How Traveler Reviews can Help Screen Guests for Vacation Rentals

Posted by Team Donovan on Wednesday, April 26th, 2017 at 2:11pm.

Screening potential rental guests for your Orlando vacation home is a must in order to minimize the chances that someone will damage your property. If you list your home on one of the popular vacation rental websites like Airbnb, HomeAway, and VRBO, traveler reviews can help with the screening process. 

What to Look for in a Traveler Review 

A traveler review allows you to assess your potential guest based on other experienced owners’ information. When someone expresses interest in your Orlando home, you can view that person’s profile on the website and see their star rating. 

If you see that a potential guest has a number of 5-star reviews across the board, you can feel good about accepting their reservation without having to conduct a lengthy vetting process. 

You should also use the traveler reviews to watch out for warning signs for situations you don’t want to occur in your home. For instance, it’s wise to take a closer look at potential guests who have few reviews or negative reviews. If an owner noted that a traveler “smoked in a non-smoking property,” or was “rude and difficult” to deal with, then you should probably consider declining the reservation. 

On the other hand, some travelers rarely give 5-star reviews for owners, even when they love the property. These guests typically reserve 5-stars for properties that go above and beyond expectations. That’s why it’s important to read all the reviews. 

A first-time guest at a vacation home may have been completely satisfied, but still only submitted a 3-star rating. If you base your decision on whether to accept that person’s reservation based on the previous owner’s disappointment with that 3-star rating, you may miss out on a perfectly nice house guest. 

For more information about vacation rentals, read this post first: 

Read: 5 Mistakes Vacation Rental Owners Make and How to Avoid Them 

One of the most popular areas in Orlando for holiday travelers to rent homes is near Disney World. Team Donovan can help you find short-term rental properties for sale in neighborhoods throughout Kissimmee, Celebration, and Lake Buena Vista. Contact us today at 407-705-2616 for more information.