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10 Essential Etiquette Tips for Short-Term Rental Stays

Woman Walking Into a Riverview Short-Term Rental with a SuitcaseWhen renting a vacation or short-term Riverview rental, it is important to remember that you are a guest in someone else’s home. It’s essential to treat the property and the people who live there year-round with respect. This blog post will discuss some best practices and etiquette suggestions for renters staying in vacation or short-term rentals. From how to behave upon arrival to what you should and should not do during your stay, we will cover everything. Follow these ten-pointers, and you’ll have a lovely time at your short-term or vacation rental!

10 Tips to Being a Great Short-Term Rental Guest

  1. Handle your vacation or a short-term rental like your own home. This signifies treating the property as if it were your own and treating it with respect. This includes not being obnoxiously loud, not leaving a mess, and not smoking indoors.
  2. Be sure to contact the owner or manager prior to your stay. It is essential to discuss any questions or concerns you may have. It’s also a great way to meet the owner or manager and create expectations for your stay.
  3. Unless the Riverview property manager made clear instructions regarding food and beverage consumption, assume that you are not permitted to consume anything in the residence. Most short-term rental owners will, however, provide some spices and condiments, as well as basic toiletries, which you are welcome to use. Plan to supply yourself with all other necessities.
  4. Be respectful of the neighbors living near the short-term rental. This includes not being too loud, not playing loud music, and not throwing parties at the rental property. Remember, you are a visitor in someone else’s neighborhood!
  5. See to it that the short-term rental is left in the same condition as when you first arrived. This includes removing all trash, wiping down all surfaces, and sweeping the floor. If there are specific cleaning instructions, be sure to stick to them.
  6. It’s critical to notify the owners right away if you accidentally break something, leave a stain, or cause any other type of damage to the rental property. Usually, small damages are covered by your security or cleaning deposit. However, be prepared to cover the costs in any case.
  7. Generally, smoking is strictly prohibited in short-term rentals. This includes cigarettes, cigars, electronic cigarettes, and cannabis. If you smoke, you must do so away from the property and outside.
  8. Typically, pets are not allowed in short-term rentals. Nevertheless, if you have a pet, you must inform the owner prior to your stay. Some owners may be willing to make an exception for well-mannered pets.
  9. Check-in and check-out times established by the owner must be respected. This would mean arriving on time and not staying past check-out. If you need to make special arrangements, you must contact the owner beforehand. Also, send a message or call the property owner before leaving. This is a courtesy they will appreciate, especially if they need to ready the place for another tenant.
  10. If you had a good time or if the property owner went out of their way to make your stay pleasant, leave an online review. If you have any complaints, you should first speak with the owner before venting on the internet. If you communicate your concerns in a respectful manner, most short-term rental property owners will appreciate the opportunity to address them.

Following these guidelines will help ensure a pleasant stay at your vacation rental or short-term rental. A pleasant stay is guaranteed with a little bit of courtesy and respect!

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