In the wild world of property management, keeping up with trends is as essential as finding the right tenant. In recent years, I've seen how smart home technology can transform rentals and bring them kicking and screaming into the modern day. This blog will explore some affordable smart home upgrades landlords can use to modernize their properties and make life easier for tenants & themselves.


First up, smart thermostats. These nifty devices, like the Nest, let tenants control heating and cooling from their phones—no more struggling with old-school thermostats! Not only do they make life easier, but they also save energy which means lower utility bills which currently is high on everyone’s priority list. Smart thermostats typically cost between £60 and £200 and can cut heating and cooling costs by about 10-20% a year. Now that's a hot (or cool) selling point!

Next, let's talk smart locks. These bad boys make rental properties more secure and simplify the check-in process, especially for short-term rentals like Air BnB. With remote access, temporary codes, and automatic locking, they offer peace of mind for everyone involved. Smart locks cost between £100 and £300, but the savings on key management and lock replacements make them a solid investment. Plus, no more awkward key handoffs where you pretend you aren’t judging the tenant for being late.

Smart lighting systems can transform the vibe of a property and save energy. Systems like Philips Hue let tenants control lights from their phones and customize lighting schedules and colours to their hearts' content. A basic kit costs around £200, and the appeal of these lights will likely offset the initial costs. Who wouldn’t want to adjust their lighting to match their mood?

For added security, installing smart security cameras at entry points and common areas is a top choice. These cameras provide real-time surveillance accessible via smartphones, giving tenants and landlords peace of mind. The initial cost ranges from £100 to £300 per camera, with optional cloud storage services. But who needs cloud storage when you can catch everything live?


Things to Be Aware Of

While smart home upgrades have many benefits, there are a few hiccups to watch out for:

Privacy Concerns: Tenants might worry about being watched. It’s crucial to install cameras in appropriate areas and clearly explain how they work. No one wants Big Brother watching their Netflix binges.

Technology Compatibility: Older properties might need some updates to support smart devices, which could bump up initial costs. Time to say goodbye to those vintage fuses.

Maintenance: Smart devices need regular updates and occasional troubleshooting, which could be a headache for less tech-savvy landlords or tenants. But hey, there’s always Google! Or your tech-savvy maintenance manager.


Adding smart home technology to rental properties isn't just a fad; it's a great move that will increase tenant satisfaction. Obviously, there are some upfront costs and potential issues, but the long-term benefits increased property value, better security, energy savings, and attracting tenants far outweigh any downsides. If you are on the fence, starting with a single upgrade, like a smart thermostat or smart lock, can be a good way to dip your toe in the smart tech water without a big investment. As we move further into the smart home era, these updates aren’t just nice to have, they're essential for staying competitive in the rental market. So, get with the times and smarten up your properties! Your future self and your tenants will thank you.


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