On this ‘I can just click a button and be accepted I don’t have to read any stupid rules or manuals, attitude’, this is something I am running into so frequently, I have just discovered a way to find out which guests are those that are like that before hitting the accept button. Because for me, it’s all pain. I didn’t build our home (lol), but I lovingly collected every piece that is in every room over the years, or they are pieces from my husband before we met in NO that I enjoyed combing about old stores to find great old things to match. There’s nothing, including the sheets and right down to the vintage hand worked pillowcases that I want treated as ‘who gives a crap’ stuff. We also spent money I don’t care to mention refinishing hardwood floors and doing unending myriad things people do when they own a historic home.
I decided for the 4 year doctor in residence and his girlfriend that I would ascertain if they were of the type to treat our room as a hotel as I expected, or if they were more conscientious. I have a lot of problems with young professionals that have received expensive educations. Somehow the education doesn’t stretch towards treating anyone else or other people’s things with any respect. You imagine these well spoken but relatively disinterested people (beyond a very quick hello here’s your room type thing) will be educated in manners, know how to behave in other people’s homes, and have basic respect for other people’s property. Unfortunately I am finding that these professional looking people that could be examining your corns or hammer toes or discussing your diabetes with you within the next year (and some already) are often beyond disgraceful in their treatment of furniture, bedding, and completely negligent of any house rules. They march right in and assume they are in a hotel, and that’s it.
So what I did with the young dr and his girlfriend today was tell him that we could accept his booking (without mentioning I hadn’t quite yet). Next I said check in was 4pm and we would appreciate if he could let us know what time they were expecting to arrive, and also to give us an update on the ETA when they were about 20 mins away so that we could be there to show them to their room. I asked that they read the house manual and rules so that they are familiar with the home before arrival, and let me know if there are any questions, or if I can help at all with any suggestions.
This guys response? Awesome! See you tomorrow!
I knew he onLy read as far as ‘we can accept’, and the rest was blah blah blah. I’m just going to come in your home and treat it like a hotel so just hand over the keys and let’s get this done.
I sent a message right after saying I needed to decline due to a. Change of plans. All the best with finding a great place.
I truly believe that guests that won’t read a message properly and respond by saying ‘we expect to arrive around such and such a time and will update you’, and I will make sure to read the manual and rules, etc, has given up even trying to pretend to care as soon as he has the word ‘accepted’. This will be my magic trick from here on out. Too often I don’t find out these things until after I’ve accepted and then go, oh no, not again. They acted decent until they got the gig.
I have to tell a story about another booking a couple of nights ago!! Amazing.