Making a property listing accessible to families, including children, may expand the scope of potential guests.
Families may need specific amenities (for instance, a kitchen, washer and dryer, parking space, extra bedrooms for the kids to sleep in, or a pet-friendly space) and safety features, which may guide their searches on sharing economy platforms.
While there’s no universal recipe for making a listing more accessible to families, some recognised sharing economy platforms offer advice on how to organise your listing to improve its accessibility. Airbnb shows hosts how to add different amenities to a listing. And in relation to family and children’s accessibility more specifically, Airbnb details what you should know if you specify that your listing is safe or suitable for children. Airbnb also recommends that hosts follow some general safety tips, which are relevant for hosting any types of guests - whether they include children or not.
But even if your listing is accessible to families and children, there are unavoidable property safety risks associated with having any guest rent your property, whoever they are.
ShareCover exists to cover you against certain risks associated with having a guest in your property, which may include accidental damage done, loss of rental income, or liability. For full details on what ShareCover does and doesn’t cover, see our Product Disclosure Statement.