8 Things to Consider Before Listing Your Vancouver Pad on Airbnb

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You’ve seen what Vancouver has to offer its Airbnb’ers, so now it’s time to up your game. Showcase the best angles of your place and drive it home with reliability and just being a nice person. Make it one of the best places on the market by taking note of these tips.

8 Things to Consider Before Listing Your Vancouver Pad on Airbnb

By Olivia Lam

  • Give it the Showhome Makeover

    By Olivia Lam

    Cleanliness is definitely important, but you also want your place to look inviting. Remove the clutter and decorate in a style that suits you—after all, most Airbnb guests are looking for an authentic experience. Also take the time to conceal your bath products and personal items, but fill the void with interesting pieces and photos for personality.  

  • Take Flattering Photos

    By Olivia Lam

    Capture parts of your place that are winning aspects. If you have a deck out back that is absolutely romantic at sunset, wait for the sunset, light candles and snap that photo; or to highlight an open space, be mindful of the image's frame to illustrate the dimensions. It's all about how you present the place.

  • Leave Little Surprises

    By Olivia Lam

    Having a lot features in your place is great (like a good view, comfy bed and all the fixins'), but you don't have to show all your cards in your listing. Post the images that renters are looking for: the bedrooms, bathrooms, living area, dining area, kitchen, the exterior and one or two "wow" features. 10-12 images should do the trick, then pepper your place with little surprises when your guests arrive—like an glossary of great events happening that weekend or a bottle of local beer.

  • Supply the Necessities

    By Olivia Lam

    Make sure you have the basics in your beautiful abode. Dishware, cutlery or pots and pans should all be provided and for the number of guests your ad suggests. Also, be prepared to provide extra items, like bath towels, little toiletries, blankets and anything else you'd expect in a regular B&B.

  • Make it Hazard Proof

    By Olivia Lam

    On top of being livable, your place has to be safe and hazard proof. Providing the best experience for the renter also means ensuring that they feel comfortable living in your home without worry. Smoke detectors, first aid kits, locks and security features, along with maintenance checks are some things that will provide comfort. Be sure to leave instructions on what to do in an emergency and note where emergency supplies are kept too.

  • Provide a Guide

    By Olivia Lam

    Being cognizant of questions that will arise after you hand over your keys will strengthen your Airbnb game 100%. Leave a guide in your home for all major questions that could be easily answered on paper—a manual on how to live in your home. For instance: note down how to use the thermostat and definitely provide the wifi password. Any neighbourhood quirks? Let your guests in on these too! Or really be a top contender by leaving a personalized mini-guide to nearby markets and restaurants.

  • Store Your Things Safely

    By Emily Ross

    Okay, so maybe don't put your cat in a box, but do consider what you will and won't leave out when new guests come to your home. Consider putting important things in storage and taking valuables with you. Guests will treat your place as their own, meaning they might get snoopy—so be prepared and don't leave yourself feeling like you have to worry.

  • Consider Key Cafe

    By Emily Ross

    Not going to be in town when your renters arrive? Consider a service like [Key Cafe](https://www.keycafe.com/) to make letting guests in a breeze, without the risk of having to leave a spare set of keys under the mat.