Maybe you have a spare room that’s collecting dust, or an annexe in your garden that could do with some tender loving care.
If you’re in need of extra cash, why not list it as a holiday home online to bring a little more jingle to your back pocket? Airbnb offers a great guide for getting started with hosting in a holiday let.
Here are five tips for turning your spare space into a money-maker
1. Don’t scrimp on re-decoration and keep it clean
Never underestimate the impact of a good splash of paint and avoid cutting corners. The more you invest in your property, the more you will be able to charge for a stay, and the more satisfied your guests will be. Satisfied guests equate to good reviews.
A clean property is one that will receive good reviews, so make sure the property is in top condition every time a new guest comes to stay.
If you don’t have time to clean yourself, you can hire a cleaning company like Molly Maid who will complete specialist cleaning on your behalf.
2. Be practical
It’s almost guaranteed that you will attract a certain kind of guest, depending on your location.
Residences near the sea often attract families, whereas small places in the countryside or in large cities often attract couples.
Large houses will attract families or groups, but can also be an attraction for parties, which is something to consider.
You want to make sure you’re prepared for each household’s needs.
Providing a highchair for families, an iron and ironing board for those travelling for business, and Wi-Fi as standard will score you extra points in reviews.
3. Invest in your furniture
Guests can tell when you have neglected to invest in the property, so you’ll want to make sure that your furniture is of a good enough quality to withstand the wear and tear of hundreds of guests over time.
Beds are particularly susceptible to damage, so making sure you have one that is comfortable, but sturdy is essential. Companies such as Archers Sleep Centre can help you find a bed that will ensure your guest’s comfort.
4. Be knowledgeable
Provide leaflets, or a folder of documents containing important information like the regional emergency number, nearby GPs, vets (if applicable) and tourist information.
Guests like to feel that they are taken care of, so be contactable as much as possible, and offer guidance as needed – having a warm manner will leave your guests wanting to return again and again.
5. Provide a welcome pack
Everyone loves a cheeky freebie, so providing a little pack with some basics such as tea bags, chocolate, a bottle of wine, and shampoo will boost your rating with guests, and help them feel more at ease.
Many of us forget things when we pack, so this will score you points if they’ve left something essential behind.
What tips do you have for creating the best holiday home? Leave your answer in the comments below.