So what are the must have essentials for a successful short term rental? This used to be a question that only a select few people had to answer. Now with Airbnb, VRBO, Homeaway, Etc. normal people like you and me can turn our own home into a short term money maker. That being said it's not always easy to get in the game. There are some growing pains that are sure to test you when turning your own home into a income producing property. Its how you tackle these growing pains that will set you apart from all the other people out there trying to do the same thing. My advice is to go ahead and be proactive by making sure you have all the short term essentials.
Everyone that gets into this game thinks they have it all figured out but it really comes down to the
details when accommodating guest. Anyone that has stayed at a beach house, cabin, or any other kind of short term rental knows there is nothing that pisses us off more than not having everything you need for your stay. An example would be something as simple as a pizza cutter. If I was to guess frozen pizza would be one of the most purchased short term rental foods of all time. If I had a beautiful steamy extra cheese pizza coming out of the oven after a long day of sightseeing or late night extracurricular activities what would be more annoying than not being able to cut up my pizza nice and evenly for my homies because I can't find a pizza cutter. Obviously I have been scarred by the pizza cutter thing but it really is a good example of how the little things can make a difference. We get feedback from our guest constantly about situations like the pizza cutter. The way to get ahead of this is by thinking about the essentials you can't live without in your own home. It seems like this would be easy but when you start to think about it the list can get lengthy quickly.
Some of these essentials to give you an idea would be paper towels, hand soap, toilet paper, shampoo, conditioner, hair dryer, ironing board, iron, fresh towels, light bulbs, dishwasher detergent, laundry detergent, candles, air mattress, mirrors, welcome mats, trash bags, etc. are the things I can list off the top of my head. The more you think about what you need in your own home it will make it easier to knock out all these detail items.
At the end of the day a short term rental is all about the guest having a great experience. If that means you have to drive to the dollar store to get a pizza cutter at 11pm it's worth it. If your guest are having to go get their own supplies to feel comfortable you have already failed as a host. Cover all the bases on the front end so you are sure to get a return stay down the road and hopefully get pushed to a network that will bring you exponential income because you exceeded all expectations by having all the essentials for a memorable short term experience.