Renters aren’t always allowed to make the improvements they want or need to feel more secure, so it’s up to the landlord to provide that sense of security. While this may seem unnecessary in the eyes of some landlords, it’s essential to provide your tenants with a sense of safety. Additionally, improving security measures may make current tenants want to stay longer and make the property more marketable to future tenants. Luckily, there are a few easy ways to make your rental property more secure.
Interior and Exterior Lighting
Place exterior lighting to brighten up the outside of a home to scare off potential thieves, especially if they’re motion activated. It’s also generally more frightening to live on a property that’s dark most of the time. Portable flood lights, a light at the door, or walkway lights can make the property feel more secure.
You can also provide your tenants with an automatic timer that controls entertainment systems or lights. This way, sounds or lights can go off to make the property look occupied, even if nobody is there. This helps make thieves less likely to try and break in.
Secure Doors and Windows
Securing windows and doors is relatively easy and inexpensive to do. One of the least expensive ways to do so is to install door or window stops, and for sliding doors, all you need is a wooden pole. But if you’re looking for something sleeker, there are door and window alarms that can sense vibrations and are easy to install. You don’t have to call a company to install an entire system for you; place the alarm on the frame of the door or window, and it will alert the tenant when activated.
Set Up Security Cameras
While security cameras may seem like an expensive investment, more affordable options like nanny cams or pet cameras exist. However, you should always consult with the tenant before installing new cameras. While it’s your legal right to do so, you don’t want to install a camera in a place that might feel invasive to your tenant.
You don’t have to buy security cameras to cover every corner. All you need are a few well-placed cameras; for extra security, you can install fake cameras that look like the real thing. This much less expensive option will help scare off potential intruders.
Making your rental property more secure is easy with the proper knowledge. But we have you covered if you need help managing your property, taking care of tenant concerns, or just marketing your rental. Excalibur Homes is a leasing property management company that can help you with any of your concerns. We have an experienced and dedicated team determined to make your life as a landlord easier.