Hello, and thank you for welcoming me as a new member to this forum.
I am asking for thoughts and comments from those who have made some investment in tools that purport to go beyond FB and Google. Ones that come to mind are Pipl.com, BeenVerified.com, TruthFinder.com, SterlingCheck.com, ClearChecks.com, and a myriad of others. If you have invested in these paid services, how do they work, how do they help your vetting process, is it worth the money, and generally what do you think of them?
I have read several threads regarding: to screen or not to screen potential guests. I realize that there are several active members who have strong beliefs that it isn’t worth trying to screen guests because it simply doesn’t work. Point taken. These threads typically evolve to one camp that says it is a waste of time to screen, and another camp that says it is worth the trouble, with several references to “Faulty Towers.” But for the purposes of this post, let’s assume that I want to screen my potential guests and that I will do so.
My question is about the serious tools that people use to vet their potential guests. Yes, we all know about FaceBook and Google, which can be marginally helpful. We all also know about how you can get a “gut feeling” about your back-and-forth conversations with potential guests. We all also know that these methods can be misleading, and one never knows if the FaceBook profile you think you found is the same person.
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My wife and I recently purchased a family-owned beach home from my parents in their retirement, in Ocean City, NJ. Here, the season runs from about 1 June though 31 August, with only spotty business on the shoulders. The main clientele is suburban Philadelphia, Delaware, New Jersey, and to a lesser extent New York, Virginia, DC, and Western PA. The “culture” here is weekly rentals of the entire house, Saturday to Saturday, where clients bring their own bed and bath linens.
Because the purchase dragged on, we were late to get it ready and listed for this Summer, and so we are still looking for our first guest after being “live” on VRBO for about a month. I built my own website using SquareSpace (very nice product), and we also list on VRBO. We are not yet using AirBnb, but part of my reason for joining this forum is to explore this possibility.
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