One of the best ways to do that is by offering them all the high-tech comforts of home. Whether it’s fast WiFi, strong security or media connectivity, adding the right technological touches can make a big difference in a guest’s stay and land you those coveted ratings and reviews. Let’s look at seven of the best electronic amenities to offer your guests a truly exceptional Airbnb experience.
Fast, Consistent WiFi
Some of your guests might be seeking an opportunity to disconnect, but just as many may want to stay plugged in. And for guests on a work trip, WiFi is much more than a convenience. It’s indispensable.
You probably already have WiFi in your home, but consider making some or all of the following upgrades to give your Airbnb renters the best:
- It’s a good idea to set up a private network specifically for your guests and keep your personal home network separate. Most wireless router models offer an option to set up a password-protected guest network.
- If your WiFi tends to be slow, you may want to contact your ISP to upgrade to a faster package.
- Spotty WiFi can be augmented by adding WiFi range extenders to your home. If you have outdoor areas such as gardens and patios that guests may want to use, consider adding outdoor range extenders.
(Make sure these have outdoor electronic device enclosures that conform to NEMA and IP outdoor enclosure standards to avoid weather damage.)
Last but not least, make sure your WiFi password is written down and in an easily accessible location in the rental. You don’t want a guest to have to hunt for it!
Sure, you can leave basic Android and iPhone chargers out for your guests’ use—but you can also do a lot better. Multi-unit USB charging stations are now widely available for under $100, and it’s a good idea to also include some common charger cables like Apple Lightning cables, USB Type C and the older Micro USB models.
You may not want to spring for top-of-the-line models with the cords, as it’s possible that guests may accidentally walk off with them, so go with something decent but not fancy.
Staying in an unfamiliar city can be nerve-wracking for many guests, so a security system is a great way to create a sense of ease and safety for them. However, you want something that’s easy to use and won’t leave a guest locked out or, worse, trigger a false alarm.
Keyless entry systems are a good compromise. You can give guests a code that only works for the length of their stay, and you don’t have to worry about getting the key back or having it copied.
It’s worth noting that if you have surveillance devices in or around your home that record video or audio, Airbnb requires you to disclose them in the listing, whether or not they’re turned on. Moreover, these devices can be a turn-off for many guests who may feel uncomfortable around them in a stranger’s home.
If you plan on renting your home on Airbnb and have surveillance devices such as video cameras or even baby monitors on your property, make sure that you disclose their presence and assure guests that they’re disconnected (unless they want them on).
TV and Streaming
Many guests will spend much of their stay out and about, but it’s also nice to give them the option to kick back with their favorite shows. It’s easy to get a great 32-inch TV for under $200—the perfect size for a bedroom TV.
You can also provide guests with the ability to stream their favorite shows through devices like Roku or Chromecast. And make sure you put batteries in the remote!
White Noise Machine
White noise machines are a popular sleep aid. While most guests who depend on white noise to sleep will have an app, you can pick one up for under $50.
They can be a big help to block out the noise if you’re in a busy part of a city or next to a highway. It’s all about making your guests feel like you’ve thought of everything!
Giving your guests an easy way to set a mood with their own music is another great way to make them feel at home. High-quality Bluetooth speakers are cheaper than they’ve ever been, and if you’re concerned about theft, many higher-end models can easily be mounted to the walls.
It can be enormously frustrating for a guest to face down an unfamiliar thermostat when they’re just trying to cool the place down a little without causing any problems. Many smart thermostats, like the popular Nest models, feature highly intuitive controls that a guest can easily use to adjust the rental to their ideal temperature.
Smart thermostats have the added bonus of remote control, which is great for hosts who aren’t around the property much. A remote-controlled thermostat lets you set the rental’s air temperature at a pleasant level prior to a guest’s arrival, and you can easily turn it off after so that the renter doesn’t have to worry about it.
other valuable tips:
You don’t have to turn your Airbnb rental into an Apple Store to give it a little tech appeal. Your guests will appreciate the investment you make in your technological amenities, particularly if a lot of them are younger folks, business travelers or well-to-do professionals with lots of devices. The devices and media we use every day are often an indispensable part of our lives, so make sure that your amenities do their part to make the experience smooth.
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