Businesses like Airbnb, VRBO, and other short-term rental providers are some of the most popular websites to shakeup the hospitality industry in years. And for good reason!
Unlike cookie-cutter chain hotels, users are able to find unique travel accommodations offering a more authentic overall experience. And for homeowners, it's a bit of a no-brainer - if you have the space to rent, it's a great mortgage helper, in addition to being a unique way to meet new people from all over the world.
There are a few things to consider before renting your space though, and getting organized is at the top of the list.
Ensure your home is streamlined and tidy
Particularly if the space you are renting has been previously lived in, it is important to remove any personal effects, valuables, and clear the clutter. Guests are drawn to spaces that are tidy and minimal, meaning hiring a professional organizer to help create that space can quickly yield more interest. Pairing down not only makes your space look bigger and more appealing, it also makes clean up between guests a breeze. With less in your physical space, there will always be less that needs to be put away after guests leave.
Create a welcoming space for guests
Ensure you have all the essentials available when guests arrive (dishes, linens, soap, basic toiletries, mattress pads and pillow covers, coffee...) These thoughtful details are what takes your short term rental from good to great. The chances of disappointed guests or low-star reviews is significantly lessened with a little time and energy input in the beginning. Setting up a welcome binder of important information- things like the wifi password, how recycling and compost collection work, what remote control actually turns on the tv, as well as any house rules and emergency contact information is an important offering. All little things that make a big impact, and projects the Room to Breathe team can dive in and help setup.
Equalize between rentals
The Room to Breathe organizing philosophy follows Julie Morgensten's SPACE method - Sort, Purge, Assign a home, Containerize, and Equalize. This is the order by which we organize everything every time, with equalize being crucial for maintaining organizational systems. Dedicate some time after each rental to equalize: returning every item to its proper home, reassessing and clearing out anything that is no longer needed, and ensuring the space is returned to organized perfection.
Whether you are just beginning your journey into short term rentals or you hope to elevate your existing space to a new level, Room to Breathe can help you pair down, scale back, and clear the clutter, leaving your space fresh, easy to maintain, and ready to be enjoyed.
Contact our team today to schedule your FREE one hours in-home consultation to assess your specific needs and organizational desires.