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Turning Your Property into A Short-Term Let

Updated: Jul 28, 2023

To transform your property into an inviting guest house, there are several steps you can take. Here at Host360, we want to help make that process as easy as possible so we’ve created this blog to help get you started.

Prepping The Base

Begin by assessing the layout and functionality of the space. Focus on the ambience and aesthetics by considering the theme of your property. What sort of atmosphere do you want to create? Neutral tones offer a tranquil environment, whereas bright colours create a vibrant space. Don’t forget to purchase extra tins of paint in case of future need.

Protect Those Surfaces

Keep in mind that accidents may happen so help your guests avoid this by providing them with protective devices such as coasters, worktop trivets, doormats and covers to protect anything easily damaged. To minimize maintenance challenges, opt for flooring options other than carpet. Hardwood, laminate or tile floors are easier to clean and maintain, offering a more practical solution for yourself in the long term.

Getting The Right Tech

Equipping your property with appliances, such as a toaster, fridge, kettle and TV, can be expensive so prioritise purchasing reasonably priced options that come with longer warranties. Find the right balance between being affordable for you and good quality for your guests. Ensuring that in case of any malfunctions or mishaps, you can easily have them replaced or repaired without incurring significant costs. Look for reputable brands and retailers that offer reliable customer support, making the maintenance process smooth and as little of an inconvenience to yourself and your guests as possible.

Adding A Personal Touch

Now it’s time for the fun part, home decor is your opportunity to set the tone of your guest’s stay, so let your style shine through while keeping it practical. Opt for books instead of magazines as they add a timeless and intellectual touch to the space. Include plants rather than flowers to bring a sense of natural beauty and freshness that requires less maintenance.

Sources Of Style

Consider local craftsmanship by incorporating handmade pieces from makers in the community, Bristol is thriving with magnificent artists. Don't be afraid to explore charity and vintage furniture shops, where you can discover hidden gems that not only bring affordability but a unique landscape. Let your property reflect your personality by creating a warm and welcoming environment that leaves a lasting impression on your guests.

Stocking Essentials

Every guest is different and therefore unpredictable so make sure to keep a good stock of things that may be used or need replacing quickly. Keep essentials such as toiletries, towels, and bedding readily available to provide a convenient experience for your guests. It’s also a good idea to keep a decent inventory of cleaning supplies accessible for your guests. Accidents happen so make sure they have the opportunity to rectify them as soon as possible with the right products and tools.

Stand Out From The Crowd

Additionally, consider going the extra mile for your guests by keeping a few food items in stock like snacks and soft drinks or essential cooking ingredients like oils and vinegars. Think about what makes your life easier when on vacation, consider keeping some easily forgotten items in storage like phone chargers, travel cots and shopping bags. What might your guests want to do during their stay? Maybe offer some games or alternative entertainment, especially if there’s a possibility of having younger guests. Small touches such as this help exceed your guest’s expectations and present a homelier feel. HOT TIP: If the property is new to you, consider staying in it for a week or so to get a good feel for what people staying there may need. Is it a little cold? Keep some blankets and a small heater available. A little humid? Have a dehumidifier on hand.

Keeping Everyone Safe

Prioritising the safety of your guests is key, there are several important measures to consider. Install smoke alarms throughout the property, and carbon monoxide alarms in any rooms with a gas supply to quickly detect any potential hazards. Make sure to regularly inspect these features to ensure the safety of your guests and your property.

Locking It Down

Staying in an unfamiliar home can mean all instincts fly out the window so help guests avoid accidents by making all doors leading into the property self-locking and provide locks on personal storage cupboards. Also, it’s generally recommended to offer a self-check-in option for safety and convenience, allowing guests to access the property independently and providing flexibility for their arrival time. This can be done easily with lock boxes outside of the property.

Preparing For The Turnover

When planning the turnover process between guests, examine whether to handle it yourself or hire a professional service. Doing it yourself can save money, but it requires time, effort, and attention to detail. On the other hand, opting for a professional service can make your life easier, ensuring a consistent and efficient turnover that allows you to focus on other things. Ultimately, weigh the cost, convenience, and quality factors to make the best decision for your specific needs and resources.

You’re Almost Ready

Now that you’ve got your property ready it’s time to advertise it online. Host360 offers a complete management service that can be customised to fit your needs. We can run the show for you with our 24/7 support and maintenance team so you can rest assured that any issues or concerns will be promptly addressed. We also handle advertising on multiple booking platforms, maximizing your property's visibility and occupancy rates and with our team’s expertise in review management, we skilfully reply to guest feedback, providing a personalised experience that fosters guest satisfaction. The listing design includes professional photography and expertly crafted copywriting to ensure that your property stands out. Additionally, we offer a professional cleaning service, allowing you to maintain high standards of cleanliness. Lastly, a partnership with Host360 means you have a dedicated account manager ensuring that your specific needs are met, providing exceptional service and support throughout.

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