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Making your vacation rental in La Quinta safe and secure

Mansion House with Circular Brick Driveway

When leasing La Quinta rental properties, security features are just as important as decor and amenities. Fortunately, there are many ways to keep your rental property secure from accidents, unauthorized access, and other untoward incidents. Here are some tips to get started.


From location to architectural design, La Quinta, CA real estate does a great job of selling itself. But adding safety and security measures can make your rental property more appealing to discerning tenants. It can also help safeguard your investment in case you get disruptive tenants or trespassers. Lastly, keeping your rental property secure will help create a better experience for tenants. That can result in better reviews and referrals.

As for legal liability, poor safety and security puts tenants at greater risk of injury or death. If something happens, you may have to deal with complaints and lawsuits. In most cases, real estate investors don’t become aware of safety hazards and security risks on the property until a problem arises.

Here are several things you can do to make your vacation rental safer:

  • Electrical systems – Check electrical wires for fraying or damage and replace loose-fitting components. Avoid overcrowding outlets and make sure that wires and cords are neatly organized to prevent accidents. Have a qualified electrician inspect your electrical systems regularly.

  • Major appliances and components – Inspect major components such as the sump pump, furnace, water heater, and HVAC system for any issues. Check vent filters for dirt and replace them as needed. Clean refrigerator coils and dryer vent, making sure to remove lint buildup, which is potentially flammable. Work with a technician for regular maintenance and tune-ups.

  • Walls, ceilings, and floors – Check the walls, ceilings, floorings, attic, and crawl space for cracks, leaks, water stains, and other structural concerns and make the necessary repairs. If you notice signs of an infestation, such as wood damage or droppings, get in touch with an exterminator.

  • Stairwells – Repair or replace loose steps or handrails. Consider installing slip-resistant treads or carpeting to the stairs, floors, and hallways. Make sure that the stairs and walkways are well-lit to prevent accidents.

  • Trees – Trim long hanging branches that can potentially damage the property or fall on a tenant.

  • Driveway and walkways – Keep these areas clear of any debris and obstructions to prevent accidents. Make sure that walkways are level and replace loose or cracked stepping stones

  • Main gate and fencing – Keep the property secure by fortifying access points and making sure that the fencing is in good condition.

  • Windows and doors – Make sure that all windows, doors, and screens are properly installed and replace any broken glass panes.

  • Outdoor amenities – Schedule regular cleaning, maintenance, and inspection for outdoor amenities like pools, fire pits, BBQ grills, and more. Check outdoor furniture and appliances for damage and safety risks. Keep items in storage when not in use to prevent theft and damage.

  • Fire alarms and smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors – Make sure that all alarms and detectors are working and properly installed in key areas of the property.

  • Fire extinguishers – Place fire extinguishers in areas that are at greater risk of a fire, such as the kitchen.

  • Escape plans – Create an escape plan that highlights different escape routes on the property.

  • Security and surveillance systems – In addition to fortifying external doors, windows, and the main gate, make sure that all security and surveillance systems are in good working condition.

For more information on rental properties in the area, get in touch with a leading La Quinta real estate agent. I’m Kathleen O’Keefe Galigher and I help real estate investors find suitable homes for sale in La Quinta, CA. Call me at 760.567.7822 or send me a message here.