Becoming an Airbnb host can be quite exhausting sometimes. From scheduling check-in times to making sure the guests are comfortable, it does require a lot of preparation and organization. It can also be a risk, as you never know who exactly is staying in your home. However, having a few smart products can make hosting guests a lot more efficient and can save you some hassle. These products allow you to manage your home away from home without having to physically intrude on your guests, and in return, you’ll be on your way to becoming a ‘super host’ without having to do much.
Here are our top smart home products that you’ll need to become a great host.
Amazon Echo Show
The centerpiece of smart hosting should start with a smart speaker. Whether you’re renting out a private room or your whole house, I recommend investing in Amazon’s Echo Show for the living room since it has a 7” touchscreen that allows guests to ‘drop in’ with you either by video or audio call via the Alexa app or another Echo. The ‘Drop In’ feature is great because you can assist your guests while also giving them space. The speakers on the Echo Show are also a great perk for your guests to enjoy on their stay.
August Smart Door Lock
As a host, scheduling check-in so your guests can pick-up the key means you have to set aside a few hours of your time just to wait for them. This can get frustrating when guests are late or you have other priorities for the day. The August Door Lock is super easy to install and can be placed on top of your existing lock. You can permit access for guests to unlock your door through the app as long as you make them an owner. If your guests are staying for a certain number of days, you can even set a schedule for access and restrict permissions just for their stay. The August lock also automatically locks your door after 30 seconds, so you’ll never have to worry about whether or not your guests forgot to lock your door.
Lockitron Smart Door Lock
The Lockitron is great for bedroom locks. If you’re renting out your home hostel-style like I’ve seen in major cities like San Francisco, the lock allows you to add or remove guests’ access code. This keeps your guests’ bedroom, as well as your own, private from any other guests.
Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Lights
Now the Philips Hue Lights can definitely be entertaining for your guests, as they can set the ambiance of the room however they feel is fit to their mood. You can also automate them to where lights can be turned off when a room is vacant.
Ecobee4 Smart Thermostat
A smart thermostat will allow you to set schedules or adjust your A/C dependent on whether anyone is home or not. This will give you peace of mind as a host, knowing that your guests won’t be running up your energy bill while you’re away. The Ecobee4 has embedded Alexa into the system, so your guests can set the temperature without having to access the app.
If you’re having back-to-back guests and are rushing to clean your home before the next one arrives, the LG Hombot vacuum can help save you time. You can schedule the LG Hombot to vacuum while you’re doing other chores or away at work.
Airbnb has a policy that states hosts must notify their guests if they have any security cameras, and even restrict them from certain private spaces. However, having a outdoor security camera can serve as protection and won’t make your guests as squeamish as an indoor camera. The Canary Flex is the only weatherproof HD camera and can be used rain or shine, so you’ll never have to worry about lost footage.
Eero Wifi Router
A mesh Wi-Fi router can really help with connectivity of your home in case you have multiple guests on your network. This could be less of a headache for you as a host, considering you won’t have to hear from your guests about a slow connection. The Eero router has the ability to pause internet to a group of devices that are using the router, which means you can pause your own device if you’re away from home. This means a more seamless connection for your guests.
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