169. Annette + Sarah

Airbnb Hosts Hanging Out in the Kitchen

Make Your STR Pop With Design, Decor & Staging

Good design is an example of “ONE thing” that will help your listing stand out. Implementing professional staging and unique decor in your short-term rental can lead directly to more bookings and higher revenue.

Gone are the days of just throwing a rental together and hoping for listings. The industry is getting more competitive as boutique hotels and experience stays are gaining popularity. Focusing your short-term rental around good design principles is a near guarantee for success in the competitive STR landscape.

Tips for design in your STR:

  1. Use wallpaper (temporary or not) to create a bold accent wall
  2. Don’t skimp on the often-overlooked elements like light fixtures and live plants
  3. Save money on artwork by getting printables on Etsy and printing & framing it yourself
  4. Create timeless backdrops like subway tile and white walls which give you freedom to adapt your listing over time without turning it into a construction project

Are you an aspiring designer, or know someone who is? Reach out to us on Instagram!




It’s time for #strsharesunday! Today we are sharing Everwoods Group!

This week is a little different, and maybe even ironic… because they don’t have wifi!

We know what you’re thinking. Will you get bookings if you don’t have wifi? Will people enjoy your space if you don’t have wifi? The answer might surprise you. It’s important to disconnect, enjoy nature’s beauty and embrace your vacation. The kids may not like it, but parents will 😉

They leave a physical book in their home for guests to write about their experience and their guests have loved being able to unplug and enjoy their time, and share hiking trail recommendations with other guests!

Whatever you have in mind for your property and for your ideal guest, go for it! We know that not having wifi is not a good fit for everyone. Trust us, as Columbus hosts, that would not work out well for us, but @everwoodsgroup is a perfect example of where it can really be beneficial!

You know… we could use a little unplugged vacation. Maybe we’ll come and stay with you!

We would love to feature YOU, so don’t forget to use #STRShareSunday to get your chance!

Together, Annette & Sarah are the dynamic duo behind the wildly popular podcast Thanks For Visiting, co-creators of the Hosting Business Mastery Method, & seasoned short-term-rental hosts.

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