Wow, it is amazing how technology has changed and can make our lives so much easier (some of the time). With rental properties it is great when they are rented all the time, but especially when they are not, it is important to have the right tools in place to protect your investment.
You have probably heard me speak about my love for the “Nest”. This new thermostat helps me save on my electric bills and is also a great tool to know if someone is in a property that is supposed to be vacant. The Nest, in addition to controlling the heat and allowing me to control the temperature from my smart phone, is also motion sensitive so I know when someone has been walking in front of it.
The Nest now offers smart smoke detectors which I haven’t tried yet – if you have let me know your experience.
And just in case you missed it, earlier this year Google purchased Nest, which led to a great piece of corporate housing humor…
This week someone sent me a link to an interesting home security product and I thought it was worth sharing. This is a simple all in one DIY Home security system: SimpliSafe http://simplisafe.com/home-security-shop I haven’t tried this one either so let me know what you think and how you use it to make your rental property both safer and easier to rent as it can be a great benefit to a potential tenant as well.
We are always open to new products that can benefit all the properties we connect with so send me your ideas – thx have a safe and successful 2014!