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.