First impressions count so meeting your guests at the airport is a great way to start their experience on a positive note. The personal touch makes all the difference and can be the start of a happy guest and great review.
The most obvious and easy solution, provided you have the time, is to just handle the situation yourself. It’s cost-efficient and direct, though the time commitment is not always feasible for property owners on-the-go.
But if you do have the time for an in-person key exchange, here’s what you need to know:
Greeting Your Guests
No matter how late they are, make sure to meet and greet your guests at the door with a smile and an offer to help with their bags. If it’s late at night, at least make sure you’re wearing pajamas that are on the nicer side.
When you hand over the keys, make sure to mention any other access-related information they may need (ex. where back-up keys are located, or if a certain lock requires some jiggling to open).
Also, establish a definitive plan for key drop-off. If your door locks automatically you can just have them leave the keys inside on their way out. But if you need to be there for the drop-off, you’ll have to schedule a time and place that works for both parties. Other ideas:
Leave the keys in the mailbox
Leave the keys with a neighbor
Leave the keys in a plant pot or under an ornament – somewhere that can provide camouflage for the key and still be easy to find for your guest
Slip the keys under the door (or doormat) after you lock-up
Leave the keys with a building official or doorman