AirBnB has grown exponentially in popularity since it was established. After all, travelers love having cheaper options than hotels. And nothing beats the comfort of a home away from home! AirBnB can also provide a business opportunity for those with spare rooms, guesthouses, or apartments, or vacation homes.
However, the prospect of entrusting your space to complete strangers can be daunting. You need a good security protocol in place to make sure no harm befalls your property. In this post, we’ll discuss some ways you can do just that, with our 5 security tips for your AirBnB.
(1) Use High Security Locks and Keys
Having high security locks installed on your doors will ensure that guests can not make a copy of your key. Most such locks and keys require a certificate of ownership and an ID in order to have a copy made. Additionally, they can only be copied by an authorized dealer. We recommend purchasing such locks from leading lock manufacturers only, like Mul-T-Lock, for example.
(2) Write a Guide for Locking Up
Whatever protocol you have for locking up your home – even if it’s just to pop out for a few minutes – make sure it’s clearly communicated to your guests. Many AirBnB hosts leave several kinds of lists for their guests, such as house rules or check out protocols. Make sure your specific expectations for locking up are among them.
(3) Plan Carefully for Exchanging Keys
How do you plan on getting your house keys into the hands of your guests? There are a few ways to go about doing this. It’s important to carefully consider your approach, especially if you own high-security keys, because replacing them can be expensive if they get lost in the transfer. AirBnB suggests handing off your keys in one of the following ways:
- Meeting in person (which is what we recommend)
- Asking a housekeeper or neighbor to hand them off (only someone you absolutely trust)
- Leaving keys in a code protected key safe box (be aware this isn’t foolproof – people can pass on your code and use if you don’t change the code often enough
(4) Remove Any Valuables
Some people choose to rent out parts, or the entirety, of their personal home to guests. If this is the case for you, you’ll want to remove anything that’s of great value from your rented room or home while you’re away.
(5) Choose a Reliable Safe for High-Value Items
If you choose to lock your valuables away in a safe, make sure it’s a good one. Not every safe is created equally, so you need to choose one that’s burglar proof and fireproof. Read more about selecting safes here.
We hope these tips have been helpful for you. Remember, if you’re thinking about renting out your space on AirBnB in the Las Vegas area, give NV Locks Services a call. We can help you install, repair, and replace your high security locks.