I’ve been renting my home on Airbnb for about four years now, and I enjoy meeting people from locations near and far. I also take pride in my home, so much so that I recently spent thousands of dollars on everything from new flooring, carpeting, appliances, furnishings and wall hangings — as my most recent photo updates for this beach season indicate.
And yes, I agree there were a couple of snafus on my end — namely a dryer that broke down just prior to the guest’s arrival and a contractor delay that resulted in my having to store still-unhung paintings and other superfluous loft items in a closet. And I did work with the guest to try to satisfactorily resolve those one-time inconveniences.
However, to be fair, it should be noted that this guest also blatantly broke the rules by arriving late at night with an uncrated, unpaid-for dog that was obviously still a puppy, resulting in the soiling of two rugs (one brand new) and other damage.
So, as a result, I will longer be allowing dogs in my home unless they come with references from previous hosts, and their owners provide proof of age, vaccinations, etc. Sorry, folks, but I just have too much money invested in these most recent home improvements.
And now for some corrections/clarifications/context:
Water quality — my water is not contaminated; my house is located in a residential area that is supplied by city water (Tidewater); this was a junk-mail attorney solicitation directed at rural/farm properties in the area that rely on well water.
Bugs — I don’t have an ant (or other insect) infestation. I did, however, place an unopened box of ant-bait traps on the windowsill (as is seen in one of my photos) because Barbara and her guests brought a 3-year-old, so I had simply relocated it as part of routine “childproofing” of the house before their arrival.
Also, since I do live on a wooded property, there is obviously no avoiding the occasional moth, June bug, etc.; that is to be expected. So this may not be the best house for toddlers or small children, as is noted in my description.
Pest control — As posted in my house rules, I do not allow spray pesticides (such as RAID) to be used in or around my home; instead, I use Integrated Pest Management (IPM), the same pest-control system typically used in schools, which involves “using least-toxic means” first, and toxic chemicals, if used at all, only as a last resort ( see (Website hidden by Airbnb) for details); hence the unopened box of bait traps. (And I’ve not seen more than one or two ants this season so there has not even been any need for bait traps.)
In addition, the brand-new area rug that I discovered smelling of RAID and Nature’s Miracle after Barbara’s stay has subsequently been disposed of.
Storage — as noted in my profile, this is a house I also live in so there are certain closets that remain off-limits to guests, and in this instance I had simply forgotten to lock one of them. That and there was one closet filled with still unpacked loft-area decor, as previously mentioned, but I also provided the guests with alternative storage.
With regard to food items, there is plenty of room for guests’ food in the pantry, the refrigerator is typically nearly empty except for shared condiments, and the freezer (which may have appeared to be full to Barbara) is actually stocked with mostly bulky freezer packs, which guests are free to use in their coolers.
Pets and inclement weather — Dogs do live in this house, and while they do remain outdoors most of the time, especially when I am cleaning prior to guest arrivals, they may need to come inside in the event of heavy rain/thunderstorms and/or extremely hot weather. In such instances, every attempt is made to maintain cleanliness, including re-mopping/re-vacuuming floors, etc., just prior to guests’ arrival, particularly when guests arrive many hours late.
Guest pet rules — As is noted in my description/house rules, puppies are not allowed. In addition, since my dogs are not allowed on the furniture, neither are anybody else’s. And because my couches are cream-colored, I reserve the right to keep them covered. That and I roll up my best rugs, I ask that dogs be crated and/or confined to carpet-free areas, and I provide towels for dogs’ paws in the event of inclement weather. These are routine dog-stay procedures.
I hope I have covered everything here, but if anyone has any further questions, please feel free to contact me. Thanks!