As a new host, I'm curious to know what you veteran hosts recommend putting money into in the very beginning, and what items you think can wait until you've made some extra cash? Or items that it's okay to go cheap on at the beginning (and perhaps upgrade down the road) without too much of a negative impact on guests/bookings?
i.e., I splurged on some really comfy sheets, but went cheap on a new bedspread. Not sure if that was wise or not, but as a guest I appreciate nice, soft sheets!
@Suzanne Yes, I think the towels and sheets are the most important to concentrate on as far as quality. I have not found that this necessarily requires a big outlay of money- I have found good quality sheets and towels in discount outlets and online. As the guests don't sleep under the bedspread, that need not cost a lot- as long as it doesn't look ratty or cheap, the guests have no idea how much you actually paid for it. Ditto for everything else. Furniture such a bedside tables, dressers, lamps, can be found second-hand and refurbished to look unique or almost new. Dishes and other kitchen gear can also be found in second-hand stores- as long as they're not chipped or worn-looking, how would a guest know whether you scored at the second-hand store or bought them new?
I bought very expensive sheets. Half price were still $109 per set . 500 thread count Egyptian cotton. With only a few months use I am looking at buying new ones as they are stained so obviously my idea of providing luxurious sheets -as I have a higher end unit - backfired on me.
i sm not sure if it is my cleaners choice of laundry liquid or why they are so bad.
i am looking at this site simply to get recommendations for suitable brands and colors. I live in Australia . So would appreciate suggestions.
i sm considering Kmart silver. 500 thread count at $49. Can snybody suggest something better ? Is silver a good idea as it seems white can soon deteriorate ?
@Suzanne As far as getting stains out of sheets, if your cleaner is washing them in hot water, that sets the stains in so they'll never come out. For sheets that look like they have marks on them that may stain (or all sheets, really, as sometimes the cleaner may not inspect well), they should be soaked for awhile in cold water and soap (I just fill the machine, let it agitate for a minute, then turn it off and let soak for an hour or so). This method will remove most stains, even blood if it hasn't been left to dry on the sheets for a long time. You don't have to worry about the sheets not being sterile enough if you wash in cold water if you then put them in the dryer- the heat of the dryer will kill any bacteria.
Stella I broughtmore expensive sheets in white. But have switched some beds to soft sheets from kart in a beige colour. They wash better and iron well. However I noticed your in Darwin so might be to hot, anyway they are way more low maintenance
Every so often, I will soak my sheets overnight in the washer using cold water and powdered Oxi-Clean. This brightens the sheets up considerably. If there is a stain, I first use a small mixture of oxi-clean and water to make a paste. I then spread the paste over the stain, working it into the fabric. Leave it as long as you like and then put in the washer to soak as above.
I wish I had seen this sooner! Amazon actually has some pretty decent sheets, VERY inexpensive! I even use them sometimes at home, and I use them when I am at the cabin! (even though I am looking for differect outlet, as I have learned to dislike Amazon, have to find the sheets somewhere LOL. They are soooo worth the price)!
I use bamboo sheets from
PILLOW TALK (in australia). They wash up an absolute treat and are so soft, I wash mine but just send to the laundry for pressing and they come back looking beautiful. They are not super cheap nor too expensive has been a while since I bought them but think maybe $100-130 for a set of queen with pillowcases. They really feel quite luxurious, have a set for myself. Hope this helps. Angela G
SHEETS/DUVET NO NEED TO SPLURGE: I buy super inexpensive white microfiber sheets and duvet covers on Amazon and Wayfair usually buying 2-3 sets per bed in case they get stained so I have a new set ready to go. I get 5 stars and a couple guests commented that the sheets were amazing. And, seriously, they were $20/set.
SHAMPOO/CONDITIONER = SPLURGE: don't you love going to a hotel and smelling the soap? Guests do, too! Consider fabulous shampoo/conditioner (I use Paul Mitchell Mint - guests have commented they love it and it makes the bathroom smell like a spa). It costs more but only pennies per guest and implies your place is swank.
BATHROOM AMENITIES = SPLURGE: load up on inexpensive toothbrushes (Amazon $.25 each, razors, tampons, cold medicine, etc.) and other bathroom amenities. Guests always forget things at home and you'll surprise/delight them when they find it in the drawers. Again - low cost, high return. Nearly every 5 star review comments on how well the house is stocked. I do this instead of providing an expensive welcome kit (wine + card only).
@KellyYes you are so right! Nearly all of my guests have commented about how I "thought of everything" in regards to what guests might need. Having those extras in the bathroom/bedroom is such an inexpensive "wow" factor. I also include a lint brush (I have a dog and my room is dog-friendly) and an umbrella that guests have definitely put to use.
They have also commented on my toiletries although my shampoo/conditioner/body wash is pretty inexpensive. I use the "Love and Beauty and Planet" line I get at Target that's about $6.99/bottle.
I ended up buying a cheap comforter ($20) that has held up extremely well for six months. As for sheets, I found a relatively inexpensive ($30/set Queen) microfiber set that has held up very well. I have two sets I rotate.
@Suzanne Great minds! I'll have to check out the Target shampoo :) I bought cheap duvet inserts, too, from Amazon and Wayfair. At first I was cringing because I wouldn't use them in my house (down only) but seriously I've never had an issue and they are literally like $25 and guests give me 5 stars. I love it! Now, to be clear, I ensured mattresses were new, furniture was new/nice, so the entire package is solid. But I didn't have to buy $200 sheet sets thank goodness because they get used/abused and replaced. I'm grateful for Amazon!