When it comes to keeping your Howard County rental property safe from unwanted outsiders, there are plenty of precautionary actions you can take, including: installing a high-tech alarm system, strategically placing lights around the property to deter criminal activity, and ensuring all windows close properly and lock securely.
But have you given much thought to the locks that are on your entry doors?
As smart home technology increases with automated home security, keyless entry systems are quickly following and gaining popularity.
It used to be that only in the movies did people see the keypads that use a number sequence to open the door to someone’s home. However, now widely available to the public, these keyless entry systems have jumped out of the movies and into reality, and are becoming the norm for many homes.
If you own a Howard County rental property and are looking for a unique way to keep it safer for the tenants that reside there, you may want to consider installing a keyless entry system on your entry doors. But, before investing that kind of money into what can be an expensive technological upgrade, take a look at the pros and cons of having a keyless entry system in your rental property.
Benefits of Keyless Entry Systems in Howard County Income Properties
Here are some of the great benefits your Howard County tenants will enjoy, should you decide to install a keyless entry system in your rental property.
1. No Physical Key Required
People like keyless entry systems because they are convenient. With so many keys hanging off your keychain, people typically welcome the chance to take one off the ring. In addition, without having to use a key to enter the property, there is no need to fumble around in the bottom of your purse, pocket, or briefcase looking for the house key. Plus, if you are in a hurry or have your hands full, being able to use the keypad rather than a key makes life much easier.
For those worried about the battery on a keyless entry system dying, don’t. Most keyless entry systems have a key cylinder override or other form of backup system to ensure that if your batteries die or the power goes out, you will not be locked out of your home.
2. Speaking of Being Locked Out . . .
Keyless entry means never being locked out of your home because you lost or forgot your keys somewhere. Instead, you simply enter the code on the keypad and enter your house. Better yet, for added security, some of the most advanced keyless entry systems are fingerprint activated so you can extend entry to your closest friends and family without ever worrying that someone unwanted knows the code to get into your property.
3. No More Key Under the Mat
Families who fear being locked out of their home have long practiced hiding a spare key somewhere near the door. However, this poses a huge security risk. Those looking to break into your home are aware that many people hide a spare key outside and are usually able to find it and gain entry into the home. By providing your tenants with a keyless entry system, you are better protecting them and their personal belongings.
4. Tracking System Included
One of the biggest benefits of having a keyless entry system is the ability to track who is entering and leaving the property at any moment. If your rental home is equipped with an automated security system, you may be able to receive notifications on your smartphone or via email when a door opens or closes on your home. This is great for those who are on vacation and fear someone breaking in.
Additionally, you can assign different codes to different people depending on the role they have when it comes to entering your home. And, if for any reason you feel a code has been compromised, or you no longer want to allow a specific person entry, you can easily deactivate a code to prevent further entry.
Drawbacks of Keyless Entry Systems in Howard County Rental Homes
Despite keyless entry systems being beneficial in many ways to your Howard County property, there are some cons to consider before investing in this type of technology.
1. There Are Still Accessories
Okay, so you may not have a key to deal with anymore, but that does not mean you are free of the accessories needed for keyless entry systems. Some of them come equipped with a remote for unlocking your door as you pull up to the house or locking things up as you drive away. Yet, this poses the same problem that a key does: if you lose or misplace the remote, you run the risk of someone finding it and potentially entering your home.
The one way to solve this issue is to forgo giving your tenants the remote to use. Sticking with the keypad alone is going to be the best way to keep your property secure.
2. There is Some Maintenance Required
Changing your codes frequently is one of the biggest hassles you will have to deal with when it comes to a keyless entry system. Imagine what the keypad might look like after lots of wear using the same code. It will be obvious to anyone looking at the keypad what the code is. This defeats the purpose of having a keyless entry system.
Furthermore, you should maintain a master list of some sort if several codes are assigned to multiple people, which of course takes effort and organization. You do not want your codes being handed out to just anyone, and it is a good idea to keep close tabs on who has access to your home at any given moment.
3. Keyless Entry Systems Cost More
For a traditional key and deadbolt lock, you might spend upwards of $50. Upgrading to a keyless entry system may set you back a couple hundred dollars, possibly more if you opt to integrate it into a bigger home security system. In addition, you may have to pay monthly fees and have additional charges for specific actions.
Your Howard County rental property’s security should be a priority to you. After all, protecting your property and the tenants that reside there is important. However, how much you want to spend on security is a largely personal matter. There are many factors that play into how much you are willing to put into your rental property’s security, and installing a keyless entry system may or may not fall within that budget.
If you own a Washington DC, Laurel, Montgomery, Anne Arundel, or Howard County rental home and are looking for more security to add to your keyless entry system, entrust your property to Bay Management Group.