Info for AirBNB guests:
1) Reviews are golden. See how your host has reviewed the guests, as well, to see how picky they are. Reviews can only be made after a verified trip, so they really are golden on Airbnb
2) In an emergency situation (i.e. foreign country with no way to contact the host and they are late) contact Airbnb FIRST, not AFTER Reddit. Reddit can advice, Airbnb can do.
3) Verify yourself as much as possible. Hosts do not get to see the verifications you upload, but they instill a lot of confidence if you have validated with a driving license, for example.
4) When sending a booking request, please add a reasonable amount of detail whilst not coming across as needy. You want to personalise your message to show that you have read the listing and dont ask questions that are answered in it
5) Communicate with your hosts before you go, and make sure they know when you are arriving and when you are leaving
6) Whilst Airbnb itself may be a business, do not treat rooms as hotels, but rather, as a paying guest in someone’s home. Many Airbnb hosts live in the place they list, and making sure they (and you) are comfortable is the most important thing mutually.
7) Airbnb reviews are not for the benefit of the host, they are for the benefit of their future guests! Review fairly, but honestly.
8) DO NOT EXCHANGE MONEY OFF THE AIRBNB PLATFORM. IT IS AGAINST PLATFORM RULES. ANY HOST WHO TRIES TO DO THIS, SHOULD BE REPORTED IMMEDIATELY
Information for AirBnb Hosts advice:
1 – Reviews are golden. Check how your guests have reviewed the places they have stayed too to see if they are fair or unfair.
2 – Assume the Airbnb host guarantee isnt worth the bytes it is written on
3 – Be wary of requests with no reviews, verifications, or detail. Even if they have their verifications and a review or two, I try to find out more. I will look them up on Linkedin, Facebook etc to get a better read. I also ask them about their plans for their visit and who they are traveling with. It might seem like overkill and could scare off a few guests but I’m focused on protecting my property.
4 – Communicate clearly to the guest, and find out when they plan to arrive and when they plan to leave
5 – Keep as much communication as possible on-platform in case Airbnb need references
6 – Try not to rely on third parties to do the hard work for you
7 – Remember guests are PAYING guests. They are allowed to have (reasonable) needs, particularly with advance notice. Hosting is not for everyone.
8 – Reviews are NOT for the guests. They are for OTHER hosts. If you have a problem with a guest, tell them, so future hosts may learn from your mistakes.