The Northern Virginia rental market is hot. We’ve seen a boom in upscale apartment living in suburban areas. Another significant trend is short-term rentals while buyers wait for builders to complete their dream homes. As buyers shift toward custom-designed luxury homes on more acreage, there’s often a window before they can move in. But what about home security in rentals? Security may not be at the top of the list when we rent an apartment or single-family home. However, according to the U.S. Department of Justice, renting your home nearly doubles your chance of being the victim of a burglary. If you live in an apartment, your chances of experiencing a break-in are even higher. Setting up a home security system in a rental is essential and requires communication with your landlord and security provider. With the right partner, you can find a top-notch system offering the flexibility renters need.
Keeping My Rental Secure with Smart Technology
Experts agree that making it look like you’re home when you’re not is vital in keeping your rental secure. Fortunately, smart home technology makes it easier than ever to create the illusion of an occupied space. Your security system should include smartphone-controlled technology that allows you to:
- Adjust indoor lighting and turn on porch and entryway lights remotely.
- Adjust curtains and blinds.
- Put on music or television programming with smart speakers and controls.
- Staying Safe While You Rent
Many families ramp up security systems when they buy a home. However, in many ways, covering the basics is just as vital while you rent. Essentials include the following:
- Smart locks are even more important in a rental, given more frequent turnover.
- Door and window sensors prevent crimes of opportunity, especially in apartment buildings.
- Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are a must in every home, no matter how temporary.
- Security cameras outside your rental house or apartment allow you to track comings and goings.
Securing Your Rental: Communication is Key
Staying safe and protecting your belongings while renting requires an ongoing dialog with your landlord. Before you sign a lease, make sure to cover some security basics.
- Ensure window and door locks are functional and up-to-date. Always confirm that your locks have been changed before you move in.
- Ask your landlord about security measures already in place, including outdoor lighting and cameras.
- Check the status of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
- Talk with your landlord about setting up a wireless security system.
Going Wireless for Peace of Mind
A wireless home security system is the way to go in a rental. It protects your home using cellular connections and doesn’t require complex installation or wiring in the walls. It’s easy to install and portable when you decide to move. When selecting a home security contractor, ensure you have a partner who can follow you from rental to purchase. You want a contractor with the expertise and flexibility to adapt as your needs change.
As a longtime security provider for the finest homes in the DMV, Aegis Technologies has all the options for protecting your family and assets–whether you currently rent or own your home. Now more than ever, rentals are a part of the journey for high-end clients. The Aegis team will help you select the best equipment and establish a dialog about moving equipment and monitoring services when you move.