Hi Airbnb Host Community,
I have been an avid Airbnb user as a guest since 2014, and in the Summer of 2016, became a host. The last 2 years has been an incredible learning curve and my listing(s) today have drastically improved because I picked up new information and ways to host over time. I would like to save new and existing Airbnb hosts some tears and torment from ill-informed guests by sharing with you my House Rules. Please keep in mind that by no means are my House Rules perfect. From time to time, you will still get an unpleasant host experience, but this is the top way to mitigate the chances. My House Rules is and will always be a work-in-progress (any new suggestions would be appreciated!), but since we are a community striving for the same goal of providing a great experience for our guests, I thought I would share it with you all.
COZY HOME HOUSE RULES:
As a Superhost, we aim to make your stay as comfortable as it can possibly be! Our mission is to help our guests create beautiful family memories in our cozy home. For us to do so, we would truly appreciate it if you can follow these house rules and confirm that is has been reviewed WITHIN 48 HOURS OF YOUR BOOKING. This is to ensure that if there is any reason the House Rules cannot be followed, you, our guest, will have the option of cancelling the booking penalty free as we have a Strict Cancellation policy. Thank you in advance and truly appreciate your cooperation!
- No shoes within the house.
- Keep noise to a minimum after 10pm.
- There shall not be smoking inside the home. Extra cleaning fees to remove odor and stains may be applied.
- PLEASE WASH YOUR DISHES after use. If dishes are not washed, extra cleaning fees may be applied.
- PARKING: parking is provided on the driveway side by side. Our driveway is suitable for sedans or smaller SUVs. If larger/longer cars or if more than one car, you can park parallel in front of the house where the bushes are.
- We have recently added a Foosball Table and Pool Table in the home for our guest's entertainment. Please return all accessories to their rightful places at the end of your stay.
- Feel free to use the barbecue outside that is set up for our super guests’ leisure use only. The BBQ is to be used by the guests who stay at the home and is not to invite others to the home as it will be considered as hosting a party. Please clean up after yourselves and keep the grill clean. If found left dirty and requires extra cleaning, an extra cleaning fee may be required. You will also need to add your own gas to the BBQ as it is not supplied.
- Please acknowledge that from occasionally, we may leave consumables such as condiments or snacks left behind by previous guests if they are not empty. We try our very best to ensure that it is not expired or stale. HOWEVER, ultimately, it is up to the guests' discretion and inspection to consume these items if they wish. The host does not take any responsibility for the consumables.
- Please do not rearrange our furniture.
- If you would like to host an event (i.e. wedding, graduation, not party), please speak with us about it first.
- If guests are found to have had a party without host permission which results in extra cleaning, guests will be responsible for extra cleaning charges and in the unfortunate event of the disruptions alerting neighbors, GUESTS WILL BE ASKED TO VACATE THE PROPERTY IMMEDIATELY.
- If guests are suspected of carrying and/or using illegal drugs of any kind, the authorities will be engaged, and GUESTS WILL BE ASKED TO VACATE THE PROPERTY IMMEDIATELY.
- Lastly, because this is an Airbnb community not a hotel, and is also my home when I stay in Vancouver, please be respectful of the property and keep it clean before you leave. (Respect our property and our things)
If you have read it this far, THANK YOU for being a SUPER GUEST! Please reply back with my favourite quote: "EXPECT NOTHING, APPRECIATE EVERYTHING." so that I know that the house rules have been reviewed 🙂
Bad experience alert!!! i am managing my sister's unit and i have encountered a very nasty guest,he is a smoker and the smell infiltrate in the linens,towels and the whole unit,and you can smell it outside the hallway,disgusting.while i am commenting on this section,i am washing all the linens with chlorine past of disinfection and later will dry it at the laundromat,so the hot spinner will kill all the fumes,bacteria etc.and now making a rules and regulation that i will post on the wall of the unit.
Hi ! I’ve been hosting since last September and am wondering how to handle the wood for our wood-burning fireplace! I feel that I should give them enough wood to maybe fill the fireplace twice but after that I think they should pay for additional wood! I would appreciate any suggestions!
Thank you for dropping a comment. Personally, the amount of firewood provided should equate to the # of nights the guests are staying. If they are staying 2 nights, filling the fireplace twice seems reasonable, 3 nights, 3 fills, etc. If they are looking to fill more than the provided complimentary amounts, I would then charge $x per bundle. You could either drop it off for them after they request it through airbnb inbox (if you are geographically close to your airbnb), or, you could do it on the honour system where the "extra firewood" would be stored separately and they can leave their $ in a jar.
How i would word it:
"Complimentary firewood is provided to you in the ______(area). There is sufficient firewood for you to fill the fireplace once/twice an evening. Should you require more than what has been prepared for you, I can provide you more for $x per bundle. Please provide me x hour notice so that I can drop it off for you/Our home operates on the honour system. The extra firewood is placed in ______(area). Please leave the firewood fee in the jar beside it. Thank you for your cooperation!"
I added a modification of your great intro, but since I am using this as a printout (on their pillow) to remind them, here's what I came up with (keep in mind that this is not a separate unit, they are in a guest room in our apartment and share the bathroom). I am sure there will be more rules to come, but these were just the ones I thought of this morning that were driving me the most crazy.
The scent issue is a big one. We had one guy who stayed for one night and the smell of his cheap cologne didn't go away for three days! (of course, I washed everything, but it was in the rug and the curtains and....barf!)
Also, no one mentioned check out time. They are in our home with us, and sometimes they just won't leave in the morning. I point out as soon as they check in that check out is no later than 10am, but every once in a while we have "one of those" guests.
Welcome to the Inn Spot in Woodbury!
We’re so glad you are visiting us in this beautiful part of Vermont Wifi: The Inn Spot Password: ilikebreakfast
As Superhosts, we aim to make your stay as happy as it can possibly be! Our mission is to offer our guests a comfortable, safe, delicious and affordable place to stay in our cozy home.
Just a few house rules to remember during your stay:
Thank you so much for staying with us!
Your hosts, Jessica & Zach (and Growler + Onions)
Thanks for sharing this, it is very helpful. I was having problem with some guests leaving pesonal belongings around the house so one of my rules is "Keep your personal belongings inside of your bedroom (bags, clothes, computers, magazines, etc.)"
We just put our apartment on Airbnb, and our first guest, checked in today. This information is very helpful. I'm pulling information from all your threads and modifying to fit our situation. THANK YOU!
We really don't want any smokers in or around the house, we did list our unit as a no smoking unit, but if they smoke away from the home, I don't want that second hand smoke working it's way into the apartment. Second hand smoke stays on clothes and hair- it then works it's way onto your linens and furniture. How have you worded the Don't Smoke Rule. thanks!
Hi @Jennifer1925 .
“To maintain a fresh and healthy environment, this is a strict non-smoking premise. This includes e-cigarettes. The openness of elevated houses causes cigarette smoke/vapour to drift. If you feel a need to smoke, there is one spot in the far corner of the yard that has been made available for use.”
I also ask if they smoke on arrival, and let them know the smoking table’s location in the corner of the yard.
We had our first e-cigarette smoker who insisted that they don't smell!!!!! She was asked to smoke outside but the bed linen, sofa, bathroom and all the flat stunk. After washing, airing with all windows open and luckily 28 hours between guests, we managed to get rid of the worst of it.
Nearly as bad as guests who can't wash up daily with hot water, detergent and return the airdried dishes and cutlery to the places they found them! Some return them wet to the cupboards and drawers. Guests need to use their phones to take snaps of the accommodation and return everything to where it was on arrival. Maybe they just have dishwashers, maids or mothers at home.
We also ask guests to strip the beds as we are in our 70s and offer very cheap comfortable accommodation. However, that depends on English comprehension.
Rubbish recycling leaves me exasperated as there is a comprehensive document on the fridge from the local city but those afraid of 'losing face' don't ask for an explanation even though it is in our house rules online which they could have translated before arrival and in the welcome letter they receive.
Tomorrow I am doing a thorough check before our non-English speaking guests leave. It took 6 emails to get the names of family members, their ETA, their choice of bread and milk and on arrival when asked if they knew how to operate the pod coffee machine it was "Yes, yes, yes". They were looking at the lime tree outside when I was showing them the walk-in robe, spare linen and cleaning equipment for spot cleaning. Maybe they will surprise me!
Thank you for the house rules suggestions. 2019 was our first year hosting our cottage in New Brunswick. Throughout the summer, I found I needed to modify/amend the printed rules left in the info binder.
i liked your statement about condiments left for future guests. We were only renting our cottage when we, or other family members would not be using it. We purposely did not empty out the fridge each visit, but did monitor it. Most guests expressed appreciation but there were a few that were upset about the used containers and felt that the cleaner should remove such items.
Despite our listing emphasizing (at least IMHO) that it is a family cottage, some guests felt that since we list it as sleeping 6, there should only be 6 coffee mugs, 6 towels, etc. Personally, if I were a guest, I would appreciate the fact that the host provided above and beyond the bare minimum.
Had another guest request “fresh sheets”. Despite a set of brand new sheets being used, he still complained.
Also had a suggestion that the curtains needed to be updated., but didn’t give specifics. 2 of the 3 sets of curtains were brand new this year!
Another guest gave very negative rating claiming the address and listing details were wrong. Not sure what he was reading or seeing. My gps found the address and when I reviewed the listing and multiple posted pictures, I didn’t feel that anything was deceptive. The picture used for the kitchen even included dishes drying on the dish rack! And other photos showed what I view as decor but others view as clutter.
For next year, I will be modifying the listing to emphasize that it is a family cottage still frequently used by extended family and not impersonal, sterile hotel.
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@Cammy0 Hi! Thank you so much for the ideas! We have been renting since July and have had a few issues. The latest one is the one I have a question about. The renter booked our cabin for 1 person. Thinking that was probably a mistake (and there wouldn't be enough beds made or towels out if there were more people with her), so my husband reached out. She informed my husband that there would be 3 coming to celebrate her son's 18th Birthday. What she didn't mention was that it would be 3 teenage boys and she would not be present even though she was the one who rented our house. Any ideas on how to try to stop this in the future? Thanks!!
When you find out it's a third party. Booking you call Airbnb and ask them to cancel. @Jennifer2752
I wouldn't accept a third party booking with 3 teenage boys - I'm sure most hosts wouldn't - party and damage waiting to happen 😀😢
I make it a condition of booking that the guest needs to confirm who is travelling with them.