Is Airbnb safe?
Nothing in life is 100% safe, of course--there is a risk in anything we do in life.
Here’s how you can make your Airbnb business as safe as possible:
Do your due diligence on the potential guest
After you get a booking request, check out the user’s profile page. There are a number of factors that hosts should look for:
Positive reviews: Does this person have any positive reviews from former stays? Some hosts choose to only allow guests with positive reviews to book their place. Some hosts like to offer people who are new to Airbnb a chance to get their first experience.
Verifications: Airbnb users can add several verifications to their profile. The most important ones to look for are government ID, email and phone number. In addition, guests can also connect social media accounts such as Facebook, Google Plus and Linkedin.
About me section: Here you can find a little more information about your guests--such as the language they speak, their educational background and their outside interests and hobbies.
Ask your guest additional questions
Questions that some hosts like to ask are:
– What is the purpose of the visit?
– Who else will be staying at my place?
– Is the visit part of a larger trip or an extended stay?
Hosts can set a security deposit to protect against small damages. After the guest(s) check-out, you have 48 hours to make a claim on this deposit. Airbnb will mitigate and charge the guest if necessary.
If you’re not comfortable, decline the request
Hosts always have the option to decline the request. Airbnb does not penalize hosts who decline bookings.
What if things do go wrong?
Airbnb has a $1,000,000 host guarantee in place that protects hosts against damages that couldn’t be resolved in another way--i.e. by using the security deposit or the hosts’ own home insurance policy.
Let us, at Hello Suburbia, protect your Airbnb business with integrated safeguards that give you peace of mind!