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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 toCNN andBusiness 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!)
The team at Klevio certainly have been, after two weeks ensconced in our new offices, availing ourselves of the extra space by extending our limbs that bit further, just because we can. No risk of elbows clashing in this place!
That’s not to say we’ve diverted all of our attention onto enthralling tasks like working out how to refill the water cooler. We’ve also been putting the finishing touches to our brand spanking new short-term lets page, which is now live on the ‘Business’ section of our website.
The decision to create this page came as we started to gain more and more interest from Airbnb hosts and management companies, for whom the traditional way of managing keys has become ever more burdensome.
So if you own or operate short-term lets and would like to know more about how Klevio can remove all the hassles of managing access to your properties, such as endless meet-and-greets, giving out and reclaiming keys from guests and contractors, and retrieving lost keys, then be sure to check out our new page!
We’ve continued to receive a pleasing amount of media attention recently and were excited for our CEO, Aleš Špetič, to be interviewed by Thrive, an online journal focussing on early-stage businesses in London. During the interview, Aleš covered a wide scope of topics, from his ambitions for Klevio, to the challenges faced by start-ups, to the wider technology landscape. Read the interview here.
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Short Stay Show There are a couple of property events coming up that we’re excited to be a part of. First up will be the inaugural Short Stay Show which takes place at ExceL London today. We’re on-site all day showcasing our live demo door and we’d love to see you there. And if you want to know more about the show, we’ve previewed it in a blog posthere.
Smart Home Expo Then, later in March, we’ll be at the Smart Home Expo at NEC Birmingham for another chance to demonstrate our product in front of a large audience of tech-savvy consumers and industry experts. Once again, if you’re planning to attend, don’t be a stranger…
That’s it! If you have any questions about any of the above, do get in touch through the usual channels.