There are few places more important in your life than your home. Not only is it the place where you spend the vast majority of your time but it has huge amounts of deep personal meaning to you as well. It’s the place where you make memories, form friendships and relationships, and create a sense of identity. It’s where you raise your children and escape from the world for a little while. Your home should be the place where you feel the safest and most secure. When anything happens to disrupt home security it can feel like a genuine invasion of your most private and personal space. It can leave you feeling upset, exposed and anxious. There really are few things worse than having that feeling of not being safe.This could be from anything, whether it’s a robbery, fire, flood or anything else. That’s why it’s so important to protect your home as well as you possibly can. Fortunately, it’s not actually that hard to help your home feel safer and more secure. Here are just a few very simple things that you can do to avoid letting anything happen to your home.
A Few Home Security Tips You Need to Know
Insurance & Home Security
Insurance is one of those things that you honestly hope you’ll never have to use and, if you’re lucky, you never will. With that said it, doesn’t mean that it’s not extremely important in order to have home security. In fact, it’s one of the most important types of protection that your home can have. If you rent your home, then your landlord will already have home insurance which is often covered by your rent, but if you’re a homeowner, then you’ll need to take out your own home insurance. It’s important to choose carefully when you’re deciding on insurance because you don’t want to be left without important coverage when you need it most. The one thing that both tenants and homeowners need is contents insurance. If something happens to your home, it’s not just the property itself that can end up damaged; it’s the items inside it. You could argue a lot of those things are what really makes the house a home in the first place, so you need to make sure they’re protected.
Living in Florida I know how important insurance is when it comes to weather. Depending on where you live, the size of an issue that the weather can cause will vary. But there is always a chance that the weather will cause problems for your home no matter where you are. It’s important to make sure that your home isn’t letting in any water. A few drips here and there might not seem like a big deal, but when the rain really picks up, that weakness can end up having some catastrophic consequences. The same goes for your windows. Make sure that they are double glazed for both warmth and security, and make sure to speak to roller shutter specialists to protect your windows from strong winds. The last thing you want is anything flying through your windows and having your roof come off!
There really is nothing better for setting your mind at ease than having an alarm system in your home. If you’re lucky, it’ll never go off but just knowing that it’s there can make you feel safer and more relaxed whenever you leave your home. Thanks to modern technology there are now alarm systems that hook directly up to your phone, allowing you to be immediately alerted if the alarm is set off. If you are going to have an alarm system, make sure that it’s set up at every entrance to your house rather than just the front door. That way you make sure that there’s no way an intruder can get in without setting it off. Also, just having the alarm in the first place is a really good way to discourage any potential intruders.
My 91-year-old mother loves her motion sensors that turn lights on if anyone is lurking around her house, a great option for home security outside your home. Not all of us have the budget to stretch to a hugely advanced security system, but there are still things that you can do to protect your home from intruders. One of the best options is outdoor lights with motion sensors. They aren’t that expensive, and they can be extremely valuable. A lack of light outside can offer intruders a whole host of different places to hide in and stay out of sight. Motion activated lights not only startle intruders but also provide a signal to you or your neighbors that someone is moving around outside. It’s pretty likely that, more often than not, it’ll just be the neighbor’s cat, but this simple addition to your home security, can set your mind at ease and reduce the risk of intrusion and burglary.
This might seem obvious, but the benefits of looking after your home really cannot be overstated. Not only does it make it a more pleasant place to be all round, but it can have a big impact on keeping it safe and secure. For one thing, it’s far easier to prevent a problem with your house than it is to fix it. So if you spot a little area of damp, then that’s going to be a much smaller issue than dealing with serious water damage. Likewise, a well-maintained house has actually been shown to discourage burglars. If your house looks like it’s not been taken care of, then a burglar is far more likely to think that they can break in easily. If your home looks as though attention has been paid to maintenance and security, then they’re more likely to decide it’s not worth the effort.
In an ideal world, you’d never really need to use any of these measures, but you can never predict what’s going to happen next and when it’s something as important as your home, there’s no such thing as being too prepared.
Patricia, like her blog, is not a one-dimensional designer, which is evident in her accolades of 17 national design awards. Over a 38-year career in the industry, she has carved a niche in several areas of design. Licensed in interior design and certified in kitchen and bath design, she offers a full menu of design services ranging from whole house interior design, kitchen and bath design, lighting design, full remodels, commercial design and universal (ADA) design.
Patricia is a sought-after speaker in the industry and has been published in many publications as seen on her interior design firm’s website, https://www.patriciadavisbrowndesigns.com/. She writes for such publications as QuinStreetinc, Relaxed Remodeler, and eHow.com talent offering design tips.
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