Airbnb has over 6 million listings, all competing for travelers dollars. Therefore turning a home into a competitive listing is the only way one can attract travelers and, in the process, make some extra money on the side. To be competitive is not just about plastering pictures onto a website, but taking time to research, plan, and design a home to a five-star destination that would be the envy of most people.
According to Chance Realty, the number of investors buying properties particularly for Airbnb has gone up, especially in a place like Florida.
So if you’re looking to keep up with the competition and wondering how to improve your house and make it competitive, to attract top dollars, check out these home improvement tips.
If you are planning to rent your entire house for extended stays, then the kitchen should speak volumes with one photo on Airbnb. Kitchen remodels proved overtime for their value on return on investment.
When it comes to remodeling the kitchen, start with painting and refurbishing the cabinets, you can upgrade the cabinets by adding a crown molding to the top. For $40 to $80, you can integrate rollouts into the cabinets that bring out everything stuck in the cabinets much easier with some touch.
The lighting should be up to standard illuminating all corners. Likewise, the kitchen should have the entire necessary appliance for a comfortable stay from a refrigerator to an electric or gas cooker. This would also be the best time to replace any old hardware and cutlery.
A fresh coat on all the walls could make a big difference in upgrading the overall outlook of an old cottage. Fresh paint goes a long way in freshening up space as well as making a home appear brand new. If you are wondering which paint to go with, always stick with white or a combination of gray and beige. It is also important to ensure that the paint rhymes with existing room furnishings.
If you have extra money to spend, going for a dramatic look could come into play by deploying wallpapers on some of the walls. Wallpapers would be ideal for rooms with plain walls as well as slim baseboards and window trims
No one would wish to spend a night in a house or a room that feels dark and gloomy. Brighten the overall outlook of the house by improving lighting through the addition of lamps and light fixtures in the wall or ceiling. More attention should be paid on lighting in the kitchen as well as the dining area.
While remodeling, you can go with a combination of LED recessed lights with wall sconces. In the bathrooms, overhead lighting is very important
The fact that the guests at times do travel with lots of baggage, especially for extended stays, calls for big storage spaces. Adding extra storage can make a house more appealing to guests. For a modern look, you can add extra space by installing chic and simple floating shelves. However, for a classic look, you can never go wrong with built-in storage spaces
Simple things such as hooks on the wall, as well as a shoe rack by the door, can help relieve some space in a small room. Free closet space for storing clothes should also come in handy.
Nobody would want to spend their precious time relaxing or relieving themselves in a small, congested, and dingy bathroom. Some of the most viewed photos on Airbnb listing are bathroom photos. Likewise, if you wish to ramp up points for your Airbnb listing, then the bathroom should be up to standards.
The bathroom, no matter how small, should come with at least a sink, toilet and bathtub, and a shower. Bathroom tiles, in this case, should speak volumes and play a role in illuminating the small space that is the bathroom. If you want elegance, then this would be the time to settle for a new granite, bathroom vanity top.
Paint the walls with colors that rhyme with the tiles. Beautiful light fixtures should also come into play as a way of energizing and soothing the bathroom. You will never go wrong with installing sufficient and luxurious lighting in the bathroom if you want your house to attract guests on Airbnb.
Ventilation is also very important as it ensures the free circulation of air in the room. A bathroom that is not well ventilated will always produce bad odor and will contribute to a number of problems such as mold and mildew.
Airbnb is all about competition when it comes to traveler’s dollar. The only way to stay ahead of the pack and enjoy high occupancy rates is to ensure that the house up for listing is up to standards. Contrary to perception, you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars to make your rental sparkle. All you have to do is carry out minor upgrades able to make the guest feel at home.