Moving into another person’s established home can be tricky. You need to find a place that meets your needs within your budget and timeframe, not to mention finding a host whose personality can mesh well with yours. But don’t let these external factors overshadow your safety. Here are some tips for protecting yourself as you search for a shared home.
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Safety tips for choosing a home
Here are our tips for protecting yourself as you evaluate your home options on Silvernest.
Find a home that suits your needs
Use our search filters to identify listings in your desired area and budget. For those that pique your interest, make sure to read through the host’s profile, listing description, amenities and expectations.
Review the safety features
Check the listing amenities for safety features such as carbon monoxide and smoke detectors.
Don’t be shy about asking questions
Use your Silvernest inbox to communicate with hosts and ask them about anything that’s important to you. Homesharing is a very personal decision, and you should have as much information as possible to help you make it.
Always communicate through Silvernest
Keep yourself, your money and your personal information safe by staying on our secure platform throughout the entire process of finding a housemate. You should never be asked to wire money, provide credit card information, or otherwise pay a host directly. If this happens, please report it to us immediately. Learn more about other red flags to watch out for.
Do a safety check
After you select a place and move in, ask your host where the home’s safety and emergency equipment (fire extinguisher(s), first aid kit, etc.) is.
Get help if needed
In an emergency, or if your personal safety is threatened, contact local police or emergency services immediately. For other safety concerns, contact us.
Check out these resources for more information about Silvernest safety features and screening your matches.
- How to report a message or block another Silvernest user
- Tips for vetting and screening potential housemates
- Everything you need to know about Silvernest background checks
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