If you’re lucky enough to own a second home, making that a smart vacation home comes with a different set of needs than your primary residence.  Whether you’ve got a vacation property resolved solely for you and your family, or a holiday rental you’re looking to automate, you’re in luck today.

We’ll look at some key basics that you can easily apply if you’re a complete beginner with smart technology. Equally, today’s guide should come in handy if you’re already reasonably experienced when it comes to home automation since we’ve tried to include something for everyone here.  Before launching in, why should you automate into a smart vacation home in the first place?

Smart Vacation Home

Why Bother Automating a Holiday Home or Holiday Rental?

With a smart vacation home, you use primarily for your own ends, smart technology offers you the twin benefits of ramping up security when you’re away and making your life easier when you’re settled in for your summer break with your feet up.

If you’re renting out an investment property, it’s highly likely to attract more customers if it packs some smart home kit and you’ll also be able to charge a little more. Security is also a key reason for smartening up your rental. You’ll also benefit from streamlining processes such as guests checking in and out. You can save on utility bills and do your bit for the environment by checking appliances and devices remotely to make sure departing guests have switched everything off.

For both vacation homes and holiday rentals, adding some worthwhile smart home equipment can also enhance the value of your property.

10 Ways To Smarten Up a Vacation Home

1) Start With a Smart Speaker

Almost one-quarter of American homes now have at least one smart speaker. Within that band, fully 40% have a number of these nifty devices.  Despite the name, it’s not really the speaker itself that’s the key selling point. Indeed, many smart speakers are somewhat disappointing from a purely audio standpoint. The primary reason these devices fly off the shelves is down to the digital assistant that comes with them.

Despite sometimes underwhelming audio, if you’re heading to your holiday home, it’s nice to know you’ll have music ready to roll as soon as you’ve unpacked and put your feet up. The same holds true if you’re renting your home out. Guests will appreciate being able to stream their favorite tracks.  Voice assistants can also come in handy for helping your guests to ask questions about the area, to order food and also to control appliances.  Whether you have a single holiday property or a large portfolio, you can find a pricing plan to suit and ensure your guests receive the warmest of welcomes and curated content.

2) Safety First: Protect Your Investment With a Home Security System

While convenience is one of the principal drivers behind home automation, security is probably more important when you’re dealing with a second home that remains largely unoccupied.  You might want to opt for a full home security system with professional monitoring if you want to make sure your beloved smart vacation home stays protected around the clock. While these systems are not the cheapest, they offer maximum security with the absolute minimum of effort on your part.

You can add some floodlight cams so nobody can sneak up in the dark without being bathed in lights and spotlight cams are a great way of bolstering security further.  While we wouldn’t recommend installing interior security cameras in a rental – customers would likely feel uneasy about privacy – installing an alarm system makes obvious economic sense. As well as protecting your investment, your customers will also feel safer heading out with all their belongings safeguarded by a top-notch home security system.

It’s not only burglary that can compromise your smart vacation home, though. How about the threat of fire and flooding? Luckily, smart technology allows you to keep on top of that, too.

3) Safety Inside The House: Smoke Alarms and Water Sensors

A fire in the house can be deadly even if you’re in the home and have a chance to deal with it before it takes hold. 2000 Americans die from hous