How You Can Safeguard Your Home with the Best Security Practices
Security systems have grown leaps and bounds over the last few decades. We no longer need to rely on grainy recorded video footage to keep our properties safe. However, before you put your home on the market, it’s wise to know how home security can impact the selling process. Lucrum presents the following tips to help you improve your home security.
More than ever, smart technology can improve and ease our lives, and some tech can increase our safety. Aside from an automated assistant, you can buy smart lights that let you turn on or dim lamps remotely, which can make your home appear occupied.
You could also use a smart home speaker system that can play music in any room at the touch of a button, even when you’re at work. This, combined with lighting, can be an effective deterrent to home invaders. As an added safeguard, you could set up your own camera system to continuously record your house, such as at the entrance for added security when receiving home deliveries.
Yes, even landscaping can serve a purpose, but you must be certain that it only benefits your home’s security. Don’t keep trees too near to the house itself, as these can be climbed and lead to entry points, such as unlocked upstairs windows. Plants with thorns beneath windows can deter intruders, and a perimeter of tall shrubs can be used similarly to a fence.
Even beyond security, improvements like better landscaping and exterior lighting can be an important factor in curb appeal. Changes like these can increase your home’s value — an added incentive if you’re thinking of listing your home in the near future.
If you want something more hands-on, you could use a monitored security service. With this service, someone will be on hand to help you if there is a break-in. These services are often contract-based, but the equipment may be offered for free or at a discounted rate.
Many of these devices will have additional features, like signals that alert you to malfunctions or when the batteries are low. Whether it’s an automated response to the local authorities or to the security company itself, you will get assistance, even when you are on vacation.
Impact on Sales
There are still reasons to get a good security system, even if you don’t plan on staying in your property. In fact, taking some basic steps toward home security, such as having an alarm system in place, can go a long way to strengthening your financial situation. Not only can having a system provide a home insurance discount, but it can also make your home more attractive to buyers. Because of this, you could increase your asking price for having premium “extras.”
To create a safer environment, you can take additional steps to further protect your home and its surrounding property. For instance, security lights on the outside of your house are easy to install and can be a visible deterrent to potential intruders. Just be sure that you put them evenly throughout the property to prevent any lingering dark spots where burglars could potentially hide.
Gates and fencing may act as barriers, and electric versions can be easily integrated into your home security system. Before installing them, however, check with your local city bylaws to ensure you have the right permits in place to install a fence. If handling fencing feels a little outside of your wheelhouse, you can hire fence companies to tackle the installation for you. Remember to check reviews for these companies before letting them get started.
You don’t need to spend thousands to invest in your home. Don’t focus solely on alarm security to improve your property’s safety. With good lighting, landscaping, and the system of your choice, you can secure your home and boost its value in the long term.
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