Yep! I have always used IB apart from the first few weeks. And I approved everyone during that non-IB period. The interesting thing I’ve found is that most guests inquire beforehand anyway, despite the fact that they could have just booked without contacting me.
Often, they have questions such as ‘is it possible for me to check in after 8 pm?’ or ‘can I walk to the beach?’
There’s really no point in me not having IB because I’m hopeless at evaluating people simply from a short message. I know that many hosts say that they have ‘gut feelings’ about guests from their inquiry but I never do. I’m hopeless. I have the attitude that everyone is fine until I’m proved otherwise
And I’ve never had any problem guests. The only time I had less-that-OK guests was before I was using IB and I approved them. (See what I mean? I’m just not good at evaluating people).
I have been renting our apartment for years and many years ago operated a traditional B & B. Until we listed with Airbnb, there wasn’t an option to decline or accept people - every booking was an instant booking with no opportunity to ‘get to know’ the guest first. So IB is fine for me because I’ve never expected guests to be perfect.
Our rental now is a separate apartment but when I was doing the B & B thing it was taking guests into the family home.