Stashbee's COVID-19 Health and Safety Guidelines
Hosts have got the space. Renters have got the stuff. And we’re here to play matchmaker by connecting both, so Renters get to use a storage or parking space they need, and Hosts can help out their community while earning some extra income.
But wait! We hear you cry. We’re in the middle of a global pandemic! How do I host and rent space safely?
Have no fear, the Stashbee COVID-19 Health and Safety Guide is here to help you rent a space and earn some extra income safely. Read on to find out more about how you can rent out a garage or parking space safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.
1. Arrange a Virtual Viewing
No matter how good you are at taking photos of your garage, there’s only so much a good picture can do. There’s nothing quite like seeing a space in person, so it’s no surprise that a lot of Renters are keen to visit a space before they commit to storing their stuff there.
But, like most things, the pandemic has made arranging a viewing a lot more complicated than it once was. With strict guidance against mixing households, in-person viewings just aren’t an easy option at the moment.
But not to fear! As the undefeated lifeline of 2020/2021, the video call can also help when it comes to arranging a viewing for your space. Just ask your Renter to jump on a Facetime or Skype call so you can show them round the space without having to meet in person.
We know how tiresome Zoom can get, so you can always just take a video of the space and send that to your Renter if you’re not keen on planning yet another video call.
2. Adjust Your Booking if You Need To
If there’s one thing we can learn from this year, it’s that things can change. FAST. There’s nothing worse than making plans and arranging all the details, only to have to cancel at the last minute - so it’s a good job we’re big fans of flexibility here at Stashbee. Hosts can adjust their booking start date quickly and easily from within the booking dashboard if there’s a change of plans.
And just so you know, we’ve also adjusted our cancellation policy so you can cancel or move your booking start date at the very last minute if you need to. Yes, it’s that easy!
3. Keep Your Distance
The most important health and safety guideline of the year is just as relevant when it comes to renting out a garage or parking space. We can’t stress enough how important it is to stick to the NHS guidelines on social distancing. So if your virtual viewing goes well and you’re not able to hand over keys remotely, make sure you wear a mask and keep a 2m distance from anyone not from your household. You definitely know the drill by now!
4. Use KeyNest to Exchange KeysOn the other hand, if you’d rather not meet in-person to exchange keys, that’s where KeyNest comes in. Hosts can drop off their keys at a secure KeyNest store and Renters can pick them up at their convenience. As a Host, you’ll be notified when your keys are picked up and dropped off. Plus, KeyNest Stores are monitored by 24-hour CCTV and are available at a range or vetted stores and locations.
5. Clean, Clean, Clean
This one goes without saying, but extra cleaning should be at the top of your list when it comes to making sure you stay safe whilst renting out a garage during the pandemic. Now more than ever, it’s important to take extra care when cleaning your space before and after bookings. We’re sure you have the basics covered already, but we recommend to use disinfectant (and lots of it!) and always wear gloves. For Renters we recommend sanitising your hands before and after accessing the space.
So there you have it - five of our top tips on how to stay safe while making some extra cash from hosting. For even more advice, have a look at our full list of coronavirus updates. Or, if we’ve put your mind at ease - and we certainly hope we have! - become a Host today and get a head start on building up your Christmas gift fund or rent a space ready for the new year.
8th Dec 2020