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How to Be an Amazing Airbnb Host

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How to Be an Amazing Airbnb Host

Airbnb has completely revolutionized the way that people are vacationing in today's world. Instead of just checking into a musty old motel, you can stay in a personalized, homey space. Because of this, many people are channeling their inner innkeeper and opening up their homes to travelers. But do you know how to be an amazing Airbnb host? It's not as hard as you would think. It's the little touches!

Prepare the Room

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The first thing you should do is to prepare your room for your guests' arrival. If you're renting an entire house, you'll have to prepare all the rooms that they will have access to, as well. This means deep-cleaning, making sure all of the beds have adequate blankets and pillows, and ensuring that the mandatory items are there.

Stock Up

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Next, you'll want to stock up on essentials that your guests are likely to need. The very basics are extra blankets, soap, laundry detergent (if there are facilities available), dish-washing liquid (or powder, if there is a dishwasher), paper towels, and bath tissue. Extra pillows, dishes, utensils, and other household items are great to have on hand, as well.

Have a Welcome Basket

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Welcome baskets are perfect for, well...welcoming your guests! It makes them feel at home in your home. Your welcome basket should be personalized for the number and type of guests, as well as the location that you're in.

Basics should include little novelties from around the area, a guide to some local attractions, and what is needed for a few treats, such as cocoa, coffee, or (for adults), a bottle of wine. Have a kids-only basket on hand that contains games, crayons, coloring books, and small toys: The parents will thank you!

Guides for Everything

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Working appliances and electronics in a stranger's house can be a daunting task. And most of us have had stare-downs with a strange shower while trying to figure out how to use it. Don't let your guests fall victim to that! Type up, print out, and laminate a guide for everything in your house that they might not know how to use, and leave it with the welcome basket.

Post Your Information

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Sometimes, an emergency will arise where your guests will need to contact you. Make this easy for them to do. Post your number (preferably more than one number) near a phone in the house (or near the door), attach a keychain with your number to the keyring, and put it in your guide book.

Have a Kitchenette

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A full kitchen is best, but even a kitchenette is sufficient for a small area. The minimum that you should have available is a mini-fridge, a microwave, and a coffeemaker. Arrange in a specific part of the room or house, so that it looks nice and not like it was just shoved into a corner. If you can, splurge on a toaster oven and electric eye.

Being an Airbnb host can be difficult, but very rewarding. If you're looking to ensure that your guests have a great time in a fabulous room, these tips will help to get you there.

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