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Airbnb: How To Be Safe AND Make Extra Cash In Your Own Home

Orange County is a top tourist destination, drawing people for Disneyland and the beaches as well as those who are just in search of some laid-back vibes and good shopping. Living here, you may be thinking of cashing in on the so-called ‘sharing’ economy, which allows peer-to-peer economic transactions over internet platforms such as Airbnb to take place seamlessly. If you are considering using a spare room or secondary property as a way to generate some extra cash, you are not alone! In fact, a lot of your neighbors may already have postings up on sites such as Airbnb and already be welcoming guests from all over the country and world into their homes!

While there are many advantages to Airbnb, it’s also important that you take the necessary security precautions when you are preparing your space, since you will have strangers in your house and around your loved ones. You don’t want to end up having a bad experience, getting anything stolen or compromising the security of your home and your loved ones. Your residential locksmith will agree that a bit of caution in situations like this will always pay off in the long run. Plus, it’s the perfect opportunity to reevaluate your home security! If you follow some of these easy tips you can welcome guests without a worry, plus close up any existing cracks in your home security.

Locksmith advice for Airbnb hosts

There are a few simple and straightforward steps you can take around your house while you are prepping your space to get it rental ready.

  1. Invest in a solid, quality safe. This is a cheap and sure way of protecting your most valuable possessions, papers, jewelry, etc. You can rest easy having strangers in your midst when you know that your valuables are safe and sound. Plus, safes are a pretty cost-effective option, starting at around $20, depending on the size you want. You will want to consider a safe that can be bolted down as well, so a thief can’t just make off with the whole thing.
  2. Upgrade your internal locks. You may want to give your residential locksmith a call on this one, as it’s probably a good time to update or enhance the locks that are actually on the inside of your house. Since you’ll be having people into your home, you may want to make sure you have a quality lock on your bedroom door for instance, as well as other rooms that you won’t be inviting your guests to use. Your guests may also feel more comfortable if they are able to lock the door to their room as well. Of course, having a spare copy of the keys you give them is always a good idea, just in case they misplace their copy.
  3. Decide how you’ll handle the key question. Now is the time to think about whether you’ll want to entrust your front door key to your guests. This is a personal question and you’ll have to discuss it with the people you’re living with to make sure everyone is on the same page and reach an agreement together. Most guests will be respectful of your home and its security, but you should recognize that the more people who have access to your keys there is an additional risk. You may want to think about smart locks, since many of these allow the use of time sensitive codes for guests. They could be a wise investment as you prepare your home.
  4. What security system is right for you? Since you will be having strangers in your home, this may be the time to consider updating your security system. Maybe you want to use a security camera in a common area where you have some of your valuables, so that you can leave your home knowing that everything is safe.

With preparation, Airbnb can be both safe and fun

Taking some or all of these steps will help you feel safe as you move forward with renting your space and enjoying the guests that you will meet. Know that you can review the people who you will be welcoming into your home and that there is a degree of accountability among the Airbnb community.

This doesn’t mean you should sit back and think everything is completely safe, but you also shouldn’t feel uncomfortable with the people you’re welcoming into your home. Done right, this can be a great opportunity to meet some exciting new people and show off your beautiful home in Orange County, while making your home even safer and more secure than ever. Give your local locksmith a call and they’ll be happy to help you with this process.

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