I have used ABnB a few times as a guest myself but I am considering a situational hosting.
My boyfriend and I are headed out of the country for 2 weeks. I had considered asking a friend to drop by our apt every few days just for piece of mind but then it occurred to me that we can host which would bring in income and help soften the blow of our unpaid vacation time from work.
Hosting of course comes with concerns. My main concern is theft. Of course we would make a decision on the guest based on profile, feedback and communication but what else can you do for some piece of mind in this case?
I have seen people suggesting 3rd party rental insurance and such things but have I missed anything? I want to be protected but I’m not sure if the income from renting out our place for two weeks outweighs the concerns of theft and hassle of getting insurance or whatever else we might have forgotten.
Here’s a little more info.
We would be renting a 1 bedroom apartment which can accommodate 1-3 guests as there is an air bed available. We are in downtown Los Angeles about a 15 minute walk from the subway station, right off a major bus route and in an area serviced by Uber/Lyft 24/7 as well as delivery apps like Postmates. Since we are travelling out of the country, both or our cars would remain in their parking spots and only street parking would be available if needed. Based on the time we will be gone and location, comparable apartments are available on the site for $110-150 a night although most in this area are $200+ which offers things we don’t have like pool/gym etc. We would prefer to take just one reservation during these two weeks.
The reason I am concerned with theft is we are both gamers so we have a nice 55" flat screen, multiple game consoles/games and other than that I have a large collection of Korean pop culture items in the bedroom. They aren’t worth much to the general public but in the right market they are worth a lot. I don’t have a place onsite or off to lock them away.
Is there any less “risk” associated with international travelers in your opinion/experience as opposed to domestic?
I had a secondary concern but I can’t think of it right now.
Thanks for all the input! For better or worse we’ve decided not to host while we’re out of the country and so closes the topic.