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How to Secure Vacant Properties Between Renters

26 September 2018
Kevin Hartley

If you own real estate, then you need to protect your assets at all costs. This can be harder to do than it seems, but you don't need to worry. If you want to secure your vacant properties between renters, you can have peace of mind if you follow the five tips below:

Locks and Physical Security

Your first line of defense against intruders will be at the physical level. After all, if they can't enter physically, then no damage can be done. It also reduces your liability, which unfortunately falls on the owner even if the person on your property is a criminal. So add solid deadbolts, wired fences,and other precautionsat a minimum to deter even professional thieves.

Security Systems

The security systems of yesterday are outdated. You need a modern security system that cannot be cut (doesn't have a physical line). This includes wifi and cell tower chips that communicate via the air, so if a robber enters or attempts to enter your property, the alarm is tripped and sends the police right away.

Video Monitoring

Don't get left in the dark and be blind to your own property. This is just asking for trouble.Some wireless video camera feedshave the ability to detect motion and start recording automatically on a triggered event. Monitoring vacant homes or offices with video and audio feeds can be incredibly wise when it comes to protecting your property. That way, you can simply log in on your smartphone or any internet connected device and check in on your property. You'll never have to worry again knowing that either your alarm system or your own observations can catch criminals before they act.

Fixing Appearances

Even though your property is vacant, it helps to fix appearances so that your property may appear as if it was actually occupied to prevent unwanted attention. Having a family member house sit, or parking your extra vehicles in the property’s driveway might help prying eyes to think someone was living there while you find a new tenant. Of course, doing these things with the added help of video monitoring, security systems, and locks would all help keep your property safe.

Running a real estate rental business can be difficult. It becomes a balancing act of rotating tenants. When they are not in a property, you need the right tools to monitor and secure your properties. If you use the advice above you can secure your investment so that your nest egg continues to grow now and into the future. If you’re interested inbuyingorsellinghomes in the future, be sure to check out our services.

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