I am starting this thread to see if as Hosts, you have been able to automate your Airbnb hosting with the use of new technology. Following are the gadgets that I have tried with success and failures:
1. Traditional Lockbox - Provide a self-checkin option to guests to check in anytime. Yet, to try the smart lockbox.
When the guests leave, they do not close the lockbox
If the lockbox aren't smart, then you run the risk of guests sharing the lock-box code with locals and some one might have illegal access to your property.
2. Camera at the entrance of the unit
This has been working great for us as it keeps away "guests" who like to party or disrespect the house rules.
3. Remotely controlled thermostat
I have installed a NEST thermostat in the units so that I can control the temperature remotely. I have seen many cases when the guests would go all out on Air Con but forget to close the windows.
4. Smart TV
Although this may seem obvious, it is important due to the different age bands of guests I cater to. Millenials prefer to stream Netflix or Youtube while a lot of folks prefer traditional cable.
5. Roomba Vacuum for cleaning
I took the plunge to buy a high-end robo vacuum to assist me while cleaning. I was able to save about 30% of my cleaning time with this. However, I noticed that the cleaning was not very thorough and the Roomba would leave behind debris or hair. It is an useful assistant if the stays are 1/2 days as the place may not be very dirty.
Tools that I am planning to try:
1. Alexia or Google home
2. Blue tooth controlled lights
Have you tried any of the above gadgets or in the process of trying?
I'd recommend Roomba 770 or 880 robotic vacuum for a more thorough clean. These two clean better than the previous generation models due to the new motor and better sensing capabilities.
Purchasing Arlo Pro for outdoor monitoring and sprinkler controller is a wonderful decision. In addition, smart thermostat will save some money and time too!
@George I read a story about the "roomba" vacuum that convinced me not to get one. The story was about a woman who had a show poodle. The owner had a Roomba going on "autopilot" while she was out of the house. Well her poodle did a "poopy" on the tile floor and then the Roomba kicked in to "autopilot". The Roomba proceeded to smear dog poop over the entire house. It was at this very moment I decided, "No Roomba for YOU!".