Whether you’re globetrotting or simply going on a quick trip for work, Airbnb allows you to get that home away from home feeling. A favourite go-to for travellers from all over the world, there are a few things you need to know to be the best guest.
Narrow down your search
First thing’s first, decide what you’re looking for – do you want to rent a room or an entire apartment? Keen on having your own room or are you happy to share?
The sheer volume of options can make booking on Airbnb intimidating. Narrowing down your search from the start can make the process a lot more manageable. Having a budget will also help eliminate unsuitable options.
Read the reviews
This is especially important for Airbnb first-timers. Once you’ve narrowed down your search, look for a host that is Airbnb-verified, before scrolling through their reviews. Reviews are by previous paying guests and are a good way of gaining more insight into both the property and host.
Pay attention to the listing information
The listing will give you all of the details about the property. Be sure to read it properly before asking your host any questions. It’s a good idea to ensure that you will fill the spot for the required minimum stay. You can also check whether you’ll have exclusive use of the property or if you’ll be sharing with the host.
Send a quick message
Many hosts prefer it if you send them a message before making your booking request. Let them know why you’re travelling to the area, what you like about their listing and list any questions you may have. As many hosts live in the property they’ve listed, it helps to build a bit of a personal connection from the start and it will make sharing a space together a little easier.
Ask about a bathroom schedule
You’ll hopefully know before you arrive if you’ll be sharing a bathroom and, if this is the case, it’s worth having a quick chat about who needs to use it when. For example, if your host needs to use it for 30 minutes in the morning before work, try to be considerate of this.
Let your host know if you’re running late
If you know you’ll be running late, or early, let your host know as soon as possible. This is especially true if your host has come from across town to let you in – if they don’t stay on the property – or has made plans around your expected arrival.