How to Make Vacation Rental Check-Ins Easy

Posted by Team Donovan on Wednesday, September 11th, 2019 at 1:53pm.

Making it easy for guests to check into your vacation rental home enhances their experience while helping you avoid common hosting issues. 

You can simplify the process while protecting the security of your home and its guests using automated solutions that are available for today’s Kissimmee holiday homes. 

Smart Locks Give You Security and Convenience 

Smart locks are a secure and convenient way for checking guests into your home. Using WiFi and Bluetooth technologies, you and your guests can control your home’s locks using smartphones or other mobile devices. 

Smart locks are a secure and reliable option for absentee homeowners who need to give guests access to their homes remotely. Your guests can activate the lock to enter the home using a virtual key you send through email or text messages. You can configure smart locks to give guests access for a specific period of time, allowing you to secure your home once they’ve checked out. 

Homeowners can also use smart locks to grant one-time access to anyone who might need to access to your home for housekeeping, maintenance, repairs, or other services. 

Choosing a Smart Lock for Your Vacation Rental Home 

Some smart locks can be integrated with other technologies you have in the home, such as video surveillance cameras and home alarm systems. Popular home assistant devices such as Alexa and Nest can also work with some smart lock models.Nest Smart Lock

You may be able to install a smart lock that works with your home’s existing hardware. But in some cases, the locks built into your home’s doors may need to be replaced. Some standalone smart locks will need an extra device called a WiFi bridge to connect directly to the Internet. 

Power outages can prevent guests from accessing your home using a smart lock. So you’ll need to choose a model that has a battery to serve as a backup in case of an emergency. You’ll also need to have a manual lock and key on hand as well, since many smart locks typically require this as a backup entry method. 

Improving the Check-In Process for Your Guests 

Once guests have booked your holiday home, provide them with specific and detailed instructions regarding the smart-lock, since not all guests are tech savvy. Include accurate directions to your property. Be clear on your check-in and check-out times in advance. This ensures that your short-term rental property is ready for guests when they arrive. Make yourself available by phone in case your guests run into any issues before, during, or after their stay. 

Using safe locks and other automated technologies makes it easy for homeowners to host their travel guests and manage their Kissimmee holiday homes from anywhere. It makes the check-in process easier for you and your guests while keeping your home safe and secure. 

Team Donovan helps home investors buy and sell vacation rental homes in Central Florida. Contact us at (407) 705-2616 for more information and to schedule your free consultation.

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