I scrub and clean my house before guests come, however I still get low ratings for cleaniness. I am a professional cleaner and very disappointed when I get these ratings.
At the moment my house needs a bit of a maintenance of painting here and there for chips on the skirting boards etc its not a lot but would that be a reason why I get low cleaniness ratings?
It is an older style house built in the 70s and has been renovated. I still get "old" house.
Even though the lady who stayed at my house who called by house old had a bnb house that was 50's retro style. Again I am confused.
Can anyone give me some advice.
Thanks Jill Paynesville Vic
@Kevin1454 When I lived in Canada, I had a 100 year old house that was a disaster when I bought it- sitting in the mud on rotted out timber foundations, no insulation, etc. Over the course of 25 years, while raising my children there, I renovated it.
When I bought a lot in Mexico and had a house built to my specifications, it was glorious for the first couple of years to have everything brand new and perfect. Then the reality of maintainence in the tropics set in. From scrubbing the blood spots from insect wars off the walls, to powerwashing the covered with black mold outside walls and walkways during the rainy season, to constant dusting during the dry season, not to mention the damage to equipment caused by non-first-world infrastructure ( fried motherboard on washing machine from power surges, replacing the fridge seals because they get moldy and can't be cleaned, replacing water filters on an ongoing basis as they get filled with the sand and grit that comes down the water lines), it's turned out to be just as much ongoing work as dealing with a 100 year old house. At least in the old house, I could do a deep cleaning in each room once a year and then just daily cleaning upkeep- here, if I don't deep clean everything at least once every 2-3 months, it shows, and I could find some nasty surprises.
@Kevin1454 I listened to a radio documentary once on house-husbands. One guy they interviewed said that when he first was in that position, if he was at a party and someone asked him what he did, he would reply "I'm an architect. But I'm taking a year off to look after the kids because my wife has a job where she has to travel a lot and will get promoted to a position where she won't have to leave town, if this year goes well for her." After a few months of looking after the kids, driving them around, shopping and cooking, doing the laundry, cleaning the house and looking after the house maintenance, he said he felt so ashamed for the answer he used to give as to his occupation- that he couldn't believe how his wife kept all that together so many years, that it was the hardest job he'd ever done and much more deserving of recognition and pride than being an architect.
@Sarah977 we were the other way round, I worked on oil rigs and came home every now and then and interfered in Mrs Kev's smooth running of the house and raising of the kids. Then I'd go away again for a few weeks and normal service would be resumed.
Kids are a full time job by themselves ;)
@Kevin1454 Haha. That was always my idea of the perfect relationship- one partner is away a lot of the time, shows up once every few weeks or month or so, gives you some great sex and adult conversation, fixes stuff they're good at around the place, and then leaves again, allowing you to settle back into your smooth-running routine without interruption.
You have a nice home and your pics are good.
Yes, you had bad luck with that first review. Guest wrote the review in a very nasty way.
Erase this guest.
Paint the room. Paint away the bad ju-ju left by this awful guest.
Mind you, I like to paint. I love the fresh makeover.
Thank you Paul for your positive feedback. Yes, I like my house and when people say its old I am disappointed. I will snooze for awhile and do some maintenance and thinking. Really I am not looking forward to having people in my house anymore. Sick of the unjust criticisms.
The first guest was so untrue. As you can see by the photos my house is not cluttered. It was more their clutter, not mine. It is my house and have whatever clutter I like.
Regards J Matthews
@Jill700 It appears that your first two guests also went low on the Overall Ratings (2 and 3 stars, respectively). This could just be bad luck, but if two guests in a row were unhappy with their experiences it is unlikely to be over chipped paint.
It may be that you're better off snoozing the listings for awhile, do some home improvements and have some newer pictures made. Or perhaps it's best to identify the kind of guests that are the best fit for your home and hosting style, and appeal more directly to them. For example, you can feature your dogs more prominently in the listing and make it clear that the home is most suitable for dog lovers. Or if you like a higher degree of interaction with guests you can bring more of your personality into the listing and present as more of a cozy social homestay than a beach holiday house.
@Jill700 "maintenance of painting here and there for chips on the skirting boards"
Yes most definitely, some people think new is clean and old is dirty, someone on this forum mentioned their collector's item Persian rug being reviewed badly, another their old but renovated wooden floors. I get the same, my place is old and somewhat shabby as are my "scrubbed clean, white, worn floors" a review from a farmer. The floors would cost a fortune to replace so there are few options, carpets cover some of the floor but are not wall-to-wall. I mention it the description, 'shabby', some people do take note.
I am taking my listing off for a year and in the meantime I will do some patching up by painting where it needs it. and maybe ripping up the carpet in the hallway and putting vinyl look boards down.
I would love to do more renovating but cannot afford it, unfortunately.
I am a professional cleaner.