There are a vast number of benefits to refreshing your vacation rental with smart automation devices. As well as improving property safety and security, home automation and intelligent features can make guests more comfortable and convenient during their stay. Most travelers opt to stay in vacation rentals because they want to experience the same kind of comfort as in their own homes. So if you can offer them all that plus more – you’ll be setting yourself up to provide a great guest experience. So, what are the most valuable gadgets you should have in your vacation rental? Here are some smart vacation rental technologies that will make your renters and you happy!
The Advantage of Smart Locks
Adding smart locks to your vacation rental is one of the most convenient upgrades you can make. Whatever type of lock is installed, a keyless entry system is a much safer option when renting properties for short periods. More than 60% of guests say they prefer smart locks to traditional ones in their vacation rental because they fear losing their keys. Additionally, guests can easily enter and leave the property without worrying about who needs a key and when. For those systems using a key code, each incoming guest or group can be assigned a unique number during check-in, facilitating smoother arrivals and departures. As they generally lock automatically when closed, intelligent locks prevent accidental incidents of travelers leaving the front door unlocked. Lastly, there is no danger of worrying about guests making a physical copy of their key – both guests and hosts can be assured that the previous renters will not return.
Smart Thermostat Benefits
Managing energy consumption and keeping a comfortable environment for your guests can be challenging for vacation rental owners. That’s where a smart thermostat can help. In most vacation homes, you’ll find that they feel a bit stuffy and stale upon your arrival. The rental may have been closed for a few days or longer, and the air hasn’t circulated enough. Dust, condensation, and allergens have accumulated. With a smart thermostat, your AC can be turned on from anywhere a day or so before your guests arrive. The air will circulate adequately, and the house will be cool and comfortable for their arrival. In addition, smart thermostats have much better sensors than older ones. As a result, they can read the temperature more accurately. You can adjust the temperature from an app on a mobile device and make changes when needed. As a bonus, some of these devices can detect when guests are home or away for the day and adjust the temperature and airflow accordingly. By optimizing the temperature, smart thermostats allow owners to save on energy usage while still maintaining optimal comfort for guests.
A Smart Lighting System
At a vacation rental, smart lights are a welcome amenity for guests and hosts. As guests walk through the door, they feel like they’re in a modern high-tech home. They can set their own mood and make the place feel homey during their stay. A well-lit property, both on the interior and exterior, will also make your guest feel more secure. Smart lighting has many benefits with motion activations, setting the time lights to turn on, or adjusting for different moods and scenes. In addition, owners can make sure that lights are not left switched on after guests depart – and turn them off from the app if they are. And if the property is not rented during the low season, you can set rules for the lights to turn on and off, so it appears someone is at home. Having this feature can help you deter burglars from looking into your home.
Wireless Video Doorbells
The popularity of video doorbells has steadily increased in recent years. Many homeowners love that the doorbell system automatically sends a notification to their smartphones when someone approaches their door. This allows you to see who is visiting live on your smartphone. Anytime, from anywhere, you can see who is at your front door and communicate with them! This also brings great peace of mind to your guests. A well-secured rental creates a safe and comfortable environment for your guests. Managing your vacation rental remotely will allow you to greet your guests directly and ensure they have a warm welcome. It is also a good idea to tell your guests in advance that you have a video doorbell installed so they won’t be surprised!
Turning Your Vacation Rental Into a Smart Home
Enhance safety and convenience at your vacation rental property to set it apart from the rest. In addition to the innovative home offerings above, Johns Brothers’ security experts can assist you in choosing the right smart home security package for your vacation rental home. Get started with a FREE professional consultation by calling 1-800-242-9760!