Whether you’re running an Airbnb, having someone watch your house while you’re gone, or just having guests over for the weekend, here’s how you can make use of Alexa to help your guests feel more at home.
Take Advantage of Alexa Skill Blueprints
While its capabilities are still a bit limited, Alexa Skill Blueprints provide a way for anyone to create their own Alexa Skill of sorts, using a handful of provided templates. There’s even a template specifically for hosting guests at your home.
If you don’t know about Alexa Skill Blueprints, we have a guide that takes you through the process and teaches you the ropes. From there, the world is your oyster.
As for the “Houseguest” template, you can provide all sorts of information for guests, like where things are in the house, how to do something, and provide phone numbers for certain contacts in case there’s a major problem.
Make it Easy to Control Smarthome Devices
If your house is equipped with all sorts of smarthome gadgetry that you control with Alexa, you’ll want to make sure that your guests understand how to use it, and the best way to accomplish that is by making it easy to control in the first place.
When you add smarthome devices to Alexa, make sure the devices are named properly. For example, if you add a smart plug to Alexa, it’s probably named something like “Smart Plug” by default. This means that in order to control it with Alexa, you have to say “Alexa, turn on the Smart Plug”.
However, you probably want the ability to say something more natural, like “Alexa, turn on the space…
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