New to Airbnb as a guest? Start here with a list of things never to do!
First, never ask to see the place. Neither a guest nor an in-town friend can come see the place before committing. It’s highly discourage by Airbnb. Doing booking and communication through the website is the safest and most reliable way to communicate. Plus, hosts are busy!
Don’t ask to pay in cash. By attempting to avoid Airbnb’s booking fee, hosts are not eligible for Airbnb’s insurance policy. Plus, by not booking through Airbnb there is no review for the guest or host. It’s just better to stick with the system.
Don’t start communication with the host by asking what the total cost will be. Unfortunately the host will have no idea because they can’t see the fees that Airbnb charges, which are based on the total. Airbnb’s website will calculate this for you.
Read the listing before you ask questions. Potentially what you are curious about is already spelled out for you. Hosts always provide towels and clean linens, so don’t worry about that.
Airbnb is not a dating site. Airbnb hosts have to reply to keep their search rankings in good standing. Don’t waste their time.
Check your email regularly for important communication from the host. Keep the host updated on your travel plans.
Check in time and departure time are very important to the host. If these change, let them know as soon as possible. This allows them to make sure the space if ready on time for you and also for the next guest. Ask your host in advance for things like leaving luggage behind on the check out day or dropping luggage off early if the space is not ready upon arrival.
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