Airbnb Interior Design Tips: Kitchen and Bathroom Tour (Part 2) | Nestrs

Airbnb Interior Design Tips: Kitchen and Bathroom Tour (Part 2) |  Nestrs


– Hey guys, welcome back! I thought today would
be a great opportunity to finish our Columbus, Ohio Airbnb tour. In today’s video, I’m going to show you our kitchen, our bathroom, and what we do to stock it to get all
those five-star reviews. So come on in! (music) So welcome to our Airbnb kitchen. So this kitchen is pretty small, so you’ll have to bear with me as I give you the tour
with the video here. But my main objective with the kitchen was to give everyone what they need in order to make themselves
a meal and feel like, when they wake up in the
morning, they’re at home, there’s a coffee station,
it’s fully stocked. The more I can anticipate
my guests’ needs, the more five-stars I’m going to receive. Because they’re going to reach for something, and
they’re going to find it. So I’m going to start right
here with the sink area. I provide dish soap, I
provide every cooking utensil you can think of, from a potato masher to a garlic/cheese grater, to spatulas. I mean, you name it, it’s there. In this cabinet, I’ve debated
actually over labeling these cabinets so that guests know where things are, they don’t have to go digging through things. But this kitchen isn’t so big, I haven’t had to worry
about that in this one, so I’m leaving the labels out of it. It just makes it look nicer. So I have I have the ability to host four guests in this Airbnb, so I provide four of everything. That way it just keeps it simple, there’s not too much
clutter, I’ve got four bowls, four small plates, four large plates, I do have a plethora of glassware. I do provide four wine
glasses, rocks glasses, some water glasses, and then
some larger pint glasses. So you have your glass
options available to you. I also have a dish rack,
this is where guests can wash the dishes, let them dry. It’s my only request on things that they need to do before they leave. They need to do their own dishes. Everything else, we take care of. I just find that that just keeps the sink, you know, clean, clutter-free. If my cleaning person can’t
get in here right away, nothing’s stinking up the place
too much or what have you. I don’t know, it’s just what
I request of our guests. I also have plenty of paper towels. This is a dish-drying rag. I’ll show you over here, I
also have a hand-towel rag. And then I also have hand soap,
and I also provide a sponge. Now, I can get these for pretty cheap when I bulk order on Amazon, that way, I can change it out every few guests and they have a nice, clean sponge to clean their own dishes with. And then, I’m going to show
you what I’ve got going on in these cabinets down
here, so come with me. Okay, so under the sink, you will find that I do supply my
guests with sandwich bags, aluminum foil, plastic
wrap, all-purpose cleaner. They’ve got oven mitts, um… What else do we have? We have back-up dish
soap, I’ve got trash bags, and we have coin-operated
laundry downstairs, so I have a little bit of just
powdered laundry detergent. I actually don’t have any dryer sheets, I could add that, that wouldn’t be much of an expense for us to provide. The laundry detergent is there, so that’s what we’ve got in there. And then over here, so in this drawer, I have all of our flatware. I, like before, I provide
four of everything. I also have an ice cream scoop. And we have a coffee station,
so I also have a tea… I don’t know what you
call this, a tea tool? Four of everything, I’ve
got some scissors, and then guests have actually left
behind chopsticks, straws. In this drawer, I’ve got
chip clips, wine key, birthday candles, and actually, that’s the only candle I
have available in the Airbnb. I like to reduce liability, so I don’t have any wax
candles in the apartment. Can opener, um, I have a
meat temperature taker. Um, measuring cups, measuring spoons, champagne stopper, and a wine stopper. So yeah, I really, really
try to think about everything someone could need in order to have a meal or a nice drink or a cocktail. In this drawer, you’ll see
plenty of pots and pans, lids. I’ve got a spaghetti strainer. I’ve got a pizza stone. And none of these things actually cost us a lot of money. A lot of them, I was able to pick up at local thrift stores
or on sale on craigslist from real estate sales, estate sales, those sorts of things and you can really stock
up your Airbnb kitchens with nice, quality materials. So some of these are like Farberware, um what’s that other popular brand? Princess, I know is one of Princess House, I mean
these are really nice, you know, nice pots and pans. So I’m gonna show you
what else I got going on in the upper cabinets. Okay, let’s complete this
side of the kitchen tour. I showed this far cabinet, that has our dishware and our glassware. This cabinet has coffee supplies. Up here I have everything
you need to make a cocktail. My fifteen years or so in the hospitality and beverage industry, reminds me how important it is to be
able to make a great cocktail, especially if you’re on
vacation or away from your home. I think it’s an important thing to have. So I’ve got some martini
glasses, a shaker, a jigger, a muddler, just your basics. Over here, I’ve got, this
is kind of my baking set, if people wanted to bake. I’m telling you, I have everything. I have an electric, words are losing me right
now, but a blender guy, a spatula, the tools for it. I’ve got some pie pans over here, it’s probably a little overkill, but I already had these things so I just threw them into
the Airbnb, just in case. Over here, I’ve got some spices, they’re all your basic spices. I have salt and pepper on the table and over here I have like thyme, garlic powder, red pepper. Some guests have left
coconut oil, vanilla syrup, and they just leave it behind, which is really nice because
then the guests after them can enjoy those spices. And then over here, I have, I went to Ikea and I got a bunch of plastic tupperware, so if guests want to take it with them, when they’re out for the day or if they make some food
and they have leftovers, they’ve got something they can put it in. I also have some Pyrex that
I found at an estate sale that was really cheap
so I thought why not? And then I have some flower
vases just because I have them. In the far cabinet, I
have extra paper towels. So, yeah cabinets are pretty
full with all the basics, some not so basic stuff that
I just had and provide anyway. Let me show you what’s going
on in the rest of the kitchen. Alright, just below those upper cabinets I was just showing you,
I’ve got a gas stove, I have that hand towel
I was telling you about. In the broiler I have a few cookie sheets. In the freezer, I’ve got an ice cube tray that I have my cleaner
refill with each cleaning, and other than that, the freezer’s empty and the refrigerator’s empty, it’s just extremely clean. So this is my favorite
part of any kitchen, the coffee station. I found
this kitchen cart at Ikea. Great price, the butcher
block top is beautiful. I got black to go with
the black and red and green motif I’ve got
going on in this Airbnb, plus it houses all these great things. I’ve got a Farberware knife set and, of course I have Keurig that has, not only K-Cups, that I
keep stocked over here, but I also have a regular coffee pot that’s made for Keurig
and a reusable K-Cup in case anyone wants to bring
their own coffee grounds and they can reuse the
coffee cup, the K-Cup. I’ve got creamer, sugar,
coffee stirrers, to-go cups, I provide four, for each stay, and then I also have this tin back here, that’s full of teas, black
tea, herbal tea, flavor teas. I’ve got a microwave, I’ve got cutting boards down here. Over here, I’ve got a really
cool story about this decor. A friend of mine gave me hand towels when I left New York City and they were really cute but they were white and they say cute things like, “When I sip, you sip, we sip,” “Drop it like it’s hot,” and I was like, I can’t let these get ruined by, you know, dirty hands and whatever, so I cut them up and I framed them and they actually make really great kitchen decor. And then this is really cool because in one of our renovations, we found an old fork
and spoon in the wall. It’s not real silver, but I
just love how antique it looks so I put that in the wall decor too. This is a mango wood setting table that I got from West Elm. It’s got leaves on both sides so if people want to make this
bigger, they totally can. We provide two extra chairs in one of the closets in the Airbnb. And this is mango wood, so
it matches the coffee table and the two bedside tables in the bedroom. So I repeat the mango wood situation. Pepper, salt, toothpicks and then this. If you have an Airbnb, VRBO,
whatever platform you use, you really should have
a Guest Welcome Booklet. So we email this to all of
our guests before they arrive, so they have all of this information. But we give Nick and my cell phone number. We have everything you need
to know about the area, where the local hospitals
are, police station is, where the first-aid kit
is, um, our house rules. We’ve got house quirks in here, so our keypad, sometimes the button sticks and you can’t put in your
code and people have, one time, one time someone freaked out and then I put that quirk in here, so if you put the house quirks, maybe your hot and cold are
reversed, whatever it is, just put it in here that way guests know like hey it’s not a big deal, just this is how you need to do it. We’ve got amenities, so
our wifi name and password, how to use the tv, and I mean step by step how to use the tv because
if you’re like me, I’m like, if it’s more than
just pressing the power button, I need you to walk me through it. Um, Essentials that you
can find in the Airbnb, restaurants and bars in
the area that we love, and then transportation,
from the bike share, to bus, to how to get to
the airport, to car share, to Uber/Lyft, to the
Yellow Cab of Columbus, we have it all in here.
And the rest of the pages, I actually share how to buy some of the stuff in the Airbnb. We partner up with local makers and this way if someone says, “hey, I love that really
cool map,” you’ll see it, “decor over here, where do I get one?” they can see it here. Oh you can go ahead, you can contact that maker and get one for yourself. I have one more area in the Airbnb kitchen that I want to show you. The last stop in the kitchen
is this chalkboard wall. That actually wasn’t my idea at first. We had some friends staying in the Airbnb before we listed it. I had to do this sometimes
so that they can tell me what I’m missing, what
they went to reach for and they didn’t find. It’s a great way to
just figure all that out before you go ahead and list it on any short term rental platform and my friend was like, he
was looking at the kitchen, he was like, “You know, this
is a big blank white wall.” He was like, “This would
be a great opportunity for a chalk wall. I was like, “Yes it is!” And all of the sudden I had the whole thing laid out in my head. Now I didn’t design it
with the handwriting. I have a friend who
does graphic design and I asked her, I was like,
“Here are the dimensions, here’s what I want it to say.” She designed it for me
and then I took her design from her email, had it on my phone while I tried to replicate it as best as I could, because using my hands and doing artwork is not my strong suit but
it turned out really well, plus I partnered up the local maker who makes these great
state maps from plywood. She cuts them out and then she
puts the map over top of it. It’s a great addition to any Airbnb so I’ll put her information
in the comments below. I’ve got the state of Ohio, right here, “Welcome to Columbus” and then below, it just has a request to remove your shoes because we have nice rugs,
our wifi login information. Even though we have it in the booklet, you could find it on the
listing’s information online, we’ve got it here as well and then a few of our favorite
restaurants in the area. So I love the chalkboard wall,
it turned out really well, I wanna go ahead and
show you our bathroom, so let’s go take a look. Alright, so here’s our
super tiny bathroom. The one thing that I actually
wanted to talk to you about in this video, before I show
you how we set up the bathroom is we didn’t renovate the bathroom or the kitchen in this Airbnb because our return on investment is much greater if we actually just leave them
as they are for right now. So they’re clean, they’re functionable, I was able to add a lot of
style with new furnishings, with a lot of tech, we’ve got smart TVs, we’ve got chargers, we’ve got a fresh coat
of paint on all the walls but I only put in about a few grand to furnish the apartments and I can make anywhere from
1600 dollars on slow months to 2000 plus on busier
months in the Airbnb versus having these renovated and having a long term
tenant pay market value, which is about 1100 for a one bed, one bath newly renovated apartment. Now, I know there’s controversy about taking away from long term rentals for short term rentals. We have two long term
rentals in this building and then two Airbnb’s.
This way, Nick and I can really make the most
of our investment but still provide a great place
to live for long term tenants. So, with that being said, this bathroom, and that kitchen that you just saw, was obviously not renovated
but they are super clean, new paint, and everything
that we furnished with them are brand new items. So I’ve got this really cute curtain here. We put a new shower head in over here. And then, also provide in
all of our Airbnb bathrooms, let me show you, I’ve got reusable shampoo
and conditioner bottles. I have a little “S” for shampoo, “C” for conditioner and then I refill them with Pantene Pro-V products, so it’s actually nice shampoo. Over here I provide my guests
with Q-tips, cotton balls, Um, These are not real matches
but they’re just cute decor. And then I’ll show you what’s
going on underneath the sink, but I provide a hairdryer, first-aid kit, extra toilet paper,
and then air freshener. I also have hand soap, a cute tea towel, a really cute waste basket that I just use grocery bags
as liners to save on money and to save on, you know,
plastic. We reuse those. And a really cute vogue
vintage decor over here. I have a plunger, I have a toilet cleaner just in case they want
to take care of that on their own, during their stay. The bathroom is super
simple, but guests love it, they’ve never had a complaint, they’ve actually said, “Thank you so much” for the Q-tips or the cotton balls. It’s these little things
that don’t cost us much, that really make the difference. One last stop on our Airbnb. Just outside of the bathroom
is this really cool nook. Nick and I created a video
about how we made these shelves because originally they
were old cabinets, here, that actually were beyond
repair or cleaning, so this is probably the only area of this Airbnb that we renovated. We took out the cabinets, we found that there was brick behind it. It’s the chimney, so we
exposed the brick and we put these two floating shelves for our guests’ towels, their body towels, their hand towels,
make-up removing towels. Down here, you’ll find
extra pillows and blankets and then of course, our
favorite toiletry basket. It’s our favorite because we
get great response from guests, having these items here for them so they don’t have to go to the drugstore just to get a razor or toothbrush. A lot of these are travel size
and they’re not expensive. We actually don’t refill
this basket often. Guests only use it when
they really need something and if you go to Amazon, or whatever, you can get big bulk items of, you know, basic toothbrushes, razors. We’ve got Pepto-Bismol,
we’ve got lint rollers, static guard, spray deodorant, it’s just kind of anything
that you might need when you are traveling and you forget it. We don’t have a front desk,
so this is a great way to provide things for people
that they might forget. That’s it, that is the tour of our Airbnb, here in Columbus, Ohio. It’s a great way to make a side hustle. For us, we love making
it our full time job. If you like the value that we’re providing with our YouTube videos, if
you wouldn’t mind subscribing, that would mean so much to us. If we could improve our Airbnb spaces, don’t be afraid to leave comments
in the comment box below. But for now, I’m Sarah
Karakaian with Nestrs and I’ll talk to you next time.

5 thoughts on “Airbnb Interior Design Tips: Kitchen and Bathroom Tour (Part 2) | Nestrs

  1. Great tips! I have a no candle rule in my home too 🙂 Ever had any strange requests from guests?

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