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How to protect your airbnb in St. Paul

March 18, 2022

Whether you sublet your family’s cottage or have an assortment of Airbnbs, it’s often a challenge to protect your rental properties in St. Paul. With actual keys to different renters, it’s normal to worry about vanishing items or former visitors showing up unexpectantly. And what should you do in the event of a fire or flood at the property while it’s being leased?

From enhanced locks to comprehensive security with home automation, here are some top recommendations on how to protect your Airbnb in St. Paul. 

Smart locks stop key copies

When a visitor moves on, they may follow your instructions and provide the keys for the ensuing occupant. On the other hand, if a tenant grabbed or made a copy of a key, they would be able to re-enter at a later time. Of course, you have the option to replace your locks when a key is “misplaced”, but that takes time and money.

You'll want to install smart locks that function along with your security system to counter these concerns. Then, you can issue each visitor their personal code number for entry. When tenants leave, there’s no need to worry with the key exchange. You can simply set the temporary code to deactivate when they’re gone. If past lodgers come back and make an attempt to enter with their previous access code on the number pad, you will be alerted with an update on your phone.

Smart home technology makes empty properties appear to be inhabited

The goal is that your St. Paul rental property will have a steady flow of renters, but that isn’t likely to always be true. Nevertheless, you need to make it seem that guests are there so your rental isn’t targeted by thieves. Incorporating home automation into your property’s security allows you to use smart lights, motion detection devices, and security cameras that make your home seem occupied.

Begin by setting some lights to turn on at particular times of the night. Then, use your cell phone app to warn you if your cameras detect someone prowling in the dark or approaching the front door. You can use the two-way audio functionality to make them aware that you're watching or arrange for your smart lights to automatically come on when a surveillance device or motion sensor discerns something unusual.

Protect your St. Paul Airbnb with around-the-clock monitoring

Your renters will have more peace of mind if they feel protected against burglars, specifically when St. Paul is not familiar to them. When a robber makes an effort to gain entry, your home security system will not only sound a siren but will also notify your 24-hour monitoring agents. Even if you’re not available, assistance will be forthcoming. Your monitoring agents can even act as your primary contact and communicate with you when you're free.

In addition to intrusions, your monitoring team can be linked to fire alarms, flood sensors, and CO detectors. It would be understandably upsetting for your visitor if a water heater springs a leak or a fire erupts. Not only will you receive a cell phone update that an urgent situation has happened, but an agent is also able to coordinate help from emergency personnel while you're on the way.

Order a modern home security package in St. Paul

Protect your St. Paul rental with a state-of-the-art home security system. Fortunately, Vivint offers popular choices like smart lights, smart door locks, and 24-hour monitoring. Touch base with us today and our security specialists will help you customize a package that makes sense for your property. Dial (651) 240-6686 or submit the form to begin!