When a burglar sets his sights on a home or apartment, even the most sophisticated security system or deadbolt can deter him from breaking in. The reality is that millions of people fall victim to burglaries each year. Scott Safadi of Cal Bay Property Management recommends a novel approach to securing your rentals: landscaping.
That’s right: designing landscaping to prevent burglaries is just one of the latest home security trends sweeping the nation. While locks and alarm systems are great ways to secure your home, planting a few strategic bushes and trees could help keep burglars from targeting your place.
The kind of plants matter a great deal. To determine which you should buy, consider the kinds of plants you wouldn’t want to climb through to break into someone’s home. Thorny bushes like holly or roses can be excellent deterrents.
Of course, there is something to be said for increasing your visibility, too. Creating clear sight lines from your windows through the yard and out to the street is critical. You’ll be able to quickly spot anyone who shouldn’t be on your property. Pruning vegetation also rids criminals of spots to hide.
Consider installing gravel beneath your windows. Criminals need silence to carry out many of their misdeeds, and the crunch of gravel could tip off anyone at home that someone is lurking nearby. Installing overhead lighting outdoors is a great way to make burglars feel insecure. Motion-activated lights are perfect for this strategy.
If your home has a back door, look into reinforcing it. The back door is often less protected that the front, so criminals often try the back door first. Install accent lighting to illuminate the landscape out back, too. This will help to eliminate hiding spots of those lurking in the shadows. If you have a gate, make sure it is locked. While this sounds like common sense, you’d be surprised how many people fail to check even the most basic home security measures.
Finally, invest in partial privacy fencing. While you might prefer solid fences, they protect intruders and help them go undetected by your neighbors. However you decide to reinforce your home security, taking a hard look at your landscaping can help.
– Scott Safadi, Cal Bay Property Management
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Multifamily communities offer a lot of perks: affordable housing, shared amenities and the chance to create a neighborhood. But for some tenants, the drawbacks of apartment living can jeopardize their willingness to fulfill or re-sign their lease. Scott Safadi of Cal Bay Property Management knows how critically important it is to nip conflicts between tenants in the bud. Here’s his guide to common conflicts and how to settle them peacefully.
When writing the best rental listings possible, finding the right words to describe your property is crucial for convincing folks to stop by for a tour. The right description can convince people who are hesitant about your community, or feel unsure about whether they want to rent at all. Scott Safadi of Cal Bay Property Management recommends writing several drafts of your rental listings and read them through the eyes of several kinds of renters. How would a single mom with three kids read your listing? What about a bachelor who has just graduated from college? How would a couple of newly retired seniors respond to your ad? While there’s no way to guarantee their responses, putting on a different persona as you read can really help.
Of course, there are also some words you should avoid no matter what. They might surprise you, though! Here are five Scott Safadi always avoids using when listing a rental. They are:
- Clean. Just the word clean can conjure images of a dirty apartment. Clean should go without saying, so don’t include it in your listing!
- Penthouse. Unless you’re renting to the wealthy and really do have a penthouse suite to offer, avoid using this word. Just because a unit is on the top floor doesn’t make it a penthouse. All this word does is draw comparisons to actual luxury living, so expectations will be far too high for anyone who does bother to stop by for a tour.
- Unique. This word means different things to different people, and you simply never know what connotation it might have for folks reading your listing. For many, unique translates to something they’ve never seen before. While a few risky renters might be willing to entertain this idea, most people want fairly standard apartments. Standout features should be described as anything but unique!
- Cheap. So you’re offering an affordable housing option. Great! Stick with the word affordable and stay away from the term cheap. It implies low quality and low value rather than simply low price.
- Original. Even if your units boast historic exposed brick walls, avoid the term original in your listing. It can imply that the apartment has never been updated. If you’re renting out an older space, embrace the charm of the historic background of the place and avoid words like original to describe them.
However you decide to promote your vacancies, avoid these five words and you’ll be on the right track!
— Scott Safadi, Cal Bay Property Management