Whether you are looking to attract new tenants, save money and energy, or boost your home’s security, implementing innovative home technology is something that many landlords are doing these days.
Smart technology can improve your rental property in more ways than you can probably count. For example, it leaves tenants feeling safer, it can save you and tenants money, and it can boost your home’s overall value. Who wouldn’t want that?
Luckily, these days smart technology options are abundant. Most devices are moving toward becoming “smart” devices that are more technologically advanced.
If you’re not sure where to start, don’t worry. We’ve created a comprehensive list of the best smart upgrades available for homes on the market today. Keep reading to learn about smart locks, smart lighting systems, smart thermostats, home security cameras, and smoke detectors. This list should help you decide which smart technology will work best for your rental property.
Smart Door Locks
One of the most popular smart devices on the market today is smart door locks. This advanced technology allows you to enter your home without having to use your keys to get in. When it comes to smart locks, there are a ton of different options to choose from.
You can entirely replace your door’s lock with a smart lock system by removing the existing lock and installing the new smart lock. Sometimes this comes with a keypad, so you can simply type in a custom code to get into your house. Some even allow you to unlock your door right from your smartphone.
Not only does this allow you to leave your home and feel safe, but some smart lock systems also monitor who comes in and out of your home. For safety reasons, you may want to add a smart lock system to your rental property.
Smart Lighting Systems
Among the many smart lighting systems include ones that go outdoors and some that can be installed indoors. Most people have seen or heard of outdoor motion lights, commonly used for homes and businesses. This itself is advanced; however, modern technology has taken it a few steps further.
With smart lighting systems these days, you can control your lights right from your smartphone or mobile device. For example, most smart bulbs can be controlled with Bluetooth connection so that you can turn lights off and on quickly, right from your phone.
That said, if you realize you left the house with the lights still on, you don’t have to worry about running up your energy bill. You can conveniently turn off any light in the home from your mobile device. This is great for landlords who want to save money on electricity and add a modern flair to their rental property.
For most people, maintaining a comfortable environment to live in is crucial. This is no different while living in a rental property. With smart thermostats, you can control the temperature of your home from anywhere.
With modern smart thermostats, you can program your HVAC system to work on a custom schedule that fits your desires. This allows you to keep the heat down while you are away from home but gives you the convenience of making sure it’s nice and warm when you get home. Or vice versa; if it’s a warm day and you want to cool down the house before you arrive, you can do that right from your mobile device.
This feature is excellent if your rental property is located in an area where weather is unpredictable and temperatures change drastically.
Security cameras date back for years and are still used today. However, we’ve become a lot more advanced with our modern technology. As a result, home security systems these days are often comprehensive and allow you to control many features with one device.
Some tenants may not feel comfortable with security cameras installed inside the home. However, installing cameras or motion detectors outdoors is a good way for your tenants to feel safe at home. Of course, full disclosure is necessary when discussing these features with tenants, and you should allow trustworthy tenants to control the home’s security.
Smart Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
All homes are required to have working smoke detectors and should have carbon monoxide detectors as well. Of course, we all know how the classic, battery-operated smoke alarms work, but you may be surprised how far technology has come. Modern smoke and carbon monoxide detectors can be monitored and controlled from your smart device.
One great thing about these smart devices is that they will provide you with detailed information about where the smoke is coming from in your home. This allows you to determine whether you just burnt your dinner or your home and belongings are in danger.
Other Smart Home Options
These days, there is an abundance of smart technology devices available to you, right at your fingertips. A lot of people are starting to implement smart technology in their homes to ensure safety, save energy, and have peace of mind. Some other common innovative technology includes:
- Smart air purifier
- Smart pet camera
- Solar panels or other self-generated energy sources
Reach Out to Local Property Managers
If you’re having a difficult time determining what smart technology will work best for your property, you can always reach out to your local property managers for help.
By asking questions, you can learn how to install safety features, how to use smart technology and the benefits of modernizing your rental property. Reach out to the professionals at Bay Property Management Group Manassas for help with your property today.