Here we go again. It seems like every week I’m back here announcing something new from August. You know the company; they’re the ones responsible for the August Home smart lock which recently got Alexa support, Google Home support, and even a new Z-Wave compatible variant.
This time around, they’re announcing a new partnership with HomeAway. If you’ve never heard of it, the service is a little like Airbnb.
HomeAway lets you book properties for your next vacation – or rent your home out to visitors. And since 80% of vacation guests say they are more likely to rent a property with smart home technology, this is great news for everyone, including your private rental!
What Is the August and HomeAway Partnership All About?
August and HomeAway announced a partnership between the former’s smart home devices and the latter’s vacation rental service.
The partnership between the two companies makes easier for August Smart Lock and Smart Keypad owners to distribute digital keys to guests. In short, they’ll be able to issue keyless access codes and digital keys so that visitors can come and go as they please.
HomeAway guests will receive a secure PIN through the app – automatically I might add – that allows them unfettered access. There’s no need to meet up with guests to hand over physical keys. You don’t need to change the locks or even worry about whether or not guests have access after their stay. It’s all handled through the service, the app, and of course, August’s smart home equipment.
How convenient is that?
If reservations are changed or canceled, any keys guests have access to will be updated.
The CEO of August Home Inc, Jason Johnson says the partnership “puts an end to leaving keys under the doormat, lost keys and coordinating key exchanges with guests.”
“We’ve focused on the Smart Lock and Smart Keypad to offer the most convenient and simple way for guests to access any property. All guests need is the PIN code, that is automatically sent to them in the HomeAway app, to enter the property. This simplifies managing the rental process for both hosts and guests.”
To add to his point, 60% of guests are perfectly willing to pay more – yes higher rental fees – for a vacation rental with smart home technology implemented.
Maybe it’s time to start renting out my home to interested guests? Hm, that’s not a bad idea.