More and more people that are living frugally and need some extra income are realizing that they can list their property on Airbnb (or another rental site) and whenever they have a booking, just check into a local hostel or stay at a friend’s house. This can be a great side-hustle, but it comes with the responsibility of technically working in the hospitality industry. One of those responsibilities is ensuring that your guests are happy, as too many unhappy guests can stop your extra source of income. Here are some tips that can help you to successfully but also frugally run a rental room.
Re-use as much as you can
Make small changes that increase the quality of your environment. If something is a bit too old, you don’t have to buy a new item. Check out sites like freecycle.com that help your community reuse and share items they no longer need. You can refurbish your apartment for free if you find the right items!
Sell whatever you don’t need
If you are used to a bit of clutter, it could be hard to part with some of your items. However, something that no guest likes is checking into an Airbnb that’s filled with unnecessary stuff. Take the opportunity to do some spring cleaning and sell anything that you don’t need. This can get you a bit of cash for some other necessary preparations.
Don’t skimp on Carpet Cleaning
One of the most important differences you can make to an apartment is to professionally deep-clean the carpets. This will visibly change your room and make your guests feel comfortable that they are not staying in an unhygienic location. You can either buy a professional carpet cleaner or search for a cleaner in your local area such as carpet cleaners Herne Hill. You don’t have to do it too often and it makes all the difference.
Resurface your bathroom (no need for a reconstruction)
If you’re a perfectionist, you may look at an old bathroom and think that years of use have made it too dirty for any guest to tolerate. You may be tempted to reconstruct it. That would be a mistake! If you clean and re-grout the tiles, paint the walls and deeply clean the basin and toilet the most you’d need to buy is some cleaning chemicals, grout, and a toilet seat.
Take a minimalist philosophy
The least risky way for you to design your room is to take a minimalist approach. Guests might feel a bit uncomfortable finding personal or family photos and would prefer a neat room where they know where they need to look for the basics (e.g., kettle, tea, bedding).
These tips can help you run a property perfect for Airbnb or another rental-site, without costing much at all. It can be a great way to earn an extra £20-50 a week, depending on popularity. You might need to put in a bit of effort, but you’ll also reap the benefits of this effort too, especially when it comes to cleaning.