Planning your next escape? Consider an Airbnb for a touch of personal charm, flexibility, and even potential savings. To kickstart your accommodation hunt explore the photos and guest reviews, and always check stay requirements to avoid any booking blunders. However, the key to a great stay is communication with your host. Be a pro with these must-ask Airbnb questions.
Does your Airbnb property have fast and reliable internet?
Do you remember the last time you weren’t connected to the digital world? It’s not great, especially if you have a family in tow reliant on their social media fix or Netflix binge. Always ask your Airbnb host about their internet – specifically is it fast and reliable enough for your needs? Simply put, an inadequate or unreliable internet connection should be non-negotiable (unless of course, you’re getting away from tech).
Is there an on-site and free-to-use kitchen at the property?
We know it sounds like a dumb question, but checking if your Airbnb has a kitchen that you can use is a game-changer when it comes to how you will spend a vacation. It means the freedom to whip up your meals, save on eating out, and the ability to enjoy a different kind of vacation (warm fires, romantic meals, etc). We recommend always asking your host about kitchen access.
What are the top (or best hidden) attractions around the property?
Always ask your Airbnb host this question. It is vital and can make or break your vacation as there is nothing worse than being miles from something to do – and needing to get away from the hullabaloo of extended family. Additionally, this question can unlock secrets only known by locals and is the best avenue to get that insider’s guide to the best sports and experiences. Don’t miss out—ask and dive into the local scene!
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Are there any house rules I should be aware of?
Always read the fine print before booking as you don’t want your vacation ruined by a house rule from hell. However, we recommend asking the key question about house rules before getting to the point of booking. What’s the point of loving the pictures and location if you can’t bring your canine best friend, or if the property doesn’t allow kids? It’s important to ask your host about any specific dos and don’ts they have in place. This ensures you’re on the same page from the get-go.
What necessities, from towels to toiletries, do you provide?
Many Airbnb hosts will make your stay feel like a hotel holiday, with fresh linen and a stocked fridge. However, don’t expect that from every host, and before you start thinking about what to pack, know what necessities and toiletries are provided. This simple question saves you from packing unnecessary items and gives you clarity on what you need to buy.
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Are there any extra fees, like parking, I could incur while staying at your property?
If you only ask one question, make sure it is this one: always ask about any potential extra fees upfront, because you don’t want unexpected costs later on. Whether it’s for additional guests, cleaning services, or amenities like parking, knowing these details helps you budget more accurately for your vacation.
What are the safety measures at the property?
If you are taking kids, young family members, their friends, or pets, it is vital to ask about the safety measures in place at the Airbnb property. This includes everything from fire safety equipment to security systems. Knowing these details can give you peace of mind, ensuring you feel secure throughout your stay. The last thing you want is to be scrambling around for safety documentation when you need it the most.
How do I check in and check out of the Airbnb property?
Booking an Airbnb without knowing how to gain access can be a real hassle, especially if you’re left wandering from door to door, making call after call to find out who holds the key. This might be manageable if you’re alone, but it quickly becomes a nightmare when you’re dragging your travel companions along for the wild key chase. To avoid this scenario, it’s crucial to ask your Airbnb host about the check-in process in advance. Understanding how and where to access your rental, as well as the check-out procedures is essential.
How do I find your property? And where is the entrance?
Worst than not knowing where to get the keys, is trying to figure out the entrance on a property that is being a gate, within a complex, or up a tree (seriously, we stayed in a tree cabin with Airbnb). Asking for detailed directions or instructions on how to find the entrance to the property can be complicated, especially if it’s in the middle of nowhere (or up a tree). Always ask your Airbnb host before you arrive how to enter the property (or at the very least, put their number on your contact list).
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Is there a cancellation policy?
Life’s unpredictability can sometimes disrupt vacation plans, making it essential to review the cancellation policy of an Airbnb before booking. Understanding your options in case your plans change is crucial. If you’re facing a particular scenario that might affect your booking, we recommend contacting the Airbnb host directly before making a reservation. It’s important to inquire about any specific cancellation provisions you might need. Remember, if you don’t ask, you won’t know. Always clarify cancellation policies with your host before booking to ensure you get the flexibility you need.
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