05/11/2019 at 10:09 pm #61700
Hi Jay & Ryanne,
I wonder which sub-forum is appropriate to talk about vacation rentals or shampoo & booze. Or I shouldn’t talk about it here at all?1+
05/12/2019 at 8:44 am #61705
Why don’t you ask the questions right here on this thread. I’m not sure how many folks here would be interested in rentals, but we could be surprised. They can not follow the conversation if they choose.1+
05/12/2019 at 1:01 pm #61711
I’m really sad that you’re not making any more Shampoo & Booze podcasts. Would love to keep hearing about that business. We’ve been renovating a 1967 Airstream and plan to put it on glamping hub or airbnb or vrbo or…
Which of those sites do you like best? Which might be best for a vintage airstream? Thanks!1+
05/12/2019 at 4:07 pm #61729
I learned the word “glamping” in that podcast. I guess different OTAs would fit different types of “properties” better. So far I’m also only on Airbnb.0
05/12/2019 at 1:20 pm #61712
yeah i love that podcast too, but it was just a time commitment thing. too much going on, maybe one day we’ll pick it back up. i think your airstream might do well on all of those platforms. we’re on all of those and 99% of our bookings come from Airbnb, but will be different for everyone.1+
05/13/2019 at 8:44 am #61794
Rayanne, what is your opinion on cotton vs microfiber sheets in your rentals. Do you stick with all white linens so you can bleach them?0
05/13/2019 at 12:48 pm #61810
all white sheets and towels. all cotton.
i am guilty of having a couple cotton poly blends in rotation in light grey right now ( i had them, they are working fine for now), but most everything else is cotton and white.
i don’t bleach, i use oxyclean, mostly because we have a septic and doing that much laundry and using bleach might be harmful to the septic bacteria. and bleach is nasty stuff.
HOWEVER (there is always an exception), i will use bleach if there is a stain that just won’t come out any other way, or if my towels turned pink by accident (we have a couple dark maroon duvet covers).
i get stains out using vinegar (rust), hydrogen peroxide (blood), and dawn dish soap) greasy marks. makeup or self tanning lotions can be removed by some oxy clean mixed w water to a paste and applied and scrubbed with a toothbrush, then you can soak in dawn (i just put it right on the spot) overnight. i’ve saved so many white towels this way.1+
05/13/2019 at 12:56 pm #61812
and the reason we use white cotton is, yes it’s the industry standard for high end hotels, but it also shows very obviously that you have clean sheets and towels.
no marks? it’s clean, or that’s a good assumption by a guest.
ever stayed in an airbnb with black or maroon towels and wash cloths? yuck! how do i know this is clean, this could have 100 people’s old mascara on it and i wouldn’t know.
ever stayed in an airbnb with white towels that had stains all over them anyway? yuck! i have, it was horrible.
i take my laundry very seriously, it’s the most intimate part of someones stay and it better be clean.
- This reply was modified 2 months ago by Ryanne.
05/14/2019 at 5:43 pm #61910
Thanks for the tips!0
05/23/2019 at 9:28 pm #62387
Some friends and I rented a house on the beach in SC last year. There were white towels, washcloths and bedding, but they also had dark colored washcloths and had a note asking you to use those for makeup removal.1+
05/24/2019 at 11:33 am #62402
yes i have seen other hosts do the dark washcloth for makeup thing. it is clever, but i still think it’s kind of gross. like, 100 ladies before you cleaned their makeup off with this, but you can’t see that because it’s black. yuck!0
05/24/2019 at 12:09 pm #62404
that being said, we provide makeup removal wipes and also hope that women who wear makeup bring their own stuff for removal as part of their daily routine. and small white washcloths are cheap to replace anyway.1+
05/12/2019 at 4:04 pm #61728
I love the show to death! Learned so much! I understand it’s a big time commitment thing. I was surprised to learn you we’re doing two podcast shows at the same time. Maybe just do a quarterly “shampoo & booze” show to keep your fans entertained while documenting your ongoing journey. I really want to hear the progress of your two new rentals.0
05/12/2019 at 4:11 pm #61730
We’re glad to talk about Rental properties here. If there’s enough interest, we can even create its own category on the forum.
What did you want to talk about?0
05/12/2019 at 4:43 pm #61732
So many things I want to talk (or more like I want to ask you guys) about. Currently I’m still trying to re-furnishing my place. I’m trolling the Kijiji (like Canadian Craigslist) for good quality furnitures. Any advice on that? List of brand names? I was so jealous about Ryanne’s $20 West Elm bed! That’s basically FREE! The other day I bought a good quality solid reclaimed wood queen bed for $300. I have three more IKEA beds I’d like to switch out when I find good ones to replace them.
Talking about IKEA, you two mentioned not once in your show about IKEA stuffs being lower quality which I 100% agree. But I do see a couple of IKEA items in your rental properties. Is there a Jay & Ryanne “approved” list of IKEA furnitures you can share here?0
05/12/2019 at 5:08 pm #61734
05/12/2019 at 5:02 pm #61733
we like to use Ikea, we just don’t want every piece to come from there, because it gets obvious that you just went to ikea and bought the whole house worth (we’ve stayed at places like that, feels like they just didn’t think about anything).
we like to mix it up with pieces we find at estate sales, auctions, ikea, craigslist, etc. since renovations take us a while, we have time to gather and it makes a nice mix.
i think its fine to use Ikea beds and then upgrade as you find nicer ones. we’ve done that several times. we just re-sell on craigslist which is great.0
05/12/2019 at 7:50 pm #61744
- Location: Merida, Mexico
Bummer, I liked that podcast as well…0
05/16/2019 at 9:48 am #61992
Jay & Ryanne, in one episode you mentioned that your guest did something to your Wi-Fi system to make it work better. Can you please share what exactly he did? Did you get any additional hardware to extend your Wi-Fi coverage to the writer’s cabin? Thanks!0
05/16/2019 at 7:23 pm #62023
yeah we bought an amplifi mesh network–
not cheap, but they work like a dream. bought one for our house too, so all buildings have full wifi bars, it’s great.1+
05/16/2019 at 8:19 pm #62029
I’m wondering if I can just get the Amplifi HD mesh point instead of the complete system with the router. (I already have a router.)0
05/16/2019 at 8:21 pm #62030
i don’t think it works without the router/base unit. we have the modem from our ISP that hooks into the Amplifi router which sends the signal out to the mesh points.0
05/16/2019 at 8:28 pm #62031
I’m reading the product description here https://store.amplifi.com/products/amplifi-hd-meshpoint which says:
“Pair the MeshPoint with the AmpliFi™ Router to expand the coverage of an AmpliFi™ network or turn an existing router into a powerful mesh network.”0
05/16/2019 at 8:40 pm #62032
ah, i think that’s a new feature, we got ours several years ago. if so, that’s very cool!1+
05/16/2019 at 9:32 pm #62035
The one I’m looking at is:
Date First Available: Sep 14 2016
The amazon description says “Can Be Used with AmpliFi Home WiFi System or Any Third Party Router”
- This reply was modified 1 month, 4 weeks ago by ironman.
05/16/2019 at 11:16 am #62004
We use these sheets from Costco in our rental- Yesterday they were on the end cap and they are on sale at costco.com – I didn’t check for the ‘discontinued’ code on the sale banner but it looks like they may be going away.
I like the wrinkle shield feature. They really don’t wrinkle- here’s the link if anyone is interested.
I picked up a couple extra sets, cause we just had a set ruined, which brings me to a question.
Do you give bad reviews ratings/feedback for guests on Airbnb?
Would you bill a guest for ruining a bath towel and a set of sheets?
This was group of 3 younger golfers, just very messy. They didn’t break anything, were not needy, great communication. about 60 buck worth of linens. They did leave a bunch of beer valued at 25.00 and 2 unmolested chocolate milkshakes in the freezer…1+
05/16/2019 at 12:51 pm #62010
I’m curious about the same thing. Should you leave bad reviews and charge people for ruining or losing things? I’m sure everyone does charge for lost keys but what about other things?0
05/16/2019 at 1:02 pm #62012
I probably would just put them on my personal “black-list” instead writing a bad review. I feel this is what Jay & Ryanne might do too.
I don’t provide linens & towels myself. My property management company does (of course I’m footing the bill). So, I’m not sure how my PM would do in that case. We’ll know one day when it happens to us.0
05/16/2019 at 7:37 pm #62025
How did they ruin $60 of linens? Usually bleaching the sheets and towels takes out 99% of stains.0
05/16/2019 at 7:34 pm #62024
yeah that’s a tough one. i certainly tend to take some of those minor damages personally, but in the last four years i’ve come to expect ruined, stained, torn linens as normal. it just happens. and they’re relatively cheap to replace. you don’t want to shame your guest, and honestly, you want them to come back!
i’ve become an expert on cleaning stains too, so, as a scavenger, i try to save as many linens as possible from becoming rags or donations. (ask me about specific stains, i’ll try to help you figure it out!)
we have never left bad feedback for guests, even the 2 (yes only 2 out of hundreds) guests who legit damaged items and we asked to get compensated for replacements.0
05/16/2019 at 9:13 pm #62033
Thanks Ryanne, your post is reassuring and I am agreeing with everything you’ve said. In all it was less than 10% of the payout for 2 nights-
Stain was pizza or burger while laying in bed. I treated it with my oxyclean stick but ran out before I could douse it properly. That faded greasy orange little stain on a beige sheet- Just a couple remained on the bottom sheet and single pillow case… My new ones are same color so I could keep them and swap out later.0
05/17/2019 at 1:33 pm #62048
Jay and Ryanne:
I listened to every podcast and it gave me a wonderful idea my husband agreed with and we have started the project.
5 years ago we purchased two lots by foreclosure so we got a really good deal. It took 2 years to build the home which we have now lived in for 3 years. Because I listened to Shampoo & Booze, I decided to ask my husband what he thought about purchasing the lot next door (which happened to be waterfront on a quiet bay) and putting a dock on it that we could use and then building a small cabin and renting it out as an AirB&B “Bring Your Boat” and enjoy the beautiful Florida waters. He agreed!
We are currently in the process of building the dock so that is 2019’s project. The “cabin” will be a 2 year project that we will start in 2020.
I will have plenty of questions for you guys on this topic once we start on the house!
Thank you so much for all you do!1+
05/17/2019 at 3:11 pm #62051
Cool. ADU’s (Accessory Dwelling Units) are all the rage right now:
Accessory dwelling units: what they are and why people build them
Build a little house on your property to rent out. Makes sense if you like hospitality.0
05/18/2019 at 7:13 am #62063
“Bring your boat cabin on a quiet bay” already sounds like a great vacation rental to me.0
05/17/2019 at 3:35 pm #62052
We’re looking into adding an ADU (or a few) to the property we have – one would be in our house (a basement unit – self contained with separate entrances but shared utilities – we are looking to make money on the space we don’t really need) and looking at building possibly a small “4-plex” (we would split off this portion of the property as a separate lot) as income streams.
We were leaning towards having full-time tenants – I’m just curious what the pros/cons others went through in deciding to go with the short-term rental vs. long term tenants?
Also, where we live, we can offer “rent discounts” in the lease agreement for tenants who would like to do tasks like cut the grass, shovel snow, etc. We’re about 12-18 months away from our decision and any renovations/building, just trying to gather feedback from any source we can…we also figure putting our money in our property instead of investing it elsewhere keeps our investments close to us.0
05/17/2019 at 3:56 pm #62053
Long term renters:
–Pros: If good people, it’s basically passive income. Sounds like you could get all the chores done too 🙂
–Cons: If bad people, you are in for huge headaches and money loss. We have lots of local nightmare stories of the long process to evict non-paying renters. You need to really like having people on your property all the time.
Short Term renters:
–Pros: If you live in an area where people visit, you’ll make much more per month renting by the night. If someone shitty stays, it’s just for a night or two.
–Cons: It’s not passive income. You either need to clean or pay someone to clean. There will always be questions from guests.1+
05/18/2019 at 7:19 am #62065
Do you live in or near a tourist destination? If so, short term rental will definitely give you better income. Or if it’s just a great neighbourhood and you can find good tenants, then long term rental will be more passive and hands-off with a steady income.
In my city (Toronto), some long term rental (condos) might not even carry a positive cash flow. However the city also puts rules on short-term rental (180 days max unless you are only renting out part of the unit).
So, there are lot of things to consider depending on location, type of property, neighbourhood, government regulations, etc.1+
05/21/2019 at 10:35 am #62178
Our situation is that we are in a summer tourist destination – which really only has a season between June and August (3 months). We also have a huge government project that is bringing in workers from all over the world for the next 20 years down the road. 100’s of people are looking for what we are calling mid-range (monthly) accommodation.
We talked to several real estate agents, and local renters this weekend and the money seems to be catering to the people working on this project – they want long term stays, but all amenities supplied (bedding, towels, dishes, etc. etc.). We are going to target that market as it is in the middle – we can always go either way when someone leaves (short term in the summer, then long term in the winter, etc).
We are starting work on the basement unit, and researching plans for the secondary unit.
The short-term vacation rental market has been going down in the area the last few years – could be just “legal” units are going down and AirBNB type units are not being counted.
@ironman – we are going to be just off the shores of Lake Huron – it is about 3.5 hour drive from Toronto.1+
05/21/2019 at 10:48 am #62180
So I guess you are close to Bruce Power? Without year-round short-term guest supply, it’s going to be hard to run as a short-term rental.
My place is at Blue Mountain, so both winter and summer are high seasons for me. Spring & Fall are my low seasons, especially April & November.0
05/20/2019 at 2:13 pm #62134
We live in a year around tourist area…outside of city limits…so less regulations. Just 20 minutes from Destin, Florida and the sugar white beaches on the Gulf of Mexico. A boat ride from our dock to the famous Crab Island is only 35 minutes. I honestly believe a short term rental will do very well.
There are a ton of awesome thrift stores around this area as well!1+
05/20/2019 at 2:53 pm #62135
Just like doing research on eBay, you can go on Airbnb to see what listings are in your zip code and what people charge.0
05/21/2019 at 8:08 am #62164
We ran into a person that is doing a short term rental in the area our son moved to. Said that the short term money was 3-4 times what they could get on the long term market. More work on the booking and cleaning, but better money overall.0
05/21/2019 at 9:09 am #62173
That sounds about right. I have a 3 bedroom 2 bath rental house that I rent out for $1100 a month. It is located in a small town an hour away from me…which is not a tourist area. It is very little work as it is always rented.
The short term rental will be a lot of work but it is right next door and the income will be much greater so it will be worth the work.0
05/22/2019 at 8:33 pm #62317
I’m starting an air bnb also, and miss the podcast. I will, however, go back and re-listen to all of the podcasts again (shampoo and booze) to get a refresher. I enjoyed listening to the podcast even before I had the idea, but now that I think of it, Shampoo and Booze was the impetus for my rental! I only wish I had found the podcast earlier!
I plan to rent minimum 3 nights, but not sure that the 3 night minimum is a good “start” when I don’t have any rentals under my belt, or reviews for that matter. Thoughts?
I’m in a very busy, gentrified neighborhood, with 9 Mexican restaurants walking distance, plenty of musical venues, walking distance, and public transportation only steps from me, so I’m crossing my fingers that it goes well.0
05/22/2019 at 9:01 pm #62320
Let’s start a petition to bring back the podcast. LOL
2 nights minimum might get you started faster. Once you get enough good reviews and become a superhost, you might then start tweaking with the minimum nights and rates. Just my two cents. I’m new too.1+
05/22/2019 at 9:18 pm #62322
Thanks ironman for your input!
Yes, the petition is a great idea, but I think Jay and Ryanne would disagree. 🙂 They are very busy and believe me, I know what that is like! I’m sure otherwise, they would pick the podcast back up. I’ve been wanting to podcast (about ebay, art photograpy, life!) for the longest, but again-the “busy” thing. Ugh! Adulting! 🙂0
05/23/2019 at 10:30 am #62353
what neighborhood are you in in Chicago? if you don’t mind sharing. i think 2 nights min is good, but we have a friend in NOLA that is strictly 3 night min and she is always booked.0
05/23/2019 at 11:23 am #62363
Daisy we are new rental owners/operators as of last November – so take all this advice from a rookie for what it’s worth…
When we were getting our rental ready to list, we hired a consultant via upwork. She wrote our listing, gave us tips about bookings,comps and prices in our area and held our hands through the process of getting cross listed on different platforms, etc. Was well worth the money as we are not great with computer work, were busy remodeling the space and had zero experience in the biz…
We started out with a low price and 2 night minimum. As the summer approached we raised our rates a bit and now 3 nights min during high season and are booked very nicely through the summer.
We will have to drop back to 2 nights during the slow times I’m sure. I am hoping business improves with some shoulder season golfers.
Should be getting our superhost status next rating period. I wonder if it will make a difference (increase) in bookings?1+
05/23/2019 at 11:48 am #62367
curious, how much did you pay for that freelancer via UpWork?
did she advertise as being an Airbnb consultant/listing writer?
05/23/2019 at 4:23 pm #62381
Thanks for the tips, BigSally! Duly noted. I love having options to whatever I do. This is something to consider and look into. Much appreciated!0
05/23/2019 at 4:31 pm #62382
I am at the epicenter of Bucktown, Logan Square, Wicker Park, with Westown to the south of me, Lincoln Park/River North to the east of me. It’s very trendy over here and aside from the Mexican restaurants, there are many other walking distance restaurants-vegan and meat eating. There are other amenities like a laundromat 1 1/2 block, a library 2 blocks, a 24 hour Walgreens (spit and hit the Walgreens) 😀 atm, train station 1 block, (downtown is like 5 stops) and goes directly to O’Hare airport. You can get to a Chicago White Sox game, OR the Chicago Cubs from me or enjoy the lakefront by taking 1 bus only steps away! The list goes on, but there you go!
05/24/2019 at 11:32 am #62401
that sounds like an amazing neighborhood! perfect for an Airbnb. does Chicago have short term rental restrictions at all?0
05/24/2019 at 12:42 pm #62406
I’ve checked in to it a bit, and so far, from my homeowners to local government, I have not had an issue-which scares me. Seems too good to be true. I thought “Let me jump on this now..” because you never know! I’m excited to get started, but kinda nervous about it too. Anyone have any positive, funny, fun, or zany stories from their air bnb experiences?0
05/24/2019 at 5:03 pm #62419
are you renting a whole apartment? do you live there and are renting just a room?
sure we have lots of stories, a majority of guests are great and courteous and clean with no issues. issues will happen, but they’re usually very minor.0
05/24/2019 at 5:33 pm #62421
Yes, I am renting a whole apartment. 3 bedrooms, however, I am listing as a 2 bedroom. I am listing as a 2 bedroom because I want to start out renting for max 4 people to start out, see how it goes. I am trying to keep the “rowdiness” to a minimum. This is a quite block and I don’t want to be the one to change that 😀 My thought is to make the smallest bedroom an office/workspace. If it goes smoothly, then I’d be open to adding a bed in the smaller room.
Yes, I live on the 1st floor. I don’t think I would ever rent a room in my living space. I would not be comfortable with that.0
05/24/2019 at 5:39 pm #62423
cool! do you own the building? i think it’s going to be a great airbnb, you have an amazing location. do you have it listed already? care to share the link?0
05/24/2019 at 5:34 pm #62422
05/24/2019 at 5:50 pm #62424
I do own it. I have not listed it. I will be happy to share the link when I do list it.
Thing is I am working on a shoestring budget and am physically doing the work myself-by myself. I upgraded all the lighting, installed new laminate flooring, painted, gutted the bathroom (but I had a pro do the plumbing, tile, etc.). I also tore out the kitchen counter and made my own, tiled the backsplash, and painted the kitchen cabinets, removed the hinges and all to do the right way, so it does not look cheap. I also put shiplap in the smaller room/office. And I also trimmed out the kitchen with craigslisted trim-which I was so happy to get free! I’m sure I’ve done more, but I’m tired just thinking about it. Now I am getting the chimney cleaned, relined and cleaning the ducts. Btw. I have zero experience doing any of this, but through the magic of YouTube…and lately, with the help of videos “seejanedrill” on YouTube. Leah is a-m-a-z-i-n-g.1+
05/25/2019 at 12:34 pm #62435
You are doing great! Getting all the job properly done at the front end is the right way to do it. See how Jay & Ryanne took their time to set up their rentals. I’m on the other hand only doing smaller scale projects/upgrades during shoulder seasons. Not the best approach.1+
05/26/2019 at 8:44 am #62454
wow that is impressive! can’t wait to see your listing. i think this will be a great rental for you and your guests!0
05/25/2019 at 12:28 pm #62434
I don’t remember what we paid off the top of my head,it was a couple hundred bucks for several hours of work- here is her website. https://strategicstays.com/
Daisy what other airbnb’s are in the area-? If you have the only space that sleeps 5-6 people vs. one of 100 that sleeps 4 you may want to go all in for a higher return. Just a thought-
Daisy keep on going you are doing great! Is there a habitat restore in your area, lots of great stuff there for remodeling-
Last thought, have an emergency fund for repairs when renters are present- Just yesterday I had to pay a plumber to come clear a clog while guests were on scene- terrible. If it was an empty day I could have done it myself for a fraction of the cost. Such is life though, as I’m learning…0
05/26/2019 at 8:45 am #62455
cool, thanks for the link.0
05/25/2019 at 10:57 pm #62448
Thanks BigSally! Yes, there is a habitat restore and there is another store just like it, but the name escapes me right now. That is where I bought reclaimed wood to make they kitchen counter. I wish I had a planer, I would have made it look nicer, but hey! I can live with it for now. I am happy with how it turned out. I craigslisted a bunch of floor trim and window trim-saved me a lot of money. I truly enjoyed working on the carpentry aspect of the apartment, but honestly, if I had the cash, I would have hired someone to do it-just to get the air bnb going already. I’m guessing I’ll be done in July. Fingers crossed.
As for the 4 versus 6 people, I agree. I will get more income, but I want to get the hang of what I am doing first. Maybe next summer I could start with 6 people. I have 2 beds a great sofa that is not a futon, but about the size and more comfortable. I also have a futon, but that will serve as the couch for the “office” area.
Bummer on the plumber you had to hire. ugh. I do not look forward to that aspect of running an air bnb.
But Jay and Ryanne put the bug in my ear to do the air bnb about 2 years or so ago, so shout out to them for sharing their knowledge, experience, openness, and ideas! I truly do not think I would have done this if they didn’t make it seem so effortless. (But we all know it is not easy, and they are hard workers!)1+
05/26/2019 at 8:46 am #62456
glad to hear we make it sound effortless. it’s not, but we really enjoy it. i think it’s an amazing way to flex your design, hospitality and money making skills.0
05/26/2019 at 2:28 pm #62459
Thanks Ironman. My original intention was to just redecorate, but truth be told, the apartment really needed more than a “band-aid”. As we all know, home ownership is a rabbit hole. Good luck with your rental!0
05/31/2019 at 5:18 pm #62755
i have a surprise for y’all–3+
05/31/2019 at 8:06 pm #62763
Oh. My. Gosh! Super excited that you are back!!!!! I can’t even!0
06/04/2019 at 9:45 pm #62975
I listened to your podcast and looked at your blog space. So you think you can rent? Clever and sassy. I like it. Nice job- Can’t wait to see what happens next. Are you going you put your consulting services on upwork or another gig space?0
06/04/2019 at 10:49 pm #62986
thanks, yeah Ash came up with that, we thought it was funny.
that’s a good idea, maybe we’ll put a listing on upwork or whatever freelance site is hot right now!1+
06/06/2019 at 2:10 pm #63044
Great job Ashley and Ryanne! So glad Shampoo and Booze is back! I wish you be best on your new business adventure…I think it’s a great one!0
06/06/2019 at 3:55 pm #63049
Ryanne what is the pet policy at your properties? Service and comfort animals how do you deal with such matters?
We are no pets primarily due to my allergies. We had a guest bring a dog claiming it was a service dog. Must have been female, burned and killed our grass with its urine and left poops. Guest did not disclose the dog until after checkout when she realized she left her open can of dog food in the fridge and her phone charger at the house.0
06/06/2019 at 4:11 pm #63054
yep we allow dogs at all properties. never had a problem. 60-70% of our bookings are people with dogs. not kidding.0
06/07/2019 at 9:51 am #63084
Thanks for the reply. I’m really surprised, wow, thats alot of dogs and dog hair. I’m gonna think about that…percentage wise that is huge number of bookings we miss out on.
Another question, we should hit our superhost status next review, any positive impact on bookings to expect? Do people search for superhost properties only?0
06/07/2019 at 9:58 am #63085
I guess it depends on what type of rental you have and the location of it. Ryanne’s is a country side vacation home for people to enjoy outdoors. A lot of guests would be natural dog lovers and want to have their dogs enjoy the outdoor with them.
The host of another podcast that I listen to always says she prefers dogs over toddlers/kids ‘cause dogs don’t eat pizza on couch. LOL1+
06/07/2019 at 1:38 pm #63109
Maybe one in ten people who stay with dogs will leave noticeable dog hair. But its easy to clean up.
We have a Dyson vacuum installed in every rental because we find that renters WANT to clean up after themselves and their dogs.1+
06/07/2019 at 3:05 pm #63126
what ironman said is correct, we live in a country get-away, so people want to bring their dogs on hikes and to the river etc. sometimes it’s 4 adults 2 kids and 2 dogs. but our houses are the right size for all of those guests. if we were sharing an apartment, or renting out our guesthouse/office, that would be a different story since we have cats.0
06/07/2019 at 2:00 pm #63117
We have the same one for our cats – @ironman – it is the same vacuum that can be used as a hand held or a upright with the tube attachment.
We are on our second one. The first we bought in the U.S. and they wouldn’t cover the warranty in Canada, so we ended up buying another in Canada and swapped parts that way. Look for the “Animal” editions as they came with extra tools/nozzles (we got our Canadian one at Lowes when they had a no-tax weekend, sale on the vacuum, and racked up Air Miles on top of it).0
06/07/2019 at 2:04 pm #63118
Thanks, Inglewood! I’ll check it at Lowe’s.
You mentioned about Air Miles. They’ve changed so much, so I don’t even know whether I should still collect it anymore. They now have two different award points. I have no idea which one to collect. What’s your opinion on collecting Air Miles?0
06/07/2019 at 2:59 pm #63123
I still just collect Air Miles and Optimum points. I’ve switched to Air Miles Cash as you can instantly cash in 95 miles for $10 at Shell, Sobeys, or Metro with no hassle. They are also adding the LCBO. I also get a lot of miles shopping at Staples or Lowes, but they won’t cash them in instantly for you. All the stores I like seem to take Air Miles, so it is worth it for me. Also they have other ways to get miles (like filling out surveys) that I do often at work when I have nothing to do.
I don’t like Loblaws, but sometimes the deals are too good to not go and get the Optimum points. Same thing, hassle free to cash in the points for $10 at the checkout, so the program is easy.
I’ve debated getting a credit card that collects the miles/points, but the annual fees are too high to get anything back based on my spending.0
06/10/2019 at 10:34 am #63240
I bought the dyson on ebay for 150 brand new from dyson.
Another plumbing problem 24 hours before check in Friday nite.
Stained the deck and it immediately rained.
We are in full high season and will have our first same day turnover tomorrow-
My early check in upcharge thoughts. I’d love some feedback here;
Frequently a guest will request early check in sometimes as early as noon. then I rush over to the house and get it staged and a final walk through to test the code etc. and they won’t show up for hours, sometimes late in the evening.
If I get that advance request and the house is basically ready-
Standard 4 pm check in-
We are giving you a complementary early check in at 3pm
The noon check in option is available for 50 or
the early bird check in 8 am 100-
How much revenue could be generated, 500-1000 per year? That would pay for some repairs or the yearly sewer bill….
Ultimately it would bring structure to the business and keep my check-in days a bit more steady.
A lot on my mind today, thanks for the space to get it out there!0
06/10/2019 at 11:06 am #63247
we generally just don’t allow early check-in, unless the house was cleaned a few days before, there is no one checking out at noon and it’s ready for them. other than that we’re strict on 3pm check in.
- This reply was modified 1 month ago by Ryanne.
06/10/2019 at 1:33 pm #63256
Yeah, keep it simple. Check-in is always 3pm.
If the house is already clean because no one stayed the night before, we’ll let people in early. Doesnt cost us anything.0
06/10/2019 at 1:43 pm #63261
are you cleaning your airbnb yourself? i forget your setup, is it a whole house w several bedrooms? did you send me a link? just curious to check out your listing. how far away is it from your home?0
06/10/2019 at 4:19 pm #63289
06/10/2019 at 4:28 pm #63291
how did i miss that? was that on this thread?0
06/10/2019 at 5:29 pm #63296
- Location: Central NJ
I knew Sally posted a link to her rental once. Found it!
06/10/2019 at 6:47 pm #63302
omg, yeah that’s right, her place is amazing!!0
06/10/2019 at 10:55 pm #63312
Thanks y’all the 35house is definitely a labor of love and definately a fixer upper worthy of “so you think you can rent?”
– I have a helper for cleaning most weeks –
Our home is 11 houses away, .19 of a mile, nice quick walk.
My best friend lives across the street from our rental, my ebay warehouse is at the rental and we use the rental for family sunday dinner now all the time in the low season, the layout is perfect for gatherings.0
06/11/2019 at 10:38 am #63320
i’ll just say, yes, i think you can rent!
your place is fabulous.0
06/13/2019 at 7:39 am #63390
Great listening to the new S&B podcast. Will miss Jay though. However, it gives a new twist and voice to what you do. Always open to hearing new ideas. Winding down on my air bnb. Hope to start in later July-fingers crossed.0
06/13/2019 at 7:58 am #63391
can’t wait to see your place!0
06/13/2019 at 8:03 am #63393
As long as you keep your expectations low, you won’t be disappointed. 😀 Remember, I did a lot of it by myself. Getting a new chimney flue today. They should have finished yesterday, but had problems getting the clay tile out (my building is over 100 years old). Saturday I get the plumbing issues wrapped up and also the repair to the damage done by not having a decent chimney liner. And I think it goes without saying-I’m not doing any of this myself. Leaving those things to the pros.0
06/13/2019 at 8:18 am #63394
06/13/2019 at 8:38 am #63395
Yay! Definitely interested!0
06/13/2019 at 9:05 am #63396
06/22/2019 at 10:37 am #63877
Hi Ryanne –
I’ve been enjoying your S&B Podcast very much. Last episode about supplies to leave at the house was a good one! Do you have kleenex tissue at your rentals? I do. I keep forgetting creamer- I try to pick up fresh cream then I forget. I am probably out of powder cream. Great reminder, thank you.
And makeup wipes I put them out, and have not had to many ruined towels. I buy the single pack in bulk and throw a bunch of extras in the drawer. Only once has a guest decided to take them all (about 20 packs) home.
We were at this very nice Airbnb last weekend- It was insanely cheap 175 a night split between 2 couples- This was a business trip to buy wine for our Airbnb of course….
Holland Vineyard Bungalow
The host met us at the property, as she has a grumpy neighbor to warn us about. She has 3 properties and does a lot of the decor herself- repurposed stuff. Not one box of kleenex in the house?
It is fun to see what other hosts are doing with their business-
We are in the high season now and making lots of hay while the sun shines, thankfully- as the ebay gods are certainly not helping make the nut this month.
was I supposed to post this on your other blog?0
06/22/2019 at 11:11 am #63879
would love for people to post on the other blog, as Ashley doesn’t see this thread, but she sees everything over there and on Youtube–
so funny you mentioned tissues, i’m editing the next episode where we talk about bathroom amenities. TISSUES! in the bathroom, in the bedroom! totally.
i buy the square boxes in bulk at Costco, i used to buy the super cheap ones at our outlet grocery store, but they were pretty crappy. so i buy the soft Costco brand or Kleenex if it’s on sale. so much nicer as a guest to have those, as you experienced.
we also put out makeup wipes, bought in bulk at Walmart. they are not cheap, but they do save our towels a majority of the time. but yeah, towels get stained with makeup, that’s going to happen no matter what. amenities matter!0
06/22/2019 at 5:57 pm #63893
Do you have a forum in S&B now?0
06/22/2019 at 6:00 pm #63894
nope, it would just be plain blogger blog comments.0
06/27/2019 at 7:14 pm #64198
Ryanne I ordered this for the bacon grease after listening to your podcast. The bags look like coffee bags. Hmmm…
Trying to head off plumbing problems. Just replaced a toilet that started leaking during a guest stay.
Thats a fun topic- When shi* hits the fan and the house is rented! Plumbing issues may be our rentals kryptonite.0
06/29/2019 at 10:23 am #64257
@jay, just the one rental…0
06/29/2019 at 10:26 am #64258
ah that’s smart, i would be afraid that people would pour hot grease in there and not wait for it to cool. i’ve seen people do some wacky stuff with bacon grease (as mentioned in the podcast, get it on the ceiling, throw it in the lawn and stain the walkway on the way…)0
07/02/2019 at 10:24 am #64390
They will prob put water in the container first to cool the hot grease….Doh!
I will let you know if its worth the 20-
We leave sparkling water, a bottle of Wa state wine and 1 Rainier Beer for each guest – If there are kids I get the juice boxes. We also have a guest book.
Do you leave personalized treats?0
07/02/2019 at 11:30 am #64398
i posted a little early–
07/02/2019 at 12:45 pm #64401
@ Ironman -Actually I adapted the idea from “stay here” airbnb series. They recommend spending 10% of the first nights gross on goodies.
The only reason I can ‘stage’ the house is I literally live down the street. I head over before check in , put out the treats, get the lighting on, music on (NPR Jazz…) cut flowers if we have them growing and put the gas fireplace on in the cold months. Pre guest staging is my very favorite part of hosting.
@ryanne You two must have been sending out Airbnb vibes westward- Thanks, I’m going to download it and listen to it on my flight to LA tomorrow. And the house will be rented while we are on vacation and 5 day shipping on ebay.
Perfect way to celebrate the land of the free, and the freedom to pursue happiness…
Happy 4th Scavengers and happy birthday ‘merica0
07/02/2019 at 5:05 pm #64409
I’m so jealous of your proximity! My rental home is almost 2 hours drive away. I try my best to do a bit of staging whenever possible. So far I’ve bought guests beer, wine, firewood, ice, etc. I always leave a hand written card to greet the guests. My property manager does turn some lights, set the temperature properly and leave the TV on. We try to make the place as welcoming as possible.0
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