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  • Coast Home Watch of StA

Be Smart About Short Term Rentals

You may choose to rent out your vacation home when you're away. With websites like Airbnb and Vacation Rentals by Owner (VRBO) it’s easier than ever. You can boost your security from the start with these tips:

  • Secure your valuables. Lock up your personal items in a closet or safe. Use home security apps to set alerts if your off-limit areas are accessed

  • Set clear rules for guests, explaining expectations and consequences (security deposits, fees)

  • Document the condition of your property with photos. If you need to file for any damage these will be invaluable as evidence

  • Hire a home watch service like Coast Home Watch of StA to keep an eye on things while you’re not there. In addition to helping with key exchange and welcoming guests, we can monitor and keep an eye out for what’s happening (is that a dog going in to your pet-free rental?) with drive by patrols. Informing guests that the property is being taken care of by a local presence that is often in the neighborhood can quell unwanted behavior. Ask us about our rental liaison services.

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