Like many other domains, the accommodation industry has evolved towards encompassing a ‘sharing’ segment as well, in which individuals offer their housing services for travellers via an online platform.
You may have already heard about Airbnb, the leading peer-to-peer short-term rental service, and even used it to earn an additional income. And you probably wondered how to keep your property safe when putting it up for rent.
After all, there’s never too much caution you can take when interacting with unknown people, as well-intentioned as they might be.
With that in mind, we gathered a few tips on home security for Airbnb renters in the following lines, so keep on reading.
Store Items of High Financial Value in a Safe Place
On the Airbnb app, you can ask future guests to specify their ID as a condition to book a reservation; the process helps both parties establish mutual trust. Plus, it’s a good idea to use Airbnb’s messaging system to start a conversation with guests and clearly state your expectations during their stay.
However, even if you feel like you can trust a renter, it’s not a good idea to leave expensive items in the property when renting. The same goes for objects that have high sentimental value, like family heirlooms.
Take time to secure all possessions that are important to you; it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Apply These Guidelines for Maximum Safety Inside Your Property
As a host, Airbnb requires you to prioritize your clients’ safety first and foremost. But that’s not the only reason to make your place safe.
You can’t prepare for every possible scenario. Still, making a few smart investments will help reduce the risks to a minimum and keep your property safe from hazardous situations which could lead to costly damages.
More specifically, we’re referring to home safety devices, such as:
- Fire and carbon monoxide detectors
- Flood sensors
- Fire extinguishers strategically positioned around your property in places which are easy to reach.
- Locks that meet the required security standards as established by Locksmiths Association South Africa
You should also consider providing guests with a few home security best practices upon arrival that you’ve previously written down in a document for them.
Invest in High-Quality Security Cameras
According to Airbnb’s policies, if you are a host and you have any surveillance device in or around your property, you have to indicate its presence (even if it’s not turned on or hooked up).
Now, while most guests don’t appreciate the presence of security cameras indoors, they are generally okay with outdoor security cameras.
So we recommend investing in a high-quality outdoor HD CCTV for both long-term rentals and overnight Airbnb stays.
That’s because whatever incident may happen during someone’s stay in your Airbnb property, it’s significantly better dealt with if you already have security cameras in place.
Also, they’ll help you keep an eye on your property’s surroundings remotely and watch out for intruders.
Consider Smart Locks to Keep Your Property Safe
As someone renting on Airbnb, the primary benefit of investing in a smart solution for your locks is that it allows you to keep track of when the doors were unlocked and by whom.
Also, you can grant temporary access remotely without the need for physical keys.
Therefore, you won’t have to bother about meeting guests to hand them the keys to the rented space.
You can simply provide them with a temporary code, which is not only incredibly convenient, but also far less time-consuming. What’s more, you eliminate the risk of a guest losing their set of keys, or them making copies of the keys to gain unfettered access later on.
Get in Touch
If you want to outfit your doors with smart locks to keep your property safe, we can help. Our trained locksmiths can supply and install Yale’s reputable range of smart locks, so don’t hesitate to contact us for a FREE quote today at 011 884 2185 /6.