As some parts of the world lessen the lockdown measures, I've been hearing from hosts that have edited their listing to be more “working from home” friendly. Apart from the Enhanced Cleaning protocol, there are a few things mentioned that can make a staycation more appealing from a guest's perspective. Here’s some I have seen reference here on the CC:
This is by no means an exhaustive list and there are bound to be tons of other small changes hosts can apply to lure those more local professional guests that just fancy a change of scenery while they work from home.
Have you hosted a non-essential worker recently? What did you do to appeal to those laptop wielding guests?
Did someone say food?
You've listed some great suggestions. Providing an ethernet cable to guests will be a limited offering, because most homes do not have multiple ethernet ports, and the location of the rental space may not be close to router. This isn't year 2000 before wifi, and people were dragging 100ft/30.5m cables through their homes as the solution for portable internet. I'd recommend that hosts invest in a home mesh system with a dedicated satellite in the rental space.
@Debra300 Home mesh network is a great idea. We have the router in our part of the house and guests have never had a problem w/wifi, but it wouldn't be a bad idea to boost the signal w/a mesh system, since our wifi is a little dodgy for ourselves in the basement.
We currently are using Netgear's Orbi mesh system that was purchased in 2018 in our house, and the signal is very strong in the house and basement which is made of drywall and wood frame. I am thinking about getting an Amazon eero system, because the Orbi is just okay at our three story guesthouse.
Yes, I think decent WiFi is the most important aspect, but I have had far more guests ask me recently if there is a desk in the room. Well, there is a desk in every guest room and it's clearly listed, but we all know people don't always read anything.
The outdoor space thing has been much less of an issue. I have found that guests who are working from home rarely have the time to utilise the outdoor space and I haven't noticed any having Zoom or similar meetings out there. The only ones that use it are the smokers on their **bleep** breaks!
PS, sorry that word got bleeped because I guess it has a different meaning in American English than British English. Basically, what I meant to say is 'cigarette break'.
Have you tried ethernet connections accessed from the home electricity circuit? It requires plug in ports (subject to suitable lengths of ethernet cable to connect with end devices) but the flexibilty is obtained from being able to use any nearby socket outlet. Popular now with those averse to wi-fi signal.