How hosts can keep their home safe and neighbors happy with 5 safer alternatives to AirBnB
Wouldn’t it be great to earn some extra income while seeing the world? Just imagine earning income on your own home or property without worrying about renting to people you’ve never met. If it sounds pretty great that’s because it can easily be done with the following 5 safer alternatives to AirBnB.
Sure companies like AirBnB or VRBO have become popular for many homeowners who want to earn a little extra money on their home or vacation property. In fact, it’s so popular that they already boast millions of listings in cities across the globe.
After all, the process seems easy enough; you create an online listing, set a price, and then renters find your listing and complete the details. Then you take off on vacation.
But it’s hard to really relax when you don’t know what’s going on at home. As the owner, there’s a certain risk you take when you rent out your home or open up your vacation rental property to people you don’t know. How can you be sure the renters won’t trash your house or be respectful of your neighbors? Vacation rental companies have increasingly come under fire as stories pop up of AirBnB nightmares. And towns are cracking down on short-term rentals as neighbors complain of noisy weekend visitors.
Enter a new group of safer alternatives to AirBnB, VRBO or traditional vacation rental companies that can help limit that risk AND keep the neighbors happy.
With that concern top of mind, FOFFit allows you to rent to friends, not strangers. It just so happens that’s the tagline of one of the best new options for renting out your home. Just like FOFFit suggests, you don’t have to worry about a stranger moving in and ransacking your home because the renter has to be a friend, or a friend of a friend (a FOFF).
It’s not only an online vacation rental platform that’s quick and easy to use, but it has a built in extra layer of trust.
It only takes a few minutes to set up a listing and share the post to Facebook, thus notifying your friends that you have space available to rent. Your friends can then share it too, but the only people able to contact you about the rental are your Facebook friends and friends of friends. No randoms.
You don’t have to pay anything to host and you don’t have to worry about collecting money. FOFFit handles it all for you. And the renter pays a service fee that is one of the lowest in the industry.
The process is simple, you don’t have to worry about getting paid and best of all, you don’t have to worry about the person renting your property.
Although FOFFit certainly seems to have the online vacation rental process down, there are some other companies out there that offer similar services.
Overnight is another service that takes some of the worry out of vacation rentals because you manage the group of people allowed to see your property. This could be only friends that you invite, specific communities of people you create or everyone using Overnight.
Essentially, you create a small private network of people you want to rent to. You get paid after the guests check in to your home. Travelers pay a service fee dependent on the agreed rental price.
Whether you have a private family home or a vacation rental you want to make some extra income off, kid & coe is focused on attracting families to your property. You don’t have to worry about putting up all your extra toys because clients are looking for kid-friendly bedrooms and backyards, plus things like high chairs and cribs.
The service charges a one-time, initial listing fee plus there’s a processing fee depending on how your home’s promoted and booked. You can also choose to pay an annual fee that allows you to trade your property for another property listed on the same site, giving you some security because other users also want you to take care of their own property.
You can also trade properties with Love Home Swap. You make a posting for your property, and then input your wants into the system’s search filters to try and come up with a match. It’s a way for both you and another family to swap homes while on vacation and potentially save a lot of money in the process.
This gives some piece of mind in renting to strangers because another traveler also trusts you with their home. You do have to become a member to use the site and you’re charged a monthly fee.
If you have space in your home to rent out but you feel better sticking around and keeping an eye on your property, Homestay gives you that option. It’s a little like turning your home into a B&B. It’s free to sign up and you still make some money off the rental. Guests are charged a processing fee on each booking.
Another plus is you get to help screen guests before they arrive and you’re there to keep an eye on your guests and your property. You also have some options in how you’re paid.
How to further protect your home
No matter which alternative to AirBnB or VRBO you use, make sure you’re doing all you can to stay safe. Renting it to someone you know is obviously a great idea. Another suggestion is to have a friend or neighbor check on your property from time to time to ensure everything’s running smoothly.
It’s also a good idea to safely store away any valuables while you’re renting your home and to add slipcovers to any furniture that could stain. If nothing else, try leaving some handwritten welcome notes as little reminders there’s a family behind the fantastic property.
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