The Importance of Smart Home Technology for your Next Vacation

August smart home Technology

Do you consider the smart home amenities of a vacation property prior to booking? Due to the recent smart home upgrades we’ve done, we now have a lot to consider when booking accommodations away from home too. The smart technology we enjoy in our own home really does make all the difference. Staying somewhere with less capability can almost be a bit of a disappointment. August Home Inc recently released the results of a new study proving that smart home technology does make a huge difference in the overall guest experience. The study, Short-term Rentals: Smarter Hosting with Smart Home Technology, provides new insight into the growing appeal of short-term rentals and how smart technology can provide an experience that rivals that of hotels.

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“60 Percent of Guests Would Pay More for a Vacation Rental with a Smart Home Feature”

One of the first questions we ask when booking at any location is always “What’s the WiFi like?” This is important to us because so many of our day-to-day devices revolve around connectivity and smart technology. The ability to do my job from virtually anywhere is exactly the thing that allows me to travel so frequently. The only thing that hinders my productivity when I am away from home is a lack of connectivity and technology. The more smart home technology a property has, the more likely I am to consider it for our stay.

“Guests state that Hosts provide a superior rental experience to hotels (78%) making short-term rentals a more compelling alternative. And smart tech is making it even better, both vacation guests (80%) and business travelers (92%) report they are more likely to complete their rental reservation if the property has smart home technology. In fact, 60% of Guests indicate they would pay more for a vacation rental with a smart home feature. Further, Hosts and Guests believe smart home technology, such as smart locks and doorbell cameras, will be a part of all rentals in the future.” — Short-term Rentals: Smarter Hosting with Smart Home Technology

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Don’t give up the comforts of home just because you are staying somewhere else.

One of the advantages in choosing a short-term rental property over a traditional hotel is that it feels and functions more like a home. When choosing a place for our stay I look for the location to have similar comforts of my own home. Some of these comforts include smart TV’s, a similar smart home security system and app controlled smart locks. Our teens would not be content to call it a vacation unless they could stream their favorite shows and music as well.

“Smart home technology is universally appealing to Guests in a short-term rental (90%). Guests are interested in a variety of smart home technology including smart TVs (93%), smart home security systems (91%), video-enabled doorbell cameras (87%), app-controlled smart locks (86%) and streaming media (movies and music) (86%).”

Smart technology provides a better experience for everyone

Smart technology doesn’t just improve the rental experience for guests alone. Hosts can benefit in more ways than just receiving a higher dollar amount for their space. Increased security and flexibility are two ways a host can see an immediate return. Incorporating smart technology allows for a more secure and personal greeting from the host to the guests upon arrival. Being able to grant a guest access to the home remotely utilizing a smart lock, while still being able to see and speak to them through the video- enabled doorbell cameras makes everyone feel more connected. Hosts can also remotely confirm that guests have secured the locks upon check out. Smart lock technology provides peace of mind throughout the entire process.

“The short-term rental market continues to grow, fueled by tech innovation,” said Kathy Sanders, CMO of August Home. “The simple addition of a Smart Lock and a Doorbell Cam helps new Hosts get into the hosting business. Now they can greet Guests and manage their property from anywhere. And for Hosts that have already adopted smart technology, they are able to deliver an even more enjoyable, hassle-free rental experience, whether their Guests are on vacation or in town for business.”

What smart technology do you look for when booking a short-term rental property?