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So, you’ve decided to take the leap and list your home on Airbnb. The extra income is going to be wonderful, and as a bonus, a top host rating boosts your chances of scoring any places you want to be a guest in. However, the stress that comes with welcoming strangers into your home is less than ideal.
Luckily, we’ve come a long way from the days of traditional house swapping where you simply handed over the keys and hoped for the best. As technology advances, so too does society, and this is nowhere more true than in the family home. So, how can you use this to your Airbnb-loving advantage?
Lock it down
For starters, you can use it to improve your front line defenses. We’re talking, of course, about implementing smart Bluetooth door locks for your Airbnb property. Traditional locks and keys have kept our homes safe for years, but as time goes on, they provide less and less security. A key, for example, is easily lost or stolen, and many basic locks won’t stand up to the test of someone trying to break in.
A Bluetooth smart lock, by contrast, is operated via your guest’s smartphone, providing much more security. They’re far less likely to lose their phone than a random set of keys that they’re not used to carrying, and in the unfortunate event that something does happen to their digital pass to your premises, you can simply void the code they’ve been issued, thus protecting the integrity of your home. In this way, guest carelessness can only affect them, not you.
Monitor vital signs
Security systems are now more sophisticated than ever, and it is quite easy to keep track of what’s going on in your home. We’re not saying you should set cameras up everywhere and watch your guest’s every move (in fact this is a very bad/illegal idea), but you can have your alarms linked to your cell phone to let you know if anything untoward happens. Bonus points if your system also notifies the local branch of your security company and has someone sent out to check on things.
Have a smart set up
While smart devices such as sensor lights, smart home portals, and linked appliances may not seem all that vital to the running of your Airbnb property, they add convenience and comfort that will increase your ratings while also protecting your home. By simplifying processes, you make your guest’s lives easier and reduce the opportunities for breakages or other issues to occur.
Keep on top of daily tasks
This one links up with the previous point, but it is more for your convenience than that of your guests. Making sure that the garden is watered and the floors are clean is pretty hard when you’re not home – unless you enlist technology to do it for you. There are plenty of automated vacuums on the market that can whizz around and give the floors a quick tidy while your guests are out sightseeing. Meanwhile, self-watering planters are perfect for keeping your house plants in top shape, even when you’re not there to care for them yourself.
Not every form of technology will be right for every home, but the ones on this list make perfect all-rounders for taking the stress out of your Airbnb hosting experience. They’re also completely expandable if you decide you want to upgrade your system or further automate your home (for yourself or future guests). With all of that taken care of, there’s little more to say but happy hosting!
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