Pictures aren’t always worth a thousand words
Home-sharing sites are a lot like dating apps. You see homes at their best with great lighting, angles, filters, and everything looks pristine. A few swipes and you’re ready to book your vacation rental. That’s what Todd Brabender, of Lawrence, Kansas and his wife did when they recently booked an Airbnb, only to find the bathroom was horrible. “It had black mold on the tub, weird lighting, and the floor of the tub felt like it was going to cave in,” says Brabender. “Looking back, we realize there were no pictures of the bathroom in the listing. Now we know why.” To avoid the same vacation mistake, make sure you see all the pictures of the rooms you will be using and ask if there have been any updates since the last pictures were taken.