Post by High Priestess on Apr 17, 2018 2:38:11 GMT
I sometimes have allowed a guest to see the place before booking, if they were wanting to book a long stay such as 2 or 3 months. I also appreciated the opportunity that this would give me to do more screening on the guest. However I dont' always let a guest view before booking, and I am concerned about how allowing that might get me in trouble with Airbnb. So I am more often going to make use of these links, to send to guests when they request to see the place before booking:
Post by High Priestess on May 23, 2018 15:40:53 GMT
I used to allow guests who were asking for a stay over one month long (but never those wanting to stay less than a month) come and look first if they asked to do that. But I got tired of offering that, since
(1) they usually wanted to see a room that was occupied, and occupied rooms do not show well. (eg, in the photo, the room looks sharp and clean and tidy...when someone's occupying it, their clothes are all over the floor, their suitcase is on the bed, and the room may --ahem--- not smell so great)
(2) The results of showing my house to prospective guests did not churn out favorable statistics....less than half actually booked. It turned out to be a Craigslist like phenomenon....just like there are too many tire-kickers on CL, some are now tire-kicking on Airbnb. I don't want to waste my time on that. If you want to book, then book, otherwise don't waste my time.
(3) I dont' want to risk running afoul of Airbnb's rules about not giving out contact info (eg one's address) prior to booking. EVen though you CAN share your address prior to the booking being accepted (it won't get blocked out) I don't like to do it.
So now when people say that they are wanting to stay a LONG time and need to see my house first, I just tell them that there is PLENTY of info about my house and MANY photos of my house on my listing, and that Airbnb doesn't work that way, you dont' get to visit before booking. ANd I may send them a link to help explain to them:
I don't even give my address after they've booked, until they provide their travel info (flight number) and approximate check-in time. This is how I prevent the problem of guests neglecting to communicate the required info and showing up unexpectedly, then loitering on the premises or (approaching neighbors) without having given an approximate check-in time. And never do i ever allow "checking out the room" before booking it. I tell them exactly what you said regarding not showing it the room while a guest is in it. But even if not occupied, i tell them that my many photos along with my many reviews stating that it looks exactly as the pictures show, will give them a good enough idea of what to expect.