Hi Yana -
Thanks for that perspective on IB which so many hosts seem to despise.
When I joined ‘Air’ in 2012 to find a place in China while on an adoption journey, I gave a lot of detail about myself and 2 (now 3) kids. I figured that anyone considering renting to a family of 5 would want to know who we are.
My first booking request on air (before I even finished my listing) was a young kid from France without even a photo. I was stunned as I’d expected all guests to have been like me. My second was a host who had lots of reviews - and some of his guests found his place to be “Sordid!!”
Like Yana most - maybe 90%? - of my guests are new and some a clueless. Yet to date, thank God, all have been fine, and most, wonderful. It’s gotten to the point that I check my calendar, and approve if I can without even looking at their profile.
Here’s the thing - The bookings that have been most sketchy to me have been some of the best. In fact, one I seriously considered CANCELLING because her photo made her look STRANGE and her communication was scant at best. But where am I staying when I go to Philly next month? Yep, her place. Because it was an instant connection - I came home from work and her nephew (Chinese) was playing Chinese chess with my son (also Chinese) and they were talking a mile-a-minute in Chinese, while her son (14) was playing our piano like a prodigy. She came upstairs to meet me and then helped me look through new bedding I had just purchased and got interested in the choices.
The young French kid who booked first with no photo or anything? Best guest, so polite, took out the trash, wrote me a note later…
However, the Australians I connected with so well over email? Not horrible guests by any measure but very, very high maintenance.
So, I’m with Yana - I just don’t know how you can tell by a few emails who’s a good choice and who’s not - but it’s ‘to each his own for sure’. We’re all learning!
Any other hosts able to chime-in here? Spring Break is CRAZY here in DC and I anticipate a situation like Yana describes…
So… I don’t know… Now that we just invested in a ‘real’ insurance policy, and have decided to invest $15,000 improving the rental area, IB may be just the ticket. Because yes, first thing in the morning, I’m up and out of bed checking my phone since so many requests come in from the other side of the world between 1 and 6 a.m. I figure the sooner a host replies the more likely they will get the booking. And I know what it’s like for me - often if I’m planning a trip I’m ‘robbing’ time from another task, like sleeping, to get my research done - if I have a host reply quickly it makes the process SO much easier…