It’s true there are some really awesome airbnb’ers who are older people–I have had a few–but in my nearly 3 years of hosting I have found that young people are so much more desirable than the old folks and way less trouble. They give better reviews and rarely require “maintenance” as opposed to older people.
Older people seem to arrive with the idea that “you better live up to my expectations, and if you don’t you will hear about it”.
Younger people are more flexible. They appreciate what you are doing, they know it’s a smokin’ good deal compared to a hotel, they are extremely happy upon arrival and then you hardly ever see them or hear from them after that because they’re gone enjoying the city and dining out.
The old folks want to sit around night and day, eat most meals here, create more noise, gripe if you don’t have cable, ask for your Roku password, ask for ketchup and mustard and oil and are annoyed if you don’t provide it, imply that the French coffee beans are too strong; I have heard it all. They get annoyed if the bedroom curtains aren’t thick enough and they wake up earlier than usual. They want to see inside the locked cleaning cabinet. I sometimes wonder if it’s all worth it.
But then the young ones come along – and I am happy again. Even when I have 5 or 6 young people they have, so far anyway, proven to be super clean, respectful of the place, courteous and kind.