Vacation rental hosting is all about the experiences you give your guests, and the best experiences revolve around comfort and convenience. Fortunately, these can be achieved with technology. It doesn’t matter whether your property nestles in the bustling heart of New York city or a quaint Alpine village along the Tour Du Mont Blanc hiking trail. Tiny quality tech upgrades can go a long way in putting a smile on your guests’ faces and also make hosting easier for you.
Below are some cool gadgets I would recommend to any vacation rental host.
If you are anything like the vacation rental hosts we have worked with, you don’t reside, or have a concierge present, on your property. Even when you reside on the property, your schedules sometimes clash with guest arrivals. What do you do?
- Leave the keys under the doormat? That can’t be safe.
- Use a key collection location? Wouldn’t that inconvenience your guests?
- Use a lockbox? A bit outdated, don’t you think?
Or you could upgrade to smart locks. RemoteLock, for instance, allows you to automatically create a temporary access code for each guest and then remotely monitor and manage access to your house from anywhere in the world. You can learn more about how RemoteLock works here.
This cost-effective remote surveillance gadget comes in handy when you want to add an extra security feature to give both you and your guest some peace of mind. With a video doorbell, you will be able to identify guests before they check-in. You can even use the gadget along with a smart lock to remotely vet guests before giving them access to your vacation rental home. Installing a video doorbell also means that your guests will be able to see who is on the door before opening it. A video doorbell will show your guests that you have their safety at heart.
Smart thermostats come with sensors for detecting temperature variations in specific rooms to determine whether there are people in the rooms. Then it adjusts its settings accordingly to help the rooms maintain an optimum temperature. Smart thermostats also have manual displays that are easy to use. So when your guests are not comfortable with the temperature of the house, they can manually adjust the thermostat.
The best thing about smart thermostats, however, is that they can be controlled remotely. Hence, should a guest be having issues with adjusting the settings, you can do it for them from anywhere in the world.
Smart Lights for Your Vacation Rental Home
When you don’t reside on your property, who do you rely on to turn off the lights during daylight or when there are no guests in the house? Your guests? The truth is that people are forgetful, and even the most well-meaning guest can forget to turn off the lights when they aren’t using it. I mean, it’s not their property. They aren’t the ones paying your power bills.
You could take matters into your on hands and also give your home a bit of an awe factor by installing smart lights. These lights have sensors that detect when someone enters or leaves the house or a room, so they can go on and off accordingly. They can also be controlled remotely. This means you can turn the lights on or off from anywhere in the world. Trust me. Smart lights will save you a lot on your energy bills.
Cable is slowly becoming outdated. Smart TVs and streaming sticks like Fire TV, Roku, and Chromecast are the future. Improve guest experience, make them feel at home by installing smart TVs in your vacation rental home or using a streaming stick to turn your traditional TV into a smart TV. This will allow guests to conveniently use their own streaming accounts to watch their favourite shows and programs while at your place. Still, we recommend that you subscribe to at least one streaming service so that guests who don’t have their own streaming accounts can still entertain themselves.
Multiport USB Chargers
The world is filled with mobile devices with USB charging ports. Why not make life easy for guests by installing a few multiport USB chargers in strategic places like the kitchen counter, by the bedside, and even in the living room? They are very affordable in spite of the huge convenience they offer. There are quality options out there, many of them supporting high-speed charging. This is one of those little things hosts can do that more or less every guest appreciates.
I’m assuming you already have WiFi installed, given that it’s a basic amenity every host should have in their vacation rental home. But what if your property is large? Chances are that there are dead spots where the signal isn’t strong or constant. Any guest staying in that section of the house will most certainly not be pleased. And that’s why you need a WiFi extender to boost the signal in the dead area.