If you haven’t already settled on a home to rent, you should keep a few things in mind. Before signing any tenancy agreements, ensure that you have visited the area by both day and night. This will allow you to observe how well lit and maintained the property and surrounding entrances, alleyways and parking lots are.
Before making any agreements, it is helpful to get to know your prospective neighbors. Gather their thoughts on the area and any information they feel might be of importance. If you decide to move into this property, it will help to already have acquainted yourself with the neighbors as this will give you further security assurance for the months or years to come. Equally, take the time to get to know your landlord. It is important to establish a good relationship with your landlord as they will be responsible for your property.
Whilst security cameras are available with most home security systems, they can also be bought separately. With technology constantly transforming, there are now apps available to help you monitor your property’s security. These apps pair with your security camera, enabling you to view what is going on in and around your home, through your smartphone.
Window alarms are another non-permanent purchase tenants should consider. Window alarms work by sounding an alarm if their sensors pick up a vibration; therefore not only alerting you but also deterring potential intruders. These non-permanent alarms are easy to remove and therefore ideal for tenants leasing a property.
Upon moving in, landlords should change the door locks that provide outside access. However, if your landlord does not do this, promptly seek their permission to install new locks. This is important as you don’t know the previous tenants or who they gave copies of their key to.