Although renting out your home or spare room for a guest isn’t a unique idea, the way Airbnb implements it is. Airbnb allows people to search for their ideal property based on many criteria — everything from a single room to a whole house. And while having strangers rent out your home or room for a while is a great way to make some extra cash, you’ll be expected to clean up after the guests leave so the property ready for the next potential guest.
To clean up, you can do it yourself or hire a professional cleaning service to come in and do the job for you.
In this article, we’re going to look at the benefits of hiring a pro service versus doing it yourself.
Why Do It Yourself
Saves you Money
The significant benefit to cleaning your Airbnb yourself is that it saves you money. When you host a guest, you want to keep as much of that profit as you can, and cleaning services can be expensive. And while you can always raise the fee to your guest to include the cleaning fee a pro service charges, wouldn’t you rather pocket that money?
Clean it the Way you Want
Another benefit to doing the cleaning yourself is that you get the place clean according to your liking. Maybe the cleaning service doesn’t put items back in the proper location after they’ve cleaned, or perhaps something gets misplaced. When you clean your Airbnb yourself, you’re in total control of the cleaning; the job gets done just the way you want.
Why You Shouldn’t Do It Yourself
Costs You Too Much Time
While cleaning your Airbnb yourself does save you money over hiring a professional service, it costs you time. Your time is valuable, and most people have full plates, which leaves little time for cleaning. Spending hours cleaning your room or home means time taken away from other projects that could be bringing in income. Also, taking longer to clean your home means lost revenue not getting it rented out again quickly. The sooner you clean up, the sooner another guest can come in. Large homes can take a day or two to get back into shape after your guests leave, and that’s usually time better spent doing something else.
You Lose Focus on Your Other Business or Activities
As mentioned above, if you have other irons in the fire — other revenue streams that need your attention — spending a lot of time cleaning takes your focus away from those business opportunities. And, speaking of business opportunities, you could easily miss a business opportunity if you’re too wrapped up in cleaning.
Lastly, taking a lot of time cleaning can mean you’re neglecting your family and friends. It’s easy to get so wrapped up in work that you forgot to relax and enjoy those who you love and put the work in for.
Why Hire a Pro
You get a Better Cleaning
Pro cleaning services clean for a living, which means they’re often more thorough when cleaning up. Whether you’re hiring a single person or a company to clean, those people know that if they fail to do a proper job, they may not get paid. A pro cleaning service is less likely to cut corners or ’sweep things under the rug.’
Another thing to consider is building a symbiotic relationship with another business can benefit both of you.
Long-term guests might want regular cleanings and hiring a cleaning service to come in and handle it will save you the hassle and the time out of your schedule. This makes your guests happier and strengthens the relationship you have with your cleaning service. It’s a win for everybody.
Using a single cleaning service over and over allows them to get to know how you want things done and what you expect. Once they’re aware of what you’re looking for, they’ll likely do a better job to ensure you’re satisfied and allow the quality of the cleaning to be consistent from job to job.
As mentioned above, a pro cleaning service, while costing you money, will save you time.
You’re Covered if Something Goes Wrong
Most reputable cleaning services are insured (if they’re not, don’t hire them). If something gets broken or misplaced during the cleaning, your cleaning company is liable for the damage, whereas if you cleaned up and broke something, that money would be coming out of your pocket.
Another thing to consider is that most professional cleaning services can jump on a job on short notice. If you need a room or home cleaned up quickly, but don’t have the time, the pros generally can accommodate for those situations.
Why Not to Hire a Pro
The glaring negative to hiring a professional cleaning service is the cost. Depending on how large the job is, you could be looking at shelling out hundreds of dollars to get a spic and span cleaning. As mentioned above, you could incorporate this fee into the rental price, but then you lose out on pocketing more money and potentially drive away a customer because of the high cost.
Too Much Hand Holding
Depending on how particular you are when it comes to cleaning, you may need to do a lot of hand-holding to get your cleaning service to perform according to your expectations. This means wasted time and money. If they don’t put things back just the way you like them, then you’ll be doing that yourself. Depending on how bad it is, you may have been better off to do the work yourself.
Renting out your home or room to guests is a great way to earn extra income, but people won’t put up with a dirty place, and it only takes a bad review or two to kill your business. Whether you decide to do it yourself or hire a pro, the bottom line is to get your place as clean as you’d expect it to be if you were renting it.