Airbnb is getting popular with travelers these days. Before you get launched into the onslaught of apartment-rental wilds, here are a few tips you need to know to avoid disappointment.
1) It ain’t no hotel.
This might seen reallly obvious but some renters don’t really get the apartment-sharing concept and expect the welcome, service and amenities you would find at a hotel. So do pay attention to what’s included and even more attention to what’s not! (eg. towels etc…)
2) Shop carefully.
Shop using filters on the Airbnb site. The filters will help you narrow down your options and weed out any potential disappointments.
3) Know the rules.
Booking your accommodation on Airbnb is unlike a hotel booking – a simple click-to-book operation. To begin a booking, potential guests have to pick out dates, agree to house rules, then send a request through Airbnb to the potential hosts. Once a host agrees to the request, Airbnb then handles the payment for a small fee. Cancellation policies vary from property to property.
4) Ask questions.
Airbnb has a built-in messaging system that makes communication between potential guests and hosts easy. Make use of these no-obligation questions to make your choice between similar properties once you have narrowed down your search.
5) Stay safe.
You might have heard some Airbnb horror stories. While most stays are trouble free, Airbnb has stepped up efforts to better consumer and host protections.