Tips for Stocking Your Airbnb
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It’s just like mom always said – when you give a bunch of strangers the key to your home, you want to make sure they’ll be comfortable.
Now that you’ve spent an inordinate amount of time emptying your home, you’re ready to spend an inordinate amount of money to fill it back up.
But what, you ask, should you fill it up with?
Fahr + Away is here for you.
Where to Start
Find out how many people you can legally host in your home and plan to max it out.
Where we live, Codes says we can host double the number of sleeping rooms, plus four. So, we have three bedrooms (six people) and we’re allowed four people beyond that for a total of ten people at any given time.
We have one queen bed (2 people), one full bed (2), two bunk beds (4), and one queen-size air mattress (2).
We chose bunk beds because we thought it would appeal to two big demographics looking to rent a property of our size:
- Bachelor/Bachelorette Parties
- Families traveling with children
Alternatively, we’ve seen multiple full or queen beds in one room, but none of our rooms could accomodate that set-up. We bet it really doesn’t make too much of a difference either way as long as it accommodates the correct number of people, so just do what works best for you.
This is where you end up spending a swift few hundred dollars, no matter how thrifty you are because, when it comes to linens, more is more.
Here’s a snapshot of what we’re starting with:
- Two (2) sets of sheets per bed
- Two (2) duvet covers per bed
- One (1) pillow per person + 1-2 extras in each room
- One (1) extra blanket for each bed
- Four (4) towels per person (So, for ten potential guests, we have 40 towels in the house. So many damn towels)
- Two (2) washcloths per person
- Two (2) hand towels per bathroom
Patterned over white: I incorrectly assumed that it would be best to buy all white linens, thinking they’d be easiest to clean because they could just be tossed in the washer with bleach.
A tip we received was that, in fact, patterned linens are great because they can still be bleached with color-friendly bleach, but they will hide small, harmless stains better than white would. Harmless stains include small makeup stains, small bleach spots from harsh facial cleansers and hair products, self tanner residue, blood and vomit, etc. Just kidding. I hope it’s obvious that bodily fluids are deal breakers. Plz don’t sue me when you lose your permit for serving up bloody hand towels to your strangers.
Black washcloths: Given the high percentage of bachelorette groups we anticipate, this was probably the tip we appreciated most. Buy black washcloths and direct people to use them to remove makeup. Genius! And such a good way to get more longevity out of your linens.
Duvet covers: Touched on this above but it bears repeating: duvet covers are a pain in the ass and we will admit that we are never more down on ourselves than when we’re being handily defeated in attempting to get a duvet insert into a duvet cover.
But, duvets are more easily cleaned than quilts or comforters, which is good for you as the host being able to easily keep stains and discoloration at bay, and it’s better for your guests who are guaranteed to have a fresh duvet every time instead of a questionably clean comforter.
Keypad Instead of Locks
This is another tip we received and, at first, we were skeptical. We’re converts now, though.
Keypads can’t be lost over the course of a raucous evening, nor can they be copied and distributed.
They also eliminate the risk of a key left under the doormat or in a “hidden” outdoor spot falling into the wrong hands, or of someone accidentally taking the key with them when they leave, leading to the inevitable odyssey of trying to get the key sent back.
Quantity over Quality
You’re going to spend more money than you want or expect to in getting your house ready for Airbnb. That’s a guarantee. If you’re spending the money anyway, we recommend making it stretch as far as possible – that is to say, buy as much of what you’re buying as you can.
People don’t care how luxurious something is if there isn’t enough of it to go around. So, whether it’s towels, dishes, or toilet paper, prioritize quantity over quality.
- Fire extinguisher
- First Aid Kit
- Coffee Maker
- Cleaning Supplies
- Basic Kitchen Setup
Entertainment: We have a TV in each room. All TV have streaming capabilities and the downstairs TV has cable and a DVD player.
We also have one bluetooth speaker and games – cards, poker, board games, etc.
We made sure we had kids’ movies available, too. Fine, we already owned them.
A house manual and neighborhood guide: We may do a separate post at some point just about how to put a neighborhood guide together.
In the one room we’re currently renting, we’ve left a Nashville welcome kit, complete with local treats and bottles of water. We thought the welcome kit would make me a hero.
Spoiler alert: NO ONE GIVES A SHIT ABOUT THE WELCOME KIT.
No one says a word about it. You know what everyone raves about? The house manual and neighborhood guide.
As people who can’t imagine going anywhere without doing extensive research and knowing exactly how we’re going to fill every minute before we even get there, it’s hard for us to fathom that people show up in Nashville with absolutely no idea about what they’re going to do, but it happens all the time.
Wifi info prominently displayed: We have the wifi information in every room in the house – people appreciate it and it saves us the trouble of having to talk to people more than we need to.