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

Smart Home Study Infographic

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?  


Be the Smartest Home on the Block with August Smart Lock Homekit

Busy Family August Home

Has your life ever gotten so busy you feel like you don’t know whether you are coming or going? Now that our teens are working, going to school, and our younger ones have a rotating schedule of various extracurricular activities, I have seriously considered installing a revolving door. After some serious thought, that option didn’t really seem to provide much in the way of home security. Still we needed a better solution. I was spending lots of time and money having new keys made and then tracking them down again. Add on juggling logistics of getting additional keys to the pet sitter, housekeeper, or anyone staying in our home when we are away.

Be the Smartest Home on the Block with August Smart Lock Homekit

Smart Home with August Home Smart Lock Homekit

It seemed it was time for us to streamline and start thinking smarter not harder. We had already upgraded many features of our home in our transitional efforts to have a smart home. August Smart Lock HomeKit Enabled is an amazing solution making things much more convenient and offering even more than we anticipated. I can now simply ask Siri to check if my door is locked for me!

August Smart Lock HomeKit frontdoor

The August Smart Home Access Solution

August Smart Lock

  • This smart lock has the ability to turn a smartphone into a virtual key. With the August Smart Lock we have the ability to lock and unlock the door, create virtual keys for guests, and keep track of who comes and goes 24/7 with an activity log — all from my smartphone. August Smart Lock uses a Bluetooth connection syncing your smartphone to open up the front door as you approach. It also still works with a key, if your phone runs out of battery. Since I am often traveling, it allows me to handle even more emergencies when I am on the go giving me a greater sense of security. The smart lock installs on the interior side of your existing standard deadbolt so you don’t have to be concerned about disturbing the aesthetics of your front door.

iPhone owners can use Siri to lock and unlock doors using voice commands. It also works with Apple Watch, so you can use your wrist worn device to lock the door, view your activity log, and receive instant notifications.

August Doorbell Cam

  • The August Doorbell Cam allows you to see and speak with visitors at the door from anywhere via your smartphone. You can know who is at the door even when you aren’t home. It is equipped with two-way audio and one-way video using an HD camera. Through the August app, you also have access to on-demand views of your front door at any time. Expecting guests on a weeknight but work ran late? No problem! August has you covered.

August Smart Keypad

  • An accessory of the August Smart Lock, the August Smart Keypad is the solution for friends, family, dog walkers, handymen, or guests to have access to your home without requiring a traditional key or smartphone. It’s simple to set up, does not require any wiring and runs on 2 AAA-batteries.

Last week, I mentioned the convenience of utilizing August Home as a part of Airbnb’s Host assist program too. No matter how organized you might be, sometimes things don’t go according to plan. Having August Smart Lock HomeKit Enabled eliminates the worry of lost keys, offers convenience and security for both hosts and guests. Hosts simply link their Airbnb account to their August account inside the August app to automate the process sending instructions to guest upon booking their stay. Yet, one more way this will simplify your daily life.

The August Smart Lock HomeKit Enabled is available immediately at, and from Best Buy stores for $229 USD. It is a great investment to consider making for both convenience and security.

Turning our Kitchen into a Smart Kitchen with The Countertop

The Mr. and I are all things techie. It’s something that bonds us, I guess. An internal quest we both have to find a better way. Recently, we discovered The Countertop , an amazing device to make our kitchen a little smarter. We are super excited to experience it our home soon and sponsoring our post so we can share all the awesome details of how it works with you!


We have both always drooled over the Smart Home models we’ve seen and tried to figure out how to incorporate those into our own dream home one day. Right now, we are leasing a home in a neighborhood so we are limited to what we can do without major renovations or investments. We recently were introduced to The Countertop. It is a new connected kitchen tool from the Orange Chef that can make recommendations for meals that are delicious, healthy and easy to make. Here’s a little about how it works:

I love that it syncs with appliances we already own like our Vitamix and Crockpot by using a simple adapter. Making our home smarter by utilizing what we already have is brilliant.


It will even sync with your fitness trackers and suggest the the perfect meal designed for your life. The device will also take into account your activity level, personal palate, and nutrition goals and walks you through meals step by step. The Countertop learns your preferences the more you use it.

While it won’t officially be released until the fall, you can be cool kids like us and pre-order now. Receive 50% off when you use this link to place your order.


Have you ever wanted a smart home? What’s the coolest appliance in your kitchen right now?

Take Control of your Home with HIVE : Smart home, security and entertainment

This is a sponsored campaign with Mom it Forward. All opinions are my own.


Carpool, work meetings, errands, dinner and out the door again for sports practice. Speaking of the door….

“Who was the last one out?”

“Did we lock the door?”

“Did everyone turn off their lights?”

This is a daily saga at our house. With a million little things all happening at once it’s easy to let the details slip and start second guessing myself. Hive is here to help busy households like ours take control from anywhere!


Hive allows you to easily connect and control your lights, locks, electronics, appliances, and any other smart devices from a single place. Hive Hub is compatible with many of today’s connectivity standards including Z-wave, Zigbee, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Honeywell, and 2gig. Hive Hub allows connectivity to more smart devices than any other hub on the market today, including 500 million smart devices in homes today, and billions more coming to market in the next few years. Hive Hub and all of Hive’s companion products are delivered synced together, so your customized kit for the home is ultra easy to install – you just plug it in and it works! No fancy wiring needed… This is my kind of home improvement.

Hive Product Board

Hive protects you while you’re in your home, and protects your home while you’re away. Monitor and control your home from anywhere using our companion mobile app. Arm your home with motion sensors, door and window contacts and video cameras to bring you peace of mind that everything is as it should be. 24/7 professional monitoring, backup power supply, and backup cell service help ensure our customers receive the best protection possible. Hive works even when the power goes out or the internet goes down. Designed to be as simple as possible, Hive is up and running in less than a minute. Since there are no contracts required and it is so easy to move, Hive is a perfect fit for apartments and rentals!

HIVE Living room dots

Hive sound is a unique wireless home audio solution that will fill your home with music. Our speakers produce incredible sound quality but also give auditory and visual notifications about what is happening in your home. Multi-room pairing allows you to play a different song from every single speaker, create zones that play the same song if you’re moving from room to room on a project, or sync your whole house together for a complete whole home audio solution. Airplay & Google Cast compatibility allow you to broadcast any audio you like.

HIVE sound

Whether you like to play your music on Pandora, Spotify, Rdio, YouTube, or local music from your phone, Hive Sound can broadcast it all! Built in 2-way voice controls allow you to speak to professional customer service reps in the event you need help. And it also allows you to speak to your home. Feeling cold? “Home, turn the heater to 70!”

This is an amazing product that really has so many options to make life easier and safer. Help make this details of this a reality for homes everywhere by supporting the Hive Kickstarter campaign here. You can even earn money for helping get the word out. Here’s how:

1. Kickstarter referrals: You earn $5 for everyone you refer that backs them on Kickstarter! Oh, and you will also earn $4 as they go and tell their friends and then $3 on their friend’s friends…and so on. It goes $5, $4, $3, $2, then $1. (Each must back at a minimum $50 level to qualify)
2. Profit share on organic backers: There are many people who will find them on Kickstarter that they can’t track to anyone’s referral (organic backers). Hive allows you to share in the profit on all of the organic backers that they get on Kickstarter. To be eligible you must back us within the first 5 days and refer 5 others that also back us during the 45 day campaign. (Each must back at a minimum $200 level to qualify).