– 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.
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