An Airbnb host needs to carry out a wide range of roles, one of which is property maintenance as it’s important to make sure your property looks fresh and clean for each guest. Not only is it an expectation, but it will also make their stay more positive, boost your reviews, and encourage return visits and word of mouth marketing. It may even lead to guests taking better care of your property because they’ll be more inclined to look after a property that’s in good condition than one that’s run down.
It doesn’t need to consume all your time though. Keeping your property looking its best is easy if you establish a routine and keep on top of the work; here are a few tips to get you started.
Keep things simple
The less clutter, furniture, and gadgets you have in your property, the less there is to break or go wrong. It’s important to include everything your guests need, but you don’t need to go over the top. Stick to the basics, and you’ll find you spend a lot less time making sure everything works and is in good condition.
Establish good habits
It’s a good idea to add checking safety equipment such as smoke and carbon monoxide alarms as well as other features such as the heating or air conditioning, lightbulbs and WIFI connection to your cleaning routine. If you get in the habit from the start, you’ll check them automatically without thinking about it and never have to worry that your guests will be without.
As you wander around or clean your property, pay attention to everything, and try and look at it from a guest’s perspective. Are there scuffs or scratches on any of your walls, does some of the furniture look a little tired, or could the carpets use a clean? Make a list of everything you see as you see it, so you don’t forget.
Schedule in time for maintenance
Once you have a list of things you need to do in your property, schedule in times to carry out the work. If you know you have a quiet period with no guests, why not take the opportunity to paint some of the walls or hire a carpet cleaner? Scheduling time to do specific jobs and putting them in your diary will increase the likelihood that you’ll get them done and mean you keep on top of your otherwise ever-growing to-do list.
Remember you don’t need to do everything yourself
We’re not all good at everything, and that’s OK. If property maintenance is not your strength or you simply dread picking up a paintbrush, enlist the help of someone else, whether that is a decorator to carry out the bigger jobs or perhaps an Airbnb property management company, like us. We can take on many of your routine maintenance tasks such as stock taking, checking everything is working and making a note of broken or worn out items.