A lot has been written about Airbnb since it was founded 11 years ago. But while much of the attention has focussed on quantifiable metrics like the platform’s impact on the traditional hotel sector, less regard has been given to how it has shifted our fundamental attitudes to access. So here’s our two pennies’ worth….Read More
The balmy summer evenings are ever less frequent and the mornings are getting that bit darker earlier. Yep that’s right, Autumn is fast approaching – a time of year when most of us start needing an extra little nudge to get us out of the house.
Step forward event season!Read More
Remember the thrill of playing with the big kids at school for the first time? Well, the team at Klevio now have the chance to relive those childhood memories after we partnered with Airbnb to create a money-saving offer for its short-let hosts.Read More
Written by Sam Prime, Klevio intern during Summer 2019.
As my first year of study at University came to an end and the thought of applying for placement years in September loomed, it occurred to me I had very little business related experience on my CV. Klevio granted me the chance to partake in a two-week internship at their office in London to allow myself the chance to gain some insight on how a start-up operates and develop more of a business acumen.Read More
We recently added to our burgeoning line-up of partnerships one of the most acclaimed names in the short-lets management world – Hostmaker. Now, the company’s hosts will be offered an exclusive rate to install Klevio, enabling guests to access properties remotely from their smartphones. Exciting? We think so!Read More
This blog post was written by our friends at GUARD HOG.
Thanks to Airbnb’s incredible transformation of the tourism industry, more and more people are able to get involved with sharing their home as a way of making some serious extra income. That being said, we understand that letting your home out to strangers can be a bit daunting, you are literally giving them the keys to your kingdom and no matter how careful your guests are, accidents and home emergency can happen. We know that the last thing you want to be doing while you’re sunning it up on the coast of wherever is worrying about any damage that might be caused by the folks having their own holiday at your place, so here are a few quick and easy tips to guest proof your place and keep your mind at ease…Read More
What is the Internet of things (IoT), why does it matter and what are its implications? Mark Curling, Klevio’s co-founder and COO, sat down for a discussion on IoT with Technology and Law host Frank Jennings, aka “the cloud lawyer,” along with Paul Brodrick, business development director at Siemens Smart Infrastructure and Oliver Oram, CEO and founder of Chainvine, the blockchain open ledger technology platform.
We’ve watched the show for you and picked out five key takeaways.Read More
Emily Collins-Ellis is a Senior Advisor to the philanthropy sector and an Airbnb ‘Superhost’. She lives with her wife in south London, regularly renting out their spare room on Airbnb. We spoke to Emily about her experiences as an Airbnb host, her tips for anyone thinking of becoming one themselves – and how Klevio has made hosting a whole lot easier.Read More
When it comes to running a business, the devil is in the detail, and often the tendency is to overlook the small costs involved in a business’s day-to-day operations.
This could be because we consider many of these costs unavoidable, such as time spent travelling to collect keys. Or when it comes to things like paying for locksmith call-outs and lock changes, we may not even notice them due to them being exceptions rather than the rule.Read More
Perch are a property management company who buy, sell and rent long and short-term properties across London.
Among their rental properties are around 50 that are available for short and long-term lets, used by both business and leisure guests. One of the most time consuming aspects of this is the travel required for staff and contractors between their various properties in order to keep up with Perch’s fast guest turnover.Read More
As estate agents will tell you, renting and selling property is a numbers game. The more people you can show a property to, the greater the chances of getting an offer. But the challenge for estate agents is that getting people to come and view isn’t always easy and, perhaps a little surprisingly, keys can be a significant obstacle.Read more
For most people nowadays, holding your smartphone with Bluetooth-connected AirPods, listening to music from a live concert taking place halfway around the world, can now feel like second nature. Yet for all the technology we now take for granted in our lives, there are still plenty of new and emerging innovations that remain elusive – and sometimes even a little intimidating. For instance, are smart intercoms really the future of how we access and secure our homes and shared spaces?
This article was first published in BDC Magazine.
By Aleš Špetič, CEO and co-founder of Klevio
When you consider the design of modern buildings, you probably don’t think of the computer. The PC was invented in the 1970s as a way for workers to be more productive. It ended up changing the way that modern workplaces were designed. Miles of copper and fibre cable were strung throughout modern high rises. Extra outlets were installed to make sure that employees had a place to plug in. The open floor plan was added as the computers weren’t as loud as the typewriters they were replacing. Builders at the time were reacting to what customers wanted and what they showed us was a willingness to indulge in forward thinking. We all know what happened next, what we saw develop in the new offices filtered across into our homes as the PC was adopted by the consumer market, and with it came the copper and fibre cables.Read more
Soon you can speak to people at your door from your phone!
Welcome to our April newsletter. As you might have sensed from our child-like excitement above, this one’s a biggie, because we’re now tantalisingly close to launching an exciting new feature, Klevio Call.
Of all the features we’ve introduced since Klevio began, this one’s been the most eagerly anticipated by some margin. In a nutshell, it now means you can speak to people when they ring your door, directly from your phone, wherever you are in the world. And then let them in (if you wish!) from the Klevio app.
One of the most common queries we receive is from people asking what happens if they can’t access the Klevio app because their phone has been lost, stolen or run out of battery. So we’ve decided to use this blog to elaborate on the options available if you encounter any of these issues – and why Klevio still comes out tops.
This article was first published at PlaceTech.net and is a part of the PlaceTech Trends report.
As the number of people renting for the long-term soars and new models such as co-living enter the marketplace, the residential letting industry is becoming increasingly competitive. Could IoT be the solution to developing rentals that stand out to customers?Read more
Getting keys cut is a bit like childbirth – extremely painful, but because you don’t do it that often, easy to forget exactly how painful it can be. Just ask Lydia, our user experience designer, who’s been there, done both, and got the proverbial T-shirt.
Tips from Urban Jungle
It’s easy to worry about how safe your home is, especially when you’re living in a big city. There’s a lot that you can do to make your place as safe as possible, ranging from small everyday changes in your behaviour, investments for kit that will do the hard work for you and make you feel more secure, to making sure that you’re covered if the worst happens.Read More
It’s always nice to receive feedback from people telling us how much they’re enjoying the benefits of Klevio. But nothing could compare with the satisfaction that came our way this week, when a Klevio installation had a swift and dramatic impact on someone’s quality of life.Read More
The UK property industry is gearing up for the inaugural Short Stay Show – the first event dedicated to the fast-growing trend of short-term lets – which kicks off at ExCeL London in two weeks. Klevio will be bringing our live demo door along for the ride and are welcoming visitors to come and try it for themselves. If you’ve got any fingers in the short-let pie, here’s some more reasons why you should come along.
With Airbnb now a lucrative income stream, hosts are having to think and act with business heads on to compete in a market where exceptional customer service is now the norm. Meanwhile these same hosts are also looking to manage their short-term lets with maximum efficiency – and one way that they are attempting to strike this balance is by fine-tuning the check-in process.
At Klevio, we spend a lot of time discussing how to position ourselves in relation to smart locks. During these conversations, it can be easy to assume all our competitors are also tech companies operating in the Internet of Things space – but the reality is surprisingly more analogue.
It feels like only yesterday that we were offering festive salutations to you all. Typically, Christmas and New Year went by in a flash and – boosh! – before you knew it, the office chatter had already turned to Easter.
She’s crossed oceans in her search for beautiful front doors and even took a first date on a door-spotting hunt. We spoke to Jeyda Heselton, whose quirky passion takes her far and wide, and has gained her a cult following thanks to an Instagram page that’s a veritable shrine to brightly painted doors, crumbling façades and picture-perfect entrance ways.Read More
It’s always the case that a duck appears effortless on water, while its feet are paddling like mad down below. And in a sense this is how we think of Klevio too. Because while using it is simple and intuitive, behind the scenes it relies on a complex network of interdependent systems to keep things ticking along.
With smart home technology still in its infancy, property owners looking to sell have a window of opportunity to give their pad a distinctive touch that can reduce energy costs and eco-footprints too. We’ve picked out five smart features that will help send prospective buyers away with a great first impression of your home.
Well, so much for winding down before Christmas. Recently the Klevio team have been buzzing around like small buzzy things, flitting from one event to the next and just about remembering to brush our teeth in the morning.
But you won’t hear us complaining, as it’s given us ample opportunity to showcase our product in front of enthusiastic, tech-savvy audiences, as well as hear from some of the brightest minds in the fields of PropTech and start-ups in general.
More on that shortly. But first, an update that’s been a long time coming… Read More
As our nifty countdown bar above indicates, Black Friday is nearly upon us – a time of year when superstore stampedes over cut-price tumble dryers make all the headlines. Be sure to keep an eye on our counter as it ticks down towards the end of the sale.
But if you’re seeking a more sedate way to take part, then look no further, because here at Klevio we’re offering the best deal you’ll find anywhere. And you don’t even need to leave the comfort of your sofa to grab it. Read More
Aleš Spetič – CEO and Co-Founder of Klevio
As the ARMA Conference for 2018 is now behind us, it’s time for a reflection on the event and its core focus for the industry. This year’s topic was one of policy, technology, protection and more.
ARMA Chairman Tony Hymers set the scene for this year’s overarching theme of “Agents of Change” which called on ARMA’s members to continue to embrace new regulation, ride the wave of improvement, and bring higher standards to the consumer. As seen at ARMA 2017, the Government won’t stand for rogue agents, and the rogue agent discussion did not disappear this year. ARMA continues to hold itself and its members to a higher standard, as the ‘good guys’.
Everyone’s talking about PropTech. Well, perhaps not quite everyone, but it’s definitely a hot topic in the world of property management right now. With three weeks until the 2018 ARMA conference in London, we caught up with one of the event’s key speakers, James Dearsley, to hear his thoughts on the burgeoning PropTech sector. Read More
The technology that lets us open doors remotely is but one example of how ‘proptech’ is rapidly reshaping the real estate industry. We’ve picked out six waves of innovation whose disruptive influence is precipitating a proptech boom.
Let the music accompany you through the rest of summer! Here’s our hand-picked, Klevio-themed playlist for an altogether smoother and groovier office commute, road trip, or exotic adventure you might be dreaming about but still haven’t planned.
We’ve all been there. You’re all packed, you drag yourself out of bed at the crack of dawn for that early morning flight, brush your teeth in zombie-mode, and head to the airport still half-asleep. By the time you’re fully awake you’re already sitting the gate about to board, and you start wondering: “Did I forget something?”
Even with all the conveniences of the modern commute, just getting from point A to point B can be the worst part of any given day. In fact, longer commutes are associated with poorer health and diminished productivity (according to CNN and Business Insider)! But, given that for some of us a long commute is unavoidable, why not reframe it as something to look forward to? Driving might be even a part of your holiday road trip to escape this summer heat. After all, with the right mindset (and the right soundtrack), anything is possible! Read More
Thanks to the rise of Airbnb and other online platforms, renting out your home for short-term lets has never been easier. And if you’ve got Klevio, it’s even more of a breeze. Here are our top tips for earning extra cash from your home — without a key in sight.
We are performing an increasing number of everyday activities on our computers and smartphones — and one aspect of our lives that is rapidly yielding to the digital revolution is the way that we access physical spaces.
Let us give you a quick primer: you’ll still find all the awesome content you’ve come to expect from us here, plus some exciting new additions! For instance, we’ll be sharing exclusive interviews with real Klevio users, in which they tell us a little about their busy lives, their homes, their passions, and answer such pressing questions as: “If you could open any door in the world, which door would that be?” (Our first two profiles have amazing answers to that question, so make sure you check them out!)