Airbnb transformed the travel industry by giving people the opportunity to rent out their homes to travelers and make an extra buck at their convenience. Travelers also get to enjoy the affordability of Airbnb and the aura of homeliness that comes with renting someone’s house, compared to sleeping in a motel. It is imperative to note that the home photos you end up posting on AirBnB are the most significant selling point; followed by the rental price. Consequently, it is vital to make a few upgrades to your home to make the space highly desirable to potential clients on the site. This article will delve into unique upgrades one can make on the house to make it more desirable to potential Airbnb guests.
Less is More
The first step in sprucing up your house is to declutter all the rooms. Decluttering will help you eliminate all the unnecessary items that could have gathered in your home over the years. Employ a minimalist decorating approach and declutter one room at a time to avoid being overwhelmed. Decluttering entails the removal of personal items from the home such as family photos with the aim of creating a neutral rental atmosphere for the clients. A decluttered home has an excellent appeal on photos because the result evokes a clean-cut image which is attractive to potential clients.
An excellent paint job can change the feel of a home. The best part about achieving this upgrade is that paint is quite affordable in the modern. Paints also come in unique, attractive colors currently. Further, you can turn the painting process into a fun experience with your friends or family while you are at it.
However, before going out to purchase a variety of random colors, it is crucial to take some time as one decides on an overall theme color for the home. One of the easiest options is to stick to neutral colors for the walls such as white, grey, black, and beige (be careful with black though).
Neutral colors are easy to play around with, and they make rooms feel clean and spacious. Alternatively, you may opt to incorporate a location theme; depending on the location of your home. For example, you may use beach accessories if you live near the beach and log cabin features if you live near the mountains. The aim is to create an authentic feeling in the home that will offer an unforgettable experience for your guests.
Airbnb users wish to have a home-away-from-home experience when renting someone’s house. This means that your home should provide all the basic comfort amenities such as electrical chargers and extension cords for electrical devices. Additional amenities include toiletries in the bathrooms and condiments such as tea and coffee. You may go further and provide recreational facilities such as board games, DVDs for movie nights, books, and magazines to keep your guests entertained when they stay indoors.
Statement pieces are also ideal for grabbing the attention of clients. A statement piece may be an electric fireplace in the living room. If you have a conventional wood-burning fireplace, then you could swap it for an electric fireplace, which you can install in the same space. An electric fireplace is essentially a heater that produces a light that mimics real flames of fire. If you previously did not have a fireplace, then you can consider installing such features at the center of the living room to create a division between the living spaces.
Art pieces also add life to a home. However, you ought to choose neutral art pieces that have no reference to race, politics, and religion to avoid losing potential clients who may have different subtle or strong inhibitions about certain issues. Additionally, mirrors accentuate a room by creating an illusion of space. You could choose accent mirror pieces to place in areas such as the entryway or corridors.
Take Professional Photos
Photos of your home are your primary marketing tool; hence, they should capture and engage the potential client’s interest. Hiring a professional photographer could be an ideal strategy, but this is often a costly affair. The affordable alternative is to personally take photos and edit them using photo editing apps and software. A quick YouTube tutorial on photography and editing can teach you a thing or two about taking excellent photos. You can also offer a free night’s stay at your home to a photographer in exchange for their skills.
Further, you should ensure that you take photos in good lighting, preferably daylight, to get high-quality pictures. Also, when you post the amazing images of your home on Airbnb, check them out using different devices such as phones and laptops to confirm that the quality and photo formatting is excellent on all platforms.
Upgrading your home to attract clients on Airbnb requires you to create a simple budget and stick to it. Avoid making expensive furniture and fixture purchases since this will create an unnecessary financial strain. Additionally, it is essential to put your best foot forward by highlighting the best parts of your home more to attract clients.