Ultimate Airbnb Shopping Checklist

25.jpgLet’s face it, checklists are awesome.  Grocery lists, to-do lists, schedules…it just feels great to see exactly what is needed laid out in front of you, so you can make a plan.  And the best part…that oh SO satisfying to cross it off when it’s done!

I’ve been an Airbnb Superhost for over 4 years, helping over 100 newbie hosting clients get their Airbnbs successfully up and running.

I’m going to be honest with you – I dreaded the first guests that stayed in a newly opened property.  No doubt there was excitement over that initial booking, but it was quickly overshadowed by anxiety.  I just KNEW that I had forgotten something…and that I would be getting a phone call from the guests asking about it.  It was embarrassing for both myself and the client, but I figured it was unavoidable.  I downloaded every checklist and read every blog post out there, but always ended up missing at least one thing.

This cycle kept repeating until my 10th vacation rental property.  On magic number 10, I sent my client the checklist of things to buy, I unpacked and labeled everything, made sure the decor looked perfect, and held my breath as the first guests booked an entire month….

And heard nothing.  

The same with the next guests…nothing but compliments on the place!

And for almost 90 properties after that, it was more of the same.  I was so proud and excited to have finally found the magic formula. After seeing other hosts and cohost go through the same despair that I used to, I decided to share my magical 10th list with you all.

So for those other checklist junkies out there, here is the checklist I used when setting up our 10th Airbnb property.

This list is useful, even if you aren’t quite ready to buy everything yet.  This is because a cost-saving strategy is to know what you need ahead of time, so you can keep an eye out for good deals and sales.  Make sure you double back to your market research and check the quality of your competition’s furnishings.  Aim to be in the 60-80% range when comparing yourself to other short term rentals in your area.  You don’t want to be the worst quality Airbnb in the area (because you will attract the worst guests), but you also don’t want to be in the top tier of quality amenities (because your return on investment decreases substantially).

Besides being a checklist of all the items needed for your Airbnb, I have also included my personal recommendations.  I have already done the research to find the perfect meeting point of value and quality, and am passing that on to you. My Airbnbs, and thus the recommendations below, tend to reflect a style that is Mid-century modern.   Of course, my recommendations won’t necessarily fit every theme, and you may be able to find better deals in your specific area, but from my experience – these are the best values for your money on Amazon.

What’s nice about ordering from Amazon is that everything shows up at your door, so you don’t even need to leave your house!

*an asterisk next to an item means that is a nice addition if you have the extra budget, but not necessary to get your Airbnb up and running.

Bedroom

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One of the most frequently asked questions from newbie Airbnb hosts is about the best mattress for guests.  I strongly suggest that you purchase the Lucid memory foam mattress with a down-filled mattress pad – this is the most cost effective way to provide a premium mattress to your guests.

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Click HERE for more information about the mattress!

Living Room

Kitchen

Whatever your maximum number of guests is, you will need the same amount of the following kitchen items:  (there are dishware sets available)

  • coffee mugs
  • plates
  • bowls
  • cups
  • wine glasses
  • *beer mugs
  • *travel coffee cups (disposable or regular)

Bathroom

  • enough large towels for each guest (3 sets)
  • at least 3 hand towels
  • enough washcloths for each guest (3 sets)
  • hair dryer
  • curling iron
  • straightener
  • hand soap and dispenser
  • full length mirror
  • body soap, shampoo, conditioner
  • toilet paper holder
  • toilet paper (at least 1 full roll per night)
  • small trashcan (make sure it has a lid)
  • shower curtain rod with rings
  • shower curtain and liner
  • toilet cover and bath mat
  • hair spray
  • brush/comb
  • toilet brush
  • small plastic bags for bathroom trashcan
  • *shaving cream
  • *tooth brushes/tooth paste
  • *mouth wash
  • *floss
  • *feminine hygiene products
  • *small plastic disposable cups
  • *hair gel
  • *lotion
  • *cotton balls
  • *q tips
  • *contact solution/extra cases
  • *sunscreen
  • *bug spray
  • *poo-pourri spray

Decor

  • print out local pictures and various frames (I like to have at least 3 per room, be sure to read the chapter on saving money on setting up your Airbnb listing)
  • curtain rods/curtains (or blinds – and go for the fancier ones)
  • throw pillows for couch and for beds
  • welcome mat
  • *fake plants/succulents
  • *wall clocks

Miscellaneous

  • electronic locks
  • extra batteries
  • extra light bulbs
  • printed out guide book with recommendations
  • pen and  Guest Book
  • outdoor garbage cans
  • outdoor recycle bin
  • modem
  • smoke detector
  • carbon monoxide detector
  • fire extinguisher (helps with insurance)
  • first aid kit
  • extra pillows and blankets in closet
  • spare set of sheets for each bed in closet
  • patio furniture
  • laundry hamper (for guests to put dirty laundry in before they check out)
  • *security cameras: Ring Doorbell
  • *night lights
  • *citronella candle
  • *roll away bed
  • *plug in air fresheners
  • *cooler
  • *sunglasses
  • *growlers from local breweries guests can fill up for a discount
  • *smart programmable thermostat
  • *umbrellas
  • *bluetooth speaker
  • *lawn games like cornhole or ladders

Cleaning Supplies

  • cleaning spray
  • sponges
  • bathroom cleaning spray
  • toilet bowl cleaner
  • windex
  • paper towels
  • febreeze
  • laundry detergent and dryer sheets for guests (if your offer laundry as an amenity)
  • vacuum
  • mop
  • broom/dustpan
  • lawn mower
  • weed whacker
  • snow shovel/ice melt
  •  Ikea Bags (to transport things like laundry to and from the houses)
  • *small hand vacuum
  • *oven degreaser
  • *duster and pledge

Summary

Refer to other listings in your area to see if you need to include other items.  If you live next to the beach, do other Airbnb’s provide beach towels?

**Zulily.com is hands down the best place to buy sheets and comforters. Just make sure the sheets you are purchasing are microfiber, not polyester, and that you order in advance (shipping sometimes takes a while)

**5 Star Secret: One of the best things about being on vacation is the ability to get a good night’s sleep.  Give that to your guests! Besides buying quality mattress, pillows, and linens, ensure their sleep is uninterrupted by providing noise machines, fans, and blinds or black out curtains on the window.  Make sure the room has both light and heavy blankets for hot and cold sleepers.

Drop a comment if you would like to see anything added or taken away from the list!

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