Part of the Airbnb philosophy involves creating a more social, authentic travel experience by pairing renters with property owning hosts in over 34,000 cities around the world. Renters can search for a room in a host’s property or rent an entire house if they prefer. Airbnb allows guests to search their database by “entire place, own room or shared room.” Privacy and cleanliness are deemed priorities in all such listings.
Here are 6 ways guests pick their preferred Airbnb:
1. They first ask themselves--does this Airbnb have the vibe and look that I feel comfortable with?
Airbnb properties are not hotels, inns or bed & breakfasts. Taste, decor, personality and price vary wildly. If guests crave the consistency and amenities (maid/room service) of a standard hotel experience, Airbnb may not be a right fit for them--and that's OK.
Guests understand that the authentic, local Airbnb experience comes in many forms. Closets might be full of the owner’s belongings, the decor might not be to their taste or some hosts might ask guests to water their plants--it all depends on what the guests feel comfortable with.
2. Guests do their research!
Good research by the guests is the key to a good experience. Guests start searching by location first. They ask themselves questions such as: Do we need to be within walking distance of a certain venue? Do we have our heart set on a favorite location?
3. Guests make a list of absolute requirements.
They ask themselves questions such as: Are they willing to share their space with a host? Is the property well located for what they want to do? Does it have free internet? Parking? Washer/dryer?
4. Guests look for high-quality photographs, detailed descriptions and many reviews.
After looking at all the photographs, guests will automatically be able to eliminate quite a few listings.
5. Guests thoroughly read all the property rules.
House rules vary a lot. Some are reasonable to some guests and other listings have house rules that guests don't feel comfortable with. They will immediately look for others in the area to suit their needs.
6. Guests read all the reviews.
All of them. They look for specific "negatives" that other guests have mentioned in their reviews. Do previous guests complain about arranging key pick-ups? Did guests ever find that the property ran out of hot water mid-shampoo every day? Or, is the owner an amazing host that goes above and beyond when accommodating their guests?
Let us, at Hello Suburbia, help you avoid these common host pitfalls! As the Airbnb host, we make sure that your listing is primed and ready to go when it's ready to rent. We are committed to making sure your Airbnb business is an all-around success--both now and many months and years from now.