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10 Essential Etiquette Tips for Short-Term Rental Stays

Woman Walking Into a Kaneohe Short-Term Rental with a SuitcaseWhen you rent a short-term Kaneohe rental or vacation rental, it is vital to remember that you are a guest in another’s home. It is vital to respect the property and the year-round residents. This blog post will go over some etiquette and best practices for renters staying in short-term or vacation rentals. From how to act when you first arrive in what you should and shouldn’t do during your stay, we’ll cover it all. If you adhere to these ten tips, you’ll have a pleasant stay at your short-term rental or vacation rental!

10 Tips to Being a Great Short-Term Rental Guest

  1. Consider the short-term or vacation rental as your own home. This means treating the property with respect and maintaining it as if it were your own. This would include not smoking inside, not leaving a mess, and not making too much noise.
  2. Be sure to talk with the owner or manager before your arrival. It’s critical to go over any questions or concerns you might have. It is also a wonderful way to get to know the property’s owner or manager and establish expectations for your stay.
  3. Unless the Kaneohe property manager has left specific instructions, assume that you are not allowed to eat anything in the home. However, the majority of owners of short-term rentals will provide spices, condiments, and basic toiletries for your use. Make sure you have everything else you’ll need on hand.
  4. Be considerate of those who live in the immediate vicinity of the short-term rental. This means no excessive noise, no loud music, and no parties at the rental. Try to remember that you are a guest in someone else’s neighborhood!
  5. Make sure you leave the short-term rental as clean as you found it. This involves taking all trash with you, wiping down surfaces, and sweeping the floor. If there are any special cleaning instructions, be sure to follow them.
  6. If you accidentally break something, leave a stain, or cause other damage to the rental property, it is essential to notify the owners as soon as possible. Typically, minor damages will be covered by the security or cleaning deposit. But be prepared to cover the costs in either case.
  7. Short-term rentals, in general, have a strict no-smoking policy. Cigarettes, cigars, e-cigarettes, and cannabis are all examples of this. If you must smoke, do it outside and away from the property.
  8. In most short-term rentals, pets are not permitted. If you have a pet, please notify the owner prior to your arrival. For well-behaved pets, some owners may be willing to make an exception.
  9. Respect the owner’s check-in and check-out times. This means arriving on time and departing before the check-out time. If you need to make any special arrangements, contact the owner ahead of time. Also, when leaving, send a message or make a phone call to the property owner. This is a courtesy they will appreciate, especially if they need to arrange the home for a new tenant.
  10. If you had a pleasant stay or if the property owner took extra care to ensure your comfort, leave an online review. If you have complaints, you should first communicate them to the owner before posting them online. The majority of short-term rental property owners will appreciate the opportunity to address your concerns if you do so in a respectful manner.

Practicing these instructions will help make sure that you have a wonderful experience on your vacation or short-term rental. With a little bit of courtesy and respect, you’re sure to have an enjoyable stay!

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