I saw a similar topic on another forum I am active with (backyard chickens dot com) and I thought it would be a great topic for here as well. I am so grateful I found this forum early on. I have learned sooo much from all of you so here goes in no particular order. I am sure I will forget some stuff.
Most of this I learned from here, some of it I figured out on my own.
Cameras (disclosed, outdoor) are a hosts best friend.
Most of the time guests are fine, the worry is not worth it.
Be firm with your rules, guests are like kids they need firm boundaries.
Do not worry about the review when dealing with guests, the entitled guests who the world revolves around often do not review anyway (in my limited experience with less than stellar guests)
Review guests honestly the day they leave so you remember who you are reviewing.
If you are pissed off, breathe, write a draft review and post it here for feedback before hitting submit.
If you expect a less than 5 star review hold that review until last minute, 14 days from the time you get the email prompting review as not to prompt them.
Hot water sets stains, always wash in cold.
Hydrogen peroxide cleans blood.
White sheets and towels.
No microfiber sheets.
Hang out laundry to dry if you can so you can look for spots that need more treatment.
Look for hairs and spots as you strip the beds, use a lint roller for hairs.
Microfiber towels for cleaning.
Use attachments on vacuum for getting hairs from shower and toilet before cleaning.
Lint roller and flashlight in hand on final walk through to grab errant dirt or hairs.
Keep the rules simple, do not overdo it it is off putting to guests.
Call out important rule violations in real time directly with guest.
Do not expect anything from AirBnb outside collecting the payments, manage your own business.
Do not undervalue yourself or your listing.
Turn off price tips and do not compete in the race to the bottom.
Ignore the trolls, it drives them nuts:)
I sure love my kettle, heats the water right up!
I am sure I missed some stuff, what have you learned from this forum?