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Making your first reservation on Airbnb can be overwhelming. Here are my top 10 tips to make your reservation a success.
1. Confirm the home type in your search results
After searching for a location, make sure to select the home type you want to book. Airbnb offers 3 types:
- Entire place – You’re booking the whole home, apartment, condo, etc
- Private room – You’re booking one room in a home used by multiple people. The bedroom will be yours but the other areas like the kitchen, bath, and common areas may be shared by other travelers
- Shared room – You’re booking a room that may be shared with other travelers
2. Use the map during your search
If you know which part of town you want to stay, take advantage of the Airbnb map showing your search results to zoom in on the exact area. More homes will show up as you zoom in and out on the map.
3. Read the reviews and the entire home listing
Reviews by other travelers give you a great understanding of the home. I always read the most recent reviews as well as some of the negative reviews to know what to expect.
In addition to the reviews, always read the entire listing. The host will make you aware of everything you need to know including things like additional taxes, parking, and amenities.
4. Consider the fees
The search results page only shows you the base nightly price. Any additional taxes and fees are listed on the booking page based on your dates and exact number of people.
Some potential fees include:
- Cleaning fee: One time fee charged by the host to clean the home after you leave.
- Extra guest fees: Some hosts may charge an extra fee based on the number of people. Make sure you select the accurate number of people in your reservation.
- Airbnb service fee: Airbnb charges you a fee on all reservations. This fee ranges from 5% to 15% of the reservation subtotal and covers Airbnb’s overhead for running the website.
- Local taxes or Occupancy fees: You may be charged a local tax or occupancy fee depending on tax laws in the particular city the home is located.
- Value Added Tax (VAT): You may be charged a VAT in some countries outside the United States.
5. Book as early as possible
This is the same advice I give for booking most travel. The sooner you book the more Airbnb homes will be available.
6. Check the cancelation policy
Each home will have its own cancelation policy. Be sure to review the cancelation policy to know if you will receive a refund if your plans change or you cannot make your trip.
7. Update your profile
Upload a picture and a short bio of yourself in your Airbnb profile. When you request a reservation, include a note about you and your trip. You want your host to feel comfortable allowing you to reserve their home.
8. Communicate with your host
Communication makes everything smoother. Make sure your host knows when you plan to arrive and depart especially if you need special accommodations outside of the alloted check-in and check-out times.
9. Earn a 5 star guest rating
Just like you can leave a review about the home after your stay, the host is able to review you as a guest. Treat the Airbnb home like your home, leave it in a clean condition, and follow all check-out instructions from your host.
10. Leave a review
You took advantage of reviews in tip #3 to find the right booking. Provide the same courtesy to future travelers. It’s possible conditions changed or new amenities like faster wifi were added that you can include in your review to help others select the right home.