This is my first thread here and I’m hoping you can all share with me your thoughts on smart home tech for your rental properties. I have family members who own holiday homes and we often stay in rental properties when we go away. I have a keen interest in smart home tech and have been considering for some time now to start a business that provides smart home installs for rental properties. Having looked around the forums I can see a lot of people are using smart thermostats and locks to help them manage their properties which is great to see.
Over the last few months I have been researching and working on creating prototype software for managing a rental property which would do some of the following
Integrate with your availability calendar via airbnb to know when guests are arriving
Automatically issue guests with an access code for the duration of their stay which would allow them to access the property via a provided smartlock
Automatically issue maintenance guys with temp access codes
Send automated checkin/checkout sms messages to guests
Monitor the property when it’s vacant for unexpected movement, rise in temperature or water ingress
Monitor energy usage to allow for the potential of pay-as-you-go usage during guests stay
Integration with existing smart tech such as thermostats and lighting - for example enabling your smart thermostat to heat the property an hour before your guests arrive and ensure it’s turned off when they leave
These are just some of the features I’m working on. I’m keen to gather your thoughts on whether or not you’d like a system like this or not? What would be your main reservations in using software to manage your rental property?