It is not always easy to know exactly what qualifies as ‘an essential’ when stocking your Airbnb rental property. Should you follow hotel standards? Equip the place as if it were your home?
How many amenities should the guest get in relation to the price they are paying? While there are no hard and fast rules, I feel putting yourself in the shoes of the guest is the best way to discover what are the Must-Haves in your unit and to potentially become the Airbnb superhost that you totally deserve to be!
So let’s dive right into the few things you could add to the Airbnb experience you provide so that your guests can get started with those 5-stars reviews.
##What Should You Consider as Must-Have Items in Your Airbnb Rental?
###Bedroom Amenities and Linen
If you ask me, nothing screams luxury like comfortable bedding and plenty of pillows. The bedroom is a crucial part of the home. It is where guests enjoy the comfort of a good night’s rest especially if the guest is traveling from overseas or out of state. In making guests happy and ensuring comfort, here’s how you can do it:
Essentials: Premium bedding and sheets Premium pillows with protectors Extra blankets/duvet and pillows Extra clothing hangers Blackout curtains to block out the light in the morning Bedside tables and lamps Ceiling fan/ Air Conditioning Bedside outlets
Extras: Alarm clock Bathrobes & Slippers Mosquito nets Sleep masks Earplugs Sound systems/ White noise to help you drift away slowly
It is best to consider using duvet covers, preferably white as they are easier to remove and clean in between guests. More importantly, store several comforter/duvet covers as you can easily replace them and clean all the old ones after turning over the unit for the new guests.
In addition, you can also consider buying white pillow protector covers with enclosed zips as they are inexpensive and can easily be replaced in case they are badly stained or unable to re-wash.
###First Aid Kit
Accidents happen, so it’s very important to provide basic first aid kit supplies in case a guest gets hurt. Providing a first aid kit is not only highly encouraged by Airbnb, but it’s a must-have for your guests. You don’t want your guests to have to go hunting for basic first aid supplies because of a minor cut or burn. Plus having a first aid kit in your unit also positions you as a considerate host.
Providing a fire extinguisher might seem like common sense but I’ve seen a lot of Airbnb properties that don’t have one. Aside from the fact that a fire extinguisher is legally mandated in some places, this oversight from hosts boggles my mind every time. It doesn’t take up much space at all, it only costs $10 and it could save lives. So definitely supply a fire extinguisher.
If you want your Airbnb to feel like a hotel experience then all of your bathrooms should have shampoo, conditioner, body wash, hand soap, and lotion. These are provided by hotels and should be provided by you with your Airbnb. Make sure that your Airbnb has at least 2 towels per guest. No one likes a damp towel.
Therefore, preferably give per guest one full set of bath linens - a bath towel, two washcloths, and a hand towel. And if any emergencies arise, store one or two extra sets for the guests.
Offer guests disposable hypo-allergic makeup wipes in the bathrooms. It may seem an additional expense but this will help keep towels looking new, fresh and lessen replacing stained towels in the long run. Moreover, guests will appreciate the thoughtful amenity added, resulting in positive reviews.
Pro Tip: Toilet paper is a must-have throughout all your bathrooms. Make sure you have extra to last the entirety of your guests’ stay.
A plunger is one of those items that sometimes we don’t think about, but it should be available in every Airbnb property. You don’t want calls about a toilet that won’t flush. A simple plunger would allow guests to ‘self-service’ their toilet issues without the embarrassment of alerting their host (or other guests who are traveling with them) about the backup.
Unless your Airbnb property is far ‘out in the woods’ and disconnected from everything (on purpose), I recommend providing a smart TV. Most guests like to watch TV during their stay but there is really no need to provide cable TV service. All you need is a streaming service such as Netflix or Amazon Prime which will more than suffice.
###E lock I consider E-locks an investment because they do a whole lot more for me than just give my guests access. Not only will your guests love you for giving them a smooth self check-in process, but they will also love you more for not having them carry around a key. So get an e-lock asap!
A lot of guests travel for events, for business, or just want to look their best while they’re out. Whether it’s an iron or a steamer, you need to provide something that your guests can use to get the wrinkles out from their clothes. There is no need for you to risk a bad review just because you overlooked something as basic as an iron.
I’m a big coffee lover and I can tell you that a lot of people need their coffee fixed first thing in the morning to function properly. So having coffee on hand is a big deal for many people.
You’d be surprised how many Airbnb hosts offer coffee but not a coffee maker, or a coffee maker with coffee but no filters. This sets up a bad experience for your guests. I recommend providing coffee, a coffee maker, and filters at the minimum.
###Functional Kitchen with Utensils
One of the reasons why people love Airbnb is because they’re able to use a kitchen; an amenity they don’t get from a hotel. Cooking is rather hard to do without the right utensils though. A good set of pots and pans is, therefore, a must. Invest in a decent quality set too.
In terms of other kitchen and cooking supplies, look at your own culinary habits for inspiration. What would you need in the kitchen if you were traveling? You really don’t need to supply a gourmet spice rack, but the basics, like salt and pepper, will do. Sometimes it’s the little things that make a big difference.
Pro Tip: Being able to finally kick your feet up and reach for the bottle of wine and wine opener at hand will turn any frown upside down. Make sure you include this must-have in your home - a small gesture that will take you a long way.
###Extra Trash Cans
Providing a good supply of extra trash bags is a must; along with a medium to large trash can. I’ve stayed in several Airbnb’s where extra trash bags were nowhere to be found and made the day-to-day activities and clean up a problem. I’ve also stayed in Airbnb’s where the kitchen trash can is so small that one piece of trash filled up the whole can. Don’t make the trash situation an inconvenience for your guests. Provide them with a medium to large trash can that can withhold several days of trash if necessary.
Pro Tip: Try leaving a roll of trash bags under the kitchen sink so they are easily accessible.