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Episode 095 – Room by Room: Living Room! What Each Should & Must Have - Part 3

living room tips & tricks Jul 06, 2020
 
 

SHOW NOTES & LESSONS

Smart Locks

You absolutely must use smart locks.  Today, they are less expensive than ever and are MUCH safer than handing your keys to a strange to lose, or worse, make copies of.  We use August, who teams with Yale.  Their app is easy and you can safely set codes that begin when your guests arrive and end with their departure.  Set codes for your cleaning staff and maintenance.  Plus, you can log when people arrive or depart without the worry.

 

Living Room

Comfortable Couches and Chairs – stain-resistant or washable

Pillows, add color and texture

End tables, Coffee table, TV stand – kid corners (see Safety Article below)

*Smart TV – along with fast wi-fi

Remotes, batteries

Lamps

Entryway: hooks for coats, a place for shoes, entry rug

Rugs

Art, plants, some nik naks

 

Office Area

Don’t need a designated room, just a space.

Desk

Comfy Chair

Lamp

A place to easily plug in a computer and...

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Episode 094 – Room by Room: Bathroom! What Each Should & Must Have - Part 2

bathroom tips & tricks Jun 22, 2020
 
 

SHOW NOTES & LESSONS

 Each Towel Set Includes:

A Bath Towel

A Hand Towel

A Face Cloth/Wash Cloth

Thick & Clean

White Towels (2 sets per guest, *ADN)

Guest Sized Toiletries, *ADN:

Bar Soap

Shampoo

Conditioner

Shower Gel

Lotion

Soft Close Toilet Lid

Liquid Hand Soap

Quality Toilet Paper

Kleenex Tissue

Trash Can w/Liners

Hair Dryer

Q-Tips

Make-up Removal Pads*

Sign (*Don't Use Towels)

Hair Dryer

Shaving Mirror

Shower Curtain & Liners

Arched Curtain Rod

*ADN means always displayed nicely

Guests don't want to share a Costco Sized Shampoo & Conditioner. Ask your Guests! Hotel Sized or Wall Dispenser?

 

 

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Episode 093 – Room by Room: Bedroom! What Each Should & Must Have - Part 1

bedroom tips & tricks Jun 15, 2020
 
 

SHOW NOTES & LESSONS

Here's what you need in your Bedrooms.  (Download the pdf on our Show Notes Page)

Comfy Mattress Mattress Protector (no bedbugs)

Mattress Pad

Soft Sheets

Pillows (2 hard, 2 soft)

Pillow Protectors (no bedbugs)

Blackout Curtains

Fan

Reading Area: Snuggle Chair, small table, light

Extra Sheets & Blankets (in a sealed, zip-tied bag)

Your Gift Bags or Basket

Bed

2 Nightstands

2 Lamps for nightstands

Alarm Clock (w/USB?)

USB Charging Station

Luggage Rack

Lots of Hangers in closet

Lots of Drawers

Full-Length Mirror

High End Units may offer:

Slippers

Robes

Sleeping Mask

Ear Plugs for noise

Use Textures! You want this room to "LOOK" Comfortable! Make them want to snuggle in just from the pictures.

 

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Episode 092 - Interview with Lisa K.: How to Recognize Your Intuition

intuition tips & tricks Jun 08, 2020
 
 

SHOW NOTES & LESSONS

We had a fantastic interview with Lisa K. today that really hits home on intuition.  Lisa is a scientist, first and foremost.  So, her interview was full of really great observations as well as some powerful, "that's so cool," moments.

Although we just touched the surface with this interview, Lisa let us know a lot about our intuition!  

How do we know it's our intuition and not fear?

Our intuition doesn't use a lot of words.  It comes to us peacefully and calmly.  It will come with ease, not tension.  It fits very easily, like a puzzle.

Fear has a lot of tension, emotion, and you often hear that voice in your head rattle on and on and on.  That's not intuition.  Fear often feels overwhelming.  Intuition, again, peaceful and calm.

Still not sure?  Ask yourself:

What don't I know?

What do I know?

What can I do?

 

Lisa K. helps people trust their intuition to make better decisions. Lisa...

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Want to Take a Virtual Vacation?

Planning a vacation has become more complicated these days. Airlines are offering fewer flights. Schools are unable to predict when they’ll be open or closed. You may be tightening your budget while you spend more time at home.

 

Still, taking time off is essential for your mental and physical health. That’s especially true when you’re struggling with stressful situations.

 

Even when Walt Disney World and Universal Studios are closed, you can create your own magic. Try these ideas for making your next vacation a virtual adventure.

 

 

Enjoying a Virtual Vacation Online

 

The internet gives you instant access to any venue or experience. Design an itinerary based on your personal interests.

 

 

Consider these ideas:

 

 

01)  Appreciate art. Gain free admittance to great museums around the world and in your neighborhood. Browse for special features including lectures, artist talks, and family-friendly crafts.

 

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Episode 085 - Property Intention & Strategies: Buying for Long Term Renters VS Short

 
 

SHOW NOTES & LESSONS

Today, Chris Villela is teaching us some of what she has experienced as a long term rental investor.  We talk about Exit Strategies, Holding Strategies, making your money on the "buy," and so much more.  Enjoy this episode and the interview. 

 

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Episode 046 - Why You Shouldn't Treat Your Short Term Rental Like a Long Term Rental

 

 

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[00:01] Over the last two centuries, nearly 90 percent of the world's millionaires have created their wealth through real estate. Here to tell you how you can ride this wave with less risk and less capital while creating greater income, is your host, best...

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What to Expect When Starting an Airbnb ( aka Short Term Rental )


Hosting your available home or property is a great way to earn extra income depending on your level of commitment. However, the operation of starting and maintaining your business takes time and effort. Whether you desire to run your Airbnb business on the side or intend to do it full-time, you will need to dedicate yourself completely in order to do it successfully. Here you will learn what to expect when starting your new business and some tips that will ensure confidence when building a short term rental empire.


Know the Cost


As in any new business, there are up-front costs. Depending on the condition of your property and if it’s fully furnished, you might be able to start with minimal cash outlay. Remember that every dollar you spend must be recouped before you can make a profit.

 

Make sure that you are including all of the little things in your budget such as home appliances, silverware/dishes, television/wifi, towels/sheets, etc. You will have additional and...

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Episode 078 - How to Keep Kids Safe in Your Short Term Rental

 

 

 

SHOW NOTES & LESSON

  • Prevent Furniture from Tipping like Bookcases & Dressers.
  • Prevent Heavy Objects, like TVs, from falling over on children.
  • Remove or Place Up High Fragile or dangerous items.
  • Secure Pictures.
  • Lock Up Poison & Cleaning Supplies.
  • Remove Buckets & Containers that collect & hold water.
  • Safety Knobs on Stove & other dangerous appliances.
  • Kitchen Cabinets should have danger high & plastics & less heavy items down low.
  • Cover all Outlets.
  • Locks on Dangerous Drawers.
  • Cords Zip Tied & Tucked Away to prevent pulling them down.
  • Drawer Locks on Dangerous Drawers.
  • Blind Cords Cut & High.
  • Windows Can't Open more than 3 inches.
  • Doors have safety locks & alarms by pools/traffic.
  • Water Heater turned down to 120 degrees to prevent scalding.
  • Hair Dryers & Irons up high.
  • Safety Latch for Toilet Lids.
  • Foam Protectors on Sharp Cornered Furniture.
  • Baby...
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How to Get More Positive Reviews

reviews tips & tricks Jan 31, 2020

There was a time not so long ago when there was no rating system on Airbnb. In fact, there were very few AirBnB owners and they receive a lot of business without making very much effort.  Yes, it used to be you could pick up some furniture from Goodwill and throw a lamp in your spare room and make money.  No more!

 

Today, there is fierce competition among AirBnB owners in order to attract large numbers of guests to their properties. Nearly all guests look at the reviews left by previous guests to get an idea of the quality of service, the cleanliness of the unit, and the experience they can hope to expect in a particular AirBnB property. When so much depends upon positive reviews, here are some easy ways using which you can get positive reviews for your listing on Airbnb.

 

Ask, Ask, Ask!

 

I cannot stress enough the benefit of setting up a 5-Star Review from the Get-Go! 

 

Right away, in every communication we have with our guests, we mention...

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Episode 077 - Newbies: What You Don't Know You Don't Know

tips & tricks Jan 27, 2020
 
 

SHOW NOTES & LESSONS

OBVIOUSLY - the first thing to do is to make certain that your STR is LEGAL where you are located.  That's first and foremost.

01) Make sure you have Proper Insurance.  Get our free download here.

02) Treat your business like a business, not a hobby.  Form an LLC and make certain you never, ever co-mingle your funds.  Keep receipts for EVERYTHING!

03) Hire a Bookkeeper, especially if you aren't good with numbers or you aren't very organized with taxes.  You will need one!

04) Location, location, location!  The location of your STR is absolutely key to creating a good income.  You want the absolute best location you can possibly afford that will earn you money. 

05) Cleanliness is next to Godliness!  IT HAS TO BE CLEAN!!  No excuses, ever!

06) Great mattresses are super important.  Cover your mattresses and pillows with protective covers/pads that prevent Bed Bugs (nasty things that are...

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