Smarter Hosting with Smart Homes

August Air BnBWho stays in hotels anymore?

AirBnB and HomeAway have made it easier than ever to feel right at home anywhere in the world. Whether you are making your home available to earn some extra money for your next vacation or maintain a property as a short-term rental, hosting can be a lot of work. This is especially true if you're renting out a property other than your primary residence. Here are three ways August Home products can help make hosting a hassle-free experience for you and your guests:

Make check-in and check-out a breeze

One of the most challenging things about short-term rentals is working around your guests' schedules. If they arrive at 4:00 a.m., that means a groggy greeting (probably still in fuzzy slippers) or leaving a key hidden under the doormat, which is not ideal or safe. Remove any inconvenience from the equation by giving your guests the freedom to check themselves in at their convenience - connect an August Smart Lock and August Smart Keypad to your property.

By linking your August account to AirBnB or HomeAway, your guests will automatically receive temporary access to your home through the August app on their phone or through a unique entry code, good only for the duration of their stay. When they arrive they'll be able to walk right in and you'll get a notification on your phone indicating that they have arrived safe and sound.

Key-free is the way to be

Smart home technology gives guests' peace of mind just as much as it helps yours. In a recent study of AirBnB hosts and guests, Smarter Hosting with Smart Home Technology Study, guests said that losing the keys to a rental is one of their biggest worries. By turning your guest's smartphone into a smart key you'll not only keep your home safe, but also make their vacation more relaxing.

Someone order a cleaning service?

Need to get your property ready for your next reservation? Once your guests have checked out, you can provide the cleaning crew with temporary access to prepare the property for the next stay. With an August Smart Keypad linked to your August Smart Lock, you can create a one-time access code that's valid for just a few hours. Set up the code in advance or send it via text instantly. No need to get your hands dirty meeting the cleaning crew at the door to exchange keys, they'll be able to tidy up and be on their way in no time.

More smart home tech, more money

Going key-free for your guests not only makes it easier to manage check-in and check-out, it can also make your property more appealing to renters. In the same study of AirBnB hosts and guests, six out of 10 guests indicated that they would pay more for a vacation rental with smart home features and 82% of guests said they're more likely to complete their reservations when they see that smart home technology is available. Install your smart lock and update your listing and watch the bookings roll in.

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