Are you the type of person who gets up early every morning? Do you try to stay quiet when a guest is there? Especially those of you who share your space; how do you handle mornings? Even those who have a separate entrance and space in your house - not all houses are totally sound proof. What do you do?
At what time do you think it is ok to relax and not be so conscious of the level of noise you might be making? Especially Saturday and Sunday mornings!
@Susan10 we have quiet hours from 9PM till 9AM. We of course try not to be loud during the whole days but as @Branka-and-Silvia0 said, we really relax after noon. We have 4 apartments all with the same entrance but on different floors andas soon as I hear a noise longer than 5min during the quiet hours I immediately go and tell them they need to be quiet. It always works.
For the most part, Henry and I are the ones sleeping till noon while the guests are up getting ready to go out or doing the laundry in the AM 🙂
We check with guests and ask if they are light sleepers or not, while we tell them that not much can wake me but Henry is a light sleeper. As long as it's not quiet time, we will make coffee and do normal morning things and expect guests to do the same. It's a two-way road.
@Jessica-and-Henry0 Same here, I'm a night owl and seldom get up before about 9:30, sometimes much later. My guests are normally up and out for the day before I emerge from my room.
@Susan10 I think 9 AM is reasonable to go about your day normally, as long as you're not running chainsaws or other loud stuff. I have a big bag of earplugs and put fresh ones out for each guest, although I find many guests travel with them already. So you might consider providing that.
@Susan10 The majority of my guests are working during the week so are usually up at about 6-7am, gone by 7.30. Silicone earplugs have been my best friend for a while now, I don't hear anything.
I've done everything that needs doing around the house by the time they arrive back in the evening so the noise is usually the guest heating a meal in the microwave, otherwise they are very quiet and are usually asleep by 10.30pm. I stay up until around midnight so If I'm watching TV I wear headphones so as not to disturb them.
You can mention what kind of routine you live by in your profile. ''We like to get up early, though we are quiet people we prefer morning type guests to match'' or somesuch.
I would like to see this, as I am usually a ridiculously early riser. I would think ''Whoohoo! I can have coffee without waking anyone!''
@Sarah977, if I came to Mexico I would be jetlagged anyway, so your late nights would probably match...
Dogs are listed on my profile and house manual, plus I tell all my guests in person at check in that they have an early morning routine (the only part they might hear is when I let them outside) but after that, everyone/everything is quiet. Out of 70+ guests only one has complained specifically about the dogs (so in all that is nothing to worry about) and one made a generic complaint of “noise” and that particular guest did not get up until after 11 am... coincidentally these two occurrences happened back to back so it has made me curious what time other hosts get up and what time is considered “too early.”
@Susan10 When we first started hosting, I was super sensitive to how much noise we were making. Luckily for us, I have come to realise that our Studio is like a little bunker apparently. Nobody hears anything!!
We've had our neighbours house alarm going off for 10 mins at 2am in the morning. A large steel bracket suddenly fall off our wall in the garage in the middle of the night. Random people running around our front yard with torches yelling for their dog that jumped off the back of their ute. All of these things woke us up ubruptly.... but not our guests! They heard nothing.
We also have a daily early morning routine of walking our dog down the harbour. To get there, we need to drive..... and so around 6.45 am every morning, we try to be quiet, but we still make noises! Car doors, starting the car, reversing out of the garage, garage door opening and closing. Our guest Studio is located just on the other side of the garage wall.
When we first started hosting, I would let our guests know that we have an early morning routine.... Given that they don't seem to hear anything, I don't even bother now.
I think if you live where you host, you still need to live your life as normally as you can.
My philosophy is similar to @Michelle-And-Michael0 in that I live my life as normally as I can. Most of my guests are only here 2-3 nights so they don't usually sleep in as they want to make the most of the time they have in town.
During the week I slip out of the house quietly at 5am for work so that's never an issue. On the weekends, or on days I'm not working, I usually try to be quiet if I haven't heard the guests get up. At the same time, if I have something I need to do, I don't hesitate to make noise if it's after 9am.
I have laminate floors and a dog so I do warn guests that they may hear the pitter patter of dog feet at random times when I let my dog outside.
I'm an early riser and do try to be quiet in the morning.
However, I find it impossible to make coffee quietly. After all, I haven't yet had my caffeine!
I bang things, drop things, swear.
My schedule is very quiet before 8 am
Normal quiet until 10:30.
Then I start turning over the house and everything goes
I waske at 4:00am most mornings. I live here and do prepare breakfast sometimes guests are just returning from a night of fun or sometimes they are asleep at that time. I move in slow motion if I have to but certainly make sure I make no noise. Microwave is opened before the countdown is finished so as to prevent hte three or four beeps alert that time is up. I don't rattle cuttlery and pipes are turned on low so no noise in the kitchen while washing up. I leave early to give them privacy.
I'm also an early riser; driving for Uber @6am most mornings..... I have set my "Strict Check-Out time" to 9am .... with a $40 penalty for overstaying.... -so that I can prep the rooms for next "Instant Booking" Guest -some Guests obviously do NOT like this but I've outlined this rule clearly .......
I've also limited the rooms to "One Adult per Room; NO in-room Visitors"; also a stickler with many Guests .... -but this crazy rule has drastically reduced the Human Trafficking opportunities on the AirBnb platform & provides me with the peace-of-mind; NOT listening to Guests having sex in my home......
I've limited the availability to "One Night" forcing Guests to book concecutive nights individually so that I'm able to collect the "Cleaning Fee" each day because the competition in my city has forced the the price down to 50% of previous years......
As a SuperHost & hosting for over 3 years now; I've learned my lessons..... I've encountered many wonderful, respectful Guests, but unfortunately; I've also encountered theives, domestic assaulters, pimps & pedophiles .... -I'm NOT running a Hotel; I'm sharing part of my home & thereby putting my personal effects at RISK & loosing my Privacy !!
You might assume that with all these crazy rules I wouldn't get many bookings; but I, in fact have a full calendar; & awesome reviews because I provide a "Sparkling Clean" "All-Inclusive" accommodation that honest Guests love!