How early is too early?

Susan10
Level 9
Elkton, MD

How early is too early?

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!

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Nancy115
Level 5
Mills River, NC

@Susan10 we share our space with our guests. I put quiet hours in the house rules, 10pm-8am. My husband leaves the house before 6am and I leave by 8am. I inform our guests of our work schedule and how we will do our best to keep quiet. We close the door to the kitchen to keep noise down. We recently got a small fountain we put near the guest room to help with white noise. We also use a headset to listen to the TV during quiet hours. Some guests will complain regardless of your attempts to keep quiet or how much you've informed them of the rules or schedule.

Rosemary115
Level 3
Chelmsford, United Kingdom

I am an early riser and early retiree. I have a t.v. in my room which I keep as low as possible. Last night, my guest knocked at my door around 9.3pm and asked for me to put the t.v.off!

Michelle-And-Michael0
Level 10
Wollongong, Australia

@Rosemary115  That seems a little excessive on your guests behalf.... It is your house after all. 

Have you thought of getting some headphones that you can wear while watching the TV? That way, your guests won't hear a thing, and you can have it turned up as loud as you like. 

Yolanda8
Level 6
Hamilton, CA

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!

Michelle-And-Michael0
Level 10
Wollongong, Australia

Hi @Yolanda8  I'm just curious..... If a guest books consecutive days, and you collect the cleaning fee for each day, does that mean you clean and change linen every day too?

Yolanda8
Level 6
Hamilton, CA

absolutely; this is not difficult as I live in the home .... I'm near an airport so most Guests are coming for one night before an early flight...... 

-this also helps filter out the "tourists" as I prefer hosting business travellers [far more respectful group] 

Susan10
Level 9
Elkton, MD

@Yolanda8 So, you do the cleaning yourself and you collect a cleaning fee?  

I got tired of cleaning so often so I switched to a minimum two night booking, but have assumed that adding a cleaning fee meant I had to actually contract with a cleaner.  Guess that was naive...  How does that work when you do your taxes?

Yolanda8
Level 6
Hamilton, CA

I have "Instant Booking" & "Self Check-In" for this accommodation to attract as many Guests as possilbe; I do the cleaning myself & it's no problem with taxes as I'm listed as a small business already..... so I get all the sm bus deductions....

Susan151
Level 10
Somerville, MA


@Susan10 wrote:

@Yolanda8 Guess that was naive...  How does that work when you do your taxes?


It is income so you declare it as income on a Schedule C since cleaning is not pasive.

Susan10
Level 9
Elkton, MD

Oh, another thought: so does ABB separate that on your summary?  You know how much to put on the Schedule C?

Tony295
Level 2
Morrow, GA

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. 

Paul154
Level 10
Seattle, WA

@Susan10 

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

Suzanne302
Level 10
Wilmington, NC

@Susan10 

 

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.

Michelle-And-Michael0
Level 10
Wollongong, Australia

@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. 

Susan10
Level 9
Elkton, MD

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.”

Sandra126
Level 10
Daylesford, Australia

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...

Sarah977
Level 10
Sayulita, Mexico

@Sandra126  My dog loves it when friends and family who are early risers come to stay and take her for an early morning walk 🙂

Sandra126
Level 10
Daylesford, Australia

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.

Moira21
Level 8
Bispham, United Kingdom

@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. 

@Susan10 

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. 

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