Whether you have been involved since the inception of AirBnB, or are just putting your
hands into the growing community that participated in over 300 million guest arrivals last
year, one thing is common across all Host – a good inventory checklist.
This inventory essentials checklist has the items you will always need in storage, plus a
few suggested recommendations, along with (optional) finishing touches for that “Wow”
factor to push yourself to the holy grail of a 5-star rating.
How do you become the ultimate, most awesome AirBnB host?
While it’s nearly impossible to please every guest, we have come up with a surefire,
starter list of tips, tricks and recommendations to guarantee a lasting first impression
throughout the stay.
“The Must Have’s”
Never run out of Toilet Paper
Since toilet paper can get used as faster than you can spell “t-o-i-l-e-t p-a-p-e-r”, it’s
always important to have extra TP on hand. You wouldn’t want your residents stuck on
the toilet and calling you to deliver an extra roll in the time of an emergency! Once the
unit gets lower than around 10 rolls, it’s time to reorder.
Always keep Paper Towels handy
The same principle applies to paper towels that will need to be stocked in the kitchen.
You never know how fast the renters are going to run through your supplies, so when
the unit gets around 4 rolls, it’s time to reorder.
Prepare Shampoo, Conditioner and Body Wash for easy guest usage
There are two options that you can choose. Option one is to maintain a large sized
bottle, along with a backup in the unit. When the main bottle is out, swap that empty
bottle for the backup full one and then replace it.
The second and (slightly more professional) option is to order the hotel-sized bottles of
shampoo, conditioner, and body wash. ProVilla can assist with supply of these
bottles! We recommend to keep stock for up to two weeks, and replace them for each
new guest arrival. This way you can guarantee a fresh, clean and professional
appearance to ensure the best experience for each and every guest.
There can never be enough Towels
Makeup stains can destroy the linen towels you may keep in your bathroom. To
compensate for this possible catastrophe, it’s recommended to keep at least two extra
sets of towels in the bathroom. (Some hosts even recommend 2 towels per guest).
Regardless of the number of extra towels you want to accommodate, more is better.
Holy Sheets! (And Bedding)
It’s always great to have an extra set of bed sheets and pillow covers for a possible
situation that may require you to throw them out. Not if, but when you throw out bedding
or pillow cases, remember to re-order a backup set!
Supplies for a cup of Joe
It’s starting to become more of a necessity than an addition in the home renting
industry, but it’s never a bad time when a guest can enjoy a cup of coffee in their
Tip: Don’t forget to include creamer and sugar with your coffee!
Stock your Kitchen with extra Sponges
It’s always nice to have something to clean the dishes instead of relying on a
dishwasher. While the rule of three’s is pretty universal, it also can apply to extra
sponges in the kitchen. We recommend to keep at least three kitchen sponges in stock.
These little things, can push a good experience to a great experience. They are
seemingly unimportant and inexpensive, but these little add-on’s will add up to a sum
that equals a 5-star rating!
Pots, Pans, and Preparing your Kitchen right
Aside from essential kitchen cooking utensils such as utensils, pots, pans, spatulas, and
wooden spoons, we recommend to stock up on salt, pepper and other spices.
Tip: Kitchen soap is another bonus to keep handy. Especially if you are keeping
sponges in stock.
Another Tip: Trash bags will come in clutch and are an essential to a clean kitchen.
Keep extra trash bags in the unit for when they may be needed.
Stay germ-free with an All-Purpose Cleaner and a Natural Cleaner
Not only will you need an all-purpose cleaner for the bathrooms in between guests, but
it’s recommended to add an additional natural cleaner for guests that are allergic to
certain chemicals. No matter what you are allergic to, everyone likes things to be clean
and stay clean!
Offer Extra Goodies!
One way to ensure a solid experience is to include goodies and snacks. Anything like
chips, crackers, granola bars, instant noodles, spritzer candies will always be a pleasant
surprise to check the kitchen cabinets for anything to munch on, and it’s pre-stocked
with Cool Ranch Doritos.
Replace your keys with a Lockpad
This completely removes the headache of dealing with drop-offs for leaving guests and
pick-ups for arriving guests. It helps streamline the overall guest experience, along with
being easier to manage on the host end. It’s a win-win!
“Wow” Factor Material
Craft together a Welcome Pack!
Nothing makes a guest feel more special than a personally curated welcome basket, as
they enter the place they are calling home for the next few days. It can include items as
simple as arrival instructions, usernames/passcodes, and general house rules. Aside
from the essential basics for this wow factor, you can spice it up with.
Make a Medicine Cabinet
Single use packets of Pepto-Bismol and Advil, tampons, band-aids, and sunscreen are
all a few items that most people don’t utilize until they are in dire need of it. It’s not a big
deal on average, and can really impress guests when the unit has the needed supplies
if they are in a cinch.
Provide a “Thank You” note for staying with you
At the end of day, you are servicing other people and want to provide the best
experience. What better way to get your guests to start their vacation off with a smile
than from a hand-written note.