I’m relatively inexperienced and I have just learned a big lesson. Basically I have been super flexible with people checking in and I don’t have a huge check-in procedure other than to sit down and chat with them for a minute and kind of take their measure. Then I usually give them a tour of the house. And that’s about it.
What I recently learned is that being so flexible about check-in times is a huge mistake. I had a guest come in from Baltimore who was clearly here to party with friends which is totally cool. However this dude did not show up until about 4 in the morning and I realized then how important it is to me to meet these people. Because I noticed that I could not sleep until this dude was already here and in bed or whatever. Additionally he brought a different bed partner home with him each night. I don’t care what people do in bed but I don’t know these people and I didn’t agree to have them in my house.
Also do you give keys to your house out to people? I don’t give keys to people because I don’t feel comfortable with it. I might get one of those coded thingies so I don’t have to worry about it. Just trying to figure out if I’m alone in this and perhaps being unreasonable or if others feel this way too about giving out keys to their home.