Protect your investment by securing your rental property in Tampa, FL and surrounding areas.
When it comes to rental properties, tenants come and go, and you’re not there every day to keep an eye on your property. If you don’t take steps to secure your rental property, you’re playing a risky game. Let’s review why rental property security is so important and what you can do to protect your investment.
A Tenant Who Never Leaves
In an ideal world, all tenants are honest people and you would never have to worry about security. But let’s be practical. When tenants move out, they could still have keys to the property and access it after they move out. This is a risk for both you and any other tenant that moves in after.
Thankfully, there’s a simple solution: rekeying the locks. A locksmith can (and should) come to your property to rekey the locks after an old tenant moves. This will protect your property from re-entry by former residents. Have the locksmith change the following:
- All external locks (don’t forget the patio)
- Outdoor storage locks (utility closets, sheds, etc.)
- Mailbox lock
Have an unsecured property means you’re more vulnerable to criminal activity like vandalism. Crime often takes the path of least resistance, so if vandals see an easy mark, you’ll soon be spending your time repairing damages.
Protect against break-ins
So what can you do to secure a property you don’t visit every day? There are a few measures you can take, including:
- Security cameras – Installing a security camera, when visible, acts as a deterrent to criminal activity. Additionally, having cameras focused on your property can also help in case something happens—you’ll have physical evidence to supply to law enforcement.
- Property manager – Hiring a property manager to screen applicants for security risks can help stop potential tenant problems. Property managers can also visit the rental sites so you don’t have to.
- Deter curiosity – If you haven’t done it already, install curtains or blinds in all the windows to deter wandering eyes.
- Upgrade your lighting – Exterior lights are known to help prevent break-ins and other unwanted activity at night. After all, no criminal wants to do their work while the neighbors can see. Upgrade all the exterior lights, replace any bulbs that may be out, and install motion-activated lights.
Securing Your Rental Property with Additional Safety Measures is a Win-Win.
Protecting your rental property is simply practical. Taking steps to prevent break-ins, vandalism, and mail theft certainly protect your investment, but it also becomes a selling point when marketing to future tenants. Potential tenants can feel peace of mind knowing that there security measures in place and that you and they are the only ones with a key. Call (813) 545-5462 for an estimate today.