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  • How to Create the Perfect Airbnb Home - We Look Room By Room

    When it comes to hosting your home or a room on Airbnb there is a lot to consider. You must look at everything from insurance to getting your listing perfect but where we come in is helping you create the perfectly stylish and practical home that guest want to stay in. In this article, we will take you room by room and show you how to make it appeal to potential guests in order to maximise your enquiries and allow you to raise your prices.

    How do you create a home that will appeal to everyone?

    It sounds cliché and you have probably heard it a thousand times before but the answer is that less is more. It is not the only answer, but it is one of the easiest to pull off. It allows you to cast your net far and wide and appeal to the most people. The issue with the minimalist approach, however, is that whilst it will probably be liked by the most people, few people will truly love it – it lacks something special meaning you will have to compete in other areas such as price to secure more guests. This is the biggest problem Airbnb hosts have to try to answer, “how do you create a home that will appeal to such a wide and diverse audience?” when the reality is you don’t because it rarely works unless you have great prices or something else which separates you from the competition.

    The alternative, and far better solution, is to narrow your appeal to a more specific audience and secure a larger portion of the smaller audience. This is generally a better idea as it helps you dictate the type of guests you will get. This allows you to charge more as you are catering to their needs and preferences and will (if your hosting is to standard) lead to more recurring guests. The first step is to pick your ideal audience.

    There are so many possible types of guests you could focus on; business travellers, tourists, families, back-packers and more. Maybe you want to appeal to a certain age group or maybe your home town already attracts a particular type of visitor.

    Do you have an audience in mind? Okay, here is our recommendations on how to attract those kinds of people, starting with the bedroom(s):

    Bedroom

    As discussed above creating a bedroom (and home) that many people would like to stay in is relatively easy but the trick is creating a bedroom that people will love.

    When it comes to Airbnb the bedroom is one of the most important rooms. The kitchen will be important as always, as will the bathroom but when seeking a place to stay on Airbnb potential guest are typically looking for one thing – a place to lay their head at night. A comfy bed in a cosy bedroom is going to be one of the most crucial elements in attracting guests but how do you create a bedroom that your guests will love?

    A comfortable and sturdy bed is a must but there is much more to a great bedroom than the bed, namely storage, sitting space, a mirror and décor with appropriate personality.

    Sufficient storage is essential, even if you are looking to attract travelling businesspeople who will be staying with you for a single night or budget-warey backpackers. There is still an expectation for you to provide drawers and a wardrobe – too much storage space is better than not enough. When deciding the storage space, you will need to consider your target audience; a family of tourists are going to need more space than an individual, whilst gap-year students who are travelling abroad are probably going to want to pay as little as possible, so giving them more than they need and trying to charge them for it is unlikely to go down well.

    No matter who your guests are if they are expecting adequate storage, you can’t just provide any wardrobe or drawers, they should ideally be congruent with each other and in tip-top shape. If your drawers and wardrobe have seen better days however, there is no need to break the bank buying new ones. Finding replacement wardrobe doors or tending to them with some polish will often be enough to bring them up to par.

    Much like a hotel despite the many facilities available guests will commonly frequent in their bedroom, as such the bedroom should preferably also offer some seating. A desk and chair in the bedroom offers the option for people to comfortably work and read in the privacy of their own room and the desk can double as a makeshift dresser if necessary. Finally, a full-length mirror is a detail that will be worth introducing for most audiences (but not all) so think about the target market you are trying to appeal to if a mirror will be of use to them make the effort to add one to your bedroom(s).

    Lounge

    Will your guests even need to use the lounge? Is the lounge part of your offer or are you simply offering a bed for the night? Yet more questions but important questions that need answering.

    Whether the lounge is part of your guests experience or not it still needs to look good. Your guests will undoubtedly see it and it will play a role in helping them form an opinion of you and your home. However, if you are aiming to attract overnight guests rather than invite families into your home for a week at a time you will have some more freedom when it comes to your lounge.

    A lounge in most homes is personal, filled with pictures of family and pets but when you are welcoming guests into your home you should look to move away from personal. The key to creating a great experience for your guests is to make them feel welcome and not like they are intruding into someone else’s life and home. Swapping personal pictures for paintings (ideally related to the type of guests you are providing for) is a good place to start.

    Besides the décor, guests will seek good furniture, nothing too lavish – just something that is practical, comfortable, and stylish. Another aspect of the lounge to consider is the technology. Are you offering an escape from the busy city for people seeking a digital-detox? Great, no need for the TV but if this clashes with your own lifestyle then maybe you should rethink your audience. It’s true, they don’t have to watch Tv just because it’s there but providing the temptation seems counterintuitive. Alternatively, if you sell yourself as having “all the mod-cons” and tech then you should check your interpretation of those words is aligned with your guests.

    Kitchen

    Firstly, regardless of your target audience your kitchen should be coherent – one constant design demonstrated throughout. There are few times this rule should be broken, aside from homes with a whimsical theme throughout a kitchen should point in one clear direction and not stray too far away from it.

    Secondly, the quality must be implicit in every detail, no matter how big or small they may be. Kitchen worktops should be undeniably high quality as should your kitchen cabinets, drawers and even handles. Little details such as small chips in cabinets and peeling paint can reflect poorly on yourself as well as your home leaving a negative impression regardless of how great your home may be in reality. Thankfully replacement kitchen cabinet doors and replacement kitchen worktops are all readily available and you can further enhance the appearance of your kitchen with ease with new kitchen draw handles and knobs.

    Finally, from a practical stand point your kitchen must meet your guests needs. Having all the essential white goods is a must for many people. Think back to the target audience you are wanting to host for, consider their requirements regarding the use of the kitchen and strive to be at least one step ahead of their expectations. Will your guests require tea and coffee making facilities? If so, will they simply need a kettle or is an instant coffee machine a better option? Try to get into the mind of your guests and answer these questions because the better their experience is the better your reviews are, and reviews play a crucial role in attracting new guest through Airbnb.

    Bathroom

    When it comes to the bathroom think of nice hotels, raise the standard slightly then aim for that. Crisp and clean is the feel you want to achieve. Keep the products you openly display to a minimum offering only essentials to avoid the space looking crowded or clumsily put together and put other items in an accessible drawer or basket. Make sure your lighting is sharp, add a mirror to create a more spacious looking room and viola you have an incredible bathroom your guests will love. keeping your target audience in mind you may wish to add a picture, wallpaper accordingly or add a potted plant to brighten the room further to maximise its appeal.

    Now you have the knowledge to create a first-class Airbnb home. Follow these guidelines and if your hosting is only half as good as your home you will still be looking at some very happy guests and extremely impressive reviews.

  • Speaking The Language: An Interior Design Jargon Buster

    When it comes to interior design there is a lot of helpful information spanning far and wide across the internet, in magazines and much more. However, deciphering this information can often be tricky with industry specific jargon and key terms being left open to interpretation and often misused by less knowledgeable sources. That is why here at Just Doors we have decided to help you know what some of these words mean so that you cannot only know what you are reading but use the terms the way they were meant to be used for yourself.

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  • Kitchen Cupboard Recipes

    Often when it comes to cooking you are left with little bits of this and that, ingredients left in small proportions that you seemingly can’t do anything with, food that you won’t use before it expires past its use by date and foods that have been left in the pantry longer than you can remember. At Just Doors we have put together some recipes to use up these ingredients that are using room in your kitchen cupboards with no sign of being put to any use.

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  • Ways To Child Proof Your Kitchen

    Child safety is one of the most important things in many people’s lives, especially parents. The kitchen is one place where there is potential threats or damage that can be done. Whilst keeping young children out of the kitchen is one solution it is not always practical. Here is a look at a few precautions to take to limit the chance that there are any issues with your young child in the kitchen.

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  • Systems To Organise Your Kitchen Cabinets

    Getting new kitchen cabinets or kitchen cabinet doors is great, livening up your kitchen and giving it a new lease of character. However, what lurks behind those immaculate, pristine doors is not always a pleasant picture – messy, untidy, disorganised cabinets look awful and are highly impractical. On top of this often pots, pans and dishes are in the wrong cabinet entirely. Solving this problem has never been easier thanks to this step-by-step guide on organising your kitchen cabinets.

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  • Maximize space in your small kitchen

    A small kitchen is no reason to sacrifice a kitchen’s functionality (or style). Here are some top tips to maximize space in your small kitchen whilst making it look great in the process. So next time you are revamping your kitchen with new kitchen cupboard doors take some time to maximize the space you have too.

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  • Kitchen Trends to Look Out for Heading in to 2017

    The kitchen is undoubtedly the heart of the home, whether you are cooking or socialising the kitchen tends to be the place to be, as the song goes “you’ll always find me in the kitchen and parties”. The kitchen needs to be functional, accessible but also stylish and appealing. A good looking kitchen goes a long way which is why, here at Just Doors, we have complied a list of kitchen design trends to look out for in 2017 to ensure you are ahead in the design stakes and that your kitchen is the best it can be.

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  • Christmas Food Traditions Around The World

    The kitchen is the most important room in the house over the Christmas period as many delicious dishes are created to help us celebrate the festive season. There are many variations of the Christmas dinner eaten around the world so we thought we would take a closer look at what other countries will be tucking in to this Christmas.

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  • Landlords: Refurbish To Let - Cost Effective Home Improvements

    For all Landlords, there is a balance between their bottom line and providing a pleasant environment which tenants both respect and want to live in. The most difficult area to achieve the right balance is undoubtedly during the refurbishment and redecoration of your property.

    Whether you have just purchased a property to fully renovate, or are looking to give your rented property an update, we have put together some tips on cost effective refurbishment.

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  • How to update your kitchen & add value to your home

    Experts across the home improvement industry are all in agreement, if you want to sell your home quickly and at the right price, and only have the budget to renovate a single room, you should focus on your kitchen. Why? It’s simple, because the kitchen is undoubtedly the most multi functional room in the home.

    Gone are the days of the kitchen just being for cooking, today the kitchen is a place for socialising, unwinding after a long day, hosting dinner parties and even somewhere quiet for the kids to do their homework. With the Kitchen offering so many purposes, it’s no surprise to learn that a new kitchen can easily add 4-7% on the value of your home.

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