I saw this posted on this forum’s Facebook page.
Not only is it an interesting article but clicking the links in it lead to another interesting article and I posted the link for that one separately. I
I was really interested in the travel bloggers advice on how to avoid bad airbnbs . Most of it is a no-brainer like only choose places with reviews but others like low quality photos are more authentic. I’ve highlighted the ones that I already followed (makes me feel smart).
"Mr Fergusson has 54 recommendations on his blog post, but these are 10 of his top tips:
-Never book a place with zero reviews, ideally look for a minimum of 50 reviews in popular tourist areas or 25 in quieter areas.
-Focus on reading the 10 most recent reviews and look out for any veiled or coded criticisms — read between the lines.
-Examine whether, and how, hosts respond to negative reviews. If they are defensive, not constructive, they are best avoided.
-If a place has less than five stars do not stay there, as most people will only leave less than that if they have had a horrible experience.
-Wherever possible use superhosts — these are experienced hosts who rarely cancel, respond quickly and have at least 80 per cent five-star reviews.
-Only stay with hosts who have provided verified government ID.
-Avoid hosts who have more than a couple of properties listed, i.e. professional Airbnb landlords.
-If you are a single woman, it may be best to stay with a female host.
-Low-quality photos taken by the host are more trustworthy than professional shots.
-Document anything that goes wrong with photo evidence for help with getting a refund.