The Short Term Rental Amenities Checklist

When setting up your property it can be easy to forget purchasing basic items. This list provides a guideline to get started and keep sometimes forgotten things in mind. However, one of the best ways to learn what you’re missing is to spend some nights in your property, cook some meals, and get the true guest experience.

When reading this guide consider this key to success: purchase durable products that are easy to use. For example buy televisions that are simple to operate, buy couches that are easy to clean, and dishware that will last.

Use this article as your ultimate amenities checklist that will help you set up, gain amazing reviews, and provide guests a fantastic stay!

Safety | Airbnb Amenity Checklist

Providing a safe environment for guests to enjoy their vacation is a promise that hosts implicitly make. Don’t take this responsibility lightly. There can be large ramifications if your property is not well equipped for an emergency or equipment is beyond its expiry or useful life.

In your guidebook and listing descriptions make sure to include the locations of these items and contact details for local emergency services.

Short Term Rental Living Room

Living Space | Airbnb Amenity Checklist

Make sure to create a warm and inviting living space. Give it character, make it truly unique, and somewhere guests can feel comfortable. Use your own sense of style but refrain from making it too personal by adding family photos and heirlooms.

Dining Room | Airbnb Amenity Checklist

When designing the dining space add enough seating to accommodate the maximum number of allowable guests. You may want to even add a few extra fold-able chairs in a closet. Pro-tip: add felt protectors to the legs of your table and chairs.

When shopping for dishware consider shopping at commercial kitchen supplier. Commercial suppliers provide durable supplies at a fraction of the cost. Amazon basics is also a great way to get low cost, decent quality items. Bonus: with Amazon these can be easily delivered to your cleaner or team.

Vacation rental Kitchen

Kitchen | Airbnb Amenity Checklist

Once again we recommend using a commercial kitchen supplier. We further recommend not purchasing the cheapest appliances and supplies. Guests get extremely frustrated with cheap coffee makers, can openers, etc.

Consider purchasing some luxury items in the kitchen such as an espresso machine or high quality knifes. These are the kind of amazing amenities are often included in guest reviews as a major benefits when staying at your property.

Bedrooms | Airbnb Amenity Checklist

Set up your bedrooms for both comfort and to minimize the risk of stained mattresses or pillows. Protect from stains, damage, and bed bugs by being fully prepared! White linens are considered best since they look great and can be bleached to remove stains.

If you have multiple bedrooms consider giving each one a unique style and theme. This gives your property a lot more character that guests will love.

Bathrooms | Airbnb Amenity Checklist

Make sure your bathroom is well stocked with essentials. You’ll have some very upset guests if they can’t find any toilet paper or the plunger. Check out our replenishment and stocking list here for a complete list of consumable products that should be supplied in your bathroom.

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Cleanliness | Airbnb Amenity Checklist

Make life easy on yourself and your cleaner by stocking the property with everything essential. Also provide some basic cleaning supplies to guests, just in case.

Technology | Airbnb Amenity Checklist

Guests love a techy space and you’ll love how it can make your life easier. Outfit your property with essential technology such as WiFi but also consider adding some amazing smart home technology. Read our Airbnb Smart Home list for a more complete list of technology products to outfit your vacation rental with.

Just for Fun | Airbnb Amenity Checklist

Your guests are looking to enjoy their stays so give them some fun stuff to do! This is one of those sections you can really get creative with and create a property that stands out against the competition. I find adding board games makes a huge difference in the guest experience and reviews.