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Private accommodation is highly popular among families because it provides them with privacy, functionality and freedom. Furthermore, private rentals offer a feeling of comfort that can make children feel as if they were home, which can be extremely helpful when they find themselves in a completely new environment. If you want to become a kid-friendly Airbnb host, you should design a healthy and safe property with plenty of children- and family-friendly amenities.

A healthy environment

When it comes to the interior of your rental, safety is one of the most important factors that families will consider. Therefore, you should take some time to child-proof your property against hazards, such as exposed wires, electrical sockets, toxic cleaning products and sharp objects. Placing a safety fence on top of the stairs is another precaution for small children. You should also make sure to eliminate trip-hazards, such as slippery mats and rugs and long cords. Finally, make sure to install safety locks on toilets and cabinets that should remain out of kids’ reach.

An enjoyable outdoor space

A beautiful, cosy outdoor area will charm any family with children. Since they’re on vacation, they’ll probably spend a lot of time outside, so you should provide them with a comfortable seating area and plenty of shade. If you have enough space, you can even design a small playground for children by adding a sandbox or at least a swing. While designing an outdoor lounge area or dining spot, you should pay attention to possible hazards, such as rusty nails or dangerous tools. In addition, make sure that your rental property has a fence so that parents can let their children play outside freely.

Parking access

A great number of families decide to go on their holidays by car if possible. If not, it’s highly likely that they’ll rent a car while there. Thus, you should provide them with a great parking spot nearby. Whether it’s a garage or an empty spot in front of your property, this will provide your guests with the convenience that they’ll greatly appreciate.

Cosy bedrooms for kids and parents

After exploring the city or playing the entire day, both parents and children will appreciate comfortable beds. If possible, you should design separate bedrooms for parents and children so that they could all have a good night’s sleep. You should pay special attention to beds and make sure that they all have plenty of cosy pillows and soft blankets. You can go with a comfortable ensemble bed design with additional storage compartments where you can place clean sheets and additional pillows or blankets. Installing subtle lighting and removing tech devices from your rental’s bedrooms will help you create a cosy, sleep-inducing environment for your guest families.

Entertainment opportunities

Although families will spend their holidays exploring a new city or going to the beach, you should still provide them with plenty of entertainment opportunities at home. You should buy several family-friendly board games that both children and parents will enjoy. Since children love cartoons, you should subscribe to kid-friendly cable channels. Providing children with a play area is another great way to keep them interested and engaged while there. You can set up a kids’ corner in the living room with toys, colouring book, kids’ books, crafts supplies and others. Of course, this should all be neatly organised in lovely chests, baskets and shelves.

The kitchen: functional and fully equipped

The kitchen is another important area for families with children. This amenity will enable your guests to prepare healthy meals for their little ones and enjoy family dinners together. In addition, families prefer cooking homemade meals to dining in restaurants since it’s more affordable. Therefore, you should make sure that the kitchen in your rental has a practical design with a lot of storage and appliances that function properly. Moreover, you should stock up your kitchen with some non-perishable supplies and treats for children. Parents will truly appreciate this gesture.

Parent-friendly perks

When designing a kid-friendly Airbnb rental, you shouldn’t forget about parents and their needs. Although kid-friendly amenities will be the crucial factor they’ll consider, they’ll still appreciate a host who thought about them, as well. You should consider adding a touch of luxury to your rental property through subtle details, such as elegant décor, luxe lighting fixtures and a spa-like bathroom. You can also provide parents with a bar, introduce books and movies they’ll enjoy, or even go big and add a hot tub in your backyard.

Additional amenities

There are more than a few simple amenities that can make a world of difference for families with children. For instance, you can include a tour guide for your area and outline places that children will love. Providing your guests with bikes can also be a nice benefit that they’ll truly appreciate. You can also suggest nearby restaurants and stores that offer discounts. Finally, don’t forget that some simple additions, such as a washing machine or plenty of storage, can make a family’s life much easier.

In just a few simple steps, you can design a kid-friendly Airbnb rental that both children and parents will love.

Renting an apartment can be tricky, but it can also be a lucrative business decision and a long-term investment that can pay off in kind. One of the main problems modern landlords face is decorating an apartment to be aesthetically pleasing enough without busting the bank and running the risk of guests, to put it simply, thrashing the place.
While there are limited ways you can prevent the last scenario from happening, there are plenty of things you can do to inexpensively elevate the decor and design of your rental property, and attract new business. Here are the top five tips on how you can decorate a rental apartment on a budget.

Source your furniture

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Who said that quality furniture needs to be expensive? There are plenty of ways you can obtain excellent pieces that work with a variety of interior designs for half the retail price or less. You simply need to turn your attention from the nosy ads to the hidden furniture stores around the city.
From antique to thrift stores, from the flea market to the local landfill, the possibilities are numerous. The best part is, you are more likely to find quaint, beautiful furniture pieces that work wonderfully with a modern design approach, and even better in a charming, rustic setting. Be sure to search online for furniture you can obtain from other people, and visit a salvage yard as well.

Floor covers can save your budget

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A beautiful stone or marble floor is bound to increase the value of  rental properties. Wooden floors in particular. However, naked surfaces such as these aren’t a landlord’s best friends, as they require maintenance, and can be easily damaged. Enter, the area rug.
Area rugs excellent at preventing damage and skid marks, and even concealing damage if need be while being an inexpensive way to spruce up your apartment and incorporate a unique flair into the design. If you are really keen on preserving your floors, you can even introduce rubber matting, however, this solution might not be as aesthetically pleasing as a colourful rug.

Soundproof and beautiful

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One of the biggest problems landlords face is actually keeping the neighbours happy. Due to the large volume of people passing through the apartment on a regular basis, the neighbours can start feeling unsafe, not to mention that you can get into a lot of trouble if they report noise and disturbance coming from the apartment.
You need to preserve a good relationship between your Airbnb rental apartment and your neighbours, so it’s best to invest in some simple sound-proofing for extra privacy, and top it off with replaceable wallpapers. This way, you can easily replace any wallpaper that might have suffered damage during your guests’ stay.

Manipulate the ambiance with lighting

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Another inexpensive way to introduce an up-scale vibe into your apartment’s interior design is to simply add warm lighting across the board. Start with the hallway where you can introduce coned lights and work your way in towards the living room, and the bedroom.
In the living room, the bedroom, and even the bathroom, you want to add programmable lighting so that the ambiance can be easily modified to correspond with the mood and the occasion. Think free standing lights in the living room, and fixed lighting in the bedroom.

Add a variety of interesting details

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Finally, you want to make the apartment feel homey with a positive vibe, and a serene ambiance that inspires creativity. To that end, think about all the accents and details you can introduce into the setting without making it feel cluttered or overstated.
After all, every guest has their personal taste, so while you want it to be aesthetically pleasing, you also want to leave it neutral enough so that the design is not actually screaming at them. So think framed wall art, quote art, various potted greenery scattered throughout, and a few details here and there on the shelves and the windowsills. A bookcase is always a great option as well.

Getting your rental property up and running and generating revenue is not an easy task, especially in the first year. Luckily, by following these inexpensive tips you will have no problem decorating your apartment on a budget.