The difficult economic outlook has hit London, and Londoners, hard. With this in mind it makes sense to make the most out of your home – even when you are not there. People who own houses in London are increasingly renting their homes out whenever they go on holiday – a clever way of boosting your income. All you need is a nice home – if you have, then why not rent it out to people who are visiting your area? Before doing so, remember to organise your house in order to ensure your time away is as profitable as possible.
Whenever you are expecting guests it is important to give your house a thorough clean prior to their arrival. Take all your more personal items and place them in a safe place – for example a locked-off room (or look into a hiring a specialist storage unit). Do not forget that your guests will need full access to all kitchen-surfaces and table-tops, keep these areas clear in order to make your guests lives easier.
Guests will want to feel like they are free to feel at home in your house. In order to encourage this feeling and make your guests feel as comfortable as possible it is important to provide them with some essential kitchen items (such as bread and tea). You can go even further in ensuring your visitors feel at home by writing them a friendly little note which explains that the items in your kitchen cupboard are for their use.
To enhance the goodwill of your guest, consider leaving behind a few small presents for their use. A box of chocolates or a bottle of wine is a great way to show you care. Any guest will consider this a lovely gesture, it is sure to make them want to recommend you to their friends. In fact, guests will often replace their gifts before they leave – they may even leave you a little thank-you gift of their own…
Remember your house is your showroom. Make sure it looks its best. Simple things like replacing any old furniture and tidying up exterior paintwork can make a significant difference. The better your house looks the more your guest will feel taken care of and will want to return!
Do bear in mind that accidents happen, keep this in check by leaving spare light bulbs and batteries. Remember to regularly maintain your electrical equipment – to prevent problems while your guests are nearby. It may be wise to leave a local contact number of a friend who is willing to call round in event of a major problem.
Consider providing your guests with some helpful tips for enjoying the local area. Keep your tips local – to help your guests get the most from their stay – recommend cafes, clubs and cinemas. They may value this information so much that they will recommend you to other people.
Your guests may find it useful to have a map of the local area. You could leave directions to well known tourist spots in your part of London. Help your guests by sharing some expert knowledge.