Friday, September 23, 2016

Suggestions When Booking an Airbnb

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Hello Luvs,

Happy almost weekend. This week has been full of outside activities, art, and lots of swimming. If I could swim everyday I would be in kat heaven. That is one thing that has been a perk while doing airbnbs. As a family we have been able to center ourselves around cultural and outdoors places. No matter where you are, seeking out those locales helps you decide pretty quickly whether or not you will return.

This blog covers a few of the things I have learned so far. It is important that everyone starts off on the right foot and leave a positive impression. Hopefully it will help those thinking about booking an airbnb and the hosts who currently share/book their places.

At the start of our airbnb (solely) experience that began in February we were definitely at a place that was overpriced even by the locations measure. Because we were newbies with only one stay under our belt we didn't realize that we had options. Not that anything was done in a bad way, but simply by the way of our upfront communication. Checking out what else is available is a big deal! Dealing with a place that rings false than it's listing is even bigger. In a blog down the line I will share how we have dealt with those situations in more detail for you.

We have learned that you can't see a place, go ga-ga over it and immediately book. If money is not a problem for you then more power to you. But for us, we (like many people in the country and around the world) live within a certain means). It could be because of a negative circumstance or by choice. Either way, throwing money away should be something that we all agree is a bit silly. By reaching out beforehand and following the step of introduction (telling the host a little bit about yourself) you can usually get a reduced amount. If you can set your visit at one week that opens up discounts on some locations if not all that you reach out to. We have saved a significant amount by doing this...they could always say no and you could decide whether or not it truly is a value to you. There is never any harm in asking. The host knows what still brings them profit and they will most likely consider that when responding.

Once you have booked you place make sure to read any material left by the host. Skipping this step can help you avoid questions that might arise. It could be anything from wi-fi password, how to get the television to work (we've had a couple where there are three remotes!), to temperature control. Most places charge a cleaning fee. Yes, that means someone should come by and clean it before you arrive and after you depart in preparation for the next visitor. However, follow their instructions (ex. strip the bed, take out the garbage, place towels on the floor in the bathroom, dispose of any perishables you brought with you). Some hosts will leave things like soup or pasta sauce among other things and say please use whatever you like. In turn you can use the items, but make sure to not leave the cupboard bare. Buy some items to pay it forward to the nest guest. Doing these things will help insure that the host leaves you a positive rating which comes in handy when booking your net place.

Speaking of your rating, you should make sure to leave a rating for the host. When doing this there are a few questions they ask you (especially what you liked about the place/stay). There is a timeline for doing so so make sure that you leave it before the time expires. If there are things that needed addressing immediately communicating with the host during your stay is imperative. Always be cordial and have all the specifics regarding the issue before you reach out. If the items are smaller (like one window not opening all the way or the shower being slow to drain) do not leave those in the public rating. Instead you should reach out to them directly. Trust me, they will appreciate it. Once either of you have left a rating you will receive a prompt from airbnb. The guest or hosts review will not show until both have left it. 

These things might seem like small things, but they go a long way. You will find some places more user friendly regarding shopping and amenities. Just like you, the host(s) might have a different approach to how they do things. Give them feedback helps them to improve their system/set-up for the next guest. Pretty sure that they would want to know. Because if they book and receive high ratings over and over they become 'Super Hosts' which is pretty cool.

I hope my advice will help you before, during, and after your stay. If you have yet to try one I say go for it. Feeling at home and relaxed is the goal of most hosts. Being able to cook, swim, lounge (if you wish) is priceless. I love cooking while staying at places. Found myself making just a few kitchen items turn our some delicious meals. Below is what we had a couple of days ago. It is a simple dish which requires few items. Leftovers rock the next day (if there are any!). Please let me know how your turns out if you decide to make it.
The lettuce provides the right
amount of crunch....

The meat is wonderfully
spicy and tender!












BBQ Shredded Chicken Sliders

2 chicken breast sliced lengthwise then sauteed in vegetable oil/salt/pepper. While meat is cooking you start the bbq sauce.

BBQ Sauce: I do by sight, but I believe this is pretty close. Combine ingredients in a saucepan and warm on low-medium.

b 2 cups ketchup
3 tbsp. spicy mustard
1 tsp. raw cane sugar
3 tbsp. chili powder
2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. pepper

After chicken is cooked shred with 2 forks and mix chicken with sauce in bowl or saucepan....more steps are in slideshow. ENJOY!



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Til next time,

Kat



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