I cannot hold space for you without a payment. In order to hold the space, you will need to pay the first 30 days' rent (if the stay is less than that, you'd need to pay the full amount for the entire stay). You'll also need to pay a security deposit which varies by room and length of stay, from $150 to $500. Depending on the length of stay you may also be asked to pay for an additional months' rent (last month's rent) on arrival.
If you cancel within 24 hrs of making the booking, you will receive a full refund less a $25 processing fee. If you cancel at any point beyond this, cancelling either all or part of your stay, you will not be able to obtain a refund for any part of the first 30 days of your stay (or, 30 days from the date you cancel) unless I can rebook the dates you reserved. I can refund you in proportion to the dates I am able to rebook, less a $75 administrative fee/cancellation fee that would apply. Because the refund would be contingent upon my ability to rebook the dates, you would not be able to receive a refund until I had received payment from the replacement guest.
As is standard practice with property rentals, I collect a security deposit for all room rentals, regardless the length of stay. Damages can occur regardless of the length of stay -- most damages that do occur are to linens (sheets and towels) . To prevent damages to linens, do not consume food or drink in bed, do not remove the mattress protector on the bed, and please dont' use chemicals that can stain linens, such as benzoyl peroxide or other staining chemicals. If you need to use such a chemical, please bring your own linens to use.
I generally can't return the security deposit on the same day you depart (and definitely cannot return it at the very moment you depart) but generally can return it within a few days. Refund will be made in the same manner as payment, eg, if you paid via PayPal, refund will be via PayPal and not in cash.
I look forward to hearing from you and welcoming you into a delightful, quiet and rejuvenative place to stay while you explore all the treasures -- natural , architectural, artistic, spiritual and cultural -- which the San Francisco Bay Area has to offer!