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HOW TO PROTECT YOUR VACATION RENTAL FROM CONFLICTING GUESTS

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Owning a vacation rental is not easy, especially when you appreciate the property you are renting (which is what usually happens to everyone). Often, this fear of leaving the second residence in the hands of complete strangers is what stops many from becoming owners and enjoying the extra money that a tourist apartment has. According to pisos.com, 25% of the owners who participated in a survey declared that their biggest fear was that the guests caused rent damage, and 17% feared even more the non-payment by them.

Letting people you do not know have the freedom to stay at your property at ease may not always go well, and that is why there are some practices that will help you avoid the “most conflicted guests”.

IDENTIFY THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF GUESTS

To deal with this problem Sankofa Guest House gives you an idea to identify what we are facing, and for this it is necessary to study a little the types of guests who usually rent tourist flats (and, more specifically, those who are usually interested in our type of apartment or our zone).

Sometimes, anticipating the behaviour of guests is not the simplest thing in the world, as they may surprise us pleasantly or ungratefully. However, there is usually a pattern of behaviour with each type of traveller who stays in our homes.

GUESTS OF THE THIRD AGE

We agree that retired travelers looking for a quiet vacation are not going to be a problem in terms of possible damage or noise.

GUESTS TRAVELING FOR WORK

Guests traveling on business do not usually give complications either, as they will be away from the apartment most of the time, and usually travel alone.

GUESTS TRAVELING WITH PACKAGE

Guests travelling with families or pets, on the other hand, can be a double-edged sword: despite not organizing wild parties in your apartment, they may cause minor damage (if there are children and break things they should not touch) , or if the pets are not fully trained to relieve themselves or tend to bite the furniture. In these cases, the solution is as easy as requesting a bigger deposit, which you will then return to the guests in case you have not destroyed anything.

URBANITES GUESTS

Another group that increasingly travels more are the so-called ‘millennials’; those young people who prefer to stay in holiday rentals to absorb the maximum experience of their trip, living as a ‘neighbour’, seeking recommendations from local people, etc.

This group of travelers does not have to be a threat, unless it is also part of the next type of guest.

GUESTS TRAVELING IN GROUPS OF FRIENDS

What is this portion of travelers looking for? Spacious houses, possibility of inviting extra people, swimming pool, low prices, surroundings with leisure options and even isolation, to avoid neighbors’ complaints due to excessive noise.

Young guests who travel in a group usually do so for leisure, and therefore are more likely to organize ‘meetings’ that can get out of hand in terms of noise and lack of control.

GUESTS TRAVELING AS A COUPLE

This group, although it is usually quieter, can also be conflicting, since many hosts have had problems with very noisy couples (both for loving and for hating each other).



SO, WHAT KIND OF GUESTS SHOULD BE AVOIDED?

Sometimes it is impossible to know the intentions that your guests have planned for your property, but other times they are obvious: avoid all guests who want to make your house a nightclub or party.

However, there are other things that you will want to avoid, such as robberies or other difficult situations, so we will give you tips to anticipate large scale disasters in the next sections.


A Traveller’s guide to vacation rentals

A traveler's guide to vacation rentals

Anyone that’s beginning to plan a trip knows that the key element that will determine if you have a great time or not begins with where you’re going to stay once you arrive at your destination. There are a few factors that play into the decision to be made, such as how many are in your group and how long your stay will be wherever you’re going. Planning along these lines can get a tad pricey if you’re looking at hotels, especially if it’s a situation where you’re planning a trip on the spur of the moment. With that in mind, many are now joining the ranks of those who are looking at and booking their stays in vacation rentals across the globe. But how does one get started with picking the right vacation rental for their own trip? Read on for an overall look at the process to get things underway.

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The idea of vacation rentals took off first as a way to minimize the detracting elements one can sometimes find in hotels. What would those be? Well, with hotels you and your group are essentially surrounded by others in their own rooms. Sometimes that can be challenging if they get too loud, or have members of their own group cause a ruckus. You’re paying extra for little amenities like a mini-bar or in some cases, wireless internet access. Some hotel rooms are also built-in terms of layout where it’s essentially one large room with a minute amount of closet space and a bathroom, which can pose a logistics issue for those traveling in large groups. And if you’re trying to avoid that, paying for a suite can really increase your vacation costs. Another hang-up that can occur involves the availability of rooms in hotels in certain rural areas or places that it will take some time to travel to from the airport.

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With vacation rentals, you are essentially looking at sites like Airbnb, RentalVilla and HomeAway for rooms, apartments and even houses to rent for your vacation. Each website differs however with what they offer – Airbnb actually has “experiences” available for booking in addition to or separate from any lodging being booked for a majority of the cities and countries they manage property listings in. A vacation rental allows for travelers to feel more immersed in the city or region they’re staying in, to make their trip that much more enjoyable. It also gives guests a chance to minimize other costs they’d incur during their trip, such as getting groceries for a week from local markets and specialty shops instead of eating out for almost every meal.

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How the process works is, you go to one of these vacation rental sites with the dates you have in mind for your stay. From there you can get an approximate final total of how much it would be, factoring in local taxes and processing fees that the site has. Each site has varying fee amounts; for example, Airbnb charges 6 – 12% whenever a reservation is made along with a cleaning fee. These are incorporated into the final tally.  The thing to keep in mind is, with renting a vacation property it is up to you to keep up communication with your host and to abide by their rules regarding the place. Each site has a dedicated customer service staff on hand that can be reached by phone or email. Many hosts look to make the entire process a smooth one, and will even go out of their way to arrange tours in their area or provide breakfast and snacks once guests arrive. In some cases, you just arrive at the appointed check-in time and pick up the keys and begin your stay. If you are looking for quality listings, you can check out sites like Trip101 that helps curate apartments from sites like Airbnb.

Vacation rentals are a surefire way to enhance your trip to truly enjoyable levels without the extra hassle.

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Christopher is a writer with Trip101. Trip101 is a one-stop guide for travel enthusiasts around the world. Supported by an ever-growing community of travel writers, we provide inspiration and useful information to help facilitate travel in a fun and meaningful manner!

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