Essential Items you must have on your Airbnb & other booking channels.
Being an Airbnb host isn’t just about providing a place to sleep.
As the vacation rental market has developed in the past few years, host’s are now competing with more than a million listings. It’s important to stand out now more than ever. Sometimes, having the right items in your Airbnb listing can make all the difference.
You can start by checking off these essential items that every Airbnb must have:
Most of the items on this list are to enhance your guest’s experience but it is important that we start with the most essential safety items. These safety items are necessary to ensure a secure stay for your guests.
A. Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors– You can get a two in one detector, these are easily available online.
B. First Aid Kit– It’s important to keep a first aid kit with a few essentials such as a band-aid, Ice pack, Gauze pads, wound cleaning agents, etc.
C. Fire Extinguisher– Another essential item to ensure safety for guests.
D. Security Cameras– Although it isn’t mandatory to have a security camera on your Airbnb. It is a good way to keep your house monitored and help the guest feel safe.
2. Kitchen Essentials-
Other than cutlery such as a few plates, spoon, glasses, etc. It’s important that you have some kitchen essentials like a functional refrigerator, microwave, and a kettle.
If you want to score some brownie points with your guest’s it’s good to add a small coffee station to your Airbnb.
A simple coffee maker along with French coffee bean press and whole coffee beans, will take you a long way. Also adding this to your listing could really help you stand out.
Other kitchen essentials that could slip from your mind are-
- Dish soap
- Paper towel roll
- Sponge or cleaning brush
- Garbage can with garbage bags
- Bottle opener
3. Entertainment Essentials-
A. Television- It’s important that your Airbnb has a functional HDTV. All guests expect to have a functional Tv where they could access their Netflix or Amazon Prime.T
B. Smart Speakers– Another feature you could add to your Airbnb is a good smart speaker. Adding an Amazon Echo could be a distinct feature to your listing. You could create an Alexa skill that gives your guest’s various kinds of information, like the wifi password and any other things they may need to know about the property. These aren’t mandatory but could add a unique touch to your listing.
C. Other Items- A few other inexpensive entertainment items you could add to your Airbnb are:
- Board Games
4. Communication Essentials-
A. Wifi- This is one of the most essential things that should be in your Airbnb. Guest’s will most probably be use your wifi and, it’s essential to give them a high-speed internet. Along with good wifi, Airbnb host should also have a right-sized router, depending on your property.
B. Phone Charging Cables– Guests forget to carry their chargers all the time. A cheap purchase for you could be saving your guests from the headache of finding and purchase a new charger. Having a multi-charging USB in every room is definitely a plus.
5. Comfort Essentials-
A. White Towels- Ever wondered why you see white towels in photos of high-end hotels? It’s because guests love them. Pure white means clean and gives a spa-like feature. It’s always smart for Airbnb hosts to give guests the things they love about hotels in their vacation rental.
B. Blankets- Another essential you should add to your Airbnb are good comforters or blankets. It’s important to keep at least 2 blankets in every room to ensure that your guest has a comfortable stay.
6. Other Essentials-
Other essentials you may add to your Airbnb are-
- Hair Dryer.
- Iron and Ironing board
- A crib ( if you have many families as guests)
- Digital Clocks
- Cleaning Supplies
- A Wifi Enabled Printer
Whether you are starting your first vacation rental or taking some time to improve and upgrade an existing unit, you may want to think about what your guest expect from your Airbnb and think about something that only you can offer them.
A property management company like Global Guesting can help make sure you have everything set for your short term rental.