Preparing a Property for a Short-Term Let


Before Listing your Property as a short-term rental you should be fully prepared to ensure that you are not only ready for guests but that you give yourself the best chance of a successful listing.  Here is the Gallus Guide to doing that


Make your space short-term friendly

Start by removing all the clutter.  Personal effects, old furniture, cupboards which are piled high – They simply have to go! Remove absolutely everything that is not required or for the purposes of a guests stay.  Remember it is their space during the rental and they like to feel like nobody stays there.

You can then put in some handy amenities for guests – Phone chargers, power adaptors, guidebooks, reading books, extra cutlery and so forth.  Just make sure it’s all things that will be used, guests love these touches but not clutter!

To give guests the best possible stay make sure you have some good quality linen, towels, toiletries and bedding, any old mattresses may need replaced too


Professional Photography

The difference between good, average and bad photography is stark – It is always worth spending a little extra to get some high-quality pictures, these are after all the primary reason guests will choose to stay at your property.

Prepare for the pictures by giving it a good clean, staging it by laying out cushions and throws and you can even add some small items like flowers to brighten up the scene, just remember not to add anything that wouldn’t normally be available for guests.

Also consider picking a nice sunny day to take the pictures, this can make a difference to the light in the property and especially outdoor areas.

Have a look at some of the photography Gallus Property has in the Serviced Apartments we operate in Glasgow:


Good photography makes a big difference. Top tip: Pick a sunny day to take the pictures to increase the light in the property


Consider picking a photographer that specialises in property as the quality may be better than that of others


Some up-close pictures can even show off some unique features – in this case the Nintendo games console


Some great editing can bring out the best in a room. This one had some vibrant colours against a dark wall which ended up looking fantastic 

Create The Listing

Now you can start creating your listing on the various different platforms, think carefully about how your property stands out from the crowd;  What are the main features or amenities guests will love?  What landmarks are close-by?  Why would someone love to stay there?

Once you have answered these key points make sure you list all the essentials; Wifi, TV, Fully Stocked Kitchen, Parking.  You will be surprised how often you will get the same questions, list them in details from the beginning and give guests as good an idea of the space.

When creating your profile make sure to put a picture of yourself and a description of what you do.  Why do you love hosting and what do you like to do when you travel?  Airbnb unites travellers and hosts who share the same passion for travelling and exploration, tell the guests why your place is perfect for that.

If you need some assistance consider consulting a manager who can help you prepare in the set-up, see how Gallus Property does this for our clients here