Your vacation rental is undoubtedly one of your most prized financial investments. It provides a fun, safe, and relaxing summer getaway for your family. In many cases, it may also serve as your retirement home when your kids are in college or once they find jobs in the real world.
While this is a fun-filled place for your family, the fact that you aren’t present for the majority of the year means you should be concerned about the security of your property while you’re away. There’s nothing worse than arriving at your summer home, primed for a relaxing vacation, to find that you’ve been the victim of a burglary.
At Gleniffer Lake, we pride ourselves on being one of the safest lake communities in Canada. Because we are a gated community, we’re able to keep our community members’ assets as safe as possible. That being said, each household should still consider additional steps to maintain the security of their home.
Here are a few ways in which you can protect your real estate investment at Gleniffer Lake:
Get to Know Your Neighbours
In many cases, your best security option lies in the people that live around you. In a community with many vacation rentals, full-time residents are extremely valuable. Quite often, these residents become ‘de facto’ security guards during the slow season.
If you have a neighbour, or someone who lives down the block, that remains at Gleniffer Lake year-round, take some time to get to know them. These people will be the first to recognize anyone that may pose a security threat to your home and they will swiftly contact you in the event of any incidents.
Close The Curtains
This seems simple. Of course you’re going to close your curtains when you leave your vacation rental, right? Well, you’d be surprised how many vacation owners overlook this small detail. Leaving your curtains open invites unwanted eyes.
If you have valuables in your home, open curtains are an easy way for burglars to survey ‘the goods’ before actually entering your home. Closing your blinds will keep those wandering eyes off your most expensive possessions. Removing temptation always decreases the likelihood of a break-in.
Low-Cost Security Devices
If the security of your vacation rental warrants a bit more than a healthy relationship with your neighbors, there are a few low cost options you might consider. Deadbolts will eliminate the threat of easy entry, or the random wanderer who simply wants to kick in a door.
Motion-sensor lights in your driveway and on your back deck will give the impression that someone is home if an intruder comes a bit too close. Whether you have a dog or not, the classic, “Beware of Dog,” sign is always a good detractor of unwanted visitors.
If you’re still concerned with home security, and you don’t think the low cost options will help you sleep at night, there are several more expensive options to consider. A sturdy safe will help you protect the most valuable items that remain in your rental year round.
Security cameras and alarm systems will help you keep your home safe while you’re not there. If you’re thinking about taking this route, be sure to communicate with your homeowner’s association, as well as any potential renters, to alert them to the presence of cameras and an alarm system on your property.
Thankfully, Gleniffer Lake is one of the safest vacation communities in Canada. We work hard to ensure the safety of your home and property. Nevertheless, the security tips mentioned above will help you guarantee the safety of your investment, as well as prevent the loss of any valuables in your home.