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Red Flags To Look For When Booking Serviced Accommodation

If there is one thing that Brits are known for, it’s our honest online reviews for products and services. In fact, two-thirds of reviews left online are negative pieces of feedback from disgruntled customers. Checking this feedback is just one way of understanding if a serviced stay is worth booking. There are also many other red flags you should look for before hitting that confirm button!

In this article, we will share the shiny red flags that you should look for which signal what stays to avoid. We’ll also give you some insights into how we navigate these issues to ensure that only top choices are available via our website.

What Are The Most Common Serviced Accommodation Red Flags?

Let’s dive straight into the reason why you are here; how can you easily spot when a serviced apartment or house is not the best option for you? Below we have gathered some of the top warning signs which everyone should pay attention too:

Negative reviews, a lack of recent feedback or no testimonials at all

The only time when this would be acceptable is if an accommodation option is brand new. Otherwise, you should use the information taken from here to best inform your decision. We know that no one wants to deal with comments about cleanliness or hosting issues! 

Poor communication from hosts or booking agents.

Any host of property managers should be thrilled to receive an enquiry about booking their accommodation! This means if you receive slow or even no responses, there may be cause for concern. Also, if hosts provide only evasive responses to specific questions about the property or amenities, it may indicate they have something to hide. Always trust your gut in these situations and don’t be afraid to read between the lines.

Additional fees and charges for normally included items. 

Is there anything more annoying than thinking you have found a good deal and quickly seeing the costs start to mount as things get added on? This shouldn’t be the case with serviced accommodation as the booking process is intended to offer value for money and convenience. 

Always look out for hidden fees such as cleaning charges, utility bills, or resort fees that are not included in the initial price. Furthermore, another financial warning sign is high-security deposits, so always be sure to research the going rate for other providers in the area. These prices will be slightly higher in cities but should always be around the same amount based on location.

Unclear listings or errors on the provided information. 

Listings that lack detailed descriptions of the property, amenities, or location should be a cause for concern. If a host has truly created a quality serviced stay experience, they will be proud to share what their property has to offer. Another red flag is if photos are provided that don't seem to match the description or look too good to be true. Alternatively, alarm bells should also ring if no images are provided. Before booking anything, you should understand what the main living spaces look like to ensure they are right for your needs. 

Lack of overall flexibility.

Another red flag is if there are lots of restrictions on the booking. This can include check in times, reporting processes, guest rules and strict cancellation policies. Always ensure when you make a booking, it works for you and that it offers a fair amount of flexibility for things outside of your control. 

Unauthentic or fake marketing messaging. 

Listings that use excessive marketing jargon without providing factual details or overly sales-led information can be a cause for concern. In this case, you may want to fact check some of the content before proceeding with a booking. 

How Can You Reduce The Chance Of Being Affected By Red Flag Situations?

Do Thorough Research: Cross-check information on multiple platforms and read reviews thoroughly.

Ask Specific Questions: Directly contact the host or property manager with specific questions about any concerns.

Verify Host Identity: Use platforms that verify host identities and offer guarantees.

Use Reputable Platforms: Book through well-known and trusted platforms that offer customer support and protection.

How Does Comfy Workers Eliminate These Issues?

With Comfy Workers, you never have to worry about any red flags. When looking for the perfect stay, we will always send you a list of options to select from. This ensures you can source the ideal serviced property which doesn’t leave anything to be worried about!

We also only share the facts on our listings, plus our team is always available to answer any questions you may have about your stay. 

To learn more, click to learn about us or contact the team now.