When Leaving

There are certain protocols for leaving an Airbnb that should be headed if you plan on using Airbnb again. Some hosts request certain specific things such as not leaving any opened perish-able foods in the fridge or specify where they would like you to leave the dirty towels. Other things aren’t so black and white, so here is a list of items I have found the hosts to especially appreciate coming home to after we have left:

  1. Clean up the kitchen. Wash any dirty dishes, dry them, and put them away. Wipe down the counters and if there is a broom lying around, sweep the floor. If there is a dishwasher, I will wait until just before we leave to turn it on unless the hosts specify that the dishwasher needs to be emptied.
  2. Tidy up the living areas. Put the pillows back on the couch, straiten the area rugs, if there is a broom, sweep the un-carpeted areas.
  3. Empty the garbages.
  4. Straiten up the beds. I used to strip the beds, but after seeing how gross some of the mattresses are under those sheets…I decided I would just straiten the beds up.
  5. Take all the dirty towels and bath rugs and put them in one place–usually the kitchen or a bathroom.

All in all–this usually takes us about 20 minutes. I find that the hosts genuinely appreciate us leaving their homes looking decent and not like a hurricane hit it.

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