After 3 months of hosting and a plan to adjust my prices in the next couple weeks, I decided to determine how much the various consumables I provide for my guests are costing me. It’s still an estimate since some items get used very slowly and I had to estimate the amount used, but it’s easily within 5%. The final average number is $4.27 per night stay.
The top 5 consumables are:
$0.76/night Toilet Paper
$0.56/night Facial Tissues
$0.54/night Bottled Water
$0.47/night Paper Towels
Note that coffee is $0.61/night if you count creamers, sweeteners, filters, etc.
I also did a theoretical calculation to see what it would cost me if every group of guests used (or took) every consumable item that I currently leave in the house. The number is astonishing at over $25.00/night and that assumes I don’t restock anything for the duration of the guest’s stay. Of course, I could mitigate this possibility by providing smaller quantities, but that would backfire for some items. For example, I currently provide shampoo, conditioner, and body wash in larger pump bottles, but I know that if I provided small hotel-size bottles, they would cost more AND disappear faster.
Oh, and the average cost/night so far that guests consumes in utilities (water, gas, electricity, not including the fixed cost of those utilities) is about $4.45/night stay, which is also an estimate since some utilities are consumed in the process of cleaning.
Edit: This is a 2200sqft whole home rental. 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, up to 10 guests.