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How to Add Smart Technology Devices to a Rental Property

Hand Holding a Phone with Smart Tech Controls OpenMany tenants are looking for properties that have smart technology devices installed. You might be worried about the fact that you have to invest time and money in creating a “smart home” for your tenants. The great thing about this is that this is not always the situation; with simply a few budget-friendly products, you can recommend to your tenants the tech-enhanced conveniences they want. This blog post will be discussing some of the most excellent smart devices to put to your rental property that adds value and appeal.

According to a recent survey on, 82% of renters want at least one smart device in their rental home, but nearly 49% say they don’t currently have any. These statistics indicate strong demand for smart tech in rental homes and an occasion for San Clemente property managers to make their rentals more competitive. One of the best methods to add value to your rental property is installing smart technology devices. These devices can range from simple light bulbs to more complex security systems. Let’s delve into a few of the more budget-friendly options that work well for rental properties:

Smart Lighting.  One of the most popular devices in smart rental homes is smart light bulbs. These LED bulbs can be monitored with a phone or voice assistant and can change colors, turn on and off, and dim. They are likewise very energy-efficient, which is a plus for you and your tenants. You can find smart light bulbs for as little as $15 each, which makes them one of the best spots to start upgrading your smart rental home.

Smart Plugs. Smart plugs can be plugged into any outlet and then controlled with a phone or voice assistant. They let you control anything plugged into them, which means you can turn on and off lamps, coffee makers, and even more. Your tenants will love the convenience, and you will love the price: a basic smart plug starts at around just $20.

Smart Speakers. Like the Amazon Echo and Google Home, smart speakers are voice-activated devices that can play music, answer questions, set alarms, and more. They are becoming increasingly popular in rental homes as they are a suitable way to control other smart devices. The cost of a basic smart speaker starts at around $50.

Smart Thermostats. Smart thermostats are a great way to save energy and money. They can be controlled with a phone or voice assistant, and learn your schedule to adjust the temperature automatically. You can find a basic smart thermostat for around $100.

Video Doorbells. Video doorbells are a great way to improve security at your rental property. They allow you to see who is at the door and talk to them even if you’re not home. Some also record videos that can be helpful for both tenants and property owners alike. A basic video doorbell often runs around $200.

Smart Smoke Detectors. Smart smoke detectors are another great way to increase security at your rental property. They can be linked to your phone, so you can be alerted if there is a fire, even if your tenant is not home. You may be able to find a basic smart smoke detector for around $100.

As you can find out, there are numerous budget-friendly options for adding smart technology devices to your rental property. By installing just a few of these devices, you can offer your tenants the convenience and peace of mind they’re looking for.


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