Picture this : You're on vacation, heading back to your rental and realize you left your house key at the beach. Landlords are not picking up their phone and they live halfway across the world! What now?
This is where home automation comes into play!
Home automation, commonly known as a "smart home" is the new big thing and can improve chances of bringing people to your short-term rental. According to Techopedia, home automation is “a technological solution that enables automating the bulk of electronic, electrical and technology-based tasks within a home.”
The use of these systems have become increasingly popular over the last few years due to the efficiency, comfort, and convenience they provide especially within the short term/vacation rental market and can even help with attracting workers to your space.
Some types of home automation systems that exist, and the benefits they provide to both rental owners and guests include:
- Smart locks
- Home temperature automation
- Hands free service (Google Home, Amazon Alexa)
- Smart lights
- Smart Plug
- Smart Security Camera
Benefits of Home Automation
Provides and improves safety and security
Feeling safe when staying in a rental is always the top priority for guests. Having smart systems set up throughout the property that can help detect intruders, fires, leaks, and so much more, provides a piece of mind for the guests. Having smart security cameras set up can also help landlords keep an eye on their property from anywhere in the world. In a study released by August Home, they found that 80% of vacation guests were more likely to rent a property that has smart home technology and 60% would be willing to pay more money for it.
This is because guests will do anything to make sure they feel safe and secure while on vacation, and smart technology provides them with the comfort they're seeking.
Provides comfort, convenience, and independence
Convenience is one of the main benefits of home automation. This new use of technology has made the rental process so much easier, which leaves both the owner and guests feeling at ease. One of the most commonly used home automation systems in short term and vacation rentals is the Smart Lock.
This lock allows guests to check in and out of their rental with either a simple app, code, or touch of a button. These keyless locks mean that guests never have to worry about losing their keys, and landlords can welcome guests into their property without actually being there. This provides a sense of independence to guests which makes them feel more at home. Other smart systems that provide comfort, convenience, and independence are home hubs such as Google Home or Amazon Alexa. Everything in your home can be controlled by the sound of your voice. This offers contactless control over everything which is the new trend in 2020, especially during a pandemic!
Having home automation systems set up within your property can greatly save energy costs. This technology allows the landlord to conserve energy and costs without compromising comfort. Systems such as smart lights and smart thermostats adapt to the environment they are in and can be easily controlled which helps reduce energy consumption which in turn reduces the energy costs.
For example, smart lights sense when there are no people in a room and they automatically shut off which limits the amount of energy that is being used throughout the day. Having systems installed in rentals that help save money, improves the landlord's profitability which is why they are in big demand.
A variety of systems exist that have improved and continue to improve the short-term rental market. Whether you implement all or some of these systems, depending on your budget and needs, you are sure to reap the benefits of the “smart home” way of life!
This post was written by Christina Vassiliou, Jr. Interior Designer at Fülhaus.