I decided to set up my Instant booking and only allow people with positive reviews to instant book (you can set this in your booking settings).
I’m not sure if I’m running off of paranoia of being on this forum for the last 2 months or what. I’ve never had an issue before but since reading so many crazy negative posts I’ve decided to restrict my incoming guests a bit more.
One thing I did do is ADD to my initial Airbnb description this comment…
“New to Airbnb and aren’t able to instant book with me? Please send an inquiry introducing yourself. I love hosting new guests!”
I feel like offering this up allows new people to feel comfortable to inquire and try to book. What do ya’ll think? I worry about allowing anyone without reviews to instant book and then I feel uncomfortable and trying to work it out with Airbnb support when I feel icky about the booking.
This way people need to inquire and I can vet them first before approving the booking. Do you think this will work or will it pull me down in the rankings and get me less bookings?
I’ve been very c’est la vie about this whole thing so far and it has gone really well.
I only have become concerned since entering this forum and reading horror stories. I don’t have any, and I don’t want any in my future.