Remember when you got your first smartphone? You probably thought “Geez, why didn’t I get one of these years ago?”
Well my friends, you will have the same exact feeling when you finally break down and get a security camera for your vacation home rental. Trust me, it happened to this guy. I’m so mad I waited 6 years to get one! It costs the same whether you buy it now or in two years. However, I will tell you that my $3oo investment has already paid for itself in a bit over 6 months! I’ve caught two renters breaking my rules. One group thought it would be a good idea to sneak in 14 people into my 8 person Cabin. The other decided to bring a dog to my no-dogs rental. Well, say good-bye to your $300 deposit! I’m generally a pretty relaxed owner, as I let a lot of minor things go, but don’t blatantly lie to my face or ignore my most important rules.
Easy Set Up!
Here is a link to my Logitech Security Camera that I show in the Video (or click on the image).
It took about 45 minutes to set up by myself, including drilling a hole in my wall, which you might be able to avoid. Basically you just plug it into the wall electrical outlet and string the wire to where you want the camera. Somehow the electrical system connects to your Internet router and that’s how it’s broadcast to your computer. Don’t ask me how it works, it just does!
Benefits of a Security Camera for Vacation Home Owners:
- Check the weather conditions.
- Monitor how many guests show up and what time they arrive.
- Video proof if any legal issues arise.
- Check if garbage cans are put out / put back.
- Monitor from smartphone or laptop.
- If guests leave early, cleaners get extra time.
- Prevent bad behavior by putting the camera in your contract – scare away the bad ones
- Monitor any service people coming and going.
- Check to see if driveway needs to be snow-plowed.
- And lastly if any real criminal burglaries happen you are covered there too.
Two Final Tips:
1) Be sure and include the camera in your contract – even if you don’t have a camera yet! I would rather scare away a bad renter than have to actually catch them in the act.
2) Captain obvious here, but only put the Security Camera on the outside of the house unless you would like to visit your local jailhouse for being a peeper creeper.
So my fellow owners, what’s the craziest thing you have “Caught on Camera?” Please tell us your stories below.