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July 4, 2017 at 9:57 am #692673
I have never used air BnB but after this for curious and looked at places in my area just out of curiosity. I surely could never just rent a room with a host there but I suppose I could do the whole house concept. Still weirds me out a little. I do agree with you raisin get your rate. As long as it’s cheaper than a night at a hotel it seems completely reasonable to me.July 4, 2017 at 10:14 am #692675
@ale Yes it’s very clear that it’s a Queen bed meant for 2 people. He messaged me first and said – I know you have a Queen bed for 2 people but I think it will work my whole family if you are ok with me bringing my wife and kids.
So I told him sure – it’s up to you – as long as you know up front you can do what you want.
I’m guessing it’s because it was Canada 150 weekend – we had an estimated 1 Million tourists come into the city for the long weekend and rates were through the roof. Hotels were in the thousands, Airbnbs were going for anywhere between $250-$450 per night, and I’m the idiot who listened to Airbnb telling me to lower my price, so he decided to squeeze his whole family into one bed to save money.
The thing is – I don’t think there are any issues with the listing. People are not complaining that it isn’t accurate or isn’t what they expected – they are bitching because the neighbour smokes, or because there are paint stains on the edge of the carpet, stupid things that I have no control over.July 4, 2017 at 10:17 am #692676
@missdre those are stupid things to complain about. You could stay at the best hotel and smell smoke. I’d get being annoyed over seriously gross carpets but a paint stain is clearly that. Not gross. You sound like you are going very out of your way to make it as easy as possible for people to stay. Sorry you’re dealing with that.July 4, 2017 at 10:39 am #692678
Yikes, that sucks MissDre! I’ve used Airbnb as a guest and I don’t think I’ve ever left a bad review. Sometimes I’ll put in an FYI if something wasn’t really clear from the listing (like this is a very residential neighborhood, etc.) or send a probate message being like you should probably look into this. But I can’t remember any time I’ve left a negative review like that. I think raising your prices might help…
On the other hand, I did get a negative review from a host recently that was bizarre – she basically complained that we didn’t clean up enough when there was a rather hefty cleaning fee and we still took out the garbage, etc. Like, she complained about sand when it was a beach house. I’m hoping that when other hosts see that, their reaction will be like wtf?July 4, 2017 at 10:46 am #692679
Yeah – like my carpets are very old and there’s lots of wear and tear. I’m in a 30 year old building that’s never been upgraded. But they aren’t dirty. I even had them professionally steam cleaned after getting complaints, just to make sure they were as fresh as possible.July 4, 2017 at 11:38 am #692683
Oh and Dre, you might already know this (I just found out recently), but apparently there is a way for hosts to see all the previous reviews a guest has left for others? Doesn’t help too much for all those brand new accounts, but it might be a way to weed out the pickier guests. Even if they wrote a single review it might be enlightening.July 4, 2017 at 6:22 pm #692726
Agree with raising prices. Also, random thought– could you buy some chocolate that seems fancy but is cheap and put it on their pillows? Just like a tiny thing to class up the place…July 4, 2017 at 6:32 pm #692728
Thanks Sarah – yeah maybe I’ll do that. Buy a bunch of little chocolate boxes and leave a little note that says “thanks for choosing my listing” or whatever (I’ll write something nicer than that). Start people out with a good impression.
I have a couple staying with me for 3 weeks right now (ugh… I also changed my listing so people can’t stay longer than 10 days) so this is the last of my cheap tenants. Hopefully I get some bookings at the higher price.July 4, 2017 at 9:21 pm #692743
Ugh. Nope. I quit. I hate people. I don’t want anybody in my home. I’m done. It’s not worth it.July 4, 2017 at 9:44 pm #692746
I admire you for putting yourself out there and taking the chance, MissDre. But it just seems like such an awful thing to be giving up so much in exchange for so little. I don’t think I’d even want somebody I *liked* there for two weeks or more. I’d be ready to throat-punch anybody I *didn’t* like (probably most people, lol). You’ve been so patient with what sounds like a challenging situation. I really wonder if you might have felt differently if you hadn’t been taken in my Airbnb’s suggestions that left you working like a slave for basically nothing. :-/July 5, 2017 at 6:19 am #692776
@Leslie Joan you might be right. My mom has been doing it and having a fantastic time. She loves it, she loves hosting, she loves the variety of people that she’s met.
The current couple I have staying with me seem nice enough, no complaints, quiet enough. But I was so mad last night. I was ALMOST a sleep, dozing peacefully, when they came home at 10 PM, turned on all the lights and started going through my cupboards and cooking up a storm.
I don’t mind if people want to put some things in my fridge, or use the microwave, or make a coffee. But I’m not cool with people pulling out all my pots and pans at 10 PM.
I thought it might be a good way to make some extra money but I’m hating it and I’m pretty sure I’m going take down my listing. I’m not meant for hosting strangers.July 5, 2017 at 6:35 am #692777
Hm. Maybe your mom has a house with better separation or sound insulation than yours does. Or maybe your mom can sleep through anything,in addition to enjoying people. But I wouldn’t be cool with people going through my stuff, period – forget about at 10 at night to cook. Ugh, I am so sorry. Well, I guess you learned something valuable, even if it wasn’t pleasant.