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Anybody Else Out There Hosting an Airbnb?

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    MissDre
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    I’ve been renting out my guest room on Airbnb for the last month and I am seriously struggling. I effing hate it and I effing hate people. How does everybody else deal?

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    TheHizzy

    Whenever I go to rent just renting a room feels like it would be awkward. Do you spend time with this person? I mean….you shouldn’t have to. But you have to play host.

    I live in a 2 bedroom house. I wouldn’t want to do that to myself for sure. Sorry you’re struggling.

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    Janelle

    I refuse to share a home with anyone I am not related to or intend to be related to. I couldn’t handle it. I have no advice but sorry it is sucking.

    🙁

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    Ale
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    Do you have any specific issues MissDre?

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    MissDre

    I don’t interact with people but I’m so discouraged with the complaints. I feel insulted, I feel like people are shitting on my home that I worked hard to buy.

    So because my listing is new, Airbnb insists that my price start out low. So I’ve been renting out the room for $17/night (not worth it).

    For $17 people are getting a private guest room (meaning nobody actually lives in the room). Queen size bed. Huge closet to hang their things. Private bathroom (I don’t use it I have my own). Free wifi, free parking, free coffee and tea and bottled water. I used to provide muffins but I stopped.

    Anyway, all that for $17-20/night. My home is clean. I have a professional house keeper come bi-weekly. My carpets are old (I can’t afford to put in laminate yet) so I had them professionally cleaned. I bought all new bedding and linens and towels for the guests.

    I thought I could make a bit of extra money since I’m in a very long distance relationship.

    But every single guest has complained. That my carpets are old and ugly. That the neighbour smokes. That it’s in the suburbs. Blah blah blah.

    Most recently it was Canada day and I priced my room at $50. Meanwhile hotels are going for $1,000 and other Airbnbs were going for $350-$450/night because of the holiday and events. So this guy chose to squeeze his whole family in the queen size bed (his choice). I came home and his kids were in my bedroom, they kept leaving all the lights on in the house all night, the guy didn’t even tell me what time he was checking in just expected me to sit around waiting for him.

    And he gave ME a bad review!!!

    So I feel shitty. I have 16 photos on my listing so it very clear up front what they are getting. I haven’t made any money yet since I invested in professional cleaners and new bedding. And I just get complaints and I feel like my home that I love and thought was clean and beautiful considering my low budget, and people don’t like it.

    I know I shouldn’t give a shit. I was just trying to make a few extra bucks for my next trip to see my boyfriend and I came away feeling like there’s something horribly wrong with my home and I’m not seeing it.

    I know I’m being too sensitive and I should just stop giving a fuck. Sorry for the rant 😔

    #692608 Reply

    That’s so weird. I’ve never stayed in an airbnb with the host there, but I don’t understand why someone would do that considering the cost and photos.

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    MissDre
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    Everyone I’ve had so far has been a very first time Airbnb user. So I’m not sure if maybe they’re expectations are unrealistic? Do they think they’re actually coming to a Bed and Breakfast??

    I had a guy give me a bad review for location…. well my listing is ON THE MAP when you book. Like it shows you where on the map the listing is and you can drag the map around just like Google Maps. If the location wasn’t convenient to you, why did you choose my place? I even state in my listing that I am a 5 minute drive from the airport but more like a 15-20 minute drive from the city centre.

    I had another guy give me a bad review for “value” – he was homeless and living out of his car as he drove across Canada trying to “find himself” and he told me all about how he’d slept in his car the night before because the shitty motel he tried to stay at was $130/night. So he paid me $17, I give him a private room and bathroom, toiletries (I have a box of like toothpaste and deodorant and wipes and tampons and razors in case people forget something), and I gave him morning coffee and muffins…. and he still complained.

    My brother thinks it’s because my price is too low. He says when your price is gutter cheap you just attract the riff raff who want to complain about everything. But that if I raise my rates I’ll likely attract a higher class of people. I don’t know if that’s true, but I did raise my price to $59/night (which is still cheap considering the hotel down the street is $204/night).

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    MissDre
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    Anyway I went out and bought a hepa filter air purifier because people have been complaining that my neighbour smokes out on their balcony. I’m not really sure what else I can do about that… but at least this way guests can close the window and run the air purifier if it bothers them.

    I really just wanted to make enough money to cover my next flight to the UK in September but with the way things are going, I’m pretty sure I am going to quit hosting.

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    Fyodor

    You should make “I effing hate people” the headline of your dating profile.

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    Fyodor

    “, I feel like people are shitting on my home”

    Gross! Put something in your rental terms about this.

    #692620 Reply

    I think there is probably some truth to what your brother said. People love to complain, and even more so when they think they’ll get something out of it. They don’t view you as a human, you are an airbnb. Ugh, it’s hard not to take this stuff personally. Hugs.

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    MissDre
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    @thehizzy I don’t spend time with them. I greet them when they arrive, give them their keys and show them where the kettle and the coffee is in the kitchen, and show them to their room. The rest of the time, I am at work or when I’m at home I stay in my room when I have guests.

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