Making Your Property Airbnb-Ready

Since launching in 2008, Airbnb is one of the first few startups that challenged a highly saturated, competitive market, much like Uber did just one year later. Conceived as an alternative to hotel lodging, especially to executives who were left out in the cold because of fully booked hotels, Airbnb has become a juggernaut in the accommodations status quo almost nine years later. Today, it caters not only to business people who are in town for a meeting but for travelers, backpackers, and even those who want a brief staycation.

With a peer-to-peer business model, however, property owners who want to jump on the Airbnb bandwagon now face the same thing that hotel proprietors are all-too-familiar with: how do you make your property appealing and inviting that people would pay to sleep in it for a night or two? The answer is interior design.
Before you get moving quotes from your moving company-that Airbnb-worthy property isn't going to sell itself, after all-here are a few tips on making your existing house look like it's ready to be listed on this platform.

Know Your Audience

This is the first step in decorating your home so that it's ready to accommodate other people. Apart from buying the consumable amenities that's appropriate for your market, it also allows you, on a fundamental level, to layout the room or the house that's just right for your transients.
For example, if you're targeting professionals, they would appreciate a space with reliable utilities (such as high-speed internet) with strategic creature comforts to destress. This is especially applicable for people who want to rent an Airbnb space to work remotely. On the other hand, if you're decided on travelers or those who want to rent a space to wind down and relax, creature comforts are your best bet.

Create a Theme

Similar to the first, pick a style or a theme, which should be in line with the audience you want to tap. In a nutshell, Airbnb bookers want a unique experience beyond a regular hotel accommodation, but they would see a room without an overarching theme as even worse. The easiest way to go about this is to integrate your space's environment to your theme. For example, a log cabin feel is fitting for a home off the beaten path, while office chairs are perfect if the property is near a business district.

Decorate Carefully

Paint your surfaces with neutral colors so they appeal to the highest number of people. Accent pieces can be a great way to break up patterns and avoid making a monotonous, dreary room. You can also use them as the focus in a smaller place, which can arrest the eye and keep guests from seeing how tiny the space can be. You can do the same thing with exciting textures to divert their attention from cramped spaces.
Furniture choice is a big part of the process when making your home feel homey and "lived in," and this matters whether you want to use your property for Airbnb or not.

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