So, you want to convert a room into a rental unit and cash in all this Airbnb action <a title="Slate" href="http://www.slate.com/articles/business/the_edgy_optimist/2014/04/airbnb_uber_tesla_why_are_governments_so_rattled_by_their_business_models.html" target="_blank">before the feds and corporate lobbyists shut the whole thing down</a>, but you don’t know where to start. Well, today you’re in luck!
Being located in the Seattle area, where <a href="https://www.airbnb.com/">Airbnb</a> units are springing up like toadstools, we have a little insight into what makes for a successful enterprise in the burgeoning room-to-let market. And, since this is a largely unregulated area, it’s not as hard as you might think to get in the game.
Here’s what you need to get a great rating from your Airbnb guests:
<strong>1. Private Ingress and Egress</strong>
That’s fancy hotel-speak for a private entrance. Visitors will be more likely to stay in your space (and rate it highly) if it is independent of your primary residence. Garage units, basement apartments, guest houses and even pool houses can make great Airbnb units.
People can be so demanding! Alas, it is true that in-unit toilets and showers are a big draw in the Airbnb community. Some of you may be thinking, “Well, duh!” but then you might be surprised by what people try to market as a cozy getaway space. And, sometimes that’s valid: If you’re touting a rustic Airbnb experience, just let your prospective guests know that.
<strong>3. Internet / Cable</strong>
Free Wi-Fi is going to be all it takes to get about 80% of your clientele through the door. Airbnb is an online animal and it stands to reason that if your clients are booking online they’ll expect to be online when they’re staying in your unit.
<strong>4. More Sunlight</strong>
Most Airbnb units were never designed to accommodate people and so some of them tend to be closed off, either in a basement or in some other space where windows were not originally deemed necessary. People need light, though – especially when they’re on vacation. If possible, make room for a window or skylight in your rental space.
<strong>5. Create Airflow</strong>
Stuffiness is another thing to watch out for when converting a space to a livable rental. If <a title="Heating & Cooling Systems" href="http://www.atgstores.com/central-cooling-heating_14428.html" target="_blank">HVAC</a> is out of the question, consider adding a <a title="Ceiling Fans" href="http://www.atgstores.com/ceiling-fans_83.html" target="_blank">ceiling fan</a>, <a title="Wall Fans" href="http://www.atgstores.com/wall-fans_3169.html" target="_blank">wall fan</a> or whatever type of <a title="Home Comfort Appliances" href="http://www.atgstores.com/home-comfort-appliances_14422.html?linkloc=tn" target="_blank">home comfort appliance</a> is appropriate for the space. For example, if you live in humid climes, a <a title="Dehumidifier" href="http://www.atgstores.com/dehumidifiers_2153.html" target="_blank">dehumidifier</a> might be an attractive addition.
<strong>BONUS: Coffee Pot</strong>
It may be possible that some people might confuse Airbnb with an actual B&B, but breakfast is neither mandatory nor expected unless advertised. A <a title="Coffee Makers" href="http://www.atgstores.com/coffee-makers_3255.html" target="_blank">coffee maker</a>, on the other hand, is a nice touch and an affordable way to nudge your guests in the direction of a high guest rating.
We hope these tips help, and good luck getting in the Airbnb while the getting is good!