Do you have a shared house or entire house you rent out?
I rent three rooms in the home where I live. The rental rooms are on the ground floor (along with the other living spaces) and my bedroom suite is on the top floor. One of the rental rooms has an attached, private bath; the other two share a bath.
How much is your deposit?
$US $500 … this hasn’t been an issue for guests because I explain that the deposit is only taken if there is damage and that I know there won’t be from them
Do you have instant book?
No and I probably never will because I want to “converse” (via the message system) first so that I know more about the guests
What is your cancellation policy?
Strict – although I have occasionally given refunds
Do you list anywhere else?
I have a Wordpress website to promote my listings. I tried 9Flats, but it was not a good experience because the notification system for inquiries didn’t work and therefore I didn’t respond to potential guests soon enough.
What is your check in/out time?
I’m flexible as long as it is not after 11pm – I’m not a night owl. I have had a few guests whose planes were late, but that can’t be helped.
Anything special you do/add for your guest?
I provide a self-serve continental breakfast that includes great croissants and/or pastries from the bakery around the corner. Also, each guest gets a welcome plate of cookies from the same bakery and there is a jar of small wrapped chocolates in each room. I’m a big fan of our Metro Rail so provide ticket cards for all my guests and give advice on how to get around car-free (saves me on providing parking because there is no over night street parking in my town). I’ve also done my own personal walking tours of the area, directions for getting to many attractions via Metro Rail, and have a good guide book with local spots.
Advice to newbies
Everything must be spotless clean! Then, most important thing is to enjoy your guests and help them have great experience in your town.
Hope this is useful …
Happy Hosting – Lia