When staying at an Airbnb, there are some different expectations that you have as a guest than if you were staying at a hotel. Since you’re often either sharing a space with the owners or taking up their actual home while they’re away, it’s a little more important to be extra courteous of the space.

Contributing to cleaning up and helping to ensure the house remains nice is one thing that enables Airbnbs to be cheaper than hotels. So, when you’re checking out of your stay, there are some things you should do that are considered common courtesy.

Here are the ten things you should do as a courtesy before leaving your Airbnb.

UPDATE: 2022/06/10 16:22 EST BY LIANNA TEDESCO

12 Things To Do As A Courtesy Before Leaving Your Airbnb

Airbnbs are still just as popular to this day as they were when this article was written, which is why we've decided to update it with even more courtesy tips for guests. There are plenty of things that a guest can do to ensure their visit is an easy and polite one, from cleaning up at the end of the vacation to knowing when - and how - to get in touch with their hosts.

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12 COLLECT YOUR TRASH

While you don’t have to necessarily take the trash out, unless requested by the host, it’s nice to gather your trash. You don’t want to leave lots of food wrappers and trash just sitting around. So, the polite thing to do is to collect and put it in the trash cans and bags.

It’s especially kind of you to take the trash out of the cans and set it aside, and, if your host has requested it, put the trash in outside garbage cans. This doesn’t take a long time to do and makes things simpler for your host.

11 COLLECT USED TOWELS

Since Airbnbs are run and function differently than hotels, there are likely many more actual items around that your hosts also use. So, it can be hard for them to know which towels, hand rags, and washcloths have been used unless you make this clear.

Many hosts will request that guests gather any used towels and place them somewhere. This makes it easier for them to know which items need to be washed. Plus, even in hotels, they often ask guests to designate which towels are dirty and when they need to be washed, so it’s just the common sense thing to do.

10 PILE UP UNUSED SHEETS ON THE BED

Another thing that makes cleaning up easier for hosts is when guests unmake the bed. If you're staying somewhere that has multiple beds, and you didn’t use all of them, making it clear which sheets are dirty can save your host a lot of time.

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Unmaking the bed and piling up the dirty sheets is quite a simple thing to do and only takes a few seconds. Since Airbnbs are often hosted by people who only do this part-time, this will make things easier for them while helping to keep costs low.

9 WASH DIRTY DISHES

This is another simple thing you can do to make things easier on your host and be a good guest. Since hosts also rate guests, you want to leave a good impression, and cleaning dirty dishes is something that shows good manners.

If the home has a workable dishwasher, then that may be an option. If not, a hand wash should suffice. Also, in some cases, the host might not be able to get to the space to clean right away, so doing the dishes will keep things from going bad or being disgusting.

8 LET YOUR HOST KNOW IF ANY MINOR DAMAGE OCCURRED

Even if a guest is really great and considerate, sometimes things happen. If you accidentally leave any minor damage, such as scrapes on walls, it’s good to let the owner know.

Frequently, the host won’t expect guests to pay for these fixes, but they will really appreciate the honesty. They are also less likely to give you a bad rating or be frustrated that you broke something if you let them know right away.

7 FOLLOW ANY OF THE HOST'S INSTRUCTIONS FOR CHECKING OUT

This is one of the most important points to take into consideration while staying at an Airbnb. Every space is different. Depending on if you’re renting a whole house or just a room, the expectations will vary.

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Each host will have instructions on what to do when you enter the space and leave it. So, it’s important to follow what they tell you as this will make things go more smoothly for everyone involved.

6 CLEAN UP IF YOU’VE LEFT A BIG MESS

Some people are messier than others. When some people stay in an Airbnb, they let their stuff go everywhere and just tend to leave a bigger mess than others.

This isn’t necessarily a problem as long as you clean up after yourself. If you’ve really messed up the place, take the time to put things back in order before you leave. Otherwise, do not be surprised if your host gives you a bad review.

5 DON’T WORRY ABOUT DEEP CLEANING

On the other hand, this doesn't mean that you are responsible for deep cleaning the place. You are a guest and are paying to stay there, so you shouldn't feel like you should have to clean up everything.

While easy things like collecting garbage and washing dishes are the norm, it’s not fair to expect guests to clean bathrooms or other things like that. So, don’t feel a lot of pressure to do so. Instead, just worry about keeping things generally looking all right when you leave.

4 EMPTY THE FRIDGE OF ANYTHING YOU BOUGHT

If you’re staying somewhere for a longer period, or even just for a few days, you likely will have brought some food. If you’ve put anything in the fridge during your stay, make sure to empty it before leaving.

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This also goes for any food you put into cupboards. While you might not want to waste food, it’s just better and easier to either take it with you or throw it away.

3 MESSAGE THE HOST WHEN YOU CHECK OUT

The most important step to not forget before you check out of your Airbnb is to let the host know. Depending on where you’re staying, the instructions for how to check out from the host will vary.

Make sure to precisely follow the instructions they’ve outlined. Messaging your host lets them know that you’re leaving, so they can prepare for the next guest.

2 LEAVE A REVIEW

When checking out of an Airbnb, it's also a courtesy to leave a review for the host and any future renters. Whether it's a glowing review or a constructive one, it's a good idea to let other renters know what to expect. In addition, this can also help the host to improve on things or to let them know what stood out in a good way about the property.

1 TAKE SNACKS AND DRINKS RATHER THAN LEAVING THEM

It's not unusual for renters to purchase their own snacks and drinks to keep at the rental, but always remember to take them after the vacation is over. While many Airbnbs owners clean out the refrigerator following a guest's stay, it's also a courtesy for guests to take any food or drink they've purchased themselves. Barring any unopened snacks that are sealed in their original bags, the safe bet is to take or get rid of any other foods.