Given our beautiful beaches and shimmering blue water, it’s no wonder that the Destin, Santa Rosa Beach, and other areas draw a lot of vacationers every year. If you are one of the many property owners in the area with a vacation rental — or a whole swath of them — you likely understand what a hassle it can be to get renters in and out of your property comfortably while keeping the home itself well-protected.
For so many years, vacation rental owners had to rely on a local property management company to hand out and collect the keys to your property for each renter, or live close enough to manage the property themselves. On the plus side, working with a property management company is a great way to be hands-off and keep a home by the beach. The big downside, however, is paying the fees to your property managers to handle that work for you. In addition, relying on physical keys can be a major hassle and security risk. There’s no way to guarantee that renters aren’t making a copy of the keys before returning them. Relying on physical keys is also a big hassle for you as the property owner because the keys can easily be lost or misplaced, which means you’ll have to get a local locksmith out to rekey the property and make new keys.
While a vacation rental can be a great source of passive income, it can come with just as many issues. If you don’t have the time to dedicate to your vacation rental, all of that work can quickly get overwhelming. Some of the biggest concerns we hear about operating a vacation rental include:
- Security of the property
- Energy consumption
- Managing check-ins/check-outs
- Concerns about guests causing damage
- Managing the properties eating up your everyday life
The good news is that technology has given us a better answer than simply learning to deal with the hassles and the lack of security. With smart home technology like PointCentral, you can take back control of your vacation rental — without moving in next door to manage the property. With options like electronic keyless locks and smart home connectivity, you can take control of not only your vacation rental’s physical security, but many elements of interior and exterior comfort too!
The smart home connectivity of options like PointCentral give you a way to control many elements of your vacation rental from anywhere you have access to the internet. Keyless door locks mean you can ditch the physical keys — and the property management company that hands them out for you. Instead, you can remotely set new PIN codes for each guest. With PointCentral, you can even set start and end dates for each code so vacationers can’t get into your property after they “check out.” You can also manage the thermostat, lighting, security cameras, and more so you can keep an eye on your vacation rentals no matter where you are.