You skim over the rules
Daxiao Productions/Shutterstock You just booked the ultimate vacation rental but upon arrival find you’re not allowed to have guests on the property unless they booked with you as registered guests! “Some hosts have very specific rules,” says Kerith Henderson, an Airbnb “Superhost” (a Superhost must have at least 80 percent of their reviews be five stars). “Guests who don’t read through the rules can find themselves in a difficult situation if they happen to break one.” Thoroughly read the rules and you’ll get a sense if this is the place that’s right for you.
You forget about comfort
Nenad Aksic/Shutterstock Ever crashed at a friend’s house and didn’t get a wink of sleep because their mattress was lumpy? “A great night’s sleep means everything on a trip,” says Henderson. “Find out what kind of mattress your host has. If you like a firm one, sleeping on a pillow top for four days might make you miserable.” Other issues to consider are the furniture. If you like to kick it back after a day of touring, the Victorian-style parlor chairs and settee may have looked great in the picture but not so much for relaxing. If you have kids, a bathtub may be essential for little ones who don’t use the shower yet. Plan ahead and think of how you will be using the home on a daily basis to determine whether it will be a good fit.
Not reading the fine print
Subbotina Anna/Shutterstock You certainly didn’t expect to get the flu when you booked your home last week, but now your vacation has to be postponed. Be sure to read the fine print on cancellation policies. Ask for clarification if you have questions. “Sometimes cancellations cannot be avoided. Find out if your booking gives a 100 percent refund when canceling; some do not,” says Henderson.