Airbnb Update – September 2021

Just a quick update on how our Airbnb renovations are going since our last post in August, how much progress we’ve made, and when we estimate we’ll be live on Airbnb for bookings. For all our Airbnb related posts click here.

Eventually, the aim is to turn these posts into more detailed monthly posts around the ups and downs of being an Airbnb host (if we ever get there).

So what’s happened since our last post in August?

Bathroom/Laundry/Toilet

Since our last post, all of the tiling in the bathroom and the toilet has been completed. We are waiting for grouting and silicone to be completed by our contractors in some of these areas, but it’s looking more and more like a bathroom. We have the vanity installed (from Timberline) and shower fittings installed in the bathroom. We are waiting for the shower screen to arrive, and be installed (ETA this week). Our toilet is installed, and it has a soft close lid which is amazing to have in a house full of boys who seem to have a habit of slamming everything they touch.

I’m expecting delivery of the LED mirror (a similar one here for inspiration) for the bathroom this week. Our bathroom contractors have told us that the bathroom and toilet areas should be completed by the end of this week (our fingers are crossed).

After the contractors leave we still have a few jobs to do like painting the ceiling, toilet walls, and installing towel rails and toilet roll holders.

If you would like to see the inspiration behind our Bathroom renovations check out our Pinterest board here.

Kitchenette (Mini Kitchen)

The mini kitchen under the stairs has become my favorite part of the space downstairs. The kitchen cupboards are from IKEA (purchased for under $650 including delivery) and we installed them ourselves. We weren’t happy with the benchtops from IKEA so we found a local carpenter to do the benchtop.

One of the drawers is only 20cm wide so we’ve had to be quite imaginative with the space to make it usable. We’ve made some custom changes to it ourselves and it now stores glasses and plates. My husband custom-made dividers to stop the plates from making noises when the drawer is opened.

Over the weekend we installed a LED light in the space which has really brightened it up. We also purchased all our mini kitchen appliances, and have given them a test run.

We still have a few minor things to finish off in the mini kitchen. This includes a shelf that hubby is working on to maximize the bench space. I also need to finish shopping for plates, and odds and ends.

If you would like to see the inspiration behind our Mini Kitchen renovations check out our Pinterest board here.

Other Renovation Activities

We are in the process of finishing off the install of the last door. This one took a little longer than expected as we needed to wait for the bathroom tiling to be completed.

Next month with the weather improving we intend to start working on the outdoor areas that need a little attention.

What Airbnb related renovations are still to be done?

This list seems to get bigger and bigger:

  • Finish laundry design and order from IKEA
  • Put laundry together
  • Get plumber to install laundry taps and sink
  • Carpenter to measure up the laundry benchtop and install
  • Put a shelf up in the kitchenette
  • Paint the bathroom/toilet ceilings
  • Paint the toilet walls
  • Put in 2 plantation shutters
  • Put in a new curtain
  • Repaint the outdoor pavers
  • Replace the outdoor cushions
  • Replace lawn
  • Oil pool deck
  • Oil outdoor furniture
  • Finish off outdoor veranda (painting, cornice and lights)
  • Buy a new outdoor umbrella

How much have we spent to date?

$16,588 (Spent up to the end of August 2021)

This amount includes everything from new flooring throughout, new bathroom/laundry/toilet, new doors, new furniture, curtains/plantation shutters, and any outdoor updates required.

If you would like to see a bit more detail around our monthly expenses use the link here. We have a category called renovations.

When are we aiming to start listing our Airbnb?

Originally our plan was to start listing for guests by Spring 2021 (September 2021). However, as you can tell we are not ready for guests. We are tentatively aiming to list on Airbnb in early December.

What does it look like now?

Here are a few current photos of the space.

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Airbnb Update – August 2021

Just a quick update on how our Airbnb renovations are going since our last post in June, how much progress we’ve made, and when we estimate we’ll be live on Airbnb for bookings. For all our Airbnb related posts click here.

Eventually the aim is to turn these posts into more detailed monthly posts around the ups and downs of being an Airbnb host (if we ever get there).

So what’s happened since our last post in June?

We’ve been plodding along with our Airbnb renovations and have been focussed on our bathroom/laundry/toilet and the conversion of a linen cupboard into a kitchenette.

Bathroom/Laundry/Toilet

Since our last post we’ve demolished the bathroom/laundry/toilet areas. We decided to do all of this work ourselves to save money, and we are fortunate to have the skills to do this. Demolition work included completely removing the shower screen, vanity, toilet, all fittings, fixtures, and tiles.

After demolition we paid a plumber and electrician to complete the first fix of the spaces. This included moving taps, drains, and power points. We also added in an exhaust fan (something this area didn’t have before), and we added a power point behind the mirror. Why a power point behind the mirror you ask? Well let’s just say I fell in love with a touch controlled LED mirror (similar one here for inspiration). It’s a little bit boujee, but I’m hopeful it will really class up this bathroom.

We decided to get contractors in to do the rendering of the walls, waterproofing and the tiling. These are all tasks we’ve previously done ourselves, but we currently lack the time to do this (sometimes it makes more sense financially to get some additional help in). At the time of writing this post we have had the floor tiles glued down, and have our wall tiling started tomorrow. I can’t wait to come home tomorrow to see the progress.

If you would like to see the inspiration behind our Bathroom renovations check out our Pinterest board here.

Kitchenette

When we decided to Airbnb our downstairs area we quickly realised we would need to create a kitchenette (mini kitchen) space for guests. We had a few potential spots, but ultimately decided on converting a linen cupboard located under the stairs. We got the inspiration for this from Pinterest.

If you would like to see the inspiration behind our Mini Kitchen renovations check out our Pinterest board here.

Other Renovation Activities

We finally received the plantation shutter order for the downstairs nook in July which was extremely overdue. We are pretty sure they 100% forgot about us….. We ordered it in January 2021 and received it 6 months later (talk about painful). They are super easy to install ourselves, and again this there is a cost saving for us by doing it ourselves.

We also finished installing 5 out of the 6 doors that needed to be replaced.

What Airbnb related renovations are still to be done?

  • Finish the bathroom/laundry.
  • Finish the kitchenette.
  • Put in 1 external door once the bathroom/laundry is completed.
  • Touch up paint the walls.
  • Buy all the items for the kitchen/bathroom/toilet (furnishings).
  • Put in 2 plantation shutters.
  • Put in a new curtain.

How much have we spent to date?

$12,511.36 (Spent up to the end of July 2021)

If you would like to see a bit more detail around our monthly expenses use the link here here. We have a category called renovations.

When are we aiming to start listing our Airbnb?

Originally our plan was to start listing for guests by Spring 2021. However Spring is next month, and we are nowhere near ready for guests. At this stage we are planning to list our space by the end of October 2021.

What does it look like now?

Here are a few current photos of the space.

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We are going to Airbnb our house!! (Well part of it any way)

If you’ve been following along either on the blog or on Instagram you’ll know that we are renovating our downstairs, and plan on turning it into an Airbnb. Today I’m posting a little more about it on the blog, and where we are up to in our plans. For all our Airbnb related posts click here.

So why are we going to Airbnb part of our house?

For two reasons.

First reason is we would like to create another stream of income that isn’t our main wages. We would love to use this income to help us cover some of the costs of renovating our home (and once that’s finished maybe even help us pay off our mortgage).

Second reason is until mid last year my mother in law lived with us, and contributed to the household. It was lovely having her with us, but she now has a lovely home of her own. Since then the downstairs has been underutilised and so we thought it was a good opportunity to turn it into a self contained Airbnb.

How are you going to Airbnb your home if you live in it?

Good question. We have a split level home and have access to each level from the ground level (sounds weird but it’s accurate). This means that our family of four can live in the upstairs 3 bedroom house (with bathrooms and kitchen), and downstairs can be it’s own self contained 1 bedroom house (with bathroom and kitchenette).

What renovations are you doing on the Airbnb?

Currently our future downstairs Airbnb isn’t ready for guests. We purchased our home 6 years ago and underestimated how long it would take to complete. We’ve been cash flowing our renovations which is why it’s taking us so long. That said we are dipping into our savings and prioritising the renovations to get downstairs ready for guests so we can boost our cashflow.

What Airbnb related renovations have we finished?

  • Sectioned off the downstairs so that we guests can’t come into our upstairs area and they have their own private space (and vice versa).
  • Pulled up and removed the old flooring that was water damaged.
  • Replaced the flooring with new tiling.
  • Replaced the skirting boards.
  • Furnished 80% of the downstairs.

What Airbnb related renovations are still to be done?

  • Completely demolish the bathroom and toilet.
  • Put in a new bathroom and toilet.
  • Put in a kitchenette ourselves.
  • Put in 6 new doors.
  • Touch up paint the walls.
  • Finish furnishing the rest of the Airbnb.
  • Put in 3 plantation shutters.

What is our budget?

As close to zero as possible, but will likely come in between 15-20k.

If you would like to see how much we have spent each month feel free to review our monthly expenses posts here. We have a category called renovations.

When are we aiming to start listing our Airbnb?

Spring 2021 (so less than 3 months).

What does it look like now?

Here are a few current photos of the space.

When we do get around to listing on Airbnb I’m going to rope in an amazing friend of mine who is a real estate photographer to assist.

We also have a whole heap of financial and taxation considerations to work our way through before we officially start hosting.

Throughout this journey of becoming Airbnb hosts I’ll be sharing via our blog and via Instagram. It would be great if you followed along.

We have so much to learn about being hosts so I would be keen to hear from any Airbnb hosts in the comments. What are your tips for being an awesome hosts?

Alternatively I would also love to hear from those who use Airbnb for accommodation. What makes an Airbnb awesome, and what are some of the unexpected awesome things hosts have done to make your stay special?

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