As I mentioned last week, we just got back from a trip to Grand Rapids, MI for a week. We had a lovely week and one of the things that made it lovelier was renting a house through AirBNB. This was our first time using AirBNB for a whole house, but I’ve stayed at another AirBNB before and we’ve rented 10 or so houses, including two in Ireland, through VRBO (Vacation Rentals by Owner).
I love my kids, but I love them more when I have separate rooms from them. Even a suite in a hotel gets old after a night or two. Not every house has been amazing, but thanks to the tips I’m sharing below, every house has been as expected and had only minor disappointments. And some of the houses? Nicer and better locations than my own house.
- Get the address and check it on google maps. Do street view and look at the house, other houses nearby, travel down the street a bit…
- Check Homeaway as well and maybe Craigslist and make sure everything matches. Discrepancies between listings does not necessarily throw up a red flag, but it definitely gives you questions to ask the owner.
- Read the description multiple times to catch any strange bits (and then ask about them if you are still interested). Make sure that everything you require is included. If you aren’t sure about something, ask.
- Ask the owner questions and ask for more pictures. This both provides you more information and gives you a feel for what the owner is like. (Yes, we have chosen between two very similar options based purely on the vibe I got from the owner.
- ONLY pay with a protected source of funds. I’ve only NOT used a credit card 1 time, but he had us give him cash after our stay, so I was ok with it. (With AirBNB, you pay them, not the homeowner, so you do have some protections that way.)
The most important piece of advice I can give you though is to trust your intuition. If you feel like something doesn’t seem right, don’t do it.
Today, I’m linking up for my usual Friday Five with Courtney, Mar, and Cynthia. Stop by and see what everyone else is up to!