Thanks to the emergence of various applications such as Airbnb, even busy property owners who are always on the go can now be landlords. However, being one comes with certain challenges. As Dana Sparks of SFGate explains, the common issues that hosts face — such as payment failures, lease violations and property maintenance — are further amplified simply because the hosts cannot be on their property at all times. Fortunately, there are a lot of tips and tricks out there that can lighten, if not completely
eliminate, these problems. Here are some of them:
Make the most out of technology
As the number of listed properties on various online rental marketplaces increases, so does the number of technologies and applications that are specifically geared towards addressing the needs of remote hosts. A great example of such a technology is Party Squasher. This sensor not only counts any wifi connected device on your property but also does so anonymously to protect guest privacy. Once the limit you set is overstepped, Party Squasher will notify you real-time, thereby allowing you to nip possible parties in the bud and charge extra fees for extra guests.
Over-communicate and set clear boundaries
In any remote situation, there is nothing more important than communication. After all, millions upon millions of things can be lost in translation when your only way to communicate is by social media platforms and messaging apps. This reality makes it a necessity for remote hosts to practice over-communication. If you are a host, make it a habit to be as detailed and straightforward as possible. Check in frequently and ensure that you can be reached through various channels. It would be beneficial for you to explain the kinds of behavior that will and will not be tolerated in your property, as well as the rules and regulations you have in place. If you can, post copies of these rules inside your property, so the guests will be always reminded of them.
Get a home warranty plan
One of the smartest things you will ever do as a remote host is to sign up for a home warranty plan. Doing so will not only cover significant home repairs but also connect you to reliable local professionals who will be happy to offer their services to you. Depending on the plan you signed up for, The Balance mentioned how a home warranty can cover appliances, different built-in systems and add-ons such as swimming pools, saunas and spas.
Invest in smart devices
In his list of remote-working tips, digital nomad James Gonzales states that one of the best ways to be productive as a remote worker is to make full use of the technology available to you. This is true for remote hosts, especially when it comes to ensuring the security of their properties. Based on a recent study published by Statista, over 416 burglaries occur per 100,000 residents in California alone. In order to make your home secure, consider investing in smart devices such as smart locks, smoke detectors and outdoor security cameras. Other smart home devices such as speakers, lightings, thermostats, tv sets and plugs can also elevate your clients experience and raise your reviews.
Article written by Amanda Lawson
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