Ensuring your home is safe from damages is one thing, but you also need to protect it against burglars and intruders. As a property owner, you must protect your tenants. You have to create contingency plans to avoid these situations.
Aside from the stress of break-ins, you also need to file a report, contact the insurance company, and reassure your tenant not to move out. It’s much easier to find ways to protect your home from this kind of hazard rather than dealing with the aftermath of a theft.
Here are some tips you can adopt to keep your real estate investment safe:
Secure the Locks of the Main Entrance
As the main entry point, entrance doors must be installed with deadbolts. A double deadbolt is recommended. This prevents a thief from breaking down the door easily or reaching in from a window located near the main door.
Make sure the doors to your rental are made up of solid wood or metal. The more durable the material, the harder it is for intruders to find their way inside the home. This way they’ll stop the attempt especially when they’re short on time.
If a tenant has been evicted or moved out at the end of their lease it’s important to change the locks. This will give you peace of mind knowing that the previous renter no longer has access to your Georgia investment property.
Don’t Forget About Window Security
Windows are vulnerable to attacks and intruders. Install window locks to make it tough for burglars to sneak inside your home.
Although someone could try and break the window, the noise of broken glass can alert the resident. It can also make it inconvenient for a burglar to pass through. Most burglars opt to find their way in via an open or unlocked window if they find that the doors are harder to break down. You can reduce this risk by installing sturdy window locks.
Install the Proper External Lighting
Intruders are less likely to break in somewhere where they might be easily seen. With external lighting such as motion sensor lighting, intruders become warier. It would be difficult for them to explain their presence when they’re noticed.
At the very least, provide security lighting at the entry points of your Georgia property. Then invest in exterior lighting surrounding your property’s periphery. Focus on places like the garage, garden sheds, or dim wall areas.
If an intruder feels like there’s a higher chance of them being spotted, they’ll be less likely to strike.
Install a Security System
If you value your rental home, you’ll make sure to install a security system. It boosts the trust of your renters and reassures them that it’s safe to rent in your unit. Intruders will also run away from properties that are equipped with a security system.
It’s vital to conduct an initial orientation when meeting your tenants. Show them how the security system is operated. Teach them to input the access code. As a landlord, you can override the system in case of emergencies. Sometimes, tenants can forget their code or you may need to enter the unit when an urgent situation comes up.
You’ll have your choice of security system depending on your preferred price point. Some insurance companies even provide discounts when your home comes with a security system. Another advantage is that renters will pay extra if you have a solid security system as part of your amenities.
Advertise the Security Measures Installed in Your Rentals
A great way to fend off intruders is by announcing the security system set up in your rental. This discourages burglary attempts. You can post signs in visible areas of the property. You can even ask the security system company for stickers you can use.
A word of warning, however, avoid signs that are too specific. You don’t want to declare the model and manufacturer of your security system. You simply want it known that the property is protected by anyone passing by.
Document Your Furnishings
Keep track of your possessions by keeping a detailed record of them. This makes it easy to report your losses in the rare event of a break-in. You’ll know right away what objects are missing, making the insurance claim faster to report.
Note down manufacturer information, model name/ number, serial number, and item color. You can also snap photos for accurate documentation. Some items you must document are your furniture, office machines, garden tools, TV sets, audio equipment, bicycles, painting, sculpture, kitchen items, and other valuable belongings.
Remove Potential Hiding Spots
Another sneaky move that thieves use is taking cover behind large objects outside the home. They can wait while the resident leaves the property before breaking in through the entrance door and windows.
Trim your bushes or remove larger decorative pieces around your yard that can be used as a hiding spot. Finally, remind your tenants to keep their windows and doors locked to deter intruders from entering their homes.
Procedure When Updating Security Measures
If your renters are long-time occupants, inform them beforehand when you plan to replace the locks to avoid conflicts. Changing the locks without agreement from your tenants might make them feel that you’re locking them out on purpose. Communicate with your tenant first.
If your tenant agrees with your initiative to increase the security measure of the rental home, you must draft an addendum. Ensure that it contains both your signatures to imply an agreement over the changes and updates on the security upgrades.
As a landlord, it’s always better to be one step ahead to provide a safe and secure physical space for your renters. By investing in these security measures you’ll be able to prevent a problem from ever developing. These security practices will protect your property, your investment, and your tenants.
If you would like more help managing your properties, contact the experts at Haas Properties today!