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Best ways to protect your rental property in Baltimore

March 18, 2022

Whether you lease out a single investment property or have a diverse portfolio of Airbnbs, you may find it difficult to protect your rental properties in Baltimore. With physical keys to multiple renters, it’s easy to worry about vanishing valuables or past renters arriving out of the blue. In addition, what would you do in the event of a flood or fire at your Airbnb when you’re away?

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

Stop hiding keys with your Baltimore smart locks

When a renter checks out, they may follow your instructions and provide the keys for the following inhabitant. Although, if they took or copied a key, they would be able to access your place again later. Certainly, you might switch out your locks when a key goes missing, but that takes time and money.

You'll want to install smart door locks that work along with your security system to counter these concerns. You can then issue each renter their personalized access code. When tenants check out, don't worry about a key dropoff. You can simply set the temporary code to expire after they exit. If previous occupants return and attempt to use their previous access code on the number pad, you will receive a message on your mobile device.

Home automation makes empty properties appear to be inhabited

The goal is that your Baltimore rental property will have a steady flow of renters, but that's not always true. However, you always want to make it seem that someone is home so your rental isn’t an easy mark for prowlers. Incorporating a security system with home automation affords you the opportunity to use smart lighting, motion sensors, and security cameras that make your lodging seem lived-in.

Start by programming your smart lighting to come on at particular times of the day. Then, use your security app to notify you if your cameras spot an unwanted guest lurking in the shadows or approaching your main entrance. You can employ the 2-way talk functionality to make them aware that they’re being watched or program your lights to instantly turn on when a camera or motion detector uncovers questionable movement.

Protect your Baltimore Airbnb with 24-hour monitoring

Your tenants will be more relaxed if they are safeguarded from burglars, especially when Baltimore is unfamiliar territory. In the event a prowler tries to gain entry, your security system will not only sound a siren but will also alert your 24-hour monitoring team. Even if you’re not available, help will be forthcoming. Your monitoring agents can even act as your authorized go-between and communicate with you when you're available.

Besides break-ins, your monitoring hub can link to fire alarms, water sensors, and carbon monoxide sensors. It is likely to be upsetting for your renter if a water heater springs a leak or a fire erupts. Not only will you be sent a smartphone update that an urgent situation has happened, but an agent is also able to coordinate assistance while you're in transit.

Request an innovative home protection plan in Baltimore

The first step in protecting your Baltimore rental property is to get a state-of-the-art home security system. Luckily, Vivint provides great features like smart light bulbs, smart entry locks, and around-the-clock monitoring. Touch base with us today and our home security experts will personalize a system that’s perfect for your property. Dial (410) 231-7697 or submit the form to get started!