Are you thinking about listing your home on Airbnb for some extra cash? While it seems easy to let a few tourists stay in your place, in reality, there are many inconveniences and issues. To name a few, guests arrive late at night, they leave the stove on, and they host loud parties. So how do you prevent or minimize these issues? Use smart home technology!
Guests arrive late at night
Solution: smart locks. smart garage doors. Smart locks and garage doors let you remotely control them without having to be there. If they arrive late, you can remotely open the doors for them. Alternatively, you can give them access to your smart devices so they can control the devices themselves.
Guests flooded the house
Solution: water sensors and smart valve. Imagine coming back to your home and finding out your guests have flooded the house. To prevent this from happening, you can install water sensors to detect water flooding and a smart valve to shut off the water remotely.
Guests left the stove on
Solution: smart smoke sensor and gas sensors. Smart smoke/gas sensors will send you instant notifications when they detect a considerable amount of smoke/gas. Prompt notifications will give you enough time to prevent grave damages to your house.
Guests are hosting parties
Solution: sound sensors. Your house is in a family neighborhood with a strict no-noise rule after midnight. With sound sensors, you can detect when your guests are partying or being loud before your neighbors file a noise complaint or call the cops.
All the electronic appliances are on after your guests left
Solution: smart outlets, smart thermostats, smart lighting. A few days after your guests have left, you found out that they have left your electronic appliances on. With smart outlets, lights, and thermostats, you can set up a schedule to automatically turn them after the checkout time. Learn more about how smart home can help you reduce your utility bill here.
Solution: smart home sensors (glass break, motion, contact, and sirens). Smart sensors can detect any suspicious activities and send you instant notifications. For example, a motion sensor can detect trespassing, a contact sensor can detect someone breaking in, and a siren can scare off intruders, etc.
Guests left the AC running
Solution: Smart thermostat, motion sensors, contact sensors, temperature sensors. The most power-hungry appliance in an average consumer home in the United States is HVAC systems. With a smart thermostat and sensors, you can set automation rules to turn off the thermostat when no one is home or when the windows are open for a long period.
The lights are on 24 hours a day
Solution: motion sensors, smart lights. Sometimes your guests just leave all the lights on even when there is plenty of sunlight or when they leave the house. You can use motion sensors to detect when no one is home and turn off the lights automatically and turn them back on when the guests come back home. Learn about the practicality of smart lighting here.
Guests are doing laundry at night
Solution: smart outlets. If you're renting out an apartment, a room in a house, or a hostel, you may want to prohibit the use of some amenities after a certain time of the day. Smart outlets can help you schedule operating hours for your laundry machine, TV in the living room, wireless speakers, etc.
In conclusion, subletting your place comes with some consequences, but smart home technology can alleviate these issues. These are just a few examples of how smart homes can help with subleasing your place out. If you know any other solutions, let us know in the comments below!