Top Tips for Hosting the Ultimate Short-Term Rental

Get rave reviews and keep guests coming back for more with these simple tips for creating the perfect home away from home.

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Photo By: Jalynn Baker

Photo By: Jalynn Baker

Photo By: Jalynn Baker

Photo By: Jalynn Baker

Photo By: Jalynn Baker

Photo By: Jalynn Baker

Photo By: Jalynn Baker

Photo By: Jalynn Baker

Photo By: Jalynn Baker

Photo By: Jalynn Baker

Photo By: Jalynn Baker

Photo By: Jalynn Baker

Photo By: Jalynn Baker

Photo By: Jalynn Baker

Photo By: Jalynn Baker

Photo By: Jalynn Baker

Photo By: Jalynn Baker

Rule the Rental Business

You already know guests long for a clean, comfortable spot to rest their heads while traveling, but it's the little extras that can make your short-term rental stand out as more than just a place to sleep.

Offer Fresh Towels

Several clean, fluffy towels are a welcoming site to exhausted travelers who want nothing more than to hop in the shower before going off to dreamland. We recommend using white linens as they exude cleanliness and can be easily bleached when needed.

Welcome Book FTW

For guests unfamiliar with your city, a welcome book that features recommendations on places to eat, drink, visit and more is a huge plus and could mean the difference between a trip that is just so-so and a trip that is simply spectacular. Information about local transportation, TV instructions and emergency contact numbers are also smart things to include here.

Wake Up Fully Charged

Mapping a route, posting fabulous vacation pics, and searching for the top things to do in a new city are all a part of the fun, but they can be draining on a phone's battery. For forgetful guests, a phone charger by the bed is a thoughtful gesture they won't soon forget. For old-school travelers, an alarm clock is a useful touch that also happens to be adorable. Add some fresh flowers, and you're well on your way to a five-star review.

Emergency No More

Accidents happen. Make them more bearable with a compact first aid kit filled with bandages, antiseptic cream, alcohol wipes and a mini sewing kit. While it's best not to include any type of oral medication, a map to the nearest drugstore may prove useful.

Sweet Treat

Nothing says, "Welcome!" quite like a local goodie or beverage. Whether it's a cupcake from your local bakery or a cold brew from the hometown brewery, this thoughtful gesture will be much appreciated.

Pillows + Blankets

Be sure to provide guests with extra pillows and blankets to keep them comfy, cozy and ready to sing your praises. Bonus points for an air mattress with additional sheets.

Snack Cart

Even if you don't have a full kitchen in your short-term rental, you can still provide the convenience of one with a well-stocked snack cart. Add various snacks and a few bottles of water to keep hungry guests happy until they have a chance to find their bearings and head out on the town.

Morning Must-Haves

This one should go without saying. Mornings mean coffee. Supply a coffee maker or French press (if you have a stove or hot plate), along with your favorite ground beans, creamer and sweetener. Include regular mugs as well as to-go cups so guests can have the option to savor in their PJs or hit the road early. Be sure to include a few bags of tea for non-coffee drinkers.

Libation Station

Glasses and mugs are a must, but wine glasses and a bottle opener will definitely prove you've thought of everything. Cheers to you!

Safety First

A smoke detector with fresh batteries is a must, but a fire extinguisher could make a world of difference in the case of an emergency. Place it somewhere visible, and be sure it isn't past its prime. Most extinguishers will last five to 15 years, but you should check the pressure gauge monthly.

Invest in Internet

These days, a rental without internet simply won't do. Be sure your Wi-Fi password is easy to find as most guests will want to sign in and start browsing right away. Another tip? Already be signed into all streaming accounts on your TV for easy entertainment during downtime.

Step Up Your Game

Don't forget the kiddos when planning your primo rental. A step stool at the sink is a great way to show consideration for your most petite patrons.

Money Matters

Want to go above and beyond? For guests that are staying multiple nights, a small safe is the perfect way to be sure valuables are protected while they explore the town.

Toiletries Kit

Whether it's a forgotten toothbrush or the case of the missing contact solution, no one wants to be stuck in a new place without the essentials. Consider supplying the basics, such as face wipes, toothpaste, toothbrushes, razors and contact solution to ensure guests never have to go without the necessities.

Hair Care

Stock the shower with shampoo and conditioner. The large bottles should last quite a while, and if guests know they don't have to pack this themselves, they'll appreciate the extra room in their suitcases.

Iron + Ironing Board

Fact: Despite how hard you try to prevent it, suitcases cause wrinkles. Provide guests with an iron or fabric steamer to ensure they aren't stuck rocking the wrinkled look.

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