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Turning your property into an Airbnb rental is a great way to supplement your income. The challenge? You'll need to make sure your Airbnb is in great shape and meets both the company's guidelines and your guests' high standards.
Here are a few things you should know about if you're looking to outsource the process with an Airbnb cleaning service.
How do Airbnb cleaning services work?
A company or individual specialising in Airbnb cleaning will ensure that your home is thoroughly cleaned between bookings, so you can focus on all the other aspects associated with running a sought-after vacation rental.
If you don't have the time or skills to clean between guests yourself, hiring a professional can be a smart move. After all, it's less a frivolous expense and more an investment in your Airbnb's long-term success.
What's offered by an Airbnb service varies between providers. But when it comes to cleanliness, the work usually includes fresh linens, scrubbed floors and a sparkling bathroom as a minimum.
How do I compare Airbnb cleaners?
When researching cleaners compare them based on the following factors:
- Availability – make sure the cleaner operates in your area and is available at the time you want
- Cost – the cost for the cleaning service should be within your budget
- Reputation – look for online reviews to see what others are saying about the professional you're considering
- Services – double-check that the cleaner offers all the services you're interested in
Does your company belong in this list?
What does an Airbnb cleaner do?
An Airbnb cleaner can perform a variety of tasks depending on your specific needs. A turnover clean usually includes:
- Dusting and wiping all surfaces
- Rubbish removal and tidying
- Making the beds
- Vacuuming or/and mopping floors
- Bathroom cleaning and sanitising
- Restocking essentials and toiletries.
Extra services like carpet steaming, cleaning inside the fridge/oven or after-party clean-ups are also available. You should periodically schedule a deep clean as well.
How do I hire an Airbnb cleaner?
Start by researching cleaning services in your area and see which ones specialise in Airbnb cleaning.
You can hire a general cleaner as well, but they might not be as well-versed in the minutiae associated with hospitality cleaning – e.g. restocking toiletries, making the bed and so on. Alternatively, check sites like Airtasker to find professional cleaners operating in your area.
Most companies enable you to book a cleaning online, so you'll need to fill a form where you provide personal details and information about the services you're after. You can then select a date and a time for the cleaning.
How much does an Airbnb cleaner cost?
An Airbnb cleaner charges around $50/hour. The price of a cleaning depends on how big the property is and what kind of cleaning services you require.
Some companies sell cleaning packages that might help you save in the long run, especially if you're thinking about using their services on a regular basis. On Airtasker, the estimated price for an Airbnb clean in the Sydney area is $50 - $70 (correct at the time of writing, October 2020).
How should I prepare for an Airbnb clean?
If you're set on doing it yourself, follow Airbnb's 5-step enhanced cleaning process for best results. When outsourcing, prepare a clear list of tasks you want the cleaner to perform to avoid any misunderstandings.
How long does an Airbnb cleaner take?
An average Airbnb clean for a one-bedroom apartment takes about one or two hours. If you require a deep clean or need extra services like a carpet steam, it will take longer.
What to consider when hiring an Airbnb cleaner
There are three main questions you need to answer before hiring an Airbnb cleaner:
- Can I do it myself? Running an Airbnb is all about making extra cash, so you might not want to spend a big chunk of it on a cleaning service.
- Do I afford the cost? The Airbnb booking price includes a cleaning fee, but you should still budget carefully to determine if you can afford to splurge on a cleaner.
- Am I comfortable outsourcing the task? The popularity of your Airbnb depends on reviews so you want a cleaning service that is 100% reliable and trustworthy.
Do I need to be home for an Airbnb cleaner?
That is your call. You can leave your keys somewhere securely and the cleaner can let you know when they're done.
Can I book a same-day Airbnb cleaner?
While most companies offer next-day services, you may be able to book an urgent clean if you're in a pickle, but you may have to pay an extra fee.
It all depends on what kind of company you're considering. If you go with a big, established business, there's a good chance they will have cleaners available for same-day jobs.
Smaller companies and individual cleaners may be booked for the whole day in advance.
Do I need to provide the cleaning supplies?
A professional team of cleaners will bring their own cleaning equipment and products, unless you specify otherwise. If you don't go through a company, you may be required to provide the supplies yourself.
Pros and Cons of am Airbnb cleaner
- Cleaning standards can be high
- Frees you up to focus on other maintenance
- Your ratings depend on cleanliness
- Can get expensive
- You relinquish control
- Finding a dependable cleaner can take some trial and error
Hiring a professional Airbnb cleaner will give you peace of mind and ensure that your rental meets hospitality standards. It's also pricey. Budget carefully.
Frequently asked questions about Airbnb cleaning
How soon in advance do I need to hire a cleaner?
The sooner, the better. If you're short on time, most companies offer next-day or even same-day cleans.
Will the cleaner do laundry?
Some do, but others don't. If they don't, they will still change the bed if you provide fresh linen. When they do, one or two loads are included in a standard Airbnb cleaning package. Make it a point to discuss the details in advance.
Are there any services an Airbnb cleaner won't do?
It depends on what you agree on when booking the clean. Airbnb cleaners don't typically help with damaged property, move furniture, or clean areas that are not easily accessible (like ceilings).
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