Generally, the house sitter lives in your home (for free), maintains the property, looks after your pets (if there are any) and are basically there to make sure nothing bad happens. But what if you could have all of that plus receive an income? Welcome to Airbnb. You have no doubt heard of the accommodation platform where people rent out their home or a room in their home. They exchange a room/house/apartment for money. The guest receives slightly lower costing accommodation but a higher cultural experience and sometimes better amenities than any hotel can provide. So why should you trust a stranger in your home while you’re away on holidays?
- You make money while you’re on holidays
Isn’t that the dream? While you’re away with your family enjoying life you are getting money for being there. This is the ultimate goal for so many people, if you can rent out your place on Airbnb while you’re away, your making money just by not being there. If you can get used to the idea of having someone in your house, it’s worth the additional money that it brings in. It will certainly help fund this holiday and hopefully many more to come.
- Your house is attended to
If you’re kitchen sink starts leaking, you’ll know right away. No more waiting until you get home to assess the house for damages. If the pool goes green you can count on your guest to let you know, which means you can call up the pool maintenance company right away and get it sorted (you won’t return to a swamp). Having someone there means you will have peace of mind while you’re away so you can actually relax on your holiday.
- A deterrent for burglaries
Similar to the above point, having someone switching the lights on and off and having a car in the driveway means it is less likely to be a target of a burglary. An empty house for days on end is a sign that no one is home which makes it a suitable target to rob. As much as it sounds like a risk to have a stranger in your home, at least you will have all of your guest’s details on file and Airbnb will assist you with any queries you have with your guests.
With AirBnB you can screen guests before accepting them to stay in your home, which means you can see how other hosts have scored their past behaviour. If something alarms you about their profile, simply decline their request. It’s important to note that you will need to be available to communicate with your guests at any time, so ensure you won’t be going anywhere too remote. Otherwise leave someone else in your family in charge while you’re away. Also ensure your guests are going to be able to check in and out easily (getting and leaving keys), so either have a top secret hiding spot for the key or again, tee up a local friend or family member.
All in all, there is a lot to consider before taking the plunge into the world of AirBnb, but it certainly is a viable option that many travellers are resorting to as a means of accommodation and income (for travellers and hosts). You may find this article useful if you want to hear how other people are using AirBnb to make money with their homes.