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How to protect your rental property in Richmond

March 18, 2022

Irregardless of whether you lease out your family’s cottage or you run numerous Airbnbs, you may find it a challenge to protect your rental properties in Richmond. Unless you’re always on site, it’s normal to think about keys getting copied or former renters unexpectedly showing up. In addition, what would you do if there’s a flood or fire at your Airbnb when you’re away?

From smart door locks to fully automated security systems, here are some top recommendations on how to protect your Airbnb in Richmond. 

Say goodbye to traditional keys by switching to smart locks

When a guest vacates the premises, they may follow your instructions and provide the keys for the following inhabitant. On the other hand, if a tenant took or made a copy of a key, they could sneak back in at a later time. Of course, you might change the locks if a key goes missing, but that creates delays and cuts into your revenue.

You'll want to use smart locks that function in conjunction with your home’s security to counter these concerns. You can then give each renter their own unique entry code. When they check out, there’s no reason to mess with an exchange of keys. Instead, simply customize the temporary code to deactivate after they exit. If previous inhabitants reappear and attempt to use their previous access code on the keypad, you will be warned with a notification of the failed attempt on your smartphone.

A smart security system makes available rentals appear to be inhabited

It's nice to think that your Richmond rental property will have a steady flow of renters, but that isn’t likely to always be possible. However, you always want to make it appear that guests are there so your Airbnb isn’t a potential target for burglars. Implementing a security system with home automation gives you the chance to use smart lights, motion sensors, and surveillance systems that make your rental appear lived-in.

You can put your plan in motion by setting your smart lights to switch on at specific hours of the evening. Then, use your cell phone app to alert you if your cameras spot an unwanted guest hiding in the shadows or walking toward your primary entry. You have the opportunity to take advantage of the two-way audio capability to make them know they’re being watched or set your lighting to automatically come on when a camera or motion detector discerns questionable movement.

Protect your Richmond Airbnb with 24-hour monitoring

Your occupants can sleep easy if they are safeguarded from burglars, specifically when Richmond is not familiar to them. In the event a thief tries to break in, your home security system will not only initiate the alarm siren but will also alert your 24/7 monitoring team. Even if you’re not available, help will be dispatched. Your monitoring experts will even act as your point person and loop you in when you're available.

In addition to break-ins, your monitoring center can be linked to fire alarms, flood sensors, and carbon monoxide detectors. It is likely to be harrowing for your renter if flooding occurs or a fire erupts. Not only will you be sent a smartphone alert that a potentially dangerous event has occurred, but the monitoring agent is also able to authorize emergency services while you're en route.

Order an innovative home protection plan in Richmond

Protect your rental in Richmond when you get the latest in home protection. Thankfully, Vivint provides great features like smart lights, smart entry locks, and 24-hour monitoring. Contact us today and our home security experts will design a plan that makes sense for your rental. Dial (804) 534-2782 or complete the form to begin!