Part of the Airbnb philosophy involves creating a more social, authentic travel experience by pairing renters with property owning hosts in over 34,000 cities around the world. Renters can search for a room in a host’s property or rent an entire house if they prefer. Airbnb allows guests to search their database by “entire place, own room or shared room.” Privacy and cleanliness are deemed priorities in all such listings.
Here are 6 ways guests pick their preferred Airbnb:
1. They first ask themselves--does this Airbnb have the vibe and look that I feel comfortable with?
Airbnb properties are not hotels, inns or bed & breakfasts. Taste, decor, personality and price vary wildly. If guests crave the consistency and amenities (maid/room service) of a standard hotel experience, Airbnb may not be a right fit for them--and that's OK.
Guests understand that the authentic, local Airbnb experience comes in many forms. Closets might be full of the owner’s belongings, the decor might not be to their taste or some hosts might ask guests to water their plants--it all depends on what the guests feel comfortable with.
2. Guests do their research!
Good research by the guests is the key to a good experience. Guests start searching by location first. They ask themselves questions such as: Do we need to be within walking distance of a certain venue? Do we have our heart set on a favorite location?
3. Guests make a list of absolute requirements.
They ask themselves questions such as: Are they willing to share their space with a host? Is the property well located for what they want to do? Does it have free internet? Parking? Washer/dryer?
4. Guests look for high-quality photographs, detailed descriptions and many reviews.
After looking at all the photographs, guests will automatically be able to eliminate quite a few listings.
5. Guests thoroughly read all the property rules.
House rules vary a lot. Some are reasonable to some guests and other listings have house rules that guests don't feel comfortable with. They will immediately look for others in the area to suit their needs.
6. Guests read all the reviews.
All of them. They look for specific "negatives" that other guests have mentioned in their reviews. Do previous guests complain about arranging key pick-ups? Did guests ever find that the property ran out of hot water mid-shampoo every day? Or, is the owner an amazing host that goes above and beyond when accommodating their guests?
Let us, at Hello Suburbia, help you avoid these common host pitfalls! As the Airbnb host, we make sure that your listing is primed and ready to go when it's ready to rent. We are committed to making sure your Airbnb business is an all-around success--both now and many months and years from now.
Regardless of the suburban town your Airbnb is listed in, designing a budget-friendly Airbnb is crucial to your success. With the right design, it can increase guest satisfaction--ultimately raising profits in the long run. Since most Airbnb hosts have limited capital to spend on their new listing, here’s how you can furnish your own Airbnb on a budget.
Have an Open Concept Listing
In general, an Airbnb with an open concept design saves a lot of money upfront. Purchasing furniture, such as tables and chairs to be shared among the living space as opposed to keeping them closed behind bedroom doors is appealing to any host, and thus guests, when they look at pictures from your Airbnb.
Dedicate an Area for Some Relaxation
Having one area in the Airbnb for guests to take a break from their work or other daily duties will help with overall guest satisfaction. This “relaxation area” doesn’t have to be expensive either. It could be anything from a foosball table to a section dedicated to adult coloring books and board games.
Set the Proper Ambience
It's very important design and create a space that guests look forward to coming home to each day. The key to setting the proper ambience--is to match it with the overall look of your Airbnb. A playful, contemporary design can use bold and bright colors to display energy and excitement, whereas a more serious, modern Airbnb might opt for neutral tones to show calmness and professionalism.
There are two very budget-friendly items that can instantly liven up any Airbnb regardless of the design: plants and lights! They are low-maintenance and they instantly give any room a fresher and clean look. Whether it’s an elegant floor lamp or a simple desk lamp, adding more lights to your Airbnb will surely brighten up your guests’ day!
At Hello, Suburbia---let us help you find the right type of design that fits your budget and space!
Minimalist furnishings call for muted tones, spacious layouts, and simple designs.
Here are a few tips on how you can improve your Airbnb to adapt to a minimalist style:
A good rule of thumb is focus on clearing up a lot of space in your designated living area when setting up your Airbnb listing for the first time. The living space is ranked high when analyzing listings and their corresponding guest reviews as an area that guests highlight and comment on the most.
Tones and Textures
It is always important to color coordinate your Airbnb to reflect calmness. Thus, using neutrals, pastels, and earth tones is the best. Start with a base color such as white or light beige, and layer it with complementary shades like subtle grays, pale blues, or dark greens. The key is to pick 3-4 different colors and keep them consistent to prevent too much noise and contrast. But with such similar tones, how do we keep it from getting too bland? This is where the magic of texture comes in. Matching similar colors with different materials adds interest for the eye.
Natural lighting is a very important part of a minimalist design, giving your Airbnb a warm and inviting tone. Although it’s definitely difficult to change the size of your windows, you can still allow the sun rays to seep in by using light curtains or none at all in common space areas such as the living or dining room. When LED lights are needed, it’s best to keep things simple. Even bare lightbulbs hanging from the ceiling correspond to a minimalist design.
Overall, minimalism is a very powerful movement that has influenced many hosts (and guests!) for the better. Try out these tips to adopt this life-changing style into your Airbnb listing--and let us help!