What to Ask Before Booking on Airbnb

What to Ask Before Booking on Airbnb

Everyone has unique travel requirements. You may require a particularly quiet sleeping environment,  or simply reliable Wi-Fi. If you’re thinking about staying at an Airbnb for your next vacation, and since such requirements aren’t always clearly stated on listings, you’ll want to do your homework before booking, especially if the listing has a strict cancellation policy.

1. Read and go over the full list.

Hopefully, your host has done their homework and provided a detailed description of their property and what to expect. This is the best place to receive answers to your questions. Before you message a host, you should usually read the description twice and make sure to go over all of the details to see if it’s a good fit for you.

2. Read the reviews

If there are any unusual or negative aspects of the property (or the host), they will usually be mentioned here. Spend some time reading through them and you’ll have a fair idea of what to expect.

3. Examine the cost and cancellation policies.

There are fees that will be charged to your nightly stay when you book with Airbnb (service fee and cleaning fee). If you look attentively at your reservation, you’ll be able to see what the ultimate fee will be. Also, before you press the BOOK NOW button, double-check the cancellation policy. While some ads allow cancellations until the day before your stay, some do not, so make sure you understand what you’re signing up for.

4. Review all the pictures.

This may appear to be common sense, but many people do not. The majority of hosts will do their best to photograph the most crucial aspects of their home. If you have any questions or want to double-check something you saw, ask the host.

Make sure to read the listing thoroughly before bombarding a host with a million questions, since it will answer a lot of your questions. It’s a good idea to clarify anything you have questions about from the listing and double-check on things that are important to you when speaking with them.  The host will know that you’ve done your homework by thoroughly reading their listing and that you’re being thorough in your booking if you approach things this way. There’s a chance they won’t book you if you appear overly needy, so be kind and polite in all your communications. Remember that a host is allowing you to stay in their home, and they are looking for someone who will be a fantastic guest, so present yourself accordingly.

before you book

What to ask an Airbnb Host before you book

How far is the unit from public transportation?

 You don’t want to have to trek across hills and valley’s just to catch the bus into town.

Inquire about the kitchen with the host.

Make careful to inquire about anything you absolutely need that you didn’t notice in the photographs or the listing. Maybe you’re addicted to your morning mango smoothie, or maybe your company wants to barbecue one night. Check with the host to see what options they have.

Inquire about the Internet with the host.

Although most Airbnb listings state that they provide WiFi, we all know that not all WiFi is made equal. Make sure to inquire about the host’s internet speeds as well as any usage restrictions. If you require internet access for work, inform the host. Could you tell me what your internet speeds are and if you have any restrictions? We just want to double-check that the internet will work for our needs.

Inquire with the host about what's around the area.

Your host will be able to inform you about any fantastic roti shops in town. You can always learn SO MUCH MORE from locals than you can from the internet or a guidebook as a traveler, and your host is the perfect connector. While you don’t want to be phoning them several times a day for advice, check-in is a great opportunity to pick their brain for a few minutes!

Inquire about your neighbors.

Let’s face it: when you’re traveling, the last thing you want to be concerned about is the neighbors of others. Inquire about your host’s neighbors so you know what to expect. You’ll want to know if their neighbors are always hosting loud night parties or if a family of ten children lives above them. Alternatively, get a whole house with a yard so you don’t have to worry about them making too much noise (or being too noisy for them).

Ask questions concerning the House Rules after you've read them.

The majority of hosts state some form of house restrictions in their listing. Make sure you read them thoroughly and ask questions if you have any. This is an excellent approach to ensure that you and your host are on the same page right from the start.

Are there any basic necessities that's provided?

This may appear to be a no-brainer, but the variety of services provided by hosts is enormous. Some households have only one roll of toilet paper and that’s it, while others leave travel-sized amenities, dish and laundry soap, and fruit and snacks for you when you arrive. Knowing what to expect ahead of time might make your visit lot more enjoyable.

Are there any other charges?

Extra fees are becoming increasingly typical as Airbnb becomes more mainstream. The majority of them are in the form of taxes and fees, but double-checking is always a good idea. Electricity is quite expensive in Grenada, so many of the vacation rentals with AC won’t have the electrical bill included (you may have to pay the meter rate when you checked out). It’s helpful to be aware of these things ahead of time so you aren’t surprised by a slew of additional charges.

How much hot water is there?

Long showers — or “American showers,” as my refers to them — are considered unnecessarily luxurious in most parts of the world. If you have multiple travelers, you’ll want to know how much you’ll have to plan for shower times.

When it comes to travel, you want the mystery to be in the destination – not your accommodation.

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