The Rise of the Share Economy
Airbnb has quickly become one of the most popular lodging options in the past few years. As more people prefer this over the usual hotels and resorts, the number of Airbnb owners who choose to rent out their own property has grown as well. To date, Airbnb has more than 4 million listings in over 65,000 cities and has already amassed a whopping 260 million check-ins.
Because of the ease of Airbnb’s service, just about anyone can convert their private properties into potential moneymakers. Residents become business owners overnight— but it can be difficult to keep these businesses safe, as the increasingly growing market opens the possibilities for different security risks.
These properties have the risk of being damaged, or worse, being broken into. There is a sense of paranoia for tenants, especially when they are not always around to monitor their space. This is where considering the strengthening of security for your Airbnbs would come in handy.
Although Airbnb has been implementing host protection policies since 2011, it’s always best to take additional precautions to ensure your property is safe from possible security risks. Here are the top tips on the things you can do to enhance your Airbnb’s security:
Set out Clear Rules and Expectations
As an Airbnb host, it is best to have a list of policies on how guests should act inside your space. The policies should clearly indicate your overall expectation on proper guest decorum, such as:
- Assigning off-limit areas
- Creating policies regarding vices
- Allowing pets and/or multiple guests in your space
- Indicating the guest’s responsibilities on the upkeep of your home
If any of your house rules are violated, make sure to be firm with the penalty to avoid other guests repeating the same mistakes in the future.
Remove your valuables
Although you may want your Airbnb to look as presentable as possible, it’s inadvisable to leave any unnecessary valuables (such as expensive gadgets and luxury decor) lying around the place. If possible, remove these items from the space altogether, since locking it away somewhere inside may still pose a security risk. Remember, a five-star rating is attainable not only through your Airbnb’s decoratives but also through the safety of your property.
(Smart) Lock it up
Did you know that you can benefit from the amazing advancements of modern technology even as an Airbnb owner? Tenants have the opportunity to install smart locks on their spaces that provide enhanced security for their properties and guests.
Lockly® is a smart lock manufacturer that has come up with state-of-the-art designs with the latest features that provide protection from security risks.
CONTROL FROM ANYWHERE
As an Airbnb owner, you can’t always be physically there to make sure everything is safe. The best way to secure your property is to have full control of it. Lock and unlock your door from anywhere and at any time with your smartphone.
PEEP-PROOF DIGITAL KEYPAD
Lockly’s patented PIN Genie® Technology ensures that the digital keypad display is unique every time someone approaches your door. There’s no need to worry about snoops trying to steal your code with this pin-protection feature.
CONNECTED, WHEN NOT.
Lockly’s Offline Access Code™ feature allows you to remotely send access codes to your guests without any connection to the internet. This ensures that you can give the right privileges to the right guests, at the right time.
MONITOR, GRANT & REVOKE
You can store up to 18 Access Codes at any given time. With the Lockly® smartphone app you can monitor entry and exit records. You can also issue temporary eKeys, grant one-time access codes, and set custom durations anytime and anywhere.
REAL-TIME ALERTS & LOGS
To top it all off, the Lockly® Secure Pro features real-time security logs that notify you whenever someone opens or unlocks your door.
At the end of the day, the property being rented out, such as a simple Airbnb, is your responsibility. Prevention is the best step in making sure that your property is safe and well taken care of.