Follow the Three R’s
Are you and your host compatible? Find out by following the three R’s. First, read your host’s profile as well as the listing’s fine print. Second, research all reviews. Finally, help hosts learn a little about you by relating your story in the bio section of your profile.
Be Timely and Thorough
Be on time for both check-in and checkout. If you’re running late, contact your host immediately with your estimated time of arrival. Once you arrive, look over the space to make sure everything’s in order—and take photos of anything broken or unclean.
Follow the Rules
Airbnb’s success rests on trust, but be prepared for worst-case scenarios. Katie Genter has written an in-depth guide to dealing with shoddy living situations. Her tips: (1) contact the host; (2) know Airbnb’s refund policy; (3) follow up with Airbnb customer service immediately if the host doesn’t help you out.
Explore the Area (Virtually)
Before you arrive and definitely before you venture out into an unfamiliar neighborhood, use the internet to scope out your Airbnb’s surroundings. Make sure Wi-Fi is included in your booking, as this will make your stay infinitely easier.
A cleaning fee is often included in the total price of your Airbnb, but that doesn't mean you should leave a mess. Hosts have the chance to rate guests, too, and leaving a clean, tidy space is one surefire way of garnering a five-star rating.
Do a Little Extra
Leave a Note (or Gift)
A handwritten note has a bigger impact than a virtual thank-you. Also consider a small, house-appropriate gift. Though flowers are pretty, it's better to choose gifts that are nonperishable. For instance, if you used up the host's favorite artisanal coffee, replenish the supply.
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