How to be a 5-star guest


We’ve all heard about the horror stories about guests leaving damage and wrecking havoc on neighbours, so let’s examine what a 5-star guest is and what Airbnb and short stay hosts look for.

You want to present a good first impression and one of the ways is having previous reviews following your check outs.  If you you’re a first time guest, then you’re going to have to work hard for your credibility.  Leaving a lasting impression (a good one) can be challenging as hosts have different expectations especially when it comes to cleanliness and appropriate post check out states.

The main thing to remember is to leave the place as you found it.  That means leaving the space tidy, rubbish emptied, dishes put away and bed made or stripped, then that way you can surely put a smile on a host’s face.

If you want to go that extra mile then here are some other tips:

  • Leave a special note and/or a gift like a bottle of wine or chocolates
  • Bring your own products and do a quick clean and dust
  • Don’t leave poo dried in the toilet bowl (yeah it’s nasty, but that’s what service providers and hosts have to put up with)
  • Empty the dishwasher
  • Leave the sink empty
  • Wipe your toothpaste spit off the mirror
  • Please don’t wash the linen, hosts and service providers need to inspect it before it’s washed for any damage or spills
  • Pick up your black hairs off the bathroom floor!
  • Empty your bathroom and kitchen bins
  • Communicate with your guest that you have packed up and are leaving
  • Double check your check out time, nothing worse than the service provider showing up to do a changeover and you’re still there!
  • Stop complaining about every little thing and contacting the host about it!  Yes, sometimes it’s warranted, but don’t be a pest!  The host might be living overseas
  • Don’t lose the keys or take them with you
  • Empty and wipe the refrigerator
  • Turn the heaters, lights and TV off before you leave
  • If you’ve left bits of lint and dirt on the floor, vacuum or sweep it up!  It’s not hard to keep floors clean people!

If you want more information on how to impress your host, click here

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