There are two kinds of pillows we stock in our Airbnbs: pillows for sleeping and pillows for design. The best sleeping pillows Kate and I have used are the Downluxe down alternative pillows for sleeping. And the best design pillows are completely dependent on the look and feel of your home. I’m going to recall some of our lessons learned and share some of the products we’ve used and others that we are looking to buy when we open our next Airbnb. Pillow-related Lessons Learned From Our Airbnbs Pillows are one of those things that you just seem to need a lot of as an Airbnb host. We put pillows on our couches, and of course pillows on our beds, but we also use decorative pillows on our beds to make our homes feel more luxurious. We usually have two…
A lock box is one of the best systems for checking in guests at your Airbnb. I’ve been storing physical keys in a lock box on the premises of our listings for several years now with great success. We use our lock boxes as a backup to our primary check in process, but they’ve been hugely important in guaranteeing a great check in for every guest. Today, I’ll share with you the lock box we use, and one lower priced alternative. So let’s get to it. Two Uses For a Lock Box I think there’s a good argument that every Airbnb should have a lock box on site. If you’ve stayed in many short term rentals while traveling, then you’ve likely gained access to your accommodations using a lock box a few times. One of the challenges of hosting is…
Kate and I opened our first Airbnb about 4 years ago and we had so much success that we've been opening new listings ever since. Today I'm sharing what we've learned about increasing the booking rate for our Airbnb listings.
Today I want to walk through the process that Kate and I have been using to do Airbnb market research using only the internet and the Airbnb website. We've been looking to buy another short term rental investment property outside of our home town, and we have a few cities that we're looking at. This is the process I've been using to determine how many people are using Airbnb in each city, what the level of competition is, and how much I think we could make.
I majored in physics in college. When I think of leverage in the context of the physical world, I think of turning a small force into a bigger force, typically using a “lever”. With the right lever, you can lift something 10 times your own weight, like this: In the world of money, we also have access to a lever. This lever allows us to buy an asset worth 10 times more than the amount of money we have to invest. This lever is called a loan. The Basic Idea Of Money Leverage Many non-investors around the world leverage their money to buy a home. You can buy a $200,000 home for $20,000 (or less). That’s leverage with money: using a small amount of your own money to purchase something much more expensive. In this scenario, the cost of getting…
I can say with confidence that Keurigs are some of the best coffee makers for your Airbnb. They are easy for your guests to use and they don't break.
It's no secret. The best vacuum for Airbnb is one that cleans your floors exceptionally well, and it doesn't break down.
In my experience, the best mattress for an Airbnb is a 12 inch, extra plush, memory foam mattress.
The best mini fridge for your Airbnb is one that serves your guests and you. There are three primary uses for a mini fridge: to provide consumables for your guests, to provide storage for your guests, and to sell to your guests.
Choosing the best laundry detergent for your Airbnb isn't one of the biggest choices you make as a host. But using the right detergent can make a difference to you and your guests.