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10 Essential Etiquette Tips for Short-Term Rental Stays

Woman Walking Into a North Charleston Short-Term Rental with a SuitcaseIt’s important to keep in mind that you’re a guest in someone else’s home when renting a short-term North Charleston rental or vacation rental. It’s critical to treat the property and the people who live there on a year-round basis with respect. This blog post will discuss some etiquette and best practices for renters who are staying in short-term or vacation rentals. Everything will be covered, from how to act when you first arrive in what you should and should not do during your stay. Following these ten tips will ensure a pleasant stay at your vacation rental or short-term rental!

10 Tips to Being a Great Short-Term Rental Guest

  1. Recognize the vacation rental or short-term rental as your own abode. This signifies treating the property as if it were your own and treating it with respect. Things, like not smoking inside, not being too loud, and not leaving a mess, are all examples of this.
  2. Be sure to contact the owner or manager prior to your stay. It is crucial to address any questions or concerns you may have at this time. It’s also a great way to get to know the owner or manager and establish your expectations for your stay.
  3. Unless the North Charleston 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, include some spices and condiments as well as basic toiletries, which you can freely use. Plan to supply yourself with all other necessities.
  4. Be conscientious of the people near the short-term rental. This means no excessive noise, no loud music, and no parties at the rental. Remember, you are a visitor in someone else’s neighborhood!
  5. Make sure to leave the short-term rental in the same condition as when you came. This involves taking all trash with you, wiping down 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. Minimal damage is usually covered by your security deposit or cleaning deposit. However, be prepared to cover the costs in any case.
  7. Smoking is usually prohibited in most short-term rentals. Cigarettes, cigars, e-cigarettes, and cannabis are all examples of this. If you must smoke, do it outside and away from the property.
  8. In most cases, pets are not permitted in short-term rentals. If you have a pet, however, be sure to tell the owner before you arrive. Certain owners may make an exception for well-behaved pets.
  9. Make sure to adhere to the owner’s check-in and check-out times. This entails being on time and not overstaying the check-out time. If you need to make special arrangements, let the owner know ahead of time. When you leave, send a message or make a phone call to the property owner. This is a courtesy they will appreciate, particularly if they must prepare the home for the next tenant.
  10. Leave an online review if you had a good time or if the property owner went out of their way to make your stay enjoyable. If you have complaints, communicate them to the business owner before posting them online. If you communicate your concerns in a respectful manner, most short-term rental property owners will appreciate the opportunity to address them.

Using these tips will ensure that your short-term rental or vacation rental is a great experience. A pleasant stay is guaranteed with a little bit of courtesy and respect!

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