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10 Essential Etiquette Tips for Short-Term Rental Stays

Woman Walking Into a Richardson Short-Term Rental with a SuitcaseWhen you rent a short-term Richardson rental or vacation rental, it is vital to remember that you are a guest in another’s home. Respect for the property and the people who live there all year is essential. This article will cover some best practices and etiquette suggestions for renters staying in short-term or vacation rentals. We will cover everything, from arrival etiquette to what you should and should not do during your stay. Following these ten tips will ensure a pleasant stay at your vacation rental or short-term rental!

10 Tips to Being a Great Short-Term Rental Guest

  1. Recognize the vacation rental or short-term rental as your own abode. This means treating the property with respect and maintaining it as if it were your own. This includes not smoking inside, not making a mess, and not being excessively loud.
  2. Be sure to talk with the owner or manager before your arrival. It is important to go over any questions or concerns you may have at this time. It is also a wonderful way to get to know the property’s owner or manager and establish expectations for your stay.
  3. Assume that you are not allowed to eat or drink anything in the house unless the Richardson property manager has left specific instructions. Most short-term rental owners will, however, provide some spices and condiments, as well as basic toiletries, which you are welcome to use. Everything else you’ll require will be provided by you.
  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. Please note that you are a visitor 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. Follow any specific cleaning instructions that have been provided.
  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. Minor damage will usually be covered by your security or cleaning deposit. However, be ready to cover the costs in either case.
  7. Short-term rentals, on the whole, have a strict no-smoking policy. Cigarettes, cigars, e-cigarettes, and cannabis are all examples of this. If you must smoke, do so outside and away from the property.
  8. In most short-term rentals, pets are not permitted. If you have a pet, however, be sure to tell the owner before you arrive. Certain owners may make an exception for well-behaved pets.
  9. Respect the owner’s check-in and check-out times. This means being on time and not staying past check-out. Communicate with the owner beforehand if you require special accommodations. Also, send a text message or call the property owner when you depart. This is a courtesy they will appreciate, particularly if they must prepare the home for the next tenant.
  10. Leave an online review if you enjoyed your stay or if the property owner went above and beyond to make your visit pleasant. If you have complaints, communicate them to the business 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.

Following these suggestions will help you have a fantastic time at your short-term or vacation rental. With a little bit of courtesy and respect, you’re sure to have an enjoyable stay!

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