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How to protect your rental property in Houston

March 18, 2022

Irregardless of whether you sublet your family’s cottage or you run a diverse portfolio of Airbnbs, you may find it a challenge to protect your rental properties in Houston. Unless you’re stay on site, it’s easy to think about keys getting copied or former visitors unexpectedly showing up. And what should you do in the event of an emergency like a fire at your rental unit when you’re away?

From smart door locks to completely automated home security packages, here are some top recommendations on how to protect your Airbnb in Houston. 

Put away keys with your Houston smart locks

When a guest vacates the premises, they may follow your instructions and provide the keys for the next guest. However, if they took or secretly made copies of a key, they would be able to sneak back in at a later time. Certainly, you have the option to switch out your locks after a key is lost, but that is not a timely or cost-effective solution.

Thankfully, you can put in smart locks that operate alongside your home security system to put these concerns at ease. You can then give each renter their personalized access code. When your occupants depart, there’s no reason to mess with a key dropoff. Instead, simply set the door code to expire when they’re gone. If former inhabitants return and make an attempt to enter with their prior entry code on the door, you will receive a notification of a failed entry on your smartphone.

A smart security system makes empty properties look occupied

Of course, you hope that your Houston rental property will be occupied, but that isn’t likely to always be true. Despite this fact, you always want to give an impression that someone is home so your Airbnb isn’t an easy mark for thieves. Implementing a security system that includes home automation affords you the opportunity to take advantage of smart light bulbs, motion sensors, and surveillance systems that make your rental appear inhabited.

You can put your plan in motion by scheduling your smart lights to turn on at particular times of the day. Then, use your cell phone app to warn you if your exterior cameras notice an intruder lurking in the shadows or walking toward the front door. You have the opportunity to take advantage of the 2-way talk capability so they know you can see them or program your lights to automatically come on when a camera or motion detector uncovers suspicious activity.

Protect your Houston rental property with 24/7 monitoring

Your renters can sleep easy if they are safeguarded from intruders, particularly when Houston is somewhat unfamiliar. If a prowler attempts to break in, your home alarm system will not only sound a siren but will also ping your 24/7 monitoring team. Even if you’re not available, help will be on its way. Your monitoring experts are capable of acting as your point person and loop you in whenever you're able.

Along with intrusions, your monitoring hub can be linked to fire alarms, flood detectors, and CO detectors. It can be harrowing for your visitor if a water heater springs a leak or something catches fire. You will then get a smartphone notification that a potentially dangerous event has occurred, but the monitoring agent can also coordinate help from emergency personnel while you're on the way.

Order a modern home security package in Houston

Protect your rental in Houston when you get a home security system. Thankfully, Vivint provides options like smart lighting, smart locks, and 24/7 monitoring. Touch base with us today and our home security experts will personalize a package that’s perfect for your rental. Call (713) 597-3506 or complete the form today!