Opening up your home to paying guests has never been more popular than it is right now. In Sydney alone, there are more than seven thousand active rentals--and that's just on one city accommodation site, and it doesn't take into account the breadth of the market. If you have the space to host some guests for a night or two, you're probably wondering how much work you'll need to put in yourself. Hosting guests in your home can be a rewarding experience, but it does require a little conscious effort on your part if you want to do a good job.

Cleanliness Is Everything

The absolute most important thing you can do is thoroughly clean your home from top to bottom before every new set of guests arrive. If you're worried about having the time and energy to do this, bear in mind that many of the major short-term rental services allow you to add a 'cleaning fee' on top of your basic rate. If your home proves to be a popular choice, you could look into letting this extra money cover the cost of hiring a cleaner. 

Greet, Don't Crowd

Nearly everyone will want to be personally greeted by you, and it's a good idea to make sure that at the very least you're there to give your guests the keys and welcome them to your home. Most of the time, though, your guests will want to be able to relax in peace in the space they're renting--so try not to crowd them, and if you're sharing space with them accept that it's quite likely they'll keep to their private room a lot of the time.

It's All In The Details

When you've checked all the major boxes--clean bed linen, tea and coffee facilities and something they can have for breakfast--it's a good idea to spend a little time thinking about what smaller touches you could add to the space you're renting to make it a real home from home to the people who stay there. Offering fluffy bathrobes and a few snacks in the room is a great start, as is a little hamper of shampoo and conditioner miniatures such as you might be given in a hotel. Offering to cook for your guests can be great if you have the time, skill and inclination, too.

Look After Yourself, Too

Don't fall into the trap of putting so much effort into being a good host that you don't address your own needs. This is still your home, and you need to feel comfortable in it; make sure you're not renting your space out more often than is right for you, and be careful to chat to your potential guests in advance to make sure you're going to be comfortable with them when they arrive.

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