If you rent out a vacation home using a short-term rental site like Airbnb or VRBO, you may wish to install home security. Pennsylvania homeowners, here’s what you need to keep in mind before getting started with home security in your short-term rental.
Think Safety First
If you have not yet installed a burglar alarm for intrusion detection, you could be putting your guests at risk. You may not live in your vacation rental property, but your guests will be staying overnight — many times, in a city far from their own homes. They deserve to feel secure for the nights they are staying in your rental, and that’s why you need to have a professionally monitored home security system in place. Pennsylvania vacation property owners can call Park Security Systems to have a new system installed, or to start monitoring of an existing system they may already have.
Follow the Rules
Both of the most popular short-term rental apps allow home security cameras on the property, with some stipulations. Airbnb community policy guidelines state that the use of security cameras must be disclosed in the listing. The site also states that while indoor cameras are permitted, the camera installations must be clearly visible to your Airbnb guests (that means no nanny cams). They are allowed to be installed in common areas, but not in sleeping areas. VRBO takes their guest privacy rules one step further, by not permitting any indoor security cameras at all. However, outdoor security cameras are permitted.
Automate Your Home
Home security technology can do more than monitor the property for intrusion and illicit behavior. When you choose to invest in smart home security technology, it can also help you save money as an owner. Smart home security can help you put the lighting, locks, and thermostat in your home on autopilot, so you can set schedules for these functions and manage them remotely.
When your home’s most important features are automated, it can save you time and money — two things that are critical when you’re running a vacation rental business.
Call Park Security Systems to Learn More
If you own a property that you rent out via Airbnb or VRBO, these are the guidelines for monitoring the premises with home security. Pennsylvania homeowners of short-term rental properties can call Park Security Systems to get started with alarms, cameras, and smart home security. We look forward to answering your questions.
About Park Security Systems
PARK Security Systems is a full-service, locally owned and operated provider of home security in Pennsylvania. PARK Security Systems’ certified expert technicians offer residential and commercial security solutions to our local homes and businesses
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