We just joined like a week and a half ago, and as many newbies we started with price on the low end (I’d searched and looked at others in our area) and I did all of the prep work and cleaning and got spare keys, etc. It was kinda a joke that I even listed… we live in the middle of nowhere. (I plan to boost the fee after 1st leaves, lol.)
So, first guest… …now we’re basically renting out the spare bedroom, extra bathroom, shared space kitchen and living rooms, week by week b/c he doesn’t know end work date, as if it were an apartment, for really cheap, to this one man who was basically sent to the area, for contractor type of work, out of state. (He had originally requested 10 days, but upon meeting him he informed us that he didn’t like the framework of the site, and wanted to pay in cash. After discussing with him and my husband, we came to agreement that we would go through the site for 1st week and then 2nd week, and if he wants to stay longer then he could pay us in cash after that, all at the same rate as when he 1st found listing at 20/night.
Okay, I’ve kept the area really clean and even washed and dried and re-made the bed he’s been sleeping in. (did this when he left for his night work) He’s staying longer (at that cheap apartment type of rate, and paying per a week). He mostly does his own food but I’ve shared or offered several things. (He like the pancake last Saturday and the homemade waffles today!) So, then I noticed his hamper was quite full so I washed, dried and folded his laundry too. …and left them on the bed… didn’t touch the dresser drawers he is using.
I shoveled all 4" of freaking snow from around his vehicle and super-salted and sanded the driveway, and politely listened to his stories about how hard it was to get us the driveway (slight incline) the night that we had a 1/10" of ice on everything and his “I’d never seen snow like this one…” (I grew up in the south, so empathy and a little chuckle…) and his stories about how little or how much somebody else charged him.
We set the starting rates so low to try to get good ratings and reviews. but this man (our first guest!) told me yesterday that he doesn’t do reviews. I showed him his profile, where he had 3 reviews from previous hosts and he said he didn’t know those were there. Today I was prompted through the site’s app to leave him a review and I did leave him a very nice one, 5 stars and polite feedback, then sent him special offer for next week.
Especially with him wanting to stay in our home, long term, extra bedroom, bathroom, use of kitchen, living room, etc.
… is it wrong for me to EXPECT him to leave a review and a rating?! (I politely suggested it on his “feedback”)
Airbnb already says we’re “at risk” because we had a person last week ask us to cancel his booking after we didn’t realize we had instant book setting turned on, and had already been messaging this other person for same dates.
What would you suggest?!