New to Airbnb as a traveler and not sure what to look for? Feeling unsure about staying in someone else’s house? What if…?
As someone who has seen both sides of the Airbnb equation, both the hosting side and the traveler’s side, I can give you some tips.
Reviews from fellow travelers are really helpful! One or two bad reviews shouldn’t necessarily disqualify that particular property from your search- if there are any negative reviews, read what they have to say. Sometimes the things that travelers complain about are not really a big deal to you personally. For example, in one basement apartment, there is a door separating the living space of the host from that of the traveler. That separating door does not have a lock. You’ll have to assess the area, your personal preferences, and whether or not that bothers you.
Take a look at the pictures. Do you like what you see? Does the home look clean and comfortable? What comes with the accommodations- chairs, tv, fridge?
Check the location on the Airbnb map. You’ll receive the property address after you book, if you choose to do so. Is the location near the things you want to do and see in the area? What other price and quality options are available closer to the attractions you are interested in?
Check the price and the prices of nearby rentals. You’ll have to factor in all of the other features above, and see which of these is more important to you in comparison to price.
Finally, check the details and description to see what is included or if the host has any specific requests. Are things like towels and a kitchen included? Are these important to you?
Sign up to be an Airbnb host to start earning on your own property!
Image credit: By Corey Coyle, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=52364700