Staying in an Airbnb for the first time can be a little stressful because up until now you’ve only stayed at hotels, and well, you get how that works. But before staying at an Airbnb you’re probably running through every possible scenario wondering what happens if the key doesn’t work or you break something or the owner is horrible, we’ve been there and we understand. We’ve created a little guide with helpful tips to hopefully put your mind at ease before your stay. Let’s get started!
Always read the reviews from people that have stayed there. The reviews are typically at the bottom of the page and they’re pretty spot-on when it comes to what you can expect. Just like you probably wouldn’t eat at a new restaurant or make a purchase from Amazon without reading the reviews, never book an Airbnb before you do so either. And don’t worry about the legitness, you have to have had a confirmed stay at the place before you can review it!
Make sure you read through the entire Airbnb listing before booking; the house rules, the amenities, the cancellation policy, all of it. After you’ve read every last piece of information, reach out to the host with any extra questions or clarifications you may have or need.
Note that a lot of Airbnbs are not “instant books” and “request to book” requires a host approval that could take up to 24 hours; which if you’re booking in advance isn’t an issue, but if you’re needing a place to lay your head ASAP, you’ll want to look for Airbnbs with a lightning bolt next to the price, this means you can book them right then and there.
Always scope out the neighborhood on Google Maps before booking for obvious reasons.
Extra fees are a whole thing when it comes to Airbnb stays, so if you’re on a budget, check with the host regarding cleaning fees, service fees, extra guest fees, and so on.
Only pay on the Airbnb website because this ensures if something goes wrong, Airbnb has your back. If you pay in cash or some other way upon arrival, you’re not protected against anything. And if a seller ever requests you pay a different way, this is certainly a red flag in our books.
During your stay make sure you stay in contact with your host even if you’re just looking for a place to eat. They’re your host after all, and most of the time they’re delighted to help you out!
If you’re concerned about someone perhaps peeking through the bags you plan on leaving at your Airbnb, make sure you take some travel locks on your journey so you know your things are safe and secure while you’re out and about.
All journeys must come to an end, so before you leave your Airbnb, make sure you tidy up. Yes, even if you paid a cleaning fee because you don’t want to be the person that left the place a mess. And last, but certainly not least, make sure to leave an honest review for any future guests.