An Airbnb living room.

When you’re running an Airbnb — or any short-term lodging service — you want to make sure your guests are happy. After all, it’s a side hustle that’s also like a mini business, and a happy customer is a return customer who can also give you a shoutout online.

Making your Airbnb stand out against the slew of listings in your area doesn’t require a complete overhaul of your space. Including basic amenities and personal touches goes a long way in making guests feels at home. Here’s what to include in your Airbnb amenities checklist.

Stock up on basic amenities for your Airbnb

First, let’s start with the essentials. Here are some must-have items for your Airbnb-ready abode:

  • Bed linens for each bed
  • A towel set for each guest
  • Toilet paper and paper towels
  • Hand soap, body soap, shampoo and conditioner
  • Pads and tampons
  • Cleaning supplies

Now, consider kicking things up a notch and adding some classy extras to your Airbnb. For instance, if your place is pet friendly, include bowls for food and water, towels for wiping off pup paws at the door and doggie poo bags. If you have a Jacuzzi or spa, throw in some swim towels and sunblock.

You could also add a few homey touches to the kitchen, including:

  • Specialty coffee and teas
  • Sugar and sugar substitutes
  • A basic spice rack
  • Cutlery sets
  • Cooking utensils

Add a special touch

By no means does your Airbnb need to be full of frills and resemble something out of a movie set to attract would-be guests. Nor do you have to spend a small fortune to add some ambiance to your space.

Make small touches of flair count. For instance, if you want a beach-themed space, place shell-shaped soap on a tray in the bathroom, or arrange a cluster of shells here and there on side tables. Or if you want a family-friendly vibe, look for some clean used board games and decks of cards to entertain guests young and old.

Dazzle on a budget

It doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg to stock up your Airbnb with the basics. Here are some tips for affording amenities on a budget.

Purchase staples on sale

Keep a lookout for must-have items that typically go on sale during certain times of the year. Bedding usually goes on sale in January, for example. To save even more, look for cash back offers on our app. You can use the money you earn back to purchase even more essentials for your Airbnb rental.

Rotate supplies and replenish accordingly

Depending on the time of year and the ebb and flow of your guests, check cleaning supplies and other items that have a limited shelf life. For instance, if your peak season is in the summer, check for any half-used bottles of soap or cleaning supplies in the springtime, before the rush. Swap out any bottles that are almost empty with new items, and finish up any leftover products at your own home. Not only does this help you save, but it also minimizes waste.

Buy in bulk

For must-have items that can be stored for longer periods of time — think paper towels, toilet paper and coffee filters — stock up the next time you’re at the grocery store or wholesale chain, and be sure to check for cash back offers before you make your purchase!

Wow your guests

Your efforts to provide both essential and nice-to-have items for your Airbnb guests don’t have to put a dent in your earnings. By keeping an Airbnb amenities checklist on hand, you can ensure a comfortable stay that will have guests raving about you.