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10 Essential Etiquette Tips for Short-Term Rental Stays

Woman Walking Into a Bixby Short-Term Rental with a SuitcaseWhen you rent a short-term Bixby 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 discuss some etiquette and best practices for renters who are staying in short-term or vacation rentals. Everything will be discussed, from how to behave when you arrive in what you should and shouldn’t do during your stay. Follow these ten-pointers, and you’ll have a lovely time at your short-term or vacation rental!

10 Tips to Being a Great Short-Term Rental Guest

  1. Manage the vacation or short-term rental as though it were your own home. This involves treating the property with respect and handling it as if it were your own. Things, like not smoking inside, not being too loud, and not leaving a mess, are all examples of this.
  2. Before you arrive, make sure to speak with the owner or manager. It is important to go over any questions or concerns you may have at this time. It’s also a great way to get to know the owner or manager and establish your expectations for your stay.
  3. Unless the Bixby property manager has left specific instructions, assume that you are not allowed to eat anything in the home. Most short-term rental owners will, however, provide some spices and condiments, as well as basic toiletries, which you are welcome to use. Plan to supply yourself with all other necessities.
  4. Be respectful of the neighbors of the short-term rental. This means that you should not be too loud, play loud music, or have parties at the rental. Remember, you are a visitor in someone else’s neighborhood!
  5. Make sure to leave the short-term rental in the same condition as when you came. Taking all trash with you, wiping down surfaces, and sweeping the floors are all part of this process. If there are any special cleaning instructions, be sure to follow them.
  6. If you break something, leave a stain, or cause any other type of damage to the rental property, you must immediately notify the owners. Typically, minor damages will be covered by the security or cleaning deposit. But, in any case, be ready to cover the costs.
  7. Generally, smoking is strictly prohibited in short-term rentals. This includes cigarettes, cigars, electronic cigarettes, and cannabis. If you smoke, do so outside and away from the premises.
  8. In most short-term rentals, pets are not permitted. If you have a pet, however, please inform the owner before arriving. For well-behaved pets, some owners might 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 special arrangements, let the owner know ahead of time. When you leave, send a message or give the owner a call. This is a courtesy they will appreciate, especially if they need to ready the place for another tenant.
  10. Leave an online review if you had a good time or if the property owner went out of their way to make your stay enjoyable. If you have any complaints, you should first confront the owner before posting them online. If you share your concerns respectfully, most short-term rental property owners will appreciate the opportunity to answer them.

Using these tips will ensure that your short-term rental or vacation rental is a great experience. You’ll have a great time if you show a little respect and consideration!

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