Say goodbye to traditional locks and hello to the future with a smart lock on your Airbnb property. Never worry about lost or copied keys again. Not only will a smart lock make your life easier, but it will also provide an added layer of security for both you and your guests.
In this blog, we'll discuss the various benefits of using a smart lock and how it can take your Airbnb hosting game to the next level. So, sit back, relax, and let the smart lock do the work for you.
Benefits of using a Smart Lock in your Airbnb
Smart locks offer a range of benefits for Airbnb hosts, including convenience, security, flexibility, and ease of use. Here are some specific reasons why you might want to consider using a smart lock on your Airbnb:
For both you and your guests, a smart lock can be much more convenient than traditional locks and keys. Guests can easily access the property without having to worry about losing a physical key, and you don't have to worry about coordinating the exchange of keys or making copies.
This can be especially useful if you don't live close to the property or if you have a large number of guests. Using remote coding features, you can program the smart lock to accept any guest who has a pre-given code. For example, let’s assume that you are on holiday at a beach in the Caribbeans, enjoying the beautiful sun and sand. Suddenly, you get a message that someone wants to rent your Airbnb listing for a few nights. Well, what do you do? Typically, you would get up from your blissful retreat and call whoever was concerned to make arrangements for the guests. But no longer!
With a smart lock, you can promptly create a remote code. You can send this code to the guests, and upon arrival to the Airbnb, they simply have to put in the code to enter the property. The best part, you won’t even have to get up from your tanning session.
Smart locks offer an extra layer of security compared to traditional locks. Many smart locks use biometric authentication, such as fingerprint scanning, to ensure that only authorized individuals can access the property. This is ideal if you have a property manager. Some smart locks also offer additional security features, such as tamper alerts and automatic lock-out after a certain number of incorrect passcode attempts.
With a smart lock, you have the ability to remotely grant or revoke access to the property. This is especially useful if you have multiple guests staying at the property at different times, as you can easily give them access to the property without having to be there in person. You can also set specific access schedules for each guest, so that they can only enter the property during their designated check-in and check-out times.
Ease of use
Smart locks are generally very easy to use, both for you and for your guests. The app is user-friendly and provides clear instructions on how to lock and unlock the door. Most smart lock apps also offer customer support, so if any issues arise, you or your guests can get help quickly.
No need for physical keys
One of the biggest advantages of using a smart lock is that you don't have to worry about the logistics of physically exchanging keys with guests. This can be especially useful if you don't live close to the property or if you have a large number of guests. It also means that you don't have to worry about guests losing their keys or locking themselves out of the property.
In addition to these benefits, using a smart lock on your Airbnb can also make your property more attractive to potential guests. Many travelers are looking for convenient, high-tech amenities when booking accommodations, and a smart lock can be a key selling point.
Things to consider before you swap to a smart lock
While smart locks are certainly a game changer in the Airbnb space, they, like any other device, can also have some potentially disadvantages over traditional locks. One such disadvantage is that smart lock devices are expensive. Their costs vary across brands, but they are generally costlier than traditional locks, especially if you opt for high-end smart locks with advanced features. While the increased security and convenience of a smart lock may be worth the additional cost for some Airbnb hosts, it's important to consider your budget when deciding whether to invest in a smart lock.
Another disadvantage is that of compatibility. Smart locks are not compatible with all types of doors, so it's important to make sure that the lock you choose is compatible with your specific door type. If your door is not compatible with the lock, you will need to purchase a different lock or make modifications to your door in order to use the lock.
Smart lock owners can also become unduly dependent on the technology within the lock itself. This means that like any technology, smart locks too can be susceptible to technical issues or failures. If the lock or the app experiences problems, it could disrupt your guests' ability to access the property. While most smart lock companies offer customer support to troubleshoot any issues that arise, it's still a risk to rely on technology that could potentially fail.
Finally, in the Airbnb space, smart locks can be unfamiliar to guests which could lead to confusion and frustration. It's a good idea to provide clear instructions on how to use the lock, as well as a backup plan in case of any issues. This could include a physical key or access code that guests can use in case the app is not working.
Overall, while there are a few potential disadvantages to using a smart lock on your Airbnb, the benefits of increased security, convenience, and flexibility far outweigh any potential drawbacks. Automation is inevitable in the future, and by using smart locks, you are stepping into future faster than all your competitors.
Therefore, installing a smart lock on your Airbnb can be a smart incentive that pays off in the long term. By providing an easy and secure way for guests to access the property, you can help ensure that their stay is enjoyable and hassle-free.