AIRBNB Do’s and Don’ts!

First things first. Create your listing.

To start, (it’s a very good place to start) fill out the basics in each of the 6 sections (calendar, pricing, overview, photos, listing and location). Upload one nice shot for right now. Come back and zhush everything out later.

Take some shots of your own, or opt for pro. And use a mix of both! Some people mistrust pro shots, and some ONLY look for shots by owner. This way if you have a little bit of each, you’ll be more attractive to a larger audience! But you could be saying, “BUT I’M NOT READY TO RENT YET!” Trust me, you must get photos up quickly (maybe even before your place is completely ready for it’s closeup). Booking a pro photog and schedules not gelling for a while, and then……it might take AN ENTIRE month from the day the photog uploads to your listing. UGH. If you don’t wanna wait, use your iPhone. Done.

Life’s an adventure; enjoy the ride.

Bedrooms:

1.Use crisp, white sheets.

“WHY WHITE?” You ask… they are SUPER easy to keep clean. Bleach after each guest. Bleach is your friend when it comes to stains on white fabric. White sheets also give that posh ‘hotel vibe’. Colored or patterned sheets look more folksy, college dorm-like. Who wants that feeling again? *shudder*

Do's and Don'ts for AirBnb accommodations.
AHhh..I wanna dive right in!

We don’t have to tell you to wash and dry your AirBnb bedroom sheets immediately after a guest leaves, do we? Didn’t think so. Gotta maintain those good reviews right?

White bed linens, also help when tidying up after each guest, because you’ll be able to see if they’ve left something behind, more quickly!

“Yep, I found your husband’s cell. It was right on the bed.”

*Hero status achieved*

2. Dress up your bed with a delicious duvet.

Let’s talk cleanliness for YOU and your guests. For sanitary reasons, duvets are the WAY to GO. Easy clean up once each guest departs. And you can switch up the look of your bedroom with seasonal -appropriate duvets. A cozy plaid for the Wintertime, or a crisp clean white linen duvet for Summer breezes. Using a duvet, you are able to remove and wash it every time. YAY! Duvet covers can be found relatively inexpensively and they are much easier to clean than blankets. (unknown mixed fibers can be a totally pain to launder).

2. Pillows.

Not throw pillows, people. Sleeping pillows. EVERYONE is different. You’ll never be able to please them all. So get that notion right outta your noggin. I recommend purchasing 6 pillows total.

“This pillow is juuuuust riiiiiiiight.”

So if you do have a GoldiLocks staying, she has her pick! 2 soft, 2 medium, 2 firm. Have the pillows fill the bed OR stack them nearby, according to firmness with cute notes indicating their softness. Having numerous pillows on the bed look great! But more importantly it provides your guests with options. B

3. Selecting your mattress.

Ok, so you already have a mattress in your AirBnB guest bedroom. But is it comfy or lumpy? We suggest this queen-sized one. Why? It’s totally inexpensive, reviews are plentiful and GREAT..and what’s crazy, it’s ONLY $130 buckaroos! How sweet is that??! (also invest in this mattress cover)

4. Window Decor.

You HAD to know we were gonna mention shades, riiiight? We recommend our Smoothy (continuous cord), blackout, Top Down/Bottom Up Shades.

Why Smoothy? It’s SUPER duper rugged. And very easy to replace a worn out cord. I mean, I can do it with my eyes closed. Not braggin’, just saying’.

Why Blackout? There are MANY light-sensitive people out there. (Including me) And who knows when your guests will be arriving and from where. Wouldn’t it be awesome to offer them a nice, dark room in the middle of the day to catch up on some zzzz’s that they missed out on, taking that red-eye from Croatia?


Nighty Night, any time of day!

Why Top Down/Bottom up? One word, PRIVACY. Your guests can lower the shades from the top, to see what the day looks like, and maintain their privacy. I’m sure your neighbors will appreciate that as well. *wink*


Do your homework.

Don’t just read like 1 or 2 recent reviews of potential renters. Read a smattering from the beginning, some in the middle and most current. Also have a salt shaker handy. Why? Some need more than a grain of salt. There are some that are never happy and downright mean. They will find a way to complain about almost anything. Remember ‘The Grouch” ??

Don’t listen to the grouches.

While 99.9% of reviews about renters are awesome, don’t let the Oscar get to you. That’s an awesome benny to AirBnB. They can review you, and you can see who they are before you rent to them. Win- Win!


Don’t be PETTY! (unless it’s this Petty, then always, ALWAYS be this Petty)

The beauty of having additional things to offer and having real, loving humans renting your pad, is that you’re able to offer them for free (yes for free) a taste of what they might like. DO NOT become the host who charges for every little thing. Ew. Gross.
Don’t charge your guests for “made by blind monks” soap.No one wants to use that soap THAT badly (yes, this actually happens).

Nor does your guest, who is staying on your goat farm, feel good about being charged $5 bucks for a glass of your goat “Marcus Wellby” scrumptious milk. No offense Marcus. (yeah, that’s a Llama, I know)

Take the local winery approach. Offer samples of things for free, generously.

Your favorite snacks, local paper at the start of each stay, locally made ornament around the holidays, well you get the idea. Generosity inspires generosity. I think you’ll find your reviews will be more grateful and your guests will thank you for your time, craft, intention and goods with some. Plus, it just feels downright good, to be good to others, aimrite?

BOOKING:

There are 2 different ways to book your place. You have Instant Book and Request to Book. Request to book is the only way AirBnB used to operate. It’s not confusing, really.


Ok, so now YOU want to explore this world with the sweet Airbnb dough you’ve made.

Make a list of what is MOST important to you.

You know that ol’ chestnut, “Know what you don’t want..”?
There are so many different rentals AirBnB has to offer now. Yurts, penthouses, houseboats in Amsterdam, huts, private room, tiny houses, tree houses, well, you get the idea. While there are so many different kinds of rentals, it’s all about what you are comfy with. My husband refuses to rent a room. It’s all or nothing for him. I’m open to a yurt or tiny house, him? Not so much. (Oh, I should also mention, he’s 6 5′).. Privacy is great, but if you’re down for hangin’ with the owners or other renters, go for it.

Prioritize the amenities you desire.
We all know there are just some amenities you just can’t live without. WI-FI, AC, washer/dryer…microwave. It’s different for everyone. AND it depends on the type of trip. Biz or scratching that must-see off your bucketlist. But when traveling to different places, you need different things. You can customize your “filters’ for every single trip you take, so prioritize accordingly.


YAY! So now you can be the most AWESOME AirBnB host/hostess and you are now encouraged to free fall into your wanderlust. GO! Be FREE!

STAY TUNED AirBnB owners for upcoming sales JUST FOR YOU!

And if you’d like us to shout out your listing, email us!

How easy is to install CWS shades?

People ask us ALL the time: How easy is it to install our shades?

Well, we CAN tell you that it couldn’t be much simpler.

We could EXPLAIN that with a couple of simple tools and our first-rate instructions, you’ll have your shades up and operating perfectly in no time.

But wouldn’t you rather SEE how easy it is for somebody JUST LIKE YOU to install brand new CWS shades from beginning to end?

We thought so, too! Without further ado, let’s let Greg in SUNNY Florida take it from here…

Greg and his wife just moved into a home that came with 15+ year old mini-blinds. Not energy efficient! Their master bedroom faces East…and they both said it’s like an oven at 9 am!  YUCK!

With our guidance, they ordered 5 Double-Cell BlackOut, Smoothy Shades and documented the whole installation process for us.

How AWESOME are they!

First they took down their blinds, and opened their shipment, so everyone can see how well they are packed.
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“You guys even packed them according to size. I didn’t expect that, but much appreciated.”
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Being in the industry, we know shade lingo like the back of our hand. That being said, it might not be so clear to the ‘average’ Gregs out there. But he reassured us “Your instructions are clear. Made sense to me.”

His wife even shot short videos for us!
(Jo told us that the AC runs all-year round, actually. “It’s Florida, it’s always HOT!” )


Greg chose to mount his blackout shades on the outside of his window sills.


WOO HOO! Greg likes our screws.

They are nice and long, and super durable, if we do say so ourselves.

GOOD tip, Greg!

You don’t want to tighten the screws TOO much.

Second bracket is in place, now to install the shade!

It’s a*SNAP*


“Hey it even looks like a ‘P’. I bet that’s how it got it’s name.


If you’re wondering, yes, Greg is in sales. I think we should hire him!



Tah DAH!

Great job, Greg!


Another awesome tip, Greg!

Our blackout fabric, in particular does have a “GREAT” fabric memory. So, as he shows in this clip, just give it a little tug.


His eyebrows say it all, don’t they?! HAHA!

He saved the largest shade for last, in their bay window.


We cannot thank our awesome customers enough for taking the time to show others how our shades are installed. You ROCK!!!

“We can already FEEL the difference with the shades lowered. We’re not baking!”, said Jo.

So… are you ready to be the next Greg (well, except for the whole being filmed part)? Great! All you need to do to get started is hop on over to CWS and order yourself some new shades!