Timeline for Setting Up your Short Term Rental
Setting up an AirBNB listing is expensive and time consuming. One thing to keep in mind is the timeline of events. Your house may be furnished, but does it have toilet paper? How will the guests get in? Often these little details are left until the host already has a guest coming. Organization is the key.
- Complete repairs and maintenance items. I like to have new paint and flooring when setting up a new listing, but if the house is in great shape, you may need only minor work done.
- Furnish the home. We have a great shopping list for you. Keep your target guest in mind as you plan the furniture for each room.
- Assign a cleaning person/cleaning company. Many professional companies are going to want to walk through the home once in order to give you a price. You want the beds set up or at least planned out so that they know what they are committing to. Get a price for a deep clean and also a regular clean. At Sid Was Here, we do a deep clean for all homes where a guest has stayed longer than 2 weeks. A regular clean for stays of less than 2 weeks. If you don’t typically need deep cleans, we always recommend a deep clean each year at the beginning of your busy season.
- Book a photographer. You want them to come on a bright, sunny day to make the house shine. You can do photos as late as the day your first guest arrives, but the sooner you have professional photography, the better your home is going to rent.
- Set up your lock system. No matter if you will use smart locks or keyed entry, you need a plan. You also need a hidden lockbox with a key inside it. A big part of enjoying your guests is planning for emergencies. It is inevitable that someone will get locked out. If that someone is your cleaning lady and she has 4 hours to get your house ready for the next guest, the last thing you want to do is drive across town and open the door for her. This will also happen when you are on vacation, in church and in every other situation you can think of. Hide a lockbox somewhere on the back of your property and set it to a different code than what the guests use. Write down where it is and what the code is and make sure your cleaning team knows where it is in case of emergency. If your guest gets locked out, you’ll have it. If you have to get a service provider in there to repair something, this lockbox will save you hours. I promise you, you will thank me later for this.
- Turn on internet service. We highly recommend 1 gig or faster if you can get it. You want this information in your listing to attract the work from home crowd. If you can, buy your own modem/router combo. In the long run, it will pay for itself instead of you renting a router for $15/month for 5-6 years or more. Turn this on a few days before your guest moves in so that you can verify that the internet is working. I have had several houses not have service due to wiring issues or other unforeseen circumstances, so turn it on and test it well before your guests arrive.
- Set up your smart tv’s. We never recommend paying for cable. We like Roku TV’s. They are easy to use and don’t require a credit card on file. The one TV you DON’T want to buy is a Fire TV. A Fire TV is an Amazon product and requires you to sign into your account for it to work. You will lose a few nights sleep worrying about guests purchasing things on your Amazon account, so avoid this at all cost.
- Stock the home with essentials like toilet paper, paper towels, dishwasher tabs and some laundry soap.
Once all of these things are in place, you’ll be ready for your first guest. Subscribe to Sid’s Blogs for more information on Property Management.