Just like any other real estate investment, taking care of your vacation rental is key to ensuring the property continues to generate positive cash flow. But many vacation home owners lead hectic lives, juggling family and careers and don’t always have the time (or ability) to perform maintenance on their vacation rentals. Vacation rental homeowners who don’t live in the same local area can also find it difficult to regularly get to the property to check the status and make any repairs. But keeping your rental in good condition is not only about attracting guests, but it’s also about deterring thieves as well. A home that looks neglected is like a welcome sign for criminals. Here are X ways to maintain your home even when it’s vacant.
Hire A Management Company
The best thing you can do to ensure your home is in excellent condition, and to stay proactive on repairs and maintenance, is by hiring a second set of eyes to look over your property. An experienced property management team will provide routine property inspections to ensure everything is as it should be. They can alert you right away if there is an issue with the property, and their regular presence at the home can deter criminals from thinking your home is a safe place to enter.
Gia Does It All
Gia is an experienced and trusted management company, an industry leader known for unparalleled customer service and professionalism. We handle the everyday property details for owners who can’t always be there. We understand the importance of creating an active and lived-in appearance to reduce security issues. Our homeowners live busy lives and can rest confidently knowing that there are eyes and ears around their property even when they’re miles away. We provide a stress-free rental experience, both when the home is occupied and when it’s not.
Make Your Property Look Lived In
Criminals are observant, and they know an area with many vacation rentals is like hitting the jackpot. They know that these homes are vacant for days and weeks at a time, and know that if they wait long enough, they can strike without anyone noticing. Not with your property. If you do a few of these simple steps, you can make your home look more lived in and deter thieves from even thinking about targeting your home.
- Use smart technology. Many vacation rental homeowners utilize smart home technology to control the lights and thermostat in their homes from their mobile devices. Every now and again, use your dashboard to turn the lights on in the house. Do this at random times, to create the illusion that someone might be home.
- Motion activated external lighting is another way to keep your property out of the dark and create the impression that someone is in/around the property.
- Arrange for the lawn to be mowed regularly, and have your mail/trash cans taken care of while you’re away. If you don’t have a property manager to handle these things, ask a trusted neighbor to help.
- A cheap, battery operated radio playing talk news can create soft noise in a home, enough noise to make a burglar unsure if there are people in the house or not. Usually, this uncertainty will deter thieves from trying anything.
Remember The Security Basics
Before you leave your rental next time triple check that each window is locked securely and that all entrances to the home (pool, garage, etc.) are locked. Installing a security system with visible, outdoor cameras can also make burglars think twice about trying to break in. When it comes to smart home technology, there are many options for homeowners to keep their rental safe and secure.
A camera that you have easy access to on your smartphone can help ease any worry you have about being away from the rental for an extended period of time. Don’t leave valuables out in the open, keep trees and bushes around the entrance way trimmed down, and if possible, built a fence to keep bad guys out of your yard.
Thieves aren’t the only threat to your property when it’s vacant. Installing fire and carbon dioxide detectors (and making sure they work correctly) can literally save lives in the event of a fire or other disaster in the home.
Get to know your neighbors, and ask them to report anything suspicious to you or your property manager. Neighbors who live around your rental full time can be a valuable asset in protecting your home. They can serve as extra eyes and ears and reach out to you if they notice anything wrong with the property. Crime rates are lower in tight-knit communities, so bring some cookies over to the neighbors and get to know them!
When it comes to people keeping an eye on your vacation rental, the more, the better! Enlist the help of the local police force or registered volunteer and ask them to perform random checks of your home. A police car scanning the neighborhood is another great way to keep burglars and those up to no good away from your property.
Gia understands that homeowners have a million things to think about when it comes to successfully running a vacation rental. That is why we take the security and maintenance of your property very seriously and have a detailed plan regarding the upkeep and overall security of your rental. You don’t need to worry about the status of your home when you have a property management team like Gia keeping an eye on it for you.
Questions about how to keep your property well maintained and secure? Let’s talk!