By protecting your vacation home, you gain peace of mind and protect your real estate retreat. To start, it is essential to have a reputable home security system in place for your second property. Often, vacation homes are less likely to be occupied, leaving increased risk of an intrusion, so a home security system can serve as your ears and eyes in your absence. Here are 7 additional vacation home security tips to keep your home away from home protected.
- Secure front and rear doors
The strongest materials for entry door points are solid wood or steel. These access doors also need to have high quality doorknobs, hinges, and locks so that they cannot be easily tampered with. You’ll want something that won’t rust and weaken. If there are windows directly next to the door, make sure they are made of shatterproof glass. It is suggested to have peepholes and sturdy door chains for your vacation home as well.
- All windows should remain locked
It is essential to have locked windows to make sure that an intruder will never have an easy access point into your home. Separately, it is recommended by experts to have heavy duty frames that could withstand extreme weather such as a hurricane or flooding, depending on the location of the home.
- Automate exterior lighting
Automated lighting is both a benefit for safety and security. Ensuring that pathways are well lit helps prevent falls as well as gives the appearance of an occupied property when you’re not at your vacation home.
Interior home automation is not only a matter of convenience, but it helps deter intruders by giving the impression that the home is occupied. Schedule lighting to replicate patterns when the home is in use and turn on lights prior to your arrival for a well-lit and welcoming start to your vacation.
- Install visible security cameras
Most home security systems have wireless home security cameras included, but it is important for them to be visible to anyone entering the home and on the exterior to prevent an attempted break-in. An intruder is much less inclined to attempt a break in if they know there is video footage of them entering your home.
- Install a security alarm with professional monitoring
Home security monitoring immediately alerts you by text message and/or e-mail to anyone entering your home. When a home security system is professionally monitored, you’ll not only receive immediate alerts if someone attempts to break in but the alarm company will contact local authorities in your absence. Especially if your vacation home is far away, this is an easy way to secure your home.
- Install smoke detectors in every room
Fire alarms or smoke detectors should be installed in each room and tested each month. For your vacation home, combining smoke detectors with professional alarm monitoring is the most comprehensive approach to home security because the home is less likely to be occupied, therefore a fire alarm would be unattended without home security monitoring.
By combining these home security practices for your vacation home, you’ll benefit from both peace of mind and improved security in your absence. At AMSA, our top-rated home security and home monitoring services help customers not only secure their Atlanta home, but also their vacation and rental properties.