Renting an Airbnb is the perfect way to escape the everyday life’s hustle and bustle. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing beachfront cottage or a spacious mountain cabin, plenty of options are available to suit your needs. But before you pack your suitcase and book your next vacation home, there are a few Airbnb etiquette tips to keep in mind to be a considerate guest.
1. Arrive on Time
Be sure to arrive at the rental at the agreed-upon time. If you are running late, communicate this to the owner or property manager, so they are not left waiting.
2. Be Respectful of the Property
Treat it as you would your own home, and be sure to leave it in the same condition as when you arrived. This means ensuring all trash is disposed of properly, all furniture is in its rightful place, and the property is generally clean.
3. Follow the Rules
Most vacation rentals have specific rules that you must follow, such as quiet hours, no smoking, no pets, and no parties. Be sure to read and follow the rules, so you don’t cause any problems.
4. Be Considerate of Your Neighbors
Remember that you’re on vacation, but the people living near you are not. Neighbors may be trying to enjoy some peace and quiet. Keep music and TV volumes low, especially at night.
This tip is crucial if you share a space with the host or other guests you do not know. Keep your belongings organized and put away, and try to leave the common areas as clean as you found them. If you use the kitchen, be sure to clean up after yourself.
5. Pay for Damages
Pay any damages that occur during your stay. If you accidentally damage something in the rental, inform the owner and offer to pay for the repairs.
6. Respect Your Host’s Time
If you have any questions or concerns, ask your host – they’re there to help make your stay comfortable. However, it’s unreasonable to expect them to be available 24/7. Give your host ample time to respond to your requests. If you have questions about the general features of the rental, refer to the property’s information handbook first if one is available.
7. Leave a Property Review
Airbnb hosts depend on reviews to receive bookings. As a courtesy, give your host a chance to rectify a bad situation before leaving a negative review.
8. Say Thank You
Send a thank you note or message to your host after your stay, letting them know you appreciated their hospitality. A simple thank you to the owner goes a long way in showing your appreciation for being able to rent their property.
Remember the golden rule: treat your Airbnb hosts the way you would want to be treated if you were in their position. By following these simple Airbnb guest etiquette tips, you can ensure that you are considerate and will be welcome back at any future vacation rental.
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Erika Marie is a fashion and beauty writer as well as a hardcore vintage clothing enthusiast. In her free time, she can be found thrifting for hidden gems to add to her collection.