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The Best Safe For Your Airbnb Guests (And You!)

Airbnb needs a safe, but I can say from experience that your guests visiting from outside the country will benefit from one. They will likely be traveling with important documents, like passports, and are also more likely to be traveling with cash.

The best safe for your guests can be programmed with a custom code (by them) and, of course, must be secure.

Our Airbnb Safe Experience

We don’t provide safes for our guests, but I have been to a few Airbnbs that did have a safe.

Kate and I live and operate our Airbnbs in the U.S. I don’t recall ever staying in a U.S. based Airbnb with a safe, but we have had safes in our rentals outside the states.

Related: How to maximize profits in your Airbnb.

The most memorable for me was my honeymoon. Kate and I spent a week in Bali, Indonesia in an amazing Airbnb. The money system there was quite a bit different from our own, so we were traveling not only with our passports, but also with quite a bit of cash.

Obviously we didn’t want to be out and about with all that cash. We ended up storing our extra cash and our passports (we carried copies of our passports) in the safe provided for us.

I was very thankful for that safe and we used it every day for the duration of the trip.

Safe For Your Guests

The most important thing when choosing a safe for your guests to use is burglary protection. I don’t think there’s much benefit to providing a waterproof or fireproof safe.

So with that in mind let’s look at two good options.

AmazonBasics Steel Security Safe

This safe is very much like the one we had at our Airbnb in Bali. It has both a keyed entry and a code that can be programmed by guests. The benefit of the code is that your guests can set it themselves and take the key, which should guarantee that no one else can get into the safe.

Related: How to WOW your Airbnb guests with special touches.

This is a small safe, but guests will generally be storing money and papers. Possibly jewelry.

This safe can be bolted to the floor or wall, which is ideal because then the safe itself cannot be stolen.

It’s a super affordable safe, and it will be secure from buglary, which should be your guests number one priority.

SereneLife Safe and LockBox

  • Programmable code
  • Keyed entry
  • Two door bolts
  • Can mount to floor or wall
  • NOT waterproof or fireproof

This safe is rated to endure 1700°F (930°C) for one hour while protecting documents, CDs, USBs and other valuables. It is also rated to keep the contents of the safe dry for one hour in 8 inches of water.

This safe has all the features of those we looked at for your guests. It’s fireproof and waterproof, but it has a few extra features.

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First, it’s just bigger which should allow you to easily store documents along with jewelry, electronics and anything else you want to protect.

Second, it’s much hard to pry open. With four one in bolts in the door and the a pry resistant hinge bar, it will withstand any reasonable physical attempt to break in.

Third, it has a locked box inside the safe, which can be opened only by key. If you have more than one person that knows the code, you can put items only you can access in the locked box.

Conclusion

Not every Airbnb will need a safe. If your listing gets lots of visitors from out of the country, a safe can be a huge benefit to those guests. And if you live in the same house with your guests, you may want to keep a safe for yourself.

Happy investing.

Michael

I'm living the path to financial success and sharing everything I learn in this blog. I believe in the power of cash flowing investments, due diligence and time. This is my journey so far.

Before 2016: Just living my life, working full time and trying to get by.

2016: Kate and I start to discuss the possibility of getting into real estate investment. We read books like Rich Dad Poor Dad and listen to the Bigger Pockets Podcast. We find a Realtor and start looking at property. We even make an offer or two, but nothing happens.

2017: Kate and I continue looking for property. We meet with banks and find lenders willing to work with us. In one month (August), we turn our basement into an Airbnb and list it AND we purchase our first long term rental property, which is a triplex. We can't find good tenants for our triplex.

2018: In April, we finally get our first tenant in the triplex, our second in June and get it fully rented in July. Our basement Airbnb makes so much money that in September we decided to buy another property to exclusively rent out on Airbnb. It makes us even more money than the first one!

2019: Kate decides we should put together a mastermind group. So we get in touch with people we know who care about money and start sharing knowledge with each other. Our triplex is profitable, but our two Airbnb properties are making way more money, so we buy another property to put up on Airbnb and VRBO.

2020: Coronavirus hits in March and all the guests booked at our Airbnb properties cancel. We freak out, but after a few weeks everything comes back and we're making money again. Discussion and research from the mastermind group makes me want to investigate online business as an investment strategy. Kate and I started Unbound Investor with plans to purchase a website in 2021.

OK you're all caught up!

I learned everything I know from books, podcasts, conversations with friends and family and of course through real world experience as a cash flow investor. And I'm always pushing to learn more.

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