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10 Essential Etiquette Tips for Short-Term Rental Stays

Woman Walking Into a Waltham Short-Term Rental with a SuitcaseIt is crucial to remember that you are a guest in someone else’s home when renting a short-term Waltham rental or vacation rental. It’s essential to treat the property and the people who live there year-round with respect. This blog post will cover some best practices and etiquette for renters in short-term or vacation rentals. We will cover everything, from arrival etiquette to what you should and should not do during your stay. If you adhere to these ten tips, you’ll have a pleasant stay at your short-term rental or vacation rental!

10 Tips to Being a Great Short-Term Rental Guest

  1. Consider the short-term or vacation rental as your own home. This involves respecting the property and treating it as if it were your own. This includes not being obnoxiously loud, not leaving a mess, and not smoking indoors.
  2. Before you arrive, make sure to speak with the owner or manager. 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 Waltham property manager has left clear instructions regarding food and drink consumption, assume that you are not permitted to consume anything in the home. Most short-term rental owners will, however, provide some spices and condiments, as well as basic toiletries, which you are welcome to use. Make sure you have everything else you’ll need on hand.
  4. Be respectful of the neighbors living near the short-term rental. This includes not making excessive noise, not playing loud music, and not hosting parties at the rental. Keep in mind that you’re 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. Taking all trash with you, wiping down surfaces, and sweeping the floors are all examples of this. Follow any specific cleaning instructions that have been provided.
  6. If you accidentally break something, leave a stain, or cause other damage to the rental property, it is essential to notify the owners as soon as possible. Typically, minor damages will be covered by the security or cleaning deposit. However, be ready to cover the costs in either case.
  7. Short-term rentals, in general, have a strict no-smoking policy. Cigarettes, cigars, e-cigarettes, and cannabis are all examples. If you must smoke, do so outside and away from the property.
  8. In most short-term rentals, pets are not permitted. If you have a pet, please notify the owner prior to your arrival. Some owners might be willing to make an exception if their pets are well-behaved.
  9. Respect the check-in and check-out times established by the owner. This would mean arriving on time and not staying past check-out. Communicate with the owner ahead of time if you require special accommodations. Also, send a text message or call the property owner when you depart. This is a courtesy they will appreciate, especially if they need to arrange the home for a new tenant.
  10. Leave an online review if you enjoyed your stay or if the property owner went above and beyond to make your visit pleasant. If you have complaints, you should first communicate them to the owner before posting them online. The majority of owners of short-term rental properties will appreciate the opportunity to address your concerns if you communicate them politely.

Following these guidelines will help ensure a pleasant stay at your vacation rental or short-term rental. You’ll have a great time if you show a little respect and consideration!

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