5 Things To Look For In an Airbnb

When it comes to Airbnb you either know what you’re doing or you don’t.  People who haven’t used the website before may be confused or intimidated about how to navigate the site and stay in a total strangers house.  However, it doesn’t have to be anything worth stressing over.  Millions of people use the site every day with great success.

The important thing when looking for an Airbnb for your trip is to know what to look for. If you are new to Airbnb and need to know the basics of how to search, here are the things that you need to keep an eye out for.

Air Conditioning / Heating

It’s important that you stay somewhere which will provide a comfortable temperature for you.  If you are visiting a hot location, you’ll want to make sure that you have air conditioning to keep the heat out.  Otherwise, you run the risk of being miserably hot during your trip and having a hard time getting comfortable.

Alternatively, if your destination is somewhere with a colder climate, you should make sure that where your staying is warm enough.  If there is only kerosene heater in a 6 room house in the English countryside, for example, then you are probably going wish that you double checked a little better.


Sometimes when looking for an Airbnb, we may get so caught up in what a nice place it is that we fail to ensure that it’s in a good location.  You should make sure that its close enough to shops and any locations that you want to check out.

Otherwise, you’ll find yourself taking cabs and waiting in traffic the whole time when it could have a been a short walk.

Price of Deposit / Hidden Fees

Reading the fine print when making a reservation is crucial.  Otherwise, you may miss very important charges and fees which you may later be held responsible for.

You are always required to leave a security deposit when renting an Airbnb so be prepared for a hefty sum which you may or may not get back depending on the condition that you left the house in.

Number of Allowed Guests

It’s important to read how many guests are allowed to stay in the property.  Usually, the owner will specify the max amount of guests and if it surpasses, then you could get hit with a fine and potentially compromise your credibility on Airbnb.

Good Ratings

Take a look at what guests who have stayed on the property have to say about it.  If the reviews are mixed or leaning towards the more negative side, you may want to reconsider a new location.

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