If your clients have more than one home, they are likely facing the uncertainty that comes with having a vacant home or a vacation home. National Monitoring Center (NMC) can provide your sales team with some effective selling tools that will allow you to penetrate this lucrative add-on for new and existing customers.
Vacant and vacation homes are susceptible to vandals and squatters. And homes that sat quietly in a wooded area a decade ago are now sitting on land that is being encroached upon by a growing population. Keeping these homes secure has historically been difficult. However, thanks to ever-advancing technology, security firms can add security features that will greatly diminish the chances of a break in.
While many summer homes don’t maintain running water in the winter, many are able to keep the electricity and phone lines active. So for the minimal cost of an active plug and an active phone line, these homes can maintain many of the same features that a city home enjoys. The major drawback, of course, is the lack of available personnel to make a visit in the far reaches of the woods in the case of a security breach.
Luckily, many basic security features don’t require your clients to have anything more than power. Of course motion detection can initiate several lights on the outside of the home. But those same motion detectors can also turn on video surveillance that streams live to a TV facing outward. Therefore, anyone who approaches the house knows that their actions are being recorded. With a phone line, the system can automatically send photos or short video clips. And when NMC works in conjunction with the local police, the summer-home owners become significantly less likely to become victims.
One important note – if the owners frequently rent out the summer home, they need to let anyone renting the home know about any video feeds for activities inside the house. Violating privacy is a serious offense that can come about through simple negligence.
The best part about securing a second home is the natural referral business that arises. Most people who own a second home will know others who also own second homes. In addition, if the summer home is within your territory, then you can leverage one homeowner to find summer home neighbors with the same security concerns.