirror
Shower Hanger (for toiletries)
Toiletries (buy in bulk)
 Hand Soap
 Body Wash
 Disposable Toothbrush
 Disposable Razors
 Body Lotion

Short-term rental bedrooms

 Bed Linens and Pillows (for laundering & restocking linen services, click here)
 Extra Linens, Blankets, and Pillows
 Air Con, Heater, and/or Fan
 Garbage Bin
 A Box of Tissues
 Pen & Note Pad
 Bedside Table
 Bedside Lamp
 Foot Rug
 Alarm Clock
 Dresser and/or Shelves (at least one unit)
 Safe for Passports and Valuables

Short-term rental kitchens

 Teas & Instant Coffee
 Tea Kettle / Water Heater
 Salt & Pepper
 Sugar & Sweetener
 Dishes, Cups, and Silverware (at least one set for every 2 guests)
 Pots and Pans
Extra Light bulbs
Cleaning Supplies (buy in bulk)
 Hand Soap
Dish washing Liquid
 Carpet Cleaner
 All-Purpose Cleaner
 Trash Bags

Short-term rental living rooms

 Books and Magazines
 Full-Length Mirror
 Desk or Workspace
 Coloring Books and Crayons
 Pens and Pencils
 Playing Cards

A Little Something Extra

 Washing Machine
 Dryer or Clothing Rack
 VHS/DVD/Blu-Ray Assortment
 Clothing Iron

Better Safe Than Sorry

 Functioning Smoke Detector
 Fire Extinguisher
First Aid Kit (buy in bulk)
 Emergency Numbers
 Absorbent Compress Dressings
 Sterile Gauze Pads
 Triangular Bandages
 Roller Bandages
 Adhesive Bandages
 Adhesive Cloth Tape
 Antiseptic Wipes
 Antibiotic Ointment
 Hydrocortisone Ointment
 Instant Cold Compress
 Non-Latex Gloves

Hopefully, this resource has covered all the details that are easy to forget, as well as provided some new ideas of what to add to your Airbnb for an improved experience. When it comes to host preparedness and making sure to meet guests’ expectations, the general rule of thumb is: simply imagine yourself in your guests’ shoes, and then remember to provide a shoe rack!

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