It’s so interesting staying at other Airbnb’s. And it’s always really really fun! To see how they decorate, what their appeal is, what would make me want to recommend a place to someone? It’s also interesting being on the renting side because I KNOW the clean-up aspect of it from lots of personal experience…so let’s just say I’m a lot more considerate than I think I would have been previously (before renting).
Sam and I have had a LOT of great renters but of course we’ve had the weird/unclean/interesting experiences too so I decided to share just a few things that make for really awesome Airbnb etiquette.
- Treat the home as you would want yours to be treated. Be super considerate and respectful of the house and the things in the house. (Can’t tell you how many times we have come home to something broken (bed, chair, coffee pot), gum in the curtains, stains on walls, carpets, nice bedding). The golden rule is a good one to follow here.
- If you break or damage something, let the owner know and come to some kind of an agreement/payment (in some cases Airbnb’s insurance will cover it). As owners of two rentals, we keep tabs on EVERYTHING before and after each renter. So we’ll know you did it anyway.
- If the host doesn’t specifically gift you the alcohol in their home, then replace whatever you drink. One of the first few times we ever rented we had a group come through and completely take out ALL of our alcohol. I’m talking a whole bottle of rum, tequila, whiskey (that Sam had been gifted from our wedding), vodka. ALL of it. Granted it was a big group in town for a wedding…but we had specifically left them out one bottle of wine as a gift and we normally tell people: “whatever is in the fridge&freezer is free rein” and if that includes a chilled bottle of Hooch, then have at it. If not, have some self-control please. LOL
- Tidy up a little bit before you leave, it’s just good manners. Make sure all of your trash is in the trash and help out by not placing dishes with food stuck all over them in the dishwasher. A quick rinse first takes two seconds. For that matter just rinse your dishes regardless. It’s not fun coming home to stinky old food and makes the cleaning process a lot better. Yeah we get you paid a cleaning fee, but cleaning entails A LOT and it just helps the process, so we thank you for helping!
- Don’t re-arrange the furniture. You might have better decor taste & style but we think ours is pretty good too and we like our house the way we rented it out to you. You saw pictures of the place before you rented it. If you do happen to move things around then be courteous and put everything back where it was and then maybe take your ideas home and rearrange your own place.
- Leave the house secure. I.E. Don’t leave doors and windows open upon departure (Yes this has happened to us, thankfully we have awesome neighbors). If something were to happen to the inside of the hosts home, you would be considerably liable for replacing everything! And that would suck…
- Check out on time. Look, we get that you might have had a late night because that’s what you do when you’re on vacation. You stay up late, you’re out on the city or at a wedding or just hanging out with friends drinking wine on the nice star-lit patio or watching movies or something. But someone else is probably waiting to check-in and we have to get the place as nice as it was when you first got there! Respect the time. Most air bnb profiles list their check-in & check-out times. And you my friend, however special you may be, don’t get to operate on your own time frame in our rental 😛
- Leave a review or a little note! We want to know what you thought 🙂 And if you have suggestions or feedback, give it constructively and respectfully. Nobody likes to feel berated by a complete stranger about their home – a place they love. We’ll take suggestions but be nice!
- Have a good stay!!! Thanks & Come Again 😉
Just a few tips I like to follow while staying in an Airbnb and that Sam & I appreciate when other’s do for our rentals! Do you guys have any crazy rental/renter experiences?? Share if you do, I’m so interested to hear them because Sam & I have our fair share! Share in the comments 🙂