Home sharing and vacation rental sites like Airbnb and VRBO are an amazing way to explore, near and far. Often they present a much better value than hotels. They can provide great accommodations in just about every place you go, and there’s no better way to enjoy an authentic travel experience than to spend time with the locals.
For all the positives that come with home sharing sites, there are certain risks involved. This guide will prepare you to make the best possible decisions for yourself and keep you safe along your journey. New Person Search technology, like gladikknow.com present one important, new tool in your home sharing safety toolbelt.
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Most home sharing sites do a great job of collecting reviews, and have procedures in place to make sure the reviews (good and bad) are genuine and meaningful. Many people get caught up in the glossy pictures of a particular property and the amenities and location, but overlook the reviews of the homeowner and the property. Make sure to read all the reviews, especially the most current.
Communicate with the Owner – Directly!
Communication is vital to ensure everything is in order before traveling, and it also an important and effective way to raise a red flag.
These days, online scammers and criminals prefer to communicate over email. It creates an insulation between you and them. Communicating directly over the phone BEFORE your trip will almost always raise red flags – if there are any to raise.
Make sure to ask if there are any safety issues or concerns you should be aware of, with respect to the house or the neighborhood or surrounding areas.
Have a Back-up Plan
Know your options. If something doesn’t work out with your host, or if they misrepresented themselves or their home, make sure you have an alternate plan - JIC. Home sharing sites often have a reimbursement policy in the case of misrepresentation by the homeowner.
Learn About the Area
It is important to have knowledge beforehand. You can research its culture, traditions, as well as how to contact local authorities (in case of an emergency). Additionally, it is important to know the nearby hotels or restaurants.
If travelling abroad, consider using the following resources for safety alerts and advisories:
- U.S. Department of State: Travel Alerts and Warnings
- Gov.UK: Foreign Travel Advice
- Government of Canada: Country Travel Advice and Advisories
Consider Traveling with a Companion or in a Group
It’s much safer to visit places with someone or in a group. It’s not easy for one to take advantage of you in a group compared to when you are alone.
Perhaps Most Importantly: Verify Your Host
Thanks to new, cutting edge People Search technology, it’s now a snap to check out your hosts and make sure you will be entering a safe environment for you and your loved ones. Home sharing sites put a lot of energy and effort and money into promoting positive stories and experiences, and almost all are in fact positive, but unfortunately there have been some very bad ones too, and there will be again in the future. Put yourself in the best position to make sure you are not stepping into one.
Now, with new, cutting edge Person Search technology, like Glad I Know, all you need is the name and location of your host, or use the home sharing address, and you can instantly search your host.
Glad I Know searches over 600 million public records instantly, and provides highly valuable records to you in one report, including criminal, sex offender, financial and civil records, as well as social media profiles, property information and history, phones plus, email, family members, associates, neighbors, people linked by address, and much more. The search is instant and always 100% confidential.
Trust? Of course. But verify too. When it comes to the safety of you and your loved ones, it’s just the smart thing to do.
Now you are all set. Bon Voyage!
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