Thought I’d share a few of our favorite electronic related furnishings that we use in our short term rental properties.
1. Smart TV | TCL Roku TV
Are there other Smart TVs out there? Sure! But we strongly prefer the TCL Roku TV for several reasons and buy these TVs for all of our properties. Affordability is one reason, but more importantly the user experience is what keeps us coming back to the TCL. In nearly all of our properties we rely solely on Internet TV with no cable or antenna set up. When you turn the TCL TV on, the first screen is an app-like view where the user can select antenna, cable, Netflix, Hulu, etc. This is preferable for us because it brings the guests directly to what is available to them, instead of (as we’ve experience with other brands of TVs) defaulting to cable or antenna channels and requiring navigation to find the Internet TV apps. The only problem we’ve with these TVs is guests not seeing the volume button is on the side of the remote instead of on the top/front like other remotes.
2. Bluetooth Speaker | Anker Soundcore
We like to provide a bluetooth speaker to guests to use while in the property. We have bought the Anker Soundcore because it is portable, reliable and relatively inexpensive. However, I’m sure there are many other brands and versions of bluetooth speakers that would work. It’s just important to us to give our guests the opportunity to play music or other audio while staying in the space.
3. Motion Detector Lights at Entry Door
Motion detector lights were something we added over time. Visiting our properties in the dark and realizing it could be confusing, a little scary and potentially unsafe to have our guests navigate to our designated entry door (in some cases not the front door of the house) and enter the key code in the dark. We try to add motion detector lights to the entry door of all of our properties. In some cases these are handled through permanent lights but in many cases we mount a battery or solar powered LED motion light to the exterior of the property.
4. Charging Station / Supplies
Nothing fancy here, but lack of outlets or forgetting a phone charger can be super inconvenient to guests, especially business travelers. In each of our units we stock an iPhone and Android phone charger as well as a couple of multi-outlet wall outlets which include USB ports. These are very easy to install by removing the faceplate of the existing outlet and screwing the multi outlet in place. Ideal places for these are bedrooms, work areas and living areas where guests may be plugging in laptops, phones or other devices.
On the Wish List:
I have a running list of things we’d like to add when we get a chance. Let me know what else I should add!
- Smart outlets for router and modem (so I can reset or cycle myself remotely)
- Reliable smart thermostat that doesn’t confuse guests (we’ve tried smart thermostats in the past and its only resulted in more problems or questions. Maybe someday we’ll try again!)
- Smart door locks that allow me to change codes remotely (so far we’ve kept it simple with standard keypad locks that allow multiple codes, but I need to change the codes manually at the property)