Integrator’s TecHomeX California Discovery Changes His Approach for Rental Property Projects

When K.C. Wolbert found Rently Keyless, he knew its products would be an asset for his business.

With home rental services such as Airbnb continuing to grow in popularity, more homeowners are taking advantage of the opportunity to make some extra money. At TecHomeX California, one integrator guest, who has been doing a lot of work recently on rental properties, made a connection that is making his and his customers’ lives easier.

Vertex AV CTO K.C. Wolbert is plenty familiar with featuring remote technologies. But, for him, there was something that was always missing.

Vertex AV CTO K.C. Wolbert
Vertex AV CTO K.C. Wolbert

“There’s nothing new for us about a remote control door lock or a remote control thermostat,” says Wolbert. “We install that technology all the time. It’s the management platforms and profiles on the back end that no one is doing.”

At TecHomeX, Wolbert found a company that is.

While on the exhibit floor, he discovered Rently Keyless. He hadn’t heard of the company before the event, but quickly realized its products would be perfect for all the work he has been doing with rental properties.

So, Wolbert put together a sales plan on how to implement the technology. He started an ongoing dialogue with the Rently team and its CEO about how they can work with Wolbert’s customers and end users.

For their first project together, they connected on a rental home in Huntington Beach, Calif. Wolbert and the homeowner chose to go with several Rently products, including a keyless door lock, remote control thermostat and a smoke and carbon monoxide alarm.

Vertex AV featured Rently Keyless products in a rental property in Huntington Beach, Calif.
Vertex AV featured Rently Keyless products in a rental property in Huntington Beach, Calif.

“The homeowner will be able to give a new access code whenever they have a new vacation rental coming in,” Wolbert says. “They can roll that code over and send them a new code for their door, they can track the thermostat and energy usage and they can get notifications if there’s smoke or carbon monoxide on the property. It gives them a nice feeling of control over their house as they go down the path of renting it out on a monthly basis.”

One of the things that really impressed Wolbert about Rently was that the team’s tech support was able to get all the products up and running and that those products are centrally managed and can be incorporated with other things on the same platform. On top of that, renters of the property don’t need to have their own smart phone, which won’t keep away people who have chosen not to adopt that technology.

Altogether, the partnership is making things easier and more convenient for everyone involved.

“The customer is going to be able to manage their subscriptions and door codes without me really having to get involved, which is splendid from my end because we just don’t have the time to deal with that kind of stuff,” says Wolbert.

As far as he is concerned, this is just the first project he will be working on with Rently. He already is looking at roadmaps over the next 12 months in the hopes of being able to bring this technology to larger apartment communities. There are a couple major property management companies in Southern California with whom he is looking to set up meetings this fall.