8 Tips for Renting an Airbnb

May 18, 2019

Are you travelling for the summer? If so, you will likely need a place to stay during your travels. While most people automatically opt for a hotel, renting an Airbnb can be a much better option. A lot of the time you will find that an Airbnb is cheaper and cosier than a hotel room.

If you have never booked an Airbnb, you may be a bit unsure of how things work and how to find the best places to stay. Here a few tips for renting an Airbnb that are sure to help.

Things to consider when booking an Airbnb

Verify your account

Before you even attempt to rent an AirBNB, be sure you have taken the time to verify your account. This means uploading your drivers license or state ID and verifying your phone number. Doing so can make a host feel safer so they are comfortable allowing you to rent their property for a short time. 

Try to rent from a Superhost

A Superhost on AirBNB is someone who has consistent amazing reviews. In other words, their properties are what you are looking for. Keep in mind that some super hosts allow you to book immediately while others may be a bit pickier and want to chat with you via messages first. 

Know your budget before you look

AirBNB allows you to filter your search results by cost which means you should know how much you are looking to spend per night before you search. If you don’t, you may have a harder time finding a place to stay.

Be specific with what you need

As I said, AirBNB allows you to add budget filters to your search. They also allow you to filter by accommodation type, number of beds and quite a few other options. Be very specific with what you need in your search filters and you’ll have a much easier time finding something that will work. 

Book early

Airbnb’s – especially popular ones rented by Superhosts – tend to fill up quickly. As soon as you know the dates for your trip, begin searching on AirBNB for a room or home. You’ll have far better luck if you search as early as possible. 

Be respectful of the property

When you’re visiting an AirBNB, remember that often you are staying in someone else’s home. Be respectful of their rules, of their property and of their home. 

Leave things better than you found them

As with anything that isn’t yours, aim to leave the property better than it was when you found it. Clean up any trash, sweep and mop and so on. After all, wouldn’t you want someone else to do the same if it was your home?

Write a great review

Reviews make the world go round on AirBNB so once you have completed your stay, be sure to leave your host a great review if your stay was good. If not, try to resolve things with your host before you leave your review. Airbnb won’t publish your review until your host gives one to you which means if you want reviews on your account – and you do – you’ll need to review them as well. 

Don’t forget travel insurance

Whether you are booking somewhere to stay close to home or further afield it is always worth booking travel insurance. You never know what is going to happen so it’s good to have an insurance policy to give you some protection. Click here for more info on the kinds of travel insurance plans available in your country. 

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  • William Gould May 18, 2019 at 11:28 am

    We use AirBnb’s a lot. Much prefer them to hotels, as hotels usually just have the one room you are stuck in. The only downside, like you say, is having to book early to get your preferred dates.
    Also worth looking at vrbo.com which is the American version. We found a great apartment in San Francisco on there until SF stopped people from doing it…

  • Fiona jk42 May 18, 2019 at 5:01 pm

    When booking on Airbnb, make sure to read the “House Rules” which contain the fine print, such as whether the host accepts small children or pets, what time you can check-in or out, and so on.

  • vicky hallnewman May 19, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    I have only booked Air BNB once before but I was lucky and stayed in a lovely ladies home with her. Quite often if there is a few of you, then it is better to get an Air BNB accommodation rather than multiple hotel rooms. Thanks for the tips.

  • Rebecca Smith May 19, 2019 at 4:22 pm

    These are some really helpful tips. We’ve never rented an Airbnb but we have looked into them before. These tips are very handy for the future.

  • Emma Raphael May 19, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    I always try and book with superhosts just for that added peace of mind. We’ve stayed in some really great AirBnBs! 🙂

  • Rhian westbury May 20, 2019 at 8:26 am

    I get worried about air b and b sometimes and would only go with someone who has a lot of positive reviews x

  • Louise May 20, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    We’re going to York for a couple of days over the summer and I’ve been trying to persuade my mum and dad to rent an Airbnb with us so we can all stay together. They’re reluctant to though because they don’t really understand how it works (despite me telling them time and time again). I might have to send them your post to take a look at as it might just tip the scale in my favour as you’ve explained everything so well 🙂

    Louise x

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