You had a fantastic stay, and now it’s time to say goodbye. But wait, don’t just walk out the door yet; there are a few things to ensure a smooth departure, especially when returning the rental keys.
Abiding by Check-Out Procedures
Double-check the rental’s check-out procedures for specific instructions on key returns. Sometimes, hosts prefer a contactless check-in and check-out to make things easier for you and them. If that’s the case, look for a lockbox or a secure location where you should leave the keys before you head out.
Saying Goodbye to Your Host
In other situations, you may need to arrange a meeting with the host for the key handoff. If you’re unsure about the process or have any specific concerns, don’t hesitate to contact the host to clarify how they’d like the keys returned.
During your stay, some wear and tear might have occurred in the rental. Be aware that there could be a security deposit at stake, and returning the keys is usually one of the last steps in claiming a refund. So follow the host’s guidelines on key returns to avoid any complications related to your security deposit.
Be on time for the key return, as other guests might arrive later. By promptly returning the keys, you make a good impression on the host and help ensure a smooth transition for the next guests.