Airbnb, VRBO, and other homesharing options have completely changed the way that so many of us book vacations, in just a short period of time.
A few years ago, it would have taken hours to comparison-shop between hotels, search out alternative lodging options, or schedule the dates of a stay. Now, these easy breezy services make it simple to find the perfect accommodations, with just the push of a button.
Of course, when you book with a homesharing service, you’re usually renting out someone’s home, or maybe a separate apartment or guest house on someone’s property. That’s a little bit quirky, for sure – and it can sometimes make it hard to know what you’re in for.
As a guest, where should you look to make sure that your short-term rental is up to snuff? And as a host, what areas should you tackle to make sure that your guests feel completely at ease?
Your Chicago cleaning experts have the answers! Here are a few things to look for as a guest staying at an Airbnb:
1.) No Garbage Anywhere
When you stay at an Airbnb or any other type of homesharing option, you should be able to feel like you’re on a relaxing, rejuvenating vacation – even if you’re just staying in someone’s home.
One way to make guests feel like they’re in for a nice stay? Make sure there isn’t a hint of trash anywhere. This means that making sure that the recycling and garbage are taken out before new guests arrive. It also means ensuring that there aren’t any loose items left in the living space, and that the whole area smells clean and inviting.
As your guests first enter their living area, they’ll feel the difference. A clean, trash-free environment says “welcome!” and helps to instantly allow travelers to relax and enjoy themselves.
2.) Clean Bedding
There’s nothing like getting a good night’s sleep on crisp, clean, comfortable sheets!
On the other hand? Dirty sheets, comforters, and pillows can be an instant turn-off – and make it all-but-impossible for guests to get any shut-eye.
For hosts, a little love in this area goes a long way. Taking care of the bedding signals to your guests that they’re in good hands, and can expect a great stay. Ignoring the bedding could lead to cranky, grossed-out, sleep-deprived guests – and nobody wants that!
3.) Bathroom and Kitchen are Clean and Well-Organized
One of the big advantages of homesharing is that you usually have access to a kitchen and a private bathroom. These amenities help you live like a local, in a way that most hotels and hostels don’t.
This way, you can have all of the comforts and conveniences of home, even when you’re staying in an unfamiliar city. For instance, you don’t have to spend all of your money on new restaurants when you know that you can cook a meal yourself.
As you check into your Airbnb, look to make sure that the bathroom and kitchen are clean and well-organized. These spaces should be welcoming and ready to use! That means clean surfaces; easy access to must-haves like hand soap and toilet paper; and no nasty odors, like day-old food.
4.) A Good Supply of Cleaning Basics
Nobody wants to be a bother! When you first check into your Airbnb, take some time to make sure that your host has stocked up on all of the basics that will let you clean up spills and minor messes.
While guests don’t need to have every cleaning product under the sun, you should at least be able to easily find:
- Kitchen towels
- Multipurpose cleaner
- Dish soap
Hosts, taking care of this checklist will show your guests that you’ve thought of everything. Even better? You’ll give them the tools they need to take care of minor mishaps if they happen, which means less work for you!
5.) No Fingerprints or Scratch Marks on Stainless Steel Appliances
It’s the little things that make the biggest difference!
After all, most of us go on vacations, or even short trips, to get away from the small annoyances that can add up at home. When you get to your home-away-from-home, finding other little nuisances can seem even worse. Fingerprints, scratches, and smudges on surfaces may seem small… But for certain guests, they may be enough to drive someone up the wall!
When your guests arrive, little smudges and imperfections will jump out. Before your visitors get there, hosts should make sure that they thoroughly clean all of the surfaces that will show fingerprints and marks, especially glass and stainless steel.
Taking care of these little details will help your guests feel comfortable and well-cared-for. Trust us, they’ll notice the cleanliness, and appreciate you going the extra mile!
Too much dust and debris can cause many people to suffer from allergic reactions, and make it harder to breathe. At the same time, a living space without proper ventilation can feel musty and oppressive; these rooms can be harder to cool down, and ugly to look at.
As a host, you’ll want to make sure that there is no dust or debris on air vents or window sills before your guests come to stay.
Your visitors will want to crank up the AC, open the windows, and run the fans as soon as they arrive – and you’ll want to make sure they’re greeted by fresh air, and not a pile of ugly dust!
Is Your Airbnb Ready for Guests?
As an Airbnb host, it’s important to know what your guests will be looking for!
Remember, these little details can add up in a big way when it comes to your guests’ stay. The more you plan ahead and take care of their needs, the more likely they’ll be to leave you a positive review – and help you bring in your next paying customers!
That’s where Sweeping Dimensions would love to step in and help out! For our professionally trained teams, providing cleaning services for short term stays and corporate apartments is no problem! Just let us know the check-in/check-out dates and then rest easy, knowing your guests will arrive to a spotless rental every time.
Your cleaning team will bring all of the supplies necessary to clean your rental property, with an emphasis on green, environmentally-friendly cleaning products. Remember, at Sweeping Dimensions, we always make a sweeping effort to make life less stressful!
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