A fair bit of doubt when you welcome a stranger into your home is normal – and all home owners go through this initial hurdle.
However, the key here is to break the ‘stranger’ tag before the physical interaction itself, so the stay is a smooth experience for both you and your guests. Here are 5 tips to ensure this:
Ask the right questions
Communicating effectively with your guests prior to their arrival is half the battle won. Do not hesitate to ask them questions such as how many guests will be arriving, age of their children, whether they’re bringing a pet, do they need an early/late check in or check out, etc. It helps to request for transparency right at the beginning itself, so there are no unpleasant surprises or unnecessary arguments.
Brief guests on house rules
You take a lot of pride in your home, and to keep it in perfect condition, you may have a certain set of non-negotiable terms. Feel free to communicate this with your guests so that there isn’t any room for doubt. For example, you might not be comfortable with the idea of a party at your home, or loud music being played, or even something as simple as the lights being left on when not in use. Whatever it may be, communicate! If you sense a discomfort with what you have laid out as rules, then it is safe to assume it is a no-go.
Ask for identity verifications
It is a good idea to ask your guests for an ID proof such as a driving license or a passport. They can send this to you via email or even just over chat. Any discrepancy in the documents is a clear red flag. The idea is to know that you’re dealing with a sane member of society with valid identification and not someone who has nothing to prove his country affiliation or existence.
Read their reviews
Guests always check out the reviews of a property before they book, so why shouldn’t you? But don’t just look at how other homeowners have rated them. See the reviews they’ve left for other properties too. If you find that they’re mostly negative or too nit-picky, then you know that you’re likely to be dealing with a guest who might be a tad too difficult. Based on this, you are well within your right to refuse the booking.
Gauge their responses
Consider evaluating how guests respond to you over email or chat. Dodgy questions like “Will the security allow late night visitors?” or “I’ve lost my license and don’t have another ID proof. Is that okay?” should immediately bring up a red flag, and you can decline the booking. Most importantly, trust your instinct and gut. If you’re not getting a good feeling about a particular guest, simply cancel the booking request.
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