Smart technology is slowly shifting from being “the tech of the future” to “the tech of now”. There are smartphones, smart TVs, smart watches, and now we even have smart vacation homes. That’s right, our entire homes are embedded with smart tech.
So what does this mean for you as a vacation property manager? How can you create a smart vacation home to set your vacation property apart from others around you?
We’re here to help you identify the most useful tech to implement in your vacation rental property that will make you the vacation rental owner of the future and make your rental home a must-visit.
1. Smart Locks
Keyless entry to your property is one of the most convenient and cost-effective upgrades to your rental home. Not only is it a much safer option for short-term rental owners, but studies found that 70% of guests prefer having a smart lock controlled by an app to a traditional keyed entry – making a smart lock a selling point to your future visitors.
Not only do smart locks give your guests an easier way to check-in to your rental without having to coordinate a time, they also bring peace of mind by eliminating the chance of losing a key or accidentally getting locked out.
Finally, smart locks make it impossible for guests to duplicate keys, meaning you can rest assured knowing that no unwanted visitors have access to your home after check-out.
2. Smart Speakers (or virtual assistants)
According to a consumer survey conducted by VoicebotAI, there are now close to 90 million U.S. adults with a smart speaker in their home — a number that is growing by over 30% a year.
Adding a voice assistant, like an Amazon Alexa or Google Nest, to your vacation rental property is a great way to give your guests a mini-concierge that doubles as an in-house speaker.
These devices can also be programmed to respond to certain requests or voice commands to enhance the visitor experience.
3. Smart Lighting
The benefits of smart lights are two-fold. For your guests, it gives your home a luxury feel that they’re looking for in a short-term vacation rental, without being overly tech-y or confusing to use.
For vacation property management companies and rental property owners, smart lights are a way to save money and even prevent theft. With app-controlled lighting, you can know as soon as your guests check out that the lights are off and the doors are locked, cutting dollars off your energy bill at the end of each month.
In the off-season, the ability to put your lights on a timer gives your vacation rental property the appearance that someone’s at home. This will deter burglars or other unwanted visitors from entering your home.
4. Video Doorbell
Video doorbells are a great addition to the security system of your rental property. These doorbells notify you the second someone arrives at your doorstep, even without them ringing the bell. This means you will always know when your guests arrive and when they leave.
Smart doorbells are also a great way to manage unwanted or unaccounted for visitors. They give you the ability to talk to people through the doorbell, an added layer of security without the need for being physically present. This is the definition of smart vacation home technology.
5. Smart TV
Ten years ago, having 2,000 channels on your TV was definitely something to brag about. Nowadays, however, more and more people are cutting the cord on cable and switching entirely to streaming services. In fact, as of 2019, more people in the U.S. subscribed to a streaming service than paid for cable.
With that in mind, providing guests with a smart TV allows them to access all of their favorite shows and movies without the hassle of HDMI cords and without having to watch on their phone or laptop.
Fortunately, with the rise in tech accessibility, smart TVs are becoming more and more affordable. Check out these options for best smart TVs for a tight budget.
Smart vacation home technology doesn’t have to break the bank. By making some simple tech upgrades to your property, you will not only enhance the guest experience, but will also save money, increase security, and become a more efficient manager.