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10 Essential Etiquette Tips for Short-Term Rental Stays

Woman Walking Into a Montrose 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 Montrose rental or vacation rental. Respect for the property and the people who live there all year is essential. This blog post will cover some best practices and etiquette for renters in short-term or vacation rentals. Everything will be discussed, from how to behave when you arrive in what you should and shouldn’t 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. Manage the vacation or short-term rental as though it were your own home. This involves treating the property with respect and handling it as if it were your own. This includes not smoking inside, not making a mess, and not being excessively loud.
  2. Before your stay, make sure to communicate with the owner or manager. It is important to go over 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. Assume that you are not allowed to eat or drink anything in the house unless the Montrose property manager has left specific instructions. Most short-term rental owners will, however, include some spices and condiments as well as basic toiletries, which you can freely use. Everything else you’ll require will be provided by you.
  4. Be conscientious of the people near the short-term rental. This means that you should not be too loud, play loud music, or have parties at the rental. Please note that you are a visitor in someone else’s neighborhood!
  5. Ensure that you leave the short-term rental as clean as when you arrived. Taking all trash with you, wiping down surfaces, and sweeping the floors are all examples of this. If there are any specific cleaning instructions, make sure to follow them.
  6. It’s important to notify the landlords as soon as possible if you 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 ready to cover the costs in either case.
  7. Short-term rentals typically have a strict no-smoking policy. This consists of cigarettes, cigars, e-cigarettes, and cannabis. If you smoke, do so outside and away from the premises.
  8. Pets usually aren’t allowed in short-term rentals. However, if you have a pet, you must inform the owner before you arrive. For well-behaved pets, some owners might be willing to make an exception.
  9. Make sure to adhere to the owner’s check-in and check-out times. This means being on time and not staying past check-out. Communicate with the owner ahead of time if you require special accommodations. When you leave, send a message or give the owner a call. 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 any complaints, you should first confront the owner before posting them online. If you share your concerns respectfully, most short-term rental property owners will appreciate the opportunity to answer them.

Following these suggestions will help you have a fantastic time at your short-term or vacation rental. With a little respect and consideration, you’ll have an enjoyable time!

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