The last number of months has been difficult for businesses in all niches and industries. However, those in the travel niche have arguably been some of the worst affected with many hotels, guesthouses and tour operators struggling to keep their doors open through the COVID-29 pandemic. Short-term lettings like Airbnb have also been badly affected by the Coronavirus pandemic due to restrictions and limitations enforced by the government.
For Airbnb property owners, now is the time to take action. Putting the right measures in place now will help you to get back to some form of normality in the near future. As travel restrictions become more relaxed, domestic travel may be possible going forward and you need to ensure that your property is ready to welcome guests safely.
Let’s take a closer look at how you can best prepare your Airbnb property to welcome guests post-COVID.
Do A Deep Clean
Regardless of Coronavirus, many Airbnb properties have been almost 100% vacant for the last number of months. And, those that did have guests will not have been turned over nearly as often as in more certain times. Get out the vacuum cleaner, pull up your sleeves, put on your PPE and do a deep clean of your entire property. Leave no stone unturned and be sure that your Airbnb is left looking its very best.
Social Distancing Measures
It’s wise to prepare a message that you can send to your new guests when they make their initial booking enquiry to inform them about your social distancing practices. Explain that facemasks will be required when you greet them or have any interactions with your guests during their stay. Be sure to outline that a 2-meter social distance should be maintained at all times and any other measures you think is appropriate.
In the current climate, and going forward, it’s important to make hand sanitizer available to your guests. Set up a station inside the main entrance so that your guests can disinfect their hands when they come back to your property. Keeping your guests safe and protected from contamination starts with good sanitising practices.
Whether your guests are travelling domestically, interstate, or internationally, in the future, you need to provide them with the right information. Restrictions and guidelines change regularly so be sure to keep your guests up-to-date with the latest regulations in your area. Provide them with a number to call or a service to contact if they are worried that they may have COVID-19 symptoms so that they can take the necessary precautions.
Between each stay, be sure to sanitize all surfaces throughout the property with an approved disinfectant spray. Follow the instructions from the spray manufacturer carefully so that you leave the spray on the surface for long enough. High-touch areas such as the TV remote, light switches, table surfaces and door handles should be a top priority when it comes to sanitisation.
Prepare For Arrival
Before your guests arrive, you need to take extra precautions to prevent the possibility of cross-contamination. After cleaning, be sure to wash your hands and replace your gloves before replacing the guest’s supplies such as towels, and linen. Once a room has been cleaned, sanitised and reset be sure not to re-enter the room again.
Prepare Your Airbnb For Success Post-COVID
Getting your Airbnb property ready to host guests again successfully post-COVID takes a little preparation on your part. Following our tips above, you can be sure that your property will be ready to host guests again safely. What’s more, your guests will appreciate your efforts to keep them protected, allowing them to enjoy their stay at your Airbnb comfortably.