Becoming A Better Vacation Rental Home Host

By igloohome | June 13, 2019

Managing key handovers as a short-term vacation rental host

The vacation rental industry is growing globally with no signs of slowing down. With over 6 million listings and half a million stays per night on Airbnb, we can only imagine the large numbers considering the multitude of similar sites available in the world.

Many have turned to renting a spare room or home for extra income on the side. But it doesn’t just stop there. Behind the scenes, being a short-term vacation rental host involves a lot more than just putting the listing up. Granting access to your property is an issue most hosts face.

As Airbnb hosts once ourselves, we understand the hassle when it comes to access management. Got a guest that wants to check-in in the wee hours of the morning? You don’t want to lose sleep, neither do you want to give up a booking! We’ve got just the solution for you.

The igloohome Smart Keybox 2

smart digital lock

Designed for rental hosts, the Smart Keybox is your 24/7 reception. It acts as a storage device for keys, access cards, transport cards and more – so your guests can retrieve and return them securely without the hassle of physical exchanges.

What does it do for you?

Unlike conventional lock boxes, the Smart Keybox allows for time-sensitive access and is mobile app-enabled for you to grant access remotely.

Say your guest has a booking for 2 days, you’re able to issue a PIN code that’s valid only during the duration of the stay. Once they’ve checked-out, they won’t be able to use the same PIN code to enter your property again.

There’s also no need for you to be near the Keybox to grant access. If you’re away on a holiday of your own, you can still issue PIN codes to your guests! Using the igloohome app, you can quickly generate an access code and share it with them via your preferred mode of communication. *Mobile app requires Internet connection.

You can learn about our technology here.

Versatility for you.

We understand that all doors are different. Some don’t want to go through the hassle of door alteration too. That’s why the Smart Keybox comes with two shackle sizes to fit most door knobs and handles. If that doesn’t work, simply mount the device on a wall or firm structure with screws instead!

Learn more about the specifications of the Keybox here, or find out when and where else you can use the Keybox!

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