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How to Make More Money on Airbnb? Aesthetically Desirable Apartments Will Get More Renters, Planner 5D Says

June 15, 2017 Tech No Comments Email Email

Airbnb is rapidly changing how we travel, and this year a record number of people around the world will be offering their homes to travelers.

However, not all homes get rented, and not all homes are fully booked even during the high season. What is the secret of getting one’s calendar full of bookings?

“Instagram, home remodeling shows on TV, and social media in general has changed how people view an apartment. Everyone’s more demanding now, and people look for stylish homes when they book through rental sites,” said Alexey Sheremetyev, co-founder of Planner 5D, an interior design app. “In fact, we see an increase in users before the summer, and we assume that many people are preparing their homes for Airbnb rentals.”

Airbnb, which is already using big data to create better user experience (to suggest rental prices for hosts, for example) is also playing with the idea of an interior design app. The Airbnb’s app would predict ways to spruce up homes and enhance the attractiveness of listings. If Airbnb is considering a digital interior design app, it might mean that many homeowners are in urgent need of some re-modeling in order to rent out their apartment and also to increase their earnings.

While Airbnb’s design app is still in the talks, there are other apps out there that replace professional designers and help people create their dream homes. Planner 5D, for example, offers interior design help from A to Z: people can create floorplans, choose and customize furniture, colors and textures. The app offers full IKEA catalogue for those ready to buy new items. Virtual reality tool is also offered for Android users – so people can actually “take a walk” in their newly redesigned home.

Here are 5 tips from Planner 5D for re-designing your home to make it Airbnb-attractive:

  1. Invest in a stylish couch or seating area. Couch is the centerpiece of any living room, an instantly “instagrammable” object. Make sure it’s comfortable, with a soft texture, of an interesting and matching color and decorative pillows.
  1. Consider playing with wall color. Maybe your living room wall would look very enticing in red color, matched with that black couch – or perhaps you want to play with your bedroom’s walls and consider calm blue tones. Interesting wall colors add style, playfulness and originality to any apartment.
  1. Use large mirrors. Large decorative mirrors will add instant light to any space and optically increase a room’s size – this is especially suitable for darker, smaller rooms.
  1. Look for your unique style. It’s this extra touch that could mean your apartment is chosen over your neighbor’s.  Maybe it’s interesting art pieces or vases, Moroccan pillows and lamps, or an unusual combination of textures and colors – whatever it is, find something that’s unique and expresses individuality.
  1. Have a balcony? Make use of it. If you have any kind of balcony, terrace or garden, make sure you make them look comfortable and nice with some outdoor furniture, pillows, lights and potted plants. People love spending time outdoors in the summer!

“Most homeowners are not professional designers – so our app helps them choose furniture, colors, textures and décor details. The users can play around with the app, change wall colors, remove or add furniture, switch it around and so on, until the desired result is reached,” said Alexey Sheremetyev. “This is probably the most affordable way to redesign one’s apartment – and homeowners who choose to redecorate will most likely see a significant increase in bookings.”

The rental power of a redesigned home is obvious judging by “Fixer Uppers” – HGTV show that remodels people’s homes. Remodeled homes have drawnhuge interest from Airbnb renters, even prompting some owners to move away and use the house for rentals.

In short, Airbnb’s business revolves around good-looking apartments: the better an apartment looks, the more chances it has to be booked.

To find out more about Planner 5D, please visit the company’s website.

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