From quirky to luxurious, Airbnb opens up a range of accommodation options holidaymakers wouldn’t normally have access to.
Like anything, it’s important to check the fine print. To make sure you stay goes according to plan; check these four things before making a booking.
4 things to check before renting an Airbnb
The cancellation policy
Policies vary depending on the owner of the house but a it’s a good idea to see how strict they will be if for whatever reason you need to cancel. Flexible cancellation policies generally allow bookings to be cancelled up to 7 days before your visit. In some cases, you might only get a refund of 50 per cent. The cancellation policy can be found below the House Rules.
Read the reviews
Take the time to read what other people have said about their stay, making sure you scroll back a few pages. Doing so should give you a good indication of what to expect from the property - and the owner.
Research the area
Don’t take the host's word for it when it comes to location and attractions. Do your own research. Jump online and do some googling but also keep an eye out in the reviews for any negative feedback.
Keep all booking above board
Airbnb charges fees for a reason. If you find yourself at the centre of a scam, you will be protected. However, if a host asks you to make a payment under the table, you won’t be covered if anything goes wrong.