While some property owners stay close to their vacation rental and enjoy the advantages of proximity, others have to take long drive or even a flight to reach the rental. Thanks to advancements in science, owners can now look at technology to manage their rentals without being physically present at the location. Right from keyless entry to programmable sprinklers and security camera, there are many modern-day gadgets that you can use to manage your vacation rental remotely. Some sci-fi gadgets that can make managing vacation rentals a lot convenient are:
You no longer have to worry about having a lock and key at the front door. You can use Lockitron. This wonderful gadget allows you to use your smartphone to lock and unlock your door. You can give and withdraw access instantly, making it very convenient when you rent out your vacation rental continuously. Lockitron also works with older phone model too. The inbuilt Wi-Fi enables you to lock and unlock the door from any corner of the globe. You even get an alert when the gadget’s battery is low or when the door is unlocked.
The curb appeal of a vacation rental can increase with beautiful lush lawn and colorful flowering plants. This means you will need to water it every day. Sounds impossible if you are staying far away… Well, just make use of a programmable sprinkler system to water your garden and all your problems are solved. There are even sprinkler systems designed for rains and these systems switch off automatically when it pours. Life cannot get simpler than this!
Nest has come out with a remote thermostat that collects data about the heating of your vacation rental. Using this data, such as insulation of the house and the temperature you like, it creates a thermal profile, making it a handy gadget to have. It even reduces the heating if the vacation rental is unoccupied and you can control it using Wi-Fi. This gadget can reduce your energy bill by up to 20 percent.
If you are worried about the security of your vacation rental while it is unoccupied, install strategically placed security camera that send feeds to your smartphone or computer. One good security camera brand in the market is Dropcam which can be activated by sound or motion. It offers clear and crisp images, even at nights and comes with an intercom feature. If your guests are uncomfortable with the thought of security camera infringing their privacy, just ask them to unplug at arrival and plug it back at the time of departure. This arrangement should work well.
This is another gadget that can ensure safety of your vacation rental. Install programmable lights that come on at a specific time or work via motion sensors. Time-based lighting is perfect for holiday villas that are unoccupied as it gives an illusion that someone lives there. You can look at Z-Wave products that use radio waves to work and do not require any major setup. Using Z-Wave products you can synchronize them to other appliances and electronics in the house and this allows you to control them even remotely.