Adding Safety and Value to Your HomePosted on February 6th, 2013
It can be tough when you’re a first-time homeowner. There’s just so much to do and, more than anything, you’re always trying to figure out how to improve the value of your home and make it safer – especially if you’re a family man.
Luckily, it’s really not all that bad and listed below are a few tips and suggestions to help improve the quality of life overall in your new home.
Home Security Tips
One thing you don’t want to do when you’re new to a neighborhood is show off. Unfortunately, it is a harsh reality that many break-ins are perpetrated by people you know or have met. This isn’t to suggest that you go around being paranoid of everyone around you – just that you exercise a little caution.
For example, you should always close your curtains or shades when night falls. To do otherwise would be offering potential intruders an opportunity to window shop. You should also try to avoid leaving any “telling trash” out in the open on garbage day. That means you should probably take the cardboard box displaying that expensive HD TV you have in your home and stick it in the garbage can.
You should also make sure that any home you move into has had the locks changed. It might also be prudent to replace the locks if they are more than four or five years old. Mechanisms and tumblers can weaken both with time and use. And, as crazy as it sounds, you might also consider swapping out the current front door with a slab model. A lot of home invasions can actually start at the front door and any dedicated intruder can make quick work of an old, wooden door given enough time.
Installation of exterior lights is also a great crime deterrent and can increase the security of your home. You can find these in most hardware stores and the majority of them come equipped with motion sensors that can shine a light on any trespasser be it the four or two-legged variety.
Improving Value and Safety
Another way you can go is by investing in a monitored home security system. Tons of sites and services like www.quortek.com offer state of the art home systems that can help make the home safer.
These systems can also improve the value of your home and the quality of life. Most monitored systems can prevent an intrusion from escalating and sometimes just the presence of a system is enough to drive away an intruder before the crime can even take place.
Depending on your home insurance provider, you could actually save a little bit of money on your payments by having a home security system put in. Lots of people on the market are also more apt to make a bid on a home with a system already installed, as well.
So if you want to improve the value of the home and the quality of life, you need to focus on safety and security. Following these security tips or even just investing in a system is a great start. And don’t forget to consult with your local law enforcement if you’re new to the area. If anyone is going to have an idea of what you’re up against in terms of safety, they will.
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