Know what’s cooler than living in a hotel when you’re traveling? Staying at an Airbnb. This popular way of vacationing is both unique and exciting. With Airbnb, you get a personal atmosphere at amazing rates. As the guest, you will have a host who is committed to giving you the best possible experience during your stay. This is a sharp contrast to the impersonal nature of hotels. If you pick the right property, then your stay is bound to be pleasant and comfortable. Here are some Airbnb tips for guests during their first stay.
- Check Out the Host Reviews
You need to check out what other guests have to say about your prospective host. This will allow you to determine what kind of person they are and whether you would be a good fit. Be wary of any negative reviews especially if it has to do with the conduct of the host.
After your stay, make sure to go back to the review section of Airbnb to leave your review. Let the host know if there was a problem before leaving a negative review. It is only fair if you give them a chance to remedy any issues. In most cases, they will do their best to sort it out to avoid a negative review of their property.
- Keep Time
The typical host won’t have all day to wait for you to arrive, unlike a hotel. Since it’s a short term rental, they usually have other engagements and don’t spend too much time at their properties attending to guests. For this reason, you should make a point of arriving when you said you would. Make sure to check out on time too to avoid wasting their time. There is a chance that new guests will show up immediately after you check out and so you need to give the host adequate time to prepare their home.
- Stick to A Schedule
If you will be sharing the home with your host, then you need to plan your schedule in a way that does not inconvenience them. For example, if you will be sharing the bathroom, then pick a convenient time for you to shower. You don’t have to shower early in the morning when your host is preparing to leave for work. Schedule bath time for a bit later in the morning. If you’re going out to party and will get back late into the night, you need to make arrangements with the host on how you’re going to get into the house without causing disturbance. For example, they might ask that you use the back door.
- Show Some Respect for Your Host
One thing you need to remember is that this is not your home and you have to live by the rules of your host. It is not polite to be loud and noisy when they need some peace and quiet. Make a point of leaving everything better than you found it. Clean up after yourself and don’t take liberties with your host’s stuff.
- Money Etiquette
Airbnb levies a fee based on a percentage of the reservation fee when you make a payment through the site. This helps protect both the host and you in case anything goes wrong. You are not required to tip since the host is not really a service provider. You will be charged a cleaning fee separately depending on the terms of the host.