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Airbnb Startup Costs: Tips, List of Things to Purchase, & Expenses!

Last updated on June 23rd, 2023


When the pandemic hit the globe, I was stuck at home while my thoughts revolved around having an apartment by the sea to gain more inspiration with my remote work. When I finally had the courage & savings to follow my lifelong dream, I moved to one of the most recognizable surf towns in the Philippines & purchased my first property! I was surprised by the unexpected Airbnb costs in order to get my first booking. I learned how to start Airbnb with no money and immediately listed all my Airbnb startup costs.

In this article, I’ll share with you a list of things you need to purchase to get started with your first short-term rental. I utilized this Airbnb startup cost spreadsheet which helped me organize it all!

List of Airbnb Startup Costs

Airbnb startup costs
1. Room Amenities

It was a home away from home, so I made sure that the bedroom I’m putting up for rent felt comfortable. Here are some room amenities that I purchased:

  • Quality used furniture from Facebook Marketplace: dining table, 2 seater sofa set, a wooden bed frame, and a gypsy lamp from a thrift store nearby! This cost me around $3,000/unit for a two-bedroom. 
  • Multiple sets of linens for thy sweet bed including mattress protectors, pillow protectors, pillow cases, washcloths, sheets, quilts, and towels cost around $1,000/unit.
2. Hardware Essentials

Entertainment & comfort are of utmost importance for most guests, particularly since it’s a 3-hour drive from my hometown – probably longer travel hours for others! I invested in the following:

  • Mesh Wi-fi: $300
  • Smart TV: $300 – $500 for each room
  • Locks & smart thermostats: $250 per lock | $200 each thermostat
Airbnb startup costs
Airbnb startup costs
3. Cameras

Hard-wired cameras installed by a professional that can be monitored & recorded at the same time cost around $2,500 per property.

4. Kitchen Utensils

Considering the majority of guests would prefer to cook on my Airbnb, I made sure to provide them with all the following:

  • Mugs, wine glasses, cups, knives, dishes, and other dining utensils
  • Basic spices (salt, pepper, rosemary, paprika, cinnamon, and thyme)
  • Ziplocks, pizza cutter, cutting board, baking bowls, foil & sheets
  • Paper towel holder, corning ware, and spatula rest
  • Pots/pans, coffee maker, garbage can & bags
5. Decorations

Since bohemian design is my preferred style, I purchased some local dreamcatchers, paintings from the Facebook marketplace & handmade plant-holders which cost me around $100 per room.

6. Paint

I didn’t like the color scheme of my Airbnb home so I decided to purchase a fresh coat of paint to give it a new room experience! The labor and supplies cost about $2,000 per unit.

Airbnb startup costs
7. Misc. Supplies

The little things matter, especially in my Airbnb home! I purchased the following items which cost me $500 per unit.

  • Iron & Ironing Board, glass cleaner, shower rods
  • Broom & dustpan
  • Makeup remover
  • Shower curtains & rods
  • Stain remover, detergent & soaps
  • Paper towels, toilet paper & toilet brush
  • Blow dryer
  • Vacuum & plunger
  • Anti-slip rugs


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