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It is undeniable that our lives are becoming increasingly dependent on technology and smart devices. Take simple things we probably don’t even think about like contactless payments or chatting to a friend overseas. These activities which have become everyday habits for most of us are 100% reliant on technology.
Now let’s think about your holiday rental home. You presumably use OTAs like Airbnb, Booking.com or Trip Advisor to market your property, right? You more likely than not have your own property website, Facebook page or Instagram page dedicated to your holiday rental so you can showcase it online. That is to name but a few of the multitude of technological tools which allow us to promote accommodation easily.
So, is stands to reason that you could simplify the physical management of your property and enhance the experience of your guests with tech solutions too. Read on to see how installing some of the latest technologies in your rental home could reduce your workload, make you money, improve customer satisfaction and maximise your 5* reviews.
In our modern world where so much can be achieved remotely, there are fantastic smart devices that could optimise the daily running of your property. Think about solutions that would make your daily processes easier, save on money and improve convenience for your guests.
Smart locks- are becoming an increasingly popular feature in short term rental properties. In the same way that the keycard system revolutionised locking systems in hotels, smart locks are doubtless the future for holiday rental properties. These keyless entry systems are WiFi or Bluetooth enabled smart home devices. They allow you to lock and unlock doors with the tap of a finger or a simple voice command. Smart locks keep logs of when the door is locked or unlocked. They also log which code was used which means they are great for security. They even allow remote access, another great benefit because you can unlock a door to let in a guest while you’re at work.
Having a smart lock in place means you avoid any chance of a former tenant or maintenance worker returning with a duplicate key. A concern for owners and guests alike. Also, with a physical key if it gets lost by the guest it can lead to untimely calls and the need for a manager or maintenance person to deliver a replacement, which is inconvenient for everyone.
Video doorbells- are another great way to support your property management remotely. When anyone comes near to your property entrance you are immediately notified. Your Smartphone then connects to the camera and you can speak directly to whoever is there. The benefit for you here is that you can track who enters and leaves your property, avoid unwanted extra visitors and give peace of mind to your guests.
Docking and charging stations are inexpensive yet they provide a convenient, central location to allow guests to recharge their devices. It looks impressive and shows you are mindful of the tech needs of your guests. They will be grateful to not have to pack these items. If they accidentally forgot to bring them then you will score great points by saving the day with them readily available at your property.
Virtual Concierge- Unlike a hotel, a rental apartment or villa doesn’t have 24 hour front desk support for guests. That’s where a voice concierge app can come to the rescue.
Having an app like Virtual Concierge allows you to turn products like the Amazon Echo or Google Home into an in-house assistant that can answer any questions your guest has. It can also provide them with tips about the best local attractions or restaurants. You could even set up a Spotify account to further delight your guests with some great music options.
Robot Vacuum Cleaner. With guests coming in and out from the beach or poolside you knows your floors get dirty quickly. Invest in a robot vacuum cleaner (look for a recent model that works on various floor types) and both you and your guests will enjoy the benefit. Your property turnover will be quicker, and guests will appreciate the extra cleanliness between cleaners’ visits.
Bluetooth speaker- Having a good quality Bluetooth speaker at your guest’s disposal is going to make you very popular. Whether they are chilling by the pool or cooking up a BBQ, being able to tune in to their favourite music is going to make them feel relaxed and at home.
Smart TV- Upgrading your flatscreen TV to a Smart TV is definitely a good move. You can invest in a Netflix account for your property and provide guests with lots of entertainment options for a minimal fee. Smart TV’s also offer internet connectivity and are compatible with apps and devices (including the virtual concierge and Bluetooth speakers mentioned above).
Firstly, you are increasing security and ensuring the protection of your guests and property. Secondly, you are streamlining your processes. Think about it, when your guests arrive at 3 a.m. and can enter your property effortlessly this is going to make a big impact. Removing the need for someone to be there with a physical key both reduces your organisational workload and waiting time for your customers. Thirdly, it will add value to your rental property. You can market your Smart upgrades, increase your weekly rate and appeal to a wider audience of travellers. Finally, it will boost your guests experience and encourage them to leave fantastic reviews. When visitors can see that you have invested in their security, convenience, comfort and entertainment they will reward you with top score reviews.
Of course, some smart devices can be too expensive and fragile to be left at a holiday rental property. However, a Bluetooth speaker and a video doorbell are small expenses that can delight guests and save you time. Some trends are here to stay. Showing that you are keeping up with trends is only going to benefit your business.
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