One of the best parts of this season is getting away and spending time with family and friends. The last thing you want to worry about when on vacation is your vacant rental. Just locking the doors doesn’t always cut it and can still leave you vulnerable to break-ins and damage. So how do you help protect your vacant rental property and still enjoy your holiday time away? There are a few tips and tricks to do so!
Unplug Before You Go
We live in a world of smart devices and the convenience of technology. And while this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it does open us up to a different level of security risks. Smart, tech savvy homes require smarter, savvier burglars, and they’ve adapted fairly well. Cut them off at the cord by unplugging those smart devices before you go. This includes the garage door opener and any smart appliances that isn’t plugged into a surge protector. This can prevent savvy criminals from using universal remotes to gain access to your home and keep them from hacking your devices to obtain personal information or even unlock your doors. Unplugging smart devices can also save you money on energy bills, as many devices still draw power when turned off.
Invest in a Security System
Investing in a security system for your rental property is a small price for piece of mind. You can enjoy the holidays knowing your investing is being monitored and protected should anyone unwanted visitors try and make themselves at home. There are also insurance benefits to obtaining a security system, so be sure to check with your insurance agent for more details.
Secure Spare Keys
Everyone now a days knows the obvious hiding places for spare keys, including criminals. Don’t leave a spare under the mat, in the light fixture, or in any other obvious place where anyone can find it. Don’t make it easy for anyone to gain access to your home.
Hold the Mail
Nothing says “No one’s home” like mail piling up. Even if your rental is vacant, you may still receive mail for past tenants, junk mail, etc. Don’t give thieves the green light that no one’s around by letting it start to build up at the property. Contact your local post office and ask for them to hold the mail until you return. You can even do so online!
Social Media Smarts
Another common way that criminals can search for easy pickings is by monitoring social media accounts. Don’t post for all to see when and for how long you’ll be gone, but if you do want to post those ugly sweater picks for everyone to see, make sure all of your accounts are set to the highest privacy settings available. That way only your friends and family can enjoy your holiday posts.
Time the Lights
Another good and inexpensive investment that can help protect your rental is automatic light timers both inside and out. This gives the appearance someone is home even when they’re not and can help discourage burglars from dropping by. And if lights are going on and off at different times vs staying on permanently can sell the illusion even better.
Ask For Help
Asking for help is never a bad thing, especially when your biggest asset is concerned. Check with your neighbors to see if they would be willing to keep an eye on your rental while you’re gone. Hiring a professional property manager is another good solution, especially if you’re looking to fill your vacancy even while you’re gone. They can help monitor your home and find qualified tenants all while you’re enjoying that turkey dinner!
Everyone wants to enjoy the holidays. Don’t let your rental get in the way of that by making sure it’s locked down tight and protected. And if you’re interested in learning more about how property management can benefit you, give us a call! Real Property Management Colorado is the premier residential property management solution in the Denver, Colorado Springs, and Northern Colorado areas. Contact us at 303-873-7368 for by filling out the online inquiry here!