How to Screen Guests to Keep Your Airbnb Property Safe
When you let strangers into your home via an Airbnb, there is always some risk. There's always a chance that someone you let into your property will steal or destroy something. Imagine you are notified that your vacation home is destroyed with garbage and damage to furniture and appliances.
You're going to be disappointed and might want to quit this business altogether. You don't want to start your Airbnb business on the wrong foot.
Start from the beginning, by screening every guest and collecting security deposits to cover any damages. Prevent these problems before they happen through the strategies I will explain below.
In order to make sure that the property is safe, the host should take some precautions before accepting any guest. One of the ways is to verify identity by asking for passport or driver’s license.
This will help you be sure they are who they say they are. It is worth it considering that a person who books your home to have a party might not want to go through the trouble of providing identification.
Collect a Security Deposit
Even when the guest's ID checks out, accidents can happen, and they might damage the home. You don't want to get stuck with having to cover it all.
Guests need to be held accountable for their actions. That’s why you should always collect a security deposit from the guest.
If something is broken, you won’t be held responsible. Collecting security deposits will also deter guests who are booking your property for a party.
Sign a Rental Agreement
The host should also sign a rental agreement with the guest which includes security deposit and other terms related to the stay such as check-in time, check-out time, etc.
In order to make sure that the host can meet these conditions, the guest should provide a picture ID and also sign a waiver.
Clarify and Set Expectations from the Start
Explain to your guests upfront what they're in for before they arrive. This makes it easier on the host and gives your guests expectations of what they'll be doing while visiting you.
The first step is usually setting expectations like, "What are your plans?" or "Is there's anything special you have planned." It is best to get an understanding of the guests before they arrive, so talking with them beforehand can help get a sense of what type of guest you’ll be getting.
Once you have that information, make your house rules clear and ensure that they agree to follow them. Try to confirm what sort of dwelling they're expecting.
It's important to set expectations so that you can save the time and effort spent on potential guests who might not be interested in your property.
We Can HELP!
If this seems overwhelming or you are tired of dealing with the day-to-day management of your Airbnb, our team at Desired Stays can help relieve that stress! Start with a free property analysis, where we can discuss the revenue potential of your home. We provide full-service management of your Airbnb, we're here to make sure your vacation rental business is run smoothly and efficiently.