Renting a part of your own home is a huge decision. It takes a lot of courage for you to trust a complete stranger. Since you have to live with them for a couple of days, it is a must that you are alert all the time. Don't put yourself and other guests at risk by ignoring safety procedures.
Safety should always be considered first whether you are a host or a guest. However, being the host means that you have to become responsible for not only your safety but that of your guest as well.
Here are some tips to help you improve your guest safety and your own.
Communicate exclusively from the Airbnb Platform
To ensure the safety of your guests and yourself, don't communicate outside the Airbnb platform. Your potential guest must become a member to make sure that their information is stored on Airbnb. This way, you can make sure that they are not just anyone pretending to be a potential guest.
In order for the potential Airbnb guest to use the private messaging platform, they have to register and confirm their information. It means that they have to give their valid credit card details and a profile picture. This allows you to screen and verify any potential guests before they make a booking, allowing you to protect yourself and your guests.
Install a Home Security System
Having a home security system is a must for every home nowadays. It will help you protect your property, your guests and yourself, and allow you to take necessary actions if anyone intrudes on your property illegally. This should include security cameras and noise monitors all over the property with an alarm system to help prevent someone from entering your property illegally or with malicious intent.
Install Fire Safety Devices
“Better be safe than sorry” should become one of your favorite mottos. A fire safety device like a fire alarm or smoke detector can alert you to any fire outbreak or potentially dangerous situation. These work especially well in areas that are highly flammable areas such as kitchen, bedroom, living room or outdoor grilling stations.
Bonus tip: Placing fire extinguishers around the property will also help increase the safety of your guests
Highlight Emergency Exit procedures
Having an emergency exit procedure can keep your guests safe from dangerous situations that may occur during their stay. Highlighting the emergency exit plan and making your guests aware of it, can help save you and your guests
Have a First Aid Kit
Since you are responsible for the safety of your guest, make sure you have a fully stocked first aid kit available and within easy reach. Having a First Aid Kit available adds a level of safety to your property and should make your guests feel more at home and comfortable knowing that they can help should the need arise to attend to a medical emergency.
Insider tip: Use a standard First Aid Kit and add more items that you think you may need.
Have an Insurance Plan
Before you decide to add your property to Airbnb, make sure you have the correct insurance in place. Having the right insurance can help protect both you and your guest from hefty fines should something go wrong. It is more beneficial to you as an owner but does also cover certain guest-related incidents that may arise from time to time.
Use a Door App Lock
Investing in a good Door Lock App will put you and your guests at ease during their stay. You don’t need to worry about them losing a key, and they don’t need to worry about losing it. Accessing their room or the property from their phone adds another level of security and allows the guest to take their security into their own hands since it has a code and only the Airbnb guest has access to it.
Inform your Guest about the House Rules
Since it is your home, you can set up your own house rules. This way, the guest will know what needs to be adhered to. During this time it would be important to highlight emergency exit procedures, emergency contact numbers and any special rules that they need to be made aware of.
Making sure that your guests are safe before and during their stay with you, opens the door to more bookings, as the guests will leave better ratings and compliment you on your hosting abilities. Safety and being treated with exceptional service will go a long way in making your Airbnb a success.