Many homeowners and property investors have identified the financial opportunity of using their guest rooms or on-property guest cottages as an income-generating Airbnb or business / holiday rental. However, creating a rental that will attract guests and maintain its good looks after many a stay requires both a business and a designer mind.
Here are our three golden rules to follow:
Don’t Follow Trends. Create your Own Style
Interior design trends, like fashion, change over time, and redecorating is considerably more expensive and time consuming than adding to, or editing your wardrobe. But more importantly, creating a unique interior style will ensure your rental will not fade into the insignificance of average, but will be remembered and talked about.
Buy Smart, Not Cheap
Establishing your Airbnb or holiday / business rental is a costly exercise and the temptation to go for low cost features, finishes and furnishing is understandable, but a mistake none the less. Buying cheap now will cost you in the long run; there are certain options that demand you invest wisely otherwise ensure you provide a substantial budget for repairs, replacements and renovations.
Start by focusing on the permanent features such as flooring, sanitary ware, tiles, and window finishes.
Choose manufacturers and suppliers with a good reputation and track record to ensure that the guarantees and warranties they offer will be upheld. AMERICAN shutters was the first company to introduce shutters to the South African market, and that was more than three decades ago. They have built a strong reputation for superior after sales service through the thousands of installations they have successfully completed.
Better Safe than Sorry
Personal and property security is arguably the most important aspect of an Airbnb or business / holiday rental, for your guests, and for you! Many Airbnbs provide a bedroom with ensuite inside the renter’s home or at least on the same property, which often results in a stranger living under the same roof. It is therefore advisable to isolate the rented area in a way that is as stylish and tasteful as it is effective.
Suitable for indoor and outdoor use, security shutters can be installed on patios, inter-leading doors, windows and even used as room dividers.
AMERICAN shutters’ range of Security Shutters have the same aesthetic appeal as traditional wooden shutters but with the strength, durability and security features of traditional safety gates or burglar proofing.
They are easily operated and with the option of having the lock on both sides of the shutter, ideal for renter and guest.
Consider this advice and choose wisely to ensure your rental has the staying power to make it in the ever-increasing competitive market of Airbnb and business / holiday rentals.