When renting out your property as a vacation home, one of the most stressful aspects can be wondering how you are going to protect your property, especially if you don’t live nearby and are managing remotely.
Luckily, we live in a day and age where there are plenty of technologies and products to help you keep your peace of mind that your property is safe and secure — and new technology is being released every day. It’s never been easier to ensure that your property stays safe while it makes you some money on the side.
Flood and Freeze Sensors
If you own property in an area that gets harsh weather, you might be worried about your pipes freezing or bursting, or your basement flooding during the winter. If you aren’t in the area, there’s always the worry that you may not even know that your pipes have frozen or your house has flooded until it’s too late and you have to shell out thousands in damage repair.
Flood and freeze sensors can help you out here. Hook them up around the house and they will alert you if temperatures drop below a certain level, or if moisture levels rise above a certain level. Usually these systems will send you a text or email to let you know, so that you can get on damage control immediately. The best thing about these sensors is that you’ll often find out there’s an issue before it becomes a problem — that is, so you can fix it before your property accrues any damage. Hurrah for preventative measures!
When renting out your property for guests, keys and locks are often the most troubling — and time-consuming — part of the equation. Managing key dropoffs, hidden (or not-so-hidden) key hideaways, and lost keys are only part of the problem. There’s always the possibility that a guest make copies of your keys and come back to rob the property later.
Smart locks tend to solve all these problems, eliminating key dropoffs and the possibility of theft. Most smart locks will provide a code to the guest, and then change it for the next guest, ensuring that your guests won’t be able to come back at a later time and still get in. This protects your property and your guests, and they can rest easy in their vacation rental, knowing that only they can gain access to the house.
When renting out your home for vacationers, there’s always the question of if you want video cameras on the property. On the one hand, you don’t want your guests to think you’re watching them, but on the other hand, cameras are a great way to monitor the property when it’s empty.
If your property goes for long stretches without guests, you may want to consider getting a camera or two to watch the entrance or front yard. There are also video doorbells that are hybrid smart locks, allowing you to let people into your property from anywhere in the world.
Smoke and Air Sensors
Of course, every house comes with fire and carbon monoxide sensors. But because you won’t be at your property most of the time, you might want to consider upgrading to a fancier model. There are a ton of options out there for smart sensors that will alert you to not only smoke and carbon monoxide, but air quality in general. Plus, the “smarter” sensors often make it easier to change the batteries and to silence the smoke alarm when it goes off erratically.
We’ve all experienced the sensitive smoke alarm that goes off when you’re cooking with an earsplitting shriek, and then won’t turn off. When that happens, many of us have ripped it out of the wall, removed the batteries, and thrown aside to replace later. It’s a common occurrence, but then we forget to replace the batteries, and what happens when there’s a real emergency?
The best smoke alarm is one that’s always on, that no one ever wants to rip out of the wall. That’s why these smarter ones are great — often they have a button to stop the awful noise, so you can get on with your life instead of going full Hulk on the alarm.
Of course, security systems are pretty standard when it comes to protecting your property. We’d all like to think that theft or vandalism won’t happen to us, but unfortunately, it can happen to anyone. And if you’re not in the area, you could be at a higher risk for theft.
There are plenty of options to choose from when considering a security system, ranging in prices from tens of dollars to thousands. The simplest option is a light and appliance timer, meant to convey the perception that your empty home is occupied. These are inexpensive and easy to set up. You can set up a schedule for lights in your home to be turned on and off, or just set it on random mode.
On the other end of the spectrum is a monitored system, which will alert a call center if the alarm gets triggered, sending police to your property. If your property is vacant for weeks at a time, this might be the type to consider. These are much more expensive than other alarm systems, but you’re paying for the assurance that if something does happen, the police will soon be on their way.
There are so many security systems out there that when thinking about taking the plunge, it’s best to make a list of what specifically you are looking for. Also note that many systems work into the other types of protection on this list — if one company can provide multiple protection measures, that will save you a lot of work, time, and money!
Renting out your extra home as a vacation rental is a great way to make some extra money, but you want to make sure that your home is protected, especially if you live far away. Making sure that you have the proper technology will give you some much appreciated peace of mind that your home and your guests are safe and secure. Spending money upfront on protecting your property will save you a lot of money in the long run.
Parakeet is a home automation platform that allows you to manage your property from afar, with keyless smart locks and garage door openers, flood and freeze sensors, and a smart thermostat. Save money, protect your property, and sit back. We’ve got it from here.