Ever wondered how Airbnb came about? Here is the little story: Two grads in San Francisco, in a bid to make some extra bucks, took advantage of an opportunity. A large conference was passing through their hometown and hotels were booking up fast. To meet the demand, they decided to put their apartment on offer, then created a simple website and gave it the name ‟Air Bed & Breakfast.” Their target was visitors who wanted to avoid the extortionate hotel prices. This happened in 2007. Fast forward to today, with millions using their homes as business ventures, Airbnb has significantly reshaped the hospitality industry. Regardless of the exponential growth in the industry, one of the biggest challenges Airbnb face is the security implications of letting out houses to strangers. How do you take advantage of the lucrative business without compromising the security of your home?
Of course, before inviting someone in your space you must do a background check to verify suitability. After the guest makes payment, rather than just engaging remotely, it’s also advisable you meet the guest in person just to create a personal connection. There’s always a lot more you can pick from face to face meetings away from perfectly filled documentation. For instance, how well-maintained is your guest’s car? Does it look like a McDonald’s dumpster with completely worn out tires? Chances are that your guest will treat your space in a similar manner, if not worse. While we aren’t asking you to discriminate, your primary responsibility should be to protect your property.
A move from traditional locks to keyless ones
Even with great guests, your home’s security needs to be vamped-up, and one way to do this is by getting the right key options. If your doors have conventional locks, it’s time to ditch those for smart locks. Imagine how cumbersome and expensive it would be if you have to rekey your locks every time a visitor checks out.! In the nascent Internet of Things, people are beginning to implement smarter ways of living, and security hasn’t been left out. A global expert on locks and physical security, Marc Weber Tobias, notes that the wireless locking systems that have been in the commercial space for years are finally coming to residential abodes as well.
With keyless locks, instead of giving your guests physical keys that can be lost or copied, you give them smartphone keys. A smartphone key is a code you generate using your phone and at the click on a button, it’s delivered to your guest. You can generate codes a specific date, time and duration. What this means is that as soon as the visitor checks out, their code expires so you revoke access just as easily as you generated the code. Once access has been revoked, the guest can no longer gain access to your house. If you have multiple properties to rent out, smartphone keys are the ideal security solution.
The age of internet has made it possible to use gadgets for convenience. So, if you can lie on your couch with your hands clutched onto your smartphone, and control multiple door locks from an entirely different location, why would you want physical keys? If you’re looking to use your space to make extra bucks, contact Winnipeg residential locksmith services for smart lock installation. Our well-trained locksmith will do that in a matter of minutes – the process is pretty straightforward.