Turning rental into AirBNB in Houston

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I am turning my rental into AirBNB.  This will be my first.  Any suggestions on how to go about this?  Any help will be appreciated. How do I keep it clean and get it ready for next occupant?  It is a 3br, 2ba home. Do I rent the whole house or by the room or both?  Would a cleaning service work for this?  Is there an AirBNB maintenance seervices?

You should plan on getting the place cleaned after each guests. You can either list the whole house, by room and even both. Per room is more work of course. But if you are up for it, I find that it's more money in certain areas-- might not be the same case in your area. The best thing to do is to decide whether you're willing/able to clean and prepare after every guest (or get someone to help). If you can, get smartlock for your doors so you don't have to give out keys.

@Joe Moore

Just for sanity sake I would do it by the whole house. Also, I've heard of many stories of clients that book a "shared space" only to show and and be confused on why they didn't get the whole house to themselves.

The first thing you need to get is a cleaner and a darn good one. Nothing will ruin your Vacation Rental faster than a review stating they found hairs in the bathroom from the previous guest. 

You can call around and start getting quotes, the nice part is on Airbnb they at least have to pay for it so it "usually" doesn't come out of your pocket. I say usually because you will still be spending a few hundred in supplies every month if you are providing a nice rental. I.e. coffee, towel replacements, etc.

I highly recommend getting some nice furniture. People touch and feel your furniture as part of their guest experience. Especially make sure you get great beds. We use Zinus Memory Foam 12 inch matresses (https://amzn.to/2JEhxbS). Guests love them and they are reasonably priced and very durable. Facebook marketplace usually has some great deals on lightly used stuff like couches. A lot of stuff can be ordered online through amazon. Let me know if your interested and I can send you the full list of everything that we bought for our 3 bedroom 2 bath Airbnb. Finally, there are some great YouTube videos provided by Richard with STRU (https://goo.gl/gj2Cac) and Sean with Airbnb Automated (https://goo.gl/UMvUwu). Let me know if you have any other questions. 

Originally posted by @Erica Owarume :
@Joe Moore did you ever turn your 3bd 2 ba in houston to Airbnb?

Updated almost 3 years ago

No. My hoa wouldn't allow it. They stated that all who lives in the same household must be related.