Are You an #AugustSmartHost?

We’re officially in the thick of summer — people are hitting the road, jumping on planes and boarding trains to embark on new and exciting travel adventures. Where are people staying on their vacations? More often, they are choosing short-term rentals such as Airbnb, HomeAway and VRBO over hotels. In fact, last summer nearly 17 million guests stayed with Airbnb Hosts around the world.*

Technology has made services like Airbnb a reality. And, smart technology such as our August Smart Lock, August Doorbell Cam and August Smart Keypad are changing the experience for short-term rental Hosts and Guests for the better:

As a Host…

Never worry about meeting up for a key exchange with your Guest, and certainly no more hiding keys under the doormat. Watch our video about how you can use smart technology to be a better host.

August Home is part of the Airbnb Host Assist program, which simplifies the rental process — from booking to check-out — for Guests and Hosts. Hosts can automate the process of sending virtual keys to Guests for the dates of their stay that will expire once the booking ends, which means no more worrying about who has access to the property.

Hosts also have the option to use the Doorbell Cam to greet their Guests from anywhere. You can see and speak to Guests through your smartphone and also unlock the front door, remotely. No matter where you may be, you can always be a welcoming Host!

Sign up to be an #AugustSmartHost and receive exclusive tips, event invitations, helpful printouts for Guests and exclusive August Home offers.  

As a Guest…

When you are choosing a short-term rental, check if the property has smart home technology such as an August Smart Lock, August Doorbell Cam and August Smart Keypad — it will make your stay that much more enjoyable without the hassles of coordinating key exchanges with your Host or friends and family staying with you in the rental. And, it gives you the opportunity to try out the latest smart home technology, which after your stay, you very likely will want for your own home.

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*Airbnb Summer Travel Report: 2015,