As a landlord, safety should always be at the forefront of your mind, especially if you live far away from your property. Not only will you sleep better at night when your property is secure, your tenants will also appreciate the assurance of safety. Thankfully, protecting your property from danger only takes a little preparation. Remember, preventing a potential problem is more efficient and cheaper than recovering from one.
Check Your Lights and Locks
A well-lit property is usually a safe property, so installing bright outdoor lights is a huge security improvement. Properties that appear dim and vacant are more susceptible to criminal activity. Burglars don’t want trouble, they just want your things, and it’s much easier to steal your belongings in the dark.
Also, be sure the locks are working on all doors and windows. There are few things more unsafe than points of entry where burglars can easily let themselves in.
Install Keyless Deadbolts
If you own property in Texas, it’s Texas State Code to have keyless deadbolts. These deadbolts offer more protection than regular locks because they’re made of steel and they extend fully into the door-jamb. Along with keyless deadbolts at each door, Texas also requires proper visibility to the outside.
Maintain Curb Appeal
Always take the time to maintain the front exterior of your property. A well manicured lawn, maintained landscaping, and updated exterior not only look great and add home value, but deter burglars as well. Maintaining curb appeal communicates that the owner cares for the property and takes the necessary precautions to keep it safe.
A poorly maintained property makes occupants seem uninterested or lazy, which can make the property a far easier target to theft.
Consider Installing a Security System
A security system isn’t required for your properties, but you should determine your needs on a case-by-case basis. If you feel a certain property would be better protected with a security system, consider making the investment to have one installed.
Don’t forget to take your tenants into consideration. They will be paying for the monthly service, and ultimately, they should get to decide whether they want to pay for the extra security or not.
If you do install an alarm system, confirm that it works and make sure your tenants know how to arm and disarm it.
Register Your Rental
Depending on the city your property is in, you may be required to register your rental property. Although registering might require you to pay a fee, you’ll also get some great benefits. Registered properties receive occasional inspections from the city, and you’re also getting another set of eyes watching the property.
Meet The Neighbors
It’s wise to be friendly with your neighbors. Meet them in person or send out welcome letters to make an introduction. They can be your eyes and ears when you’re not around, and you may even be able to ask them to watch over the property when it’s vacant.
Find out what kinds of people live around your property, and don’t forget to see if there are kids in the neighborhood! You can develop a new, broader perspective of your surroundings simply by talking with your neighbor about the area.
Attract The Right People
Finally, you should always get a thorough background check on prospective tenants. The wrong tenants can attract the wrong activity, so it’s worth the extra effort to see who you’re dealing with.
Don’t be afraid to be selective when it comes to selecting the occupants of your property. You could avoid a lot of damage and and save yourself from major headaches in the long run!
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