What To Look For In An Airbnb

These days more and more people are turning to the popular apartment swapping website Airbnb for their lodging when they go on a trip.  The prices are considerably lower than hotels and the ease of navigation on the website makes it less of a headache than traditional vacation rental sites.

Even though the simplicity of the website makes it easy for users to find beautiful properties to stay at for a reasonable price, this doesn’t mean that it doesn’t come with its challenges. It is still important to know some tips to make sure that you don’t make a hasty reservation without checking all of the fine print.  Here are the most important things to look for when you are looking for an Airbnb.

Location

Make sure that you look closely at where the central part of your location is and where the Airbnb falls on the map in relation.  You may find a stunning a property for a great price then arrive only to realize that you are extremely far away from the desirable parts of town.

This mistake is easily remedied by taking a look at the map which is included with every posting.  You can also ask the host at any time whether it is easy to find public transportation or taxis from the property into town.

Price and Security Deposit

One of the biggest mistakes that people make when choosing an Airbnb is failing to see that the price of the property fluctuates depending on the season or day of the week.  It is important to click on various dates and see which date works best for your budget.

You will also want to make sure that you understand the terms and conditions of the security deposit.  Depending on the place that you choose, some places have a rather hefty security deposit for any damages.  Make sure that this is an amount that you are able to feel comfortable paying.

Number of Guests Allowed

Some properties have a very strict guest policy so you will want to make sure that you communicate with your host and read the fine print regarding how many people are allowed to stay.

There is nothing worse than arriving at your location and realizing that the property that you have chosen is in fact only allowed for one person alone.  The hosts have the right to terminate your contract or charge fees for not cooperating with the guest terms.  

Amenities Included

You will want to make sure that you read carefully whether there are things included like wifi or air conditioning. It is not smart to assume that everywhere automatically includes things that you may consider to be very basic. Instead, always make sure that you double check.