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An owner’s guide to securing a holiday home property.

September 10, 2019
An owner’s guide to securing a holiday home property.

Many of us have a perception that holiday homes located in luxurious, idyllic or rural locations are commonly crime-free. This common belief can easily leave you with huge out of pocket expenses without you knowing it. So, by securing your holiday home property now will save you thousands in the future.

Secure your entry with a keyless door lock.

Having a keyless smart door lock is one of the quickest ways of securing your holiday home property. This type of lock ensures only the right people have access to your property. Set temporary and unique access for each booking. This is the best way to avoid unauthorised or unwanted access from their friends outside of the booked stay. The best part about doing this is you don’t need to change the locks every few months or needlessly worry about your keys getting copied.

Do you have cleaners or maintenance that need access too? By granting them with individual access, you’ll know when and who has come in and out of your property. This also means you can easily and quickly revoke access when they stop servicing your property.

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Get notified, have a camera at the front.

Get yourself a high definition smart camera. Preferably one that can stream straight to your phone. Place the camera directly in front of your entrance, so you can clearly see who is coming and going. Cameras with motion detection are perfect for holiday homes. They begin recording immediately and notify you that there is someone is at the property. This is definitely an easy way of confirming your guests have arrived for their stay. Additionally, it allows you to view the activity of people coming and going to the property at any time. This makes it a great way of ensuring your guests don’t start an unruly party in your holiday home.

Finally, if your holiday home property is in a rural location or the wifi connection is a bit sketchy, opt for cameras that can operate on 3G or 4G network data. This removes the worry of purchasing a suitable wifi extender.

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Light the way!

Install motion sensor spotlights at key points around the house. These types of spotlights come in handy when there is no one staying at the property for nights at a time. Why? By having spotlights installed in any outdoor common areas, it removes all possible hiding spots. Having lighting on the outside of your property also illuminates the way for your guest in darkness, especially when they don’t know the terrain. It minimises the risk of your guests trampling over your well-kept garden or tripping over a deceptive step.

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What do you have there?

Lastly, keeping a record of what you have in your holiday home rental is vital. It helps in making insurance claims easier if something is stolen or broken. By far, the easiest way of making a record of what you have is to take photos of your belongings in their rightful place. In addition to this, keep a record of the serial numbers for all your electronic contents. So, should something be removed from your property and it is recovered, you can rightfully claim back as yours. Likewise, engraving or labelling your more valuable contents with the address or name of your property makes retrieval an easier process.

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