How has everyone's experience been with brand new platform users? No previous host reviews or stays, no profile picture?
Someone from out of state is interested in my STR, bringing 10 adults for 2 nights, how trashed will my place be after?
Depends. I have been lucky on mine. I look them up on LinkedIn and FB and try to get an understanding of who they are. Family or friends stay? I ask what the occasion is as well (YourPorter App) so I can get a feel for what kind of event it is going to be.
I don't sweat it. If they can afford my rates then they are in!
I check age on DL to make sure over 25.
I have asked them to complete their profile with a pic, etc. You can casually ask what they are visiting for and see what they say.
All good points, appreciate the opinions.
The fact is that more and more new people are moving to AirBnb and VRBO so it is actually not uncommon at all.
Just make sure to ask enough questions. If you don’t want a party (which Airbnb band all parties right now anyway) be straight forward. I’ve asked people directly, is this a party because if it is we do not allow parties. Just set the expectations and the tire kickers will move along or they’ll book. My rates are high enough anyway that they scare away a lot of the people trying to pool together money to have a party.