Preparing your Forster home for Airbnb

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Builder, carpenter and handyman Forster.

With our spectacular coastline, miles of uncrowded beaches and waterways, and hectares of natural bushland, it’s no wonder Forster and the Mid North Coast have long been popular holiday destinations.

Now, a growing number of astute property owners are taking advantage of the demand for holiday accommodation and listing their homes on Airbnb and Stayz.  But, before you consider renting out your home, you’ve probably got a long list of repairs and maintenance necessary to make it safe for paying guests.  This is where we can help.

Enhance the outdoor entertaining options.

When on holidays, we love living outdoors – particularly in our coastal location.  The addition of a new deck (or a facelift of your existing one) and an all-weather pergola can make your home more appealing to guests year round. Outdoor fire pits with group seating are a popular drawcard for guests.

Securing your personal effects.

When you rent out your private residence, you’ve probably got personal effects that you want to store safely away from prying guests. Whether it’s a lockable room, area of the garage, or just a big cupboard, we can assist with custom joinery, locks installation, and the provision of secure storage throughout the property.

Guest safety.

In NSW, there are specific safety and security requirements that homeowners must adhere to when renting out their property for holiday rentals. These requirements are in place to ensure the safety and well-being of guests staying in your property and may include smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, pool safety standards, electrical wiring compliance, the provision of emergency information, and secure locks and windows. We can assist with all maintenance required to make your home safe and secure.  We also have access to local electricians and gas fitters who can assist with electrical and gas problems. Adequate fencing and gates are important if you’re targeting families and the pet-friendly market.

General maintenance.

While you might be happy putting up with a dripping tap or window that doesn’t shut properly, guests won’t and may vent their frustrations online with a poor review.  We can assist with the repair of all those niggling maintenance issues including dripping taps, leaking gutters, blocking drains, broken downlights, sticking windows, jamming doors, rickety steps, and everything in between.

Heating and cooling.

The installation of ceiling fans, shade awnings and reverse cycle air conditioning can improve guest comfort year round – particularly during hot and humid summers.

Coastal convenience.

With most holiday makers flocking to our shores to enjoy our beaches and waterways, the provision of surfboards, kayaks, etc, can make their stay more enjoyable.  We can assist by building adequate storage to keep watercraft safe and secure for your guests and while your home is unoccupied. The addition of an outdoor shower is always welcome so guests can wash sandy toes before entering the house.

Need help preparing your home for holiday rental?

Mark is a licensed builder with 30+ years experience. Based in Forster (Boomerang Beach), Mark and his team work throughout the Mid North Coast and can assist with all handyman and maintenance work to prepare and maintain your holiday home. Call Mark directly to discuss your specific requirements.

Mark O’Neill
Licensed Builder (Lic.302461c)