ESSENTIALS

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The Hosting Journey essentials page is a curated list of products and companies, which I use for my own Airbnb. I created this page to help you become the Airbnb host guests can't stop raving about.

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PRODUCTS TO HELP YOU BUILD YOUR VACATION RENTAL:

Whether you’re first starting out or you have welcomed your 100th guest, you want to make sure you have products that will take your vacation rental to the next level without breaking the bank… It’ll only look like you did. If I discover a new and easier way I’ll share it here.  Because it’s always about adapting and changing.

BEDROOM

Sheets

Threshold™ Performance Sheet Set. I love the double corners. the top and bottom labels and easy care. Yes, I use these for my Airbnb!

Target

Duvet Insert Comforter

Easier to change the duvet cover per guest change over.

Amazon

Duvet Covers

Threshold™ Duvet Covers I like this brand and try to get their duvet covers on sale.

Target

Bed Bug Mattress Encasement

Don't forget to protect the box spring as well.

Amazon

Pillow Bed Bed Bug Covers

They also need to be protected.

Amazon

Luggage Rack

You don't want the luggage on your bed.

Amazon

Charging Station Organizer

A great extra to have for your guests.

Amazon

Hangers

It's about those extras.

Amazon

Bathrobes

Perfect to have for sharing your home.

Amazon

Kitchen

The downloadable pdf will have a longer list including small appliances like toaster, blender, etc.

Kitchen Gadget Cookware Utensil Set

And don't forget the wine opener!

Amazon

Knife Set

Yes, please provide knives for your guests.

Amazon

Wine Glasses

Another item to better have a double set off.

Amazon

Dinnerware Set

Something neutral and dishwasher safe.

Amazon

Glassware Set

Also, buy a second set because they will break.

Amazon

Keurig

It's always great to provide Coffee, tea, and some essentials.

Amazon

Flatware Silverware Set

It's best to buy a double set. I don't know why I'm always losing pieces.

Amazon

Stainless Steel Cookware Set

You can go with nonstick but we careful with scratches.

Amazon

Living Room

Friheten Sofa Bed

The sofa bed I have in my Airbnb. I like the storage.

Ikea

Smart LED TV

I do recommend having a television, but not in the bedrooms.

Amazon

Fire TV Stick

Just in case you don't provide cable tv.

Amazon

Throw Blanket

Have a warm and cozy blanket.

Amazon

Bathroom

Bath Towels

Nice and thick. They feel luxurious just like their name.

Target

Basic Washcloths

Don't forget the washcloths, even if you don't use them.

Amazon

MakeUp Washcloths

Great to provide a specific Makeup removal towel.

Amazon

Curtain Liner Mold & Mildew Resistant

It's great to get a machine washable liner.

Amazon

Bathroom Wastebasket

Best to have a wastebasket that has a lid.

Amazon

Toilet Plunger & Bowl Set

Get a good plunger, it will be used.

Amazon

General

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector

A guest can cancel a reservation if you don't have a detector.

Amazon

Charging Station Organizer

A great extra to have for your guests.

Amazon

Power Strips

A good way to avoid furniture moved around.

Amazon

Flashlight Nightlights

Perfect to guide your guests and for emergencies.

Amazon

TECHNOLOGY

Echo Dot

Voice control that uses Alexa.

Amazon

Google Hub

Amazon


Nest Thermostat

A good way to keep your place warm and keep track of usage.

Amazon

Ring Video Doorbell

It works with Alexa.

Amazon

Podcast Episode about Technology for your Airbnb:

THJ 19:Technology Made Easy For Your Airbnb

COMPANIES TO HELP YOUR BUSINESS:

These companies and brands will help you to create an easier way to check-in your guests, send instructions to your cleaners, get a loan for your renovations, and much more. Please note, I haven’t tried out every company in this category, but I want to keep you informed about new products. Tell me about your experiences and/or any new ones you recommend.

CHECK-IN

Remote Control Access to Your Rental Properties

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Master Lock Lock Box. I have a lockbox at my Airbnb.

Amazon

 

Ring Video Doorbell.
What I have at my Airbnb!

Amazon

Schlage Keypad Deadbolt

Amazon

Cleaning Tools

Providing the Tools and People for the Best in Short Term Rental Cleaning. Sign up for your free 14-day trial.

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Los Angeles Cleaning Service

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Cleaning and Handy Company for your Vacation Rental

From Cleaning to Handy Man

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DATA INSIGHTS

Airbnb Data & Insights to Succeed in the Sharing Economy.

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Search for investment property begins and ends with Mashvisor.

Get a 50% forever discount and a 14-day free trial.

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FINANCE

Financing for the New Economy

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Premiere Tax firm for Sharing Economy Workers

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Small Business Accounting

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Get Paid Today for Future Bookings

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Guest mANAGEMENT

Airbnb Management Vacation Rental Software

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New York-based Airbnb property management and concierge service.

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Automate Your Airbnb Messages

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Your solution for compliant short-term rentals.

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Cloud-based short term Property Management.

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Automate the digital chores of your Airbnb.

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Unified Mailbox for Airbnb

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Podcast Episode about Property Managers:

THJ 25: How to Hire a Property Management Service Company

HOUSE MANUAL

The 5-Star House Manual, spend less time answering questions and more time enjoying your life.

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Unified Mailbox for Airbnb

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Digital Guidebook

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Digital Guest Welcome Book.

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 A touchscreen tablet that creates new revenue streams.

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Podcast Episode all about creating your House Manual:

THJ 10: A House Manual Guests Will Read

INSURANCE

CBIZ has been the insurance company for my Airbnb for over 3 years.

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Seasonal and Vacation Home Insurance.

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Vacation Rental Insurance for Homeowners.

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Slice covers home sharing and private bedrooms. One of the few companies.

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Podcast Episode all about Vacation Rental Insurance:

THJ 17: Everything you need to know about insurance for your Airbnb

monitoring

Powering Awareness with Noise Detection

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Keep Your Home Under Control

Amazon

Always Home.
What I have at my Airbnb!

AMAZON

PRICING

Automatic pricing for pour vacation rental, data-driven pricing.

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Wheelhouse. The smartest way to price your short-term rental.

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Be the Airbnb Host Your Guests Can't Stop Raving About.™