Managing vacation rentals, whether you’re managing an entire fleet of homes or just renting out your home on Airbnb, can be a lot of unexpected work, demanding and time consuming. Of course you have to keep your listings updated, schedule visits, and answer questions from guests, but it’s easy to overlook the other tasks and expenses that come along with having visitors. This is where home automation can save you a lot of time and money. And home automation can help you accomplish your main goal — generating as much revenue as possible from the properties you are managing.
Home automation is made possible by the “Internet of Things,” which is a way to describe physical objects that are attached to the internet, allowing you to control and monitor almost any part of your home.
As this technology continues to grow, being able to program and schedule parts of your house to automate their behavior and to check in on and manage your property from anywhere will soon be common practice. Not to mention that every day new products come out to help create the ultimate self-managed home. The Internet of Things is in the very beginning stages, and just scratches the surface of what will eventually be possible. But there are already a ton of products that can be useful for anyone managing vacation rentals.
Here are a few ways that home automation can make your life way easier:
Meeting your guests to hand off the keys every time they arrive can become cumbersome pretty quickly. And it’s obviously not safe to leave a key under a rock in your garden where anyone can find it. Keyless entry solves that problem. By hooking up your locks to the internet, you can manage access to your property from anywhere.
Using Parakeet, guests are emailed or texted a key code that they can use while they are renting out the place — and once they leave, the code will be disabled. It’s really that simple. The increased security (it’s even safer than handing out keys) will allow you to worry about the more important stuff. Parakeet’s centralized control from a computer or cell phone is a must for property managers with a portfolio of distributed properties.
Nest, the remote thermostat device that was bought by Google last year, is one of the most popular Internet of Things products — for good reason. It’s easy to setup, easy to use, and can save you a ton of money on utility bills.
People tend to be forgetful, and guests will often forget to turn off the air conditioning or heat when they leave. If you don’t stop by for a few days, the unnecessary temperature control adds up quickly and can cost a lot of money.
Products like Nest for single residences allow you to control your thermostat from anywhere, so you can make sure you don’t spend any money you don’t need to. Nest isn’t the only option, either. There are a ton of products out there that offer tweaks so you can find the one that’s right for you.
When managing from afar, you have no way of knowing if there’s a problem with the house. There are many products out there to help you make sure your property is safe and in one piece. From flood and carbon monoxide monitoring to motion sensors to easy to set up security cameras, these products offer valuable peace of mind that everything is going well.
The best thing is, this is just scratching the surface of what the Internet of Things can do for you. Almost every part of your home can be hooked up to the internet, and the possibilities are endless, allowing you to save money, save time, and get some peace of mind from anywhere.