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How To Illuminate Your Yard With Landscape Lighting

By Guest Blogger Rohin D.

How To Illuminate Your Yard With Landscape Lighting

Having a beautifully lit back yard is the desire of every proud home owner. The back yard is a part of the house where you unwind and relax by either spending time there on your own or in the company of your friends and family members. It is therefore imperative to keep this area well lit and resplendent if you want to truly enjoy the time you spend here rather than experiencing a sense of discomfort every time you walk into your back yard. Read on to know more about the various different ways in which you can light up your home back yard quickly and easily.

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Is Your Home as Secure as You Think?

Is Your Home as Secure as You Think?

Keeping your home secure is important. Your home is probably where you have your kids, it’s where you keep your savings, and it’s where most of your belongings are. Not only is it important to protect the things that are dear to you, but it’s also important to protect your own life. Burglars can easily break in through a window, and smashing a door is no problem if they don’t mind making a bit of noise. After all, can you really defend against a gang of armed thieves? Most likely not.

Securing your home these days is about more than just having a gun to protect your property. If you want to ensure that your home is secure and safe from intruders, then here are a couple of questions to ask yourself.

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Is my home attractive to thieves?

First, ask yourself if your home is attractive to thieves. If you live in a neighbourhood with a watch scheme, plenty of CCTV on the streets and motion lights, then you’re most likely not an attractive home for thieves. With smart home technology, it’s possible to monitor your home from a distance and even automatically link your security with local authorities for a quick response should the thieves trigger an alarm. If your home has these types of equipment, then there’s a good chance that your home is actively deterring thieves. However, if you don’t have security systems installed and your belongings are in plain sight because of large windows, then there’s a good chance you’re attracting burglars.

Do I have the latest security systems?

Make sure you update your home security. Check resources like homesecuritysystem.co and have a look at the latest and greatest security systems. If you have something from a decade ago, then there’s a good chance that it won’t protect you from anyone. In fact, security systems are no longer as effective as they were because thieves are more than willing to smash your windows, grab the loot and run off before the authorities can reach. Instead, you want the latest security that can not only record the thieves and their getaway but potentially record their voices as well. This will ensure that you have the highest chance of catching the thieves in the future.

Am I making it easy for thieves?

Ask yourself if you’re making it easy for the thieves. If your belongings are in plain sight, then they’re easy targets for thieves. Do you have no motion lights around your home? Then it will make it easy for the thieves to move around at night. This article from ledwatcher.com shows that not only are motion lights good at deterring thieves, but it also makes it hard for them to sneak around undetected. They won’t be able to hide their faces for long, and it will be easy to spot them. You’ll also want to cut down any shrubs or cover that thieves can use to approach your home. In short, make sure you’re not making it easy for thieves by giving them cover, objects to climb on or an easy entrance into your property.

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In Case Of Emergency… Protecting You And Your Home

In Case Of Emergency… Protecting You And Your Home

As a homeowner, you want to do what you can to keep your house in a good state of repair, but for some of us, there isn’t all that much we can do if we live in an area at risk for natural disasters. There are areas that are more prone to more natural disasters than others, and if you live in one of these places, you need to make sure you have a plan in place should something happen. First things first…

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Have The Right Insurance Policies  

Do you have all the right ones in place? If you live in an area that experiences a lot of flooding, and your policy doesn’t cover it, then not only have you lost or damaged all of your possessions but you won’t receive a payout on them so you can replace the items. For many, they think that mortgage insurance will cover them, but this is a different thing to homeowner’s insurance, which you need also.

Have A Plan

If you anticipate a natural disaster in your area, then you will need to make a plan of action which you can follow should something happen. There are things like a disaster kit which you can get from sf72.org which gives you plenty of handy tips. But for you and the area you live in, you need to plan things like meetup points if you get separated from your loved ones. As well as a plan in place, make sure you have supplies ready and stocked in a big bag that you can carry. There should be enough in the bag to last a few days. You should also have all of your family’s documents, like birth certificates and medical information, stored in a safe place (such as a portable box that’s fireproof), and make digital copies stored on a flash drive.

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Have A Handy List Of Contacts

In the event of any emergency, it is handy to have a list of the people you will need to contact. From relatives to the cleanup people, once the disaster has passed, you will need to get back up on your feet as quick as possible. There are websites for cleanup specialists like prorestorationcompany.com who will repair the damage to your home. Once the damage has been done, it can take a while to get back to normality, so it’s handy to have people you can rely on.

Be Prepared…

Wherever you live, you can do some research on the history of the place, and if your area has a history of earthquakes, when was the last one? Is there one due? While it’s not healthy to be in a state of worry about disasters, it does help if you are prepared for one. An escape plan for your home is the very least you can prepare, and if your family know the plan and the available options, it means that they can escape safely. It is a part of life for so many of us now that we need to make sure we have a backup plan, so think about it, and get one ready.

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Worthy Upgrades Every Homeowner Should Consider

Worthy Upgrades Every Homeowner Should Consider

One of the best things about owning your own property is that any money you invest into it, you’re likely to get back plus more if you ever sell. That means not only do you get to enjoy any upgrades you make, but you make your home more valuable too. There are some projects in the home which are always worth doing- here are a few of them you could consider.

New Windows and Doors

The windows and door are such an important feature on any home. Not only for practical and security purposes but from an aesthetic point of view as well. They’re one of the main features you’ll see when you look at your home from the street. If your current windows are draughty, leaky or the double glazing has failed, consider window replacement throughout the property. Regarding your door, if it’s still in good condition it may be able to be salvaged. Wooden doors can be sanded and repainted, along with some new house numbers and a knocker you can bring it up to scratch. PVC models or those which are generally just worse for wear will need replacing once they no longer look their best.

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Solar Panels

Solar panels help the environment because they provide energy without burning fossil fuels. And another plus side they help you to save money on your fuel bills too. Since buyers love eco- friendly features, solar panels also make your house more valuable. While there’s an upfront cost, many government schemes and grants can help with the cost so see what is available to you. Even at full price they generally pay for themselves within a few years anyway due to giving you cheaper bills.

Decking

You spend the time and money making your home interiors beautiful, don’t let your property down with neglected gardens. A tidy garden with established plants looks great and appeals to everyone. Decking is one upgrade in the garden that’s highly advisable. It can add a dramatic amount of value to the property and isn’t too expensive to have installed. A decked area gives you a place to put your patio furniture, looks smart and allows you to get the most out of your garden whether it’s large or small.

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Home Security

One of the most practical and worthwhile upgrades you can make is by adding home security. A good quality CCTV system and a professionally fitted burglar alarm will help to deter thieves and is something homebuyers love, thus increasing your home’s value. The doors and windows mentioned earlier also contribute to better security too, newer models are far harder to kick in or pry open.

So put your money where it really matters, upgrade different areas of your home and reap the benefits both now and in the future too.

What do you think are some of the most beneficial upgrades you can make as a homeowner? Have you made any of these changes in your property?

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Four Things You Must Fix In Your Home

Four Things You Must Fix In Your Home

We all want our homes to be our castles, right? We want to live in houses and apartments that we feel proud of and that we enjoy coming home to – there’s nothing as good when you’re on the way home from work as the idea of curling up on your couch in your own space and flipping your TV on. There’s something magical and delightful about having a space that’s your own. It’s important, then, to make sure that it’s in good condition. Here are some things you must fix, if you haven’t already…

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Your Insulation

If your house is a little too cold then it’s a good idea to take a look at your insulation. A lot of heat can escape your house thanks to inadequate insulation which means that your energy bills will be pushed up way higher than they need to be. If you don’t want to get someone in to repair your insulation then you can always buy wadding at your local hardware store and add it to your roof so less warmth escapes through it.

Your Security System

One of the most important things about your home is that you feel safe and secure in it, so it’s crucial to make sure that you have a good home security system. If you don’t already have an alarm installed then get that done as quickly as you can – and make sure that it’s obvious from the outside of your house that you have an alarm. Make sure that all your windows and doors close tight and can’t be broken into, and ensure that you lock each of them every night. If you have the time and space and love to spare then why not consider getting a dog for extra added protection and security?

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Your Animal Issues

One of the worst things you can encounter in your home is a deluge from unwanted creatures, whether that’s a wasp’s nest in your attic, mice in your kitchen or termites in the walls. Get any termite extermination done by the experts – as much as you might want to do it yourself it’s important that you get rid of them and the experts will be much better at that than you are. Make sure that you don’t leave food out in your kitchen if you have a rodent problem, and start to set out traps for the mice – you can get humane ones so they don’t die.

Your Boiler

In winter, your boiler becomes even more crucial than it is during the rest of the year. For a lot of people it provides your central heating as well as your hot water and if you don’t have either of those things then not only will you be freezing cold at home but you’ll also have the incredible inconvenience of having to shower at the gym – and no one at all wants that! Make sure that your boiler is serviced regularly and make sure that you always have a sum of money set aside in case it needs to be replaced.

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Ensure Your Family Home Stays Safe And Sound (Even When You Are Not There)

Ensure Your Family Home Stays Safe And Sound (Even When You Are Not There)

With millions of break-ins occurring every year, it’s so important to keep our home safe. After all, it’s our family home, so we don’t want anything to happen. And even if your kids are not there, it can be horrendous to go home to a burgled property. But thankfully, there are lots of ways you can protect your home. Therefore, here are simple ways to ensure your family stays safe and sound, even when you are not there.

Get a burglar alarm

You can ensure your property stays intruder-free by investing in a good burglar system. For one thing, it can act as a deterrent to stop people attempting to break-in to your property. That way, you can sleep easy that nobody will get inside your home while you are away. But also, if you get a burglar alarm, it will alert you if someone is trying to get into your property. As we discussed before, you can then ensure you quickly get your kids to safety. And if you are not going to be at your home, you can set up an option with most systems which will alert the police. That way, they can come out to your home and stop a potential break-in from occurring.

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Give one of your neighbors a spare key

It’s also a good idea to give one of your neighbors a spare key for when you are not at the property. After all, if they hear a strange noise in the day, they can quickly go round and check the property. And it will stop them having to wait until you get home to go inside and see what’s occurring. Of course, only give a key to a neighbor that you trust. After all, you don’t want to come home to find your items gone! And if you are going to leave it outside the home, don’t make it obvious. After all, the first places burglars are going to check is underneath your doormat and plant pot!

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Set up video footage

There are so many options nowadays when it comes to security cameras. Gone are the massive devices that had to sit outside your home. After all, burglars could easily destroy these to ensure there was no coverage. But now you can get hidden cameras which resemble everyday objects. Therefore, if someone did manage to break-in your home, you would have coverage of the whole thing. And you can visit a hidden camera store to find ones which will connect to your smartphone so you can check what’s going on while on the move. And you can then contact the police if someone is in your property!

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Keep valuables out of eye view

A lot of people make the error of putting all their top devices on view. But it’s giving burglars incentive to break into your home. In fact, they will know exactly where the best things are that they want to take. Therefore, put the valuables out of view so that it doesn’t leave intruders interested in your house. You might even consider getting a safe for your home in which you lock all your valuables.

And make sure your home looks busy such as leaving the light on and keeping some sound in the house, so people don’t know that you are not home.

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Why Have You Been Burgled? Take A Look At Yourself…

Why Have You Been Burgled? Take A Look At Yourself…

In an age where we are meant to be promoting peace, love and unity, crime is becoming more common. There are a number of reasons for this – we have better means of reporting it, whereas in past decades we may not have gotten through or may not have bothered for fear of it the information not being acted on. We have generally spent a lot more on what enters our home – technology has advanced massively, and so have the gadgets and gizmos that we need to purchase to keep up with it (and with this comes the size issue – stuff is generally lighter, portable and easier to uninstall … for both our benefit and the thieves’). And lastly, but most importantly – we just don’t seem to care enough about it.

Ok, so that last sentence may not really make sense in regards to the points that came beforehand. Are we clamoring after an ideal life where we think that if you only leave something on show for, say, 3 minutes, that nobody will ever think of stealing it? Is it a time-relative issue, or are we just being naïve? The reality is that we are probably putting more money into getting the new pieces of technology to keep up with trend pressure than we are about insuring them, protecting them and keeping them safe.

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Get Locked Up

If somebody enters your home or car without having to break-in, this could be invalidating your insurance should you be wanting to make a claim. It seems nowadays that people are more concerned about people breaking into their phones than their homes, and whereas you can think up all of the most crazy, unique and random passwords to protect that, unfortunately they don’t work when it comes to keeping your home safe. You will never fully understand the importance of security door locks until it is too late, so stay one step ahead and invest in some good-quality (and visible! Burglars hate visible!) deterrents.

Common Sense Works

If you have something expensive, hide it away regardless of if you are in the house or not – you never know who could be entering while you are in another room; statistics show that more burglaries take place in daylight rather than at night like as shown on the movies, so get the stereotype out of your head immediately and be on your guard at all times. Get into the habit of locking doors behind you, and if it’s especially hard to get your door locked then keep in mind that it will be easy for criminals to get in – a hard-to-lock door in terms of physicality often means that the lock is not working properly. Get in with a neighbourhood watch scheme and purchase a house alarm if you don’t have one already. Mix up your daily routine (thieves love routine – it ensures they know that they’re safe and won’t be caught knowing that you’re at the supermarket from 2-3pm every Wednesday) and don’t leave anything to chance. When you are given a good chance you take it, right? Same goes for anybody else, whether their intentions are good or bad. It’s unfortunate but it’s true.

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Protecting What Matters Most: How To Keep Your Home Safe From Any Disaster

Protecting What Matters Most: How To Keep Your Home Safe From Any Disaster

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Your home is the place where you should feel the safest and most secure. It’s more than just bricks and mortar, it’s your own little bubble to escape from the stress and pressures of the world no matter what is happening. You should never feel as though you or your family are unsafe in your own home. Which makes it all the more horrible when something does happen to disrupt that safety. Whether it’s a flood, fire or break-in, anything that makes you feel less safe in your own home can have devastating effects on you and your family. Fortunately, there are plenty of things that you can do to keep your home as safe as possible.

Lights

It might sound overly simple, but lights can be one of the best possible defenses against an intruder. Darkness is an intruder’s number one ally. If they have a way to slip into your home undetected, then that’s what they’re going to use. The best thing that you can do is to invest in floodlights for both the front and rear of your home. Not only do they keep your children safe as they ensure you can always seem them, even if they’re in the garden at night, it stops intruders having anywhere to hide. Go to Strictly LED’s for more information; they have a huge stock of LED flood lights to choose from.

An alarm system

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The funny thing about an alarm system is that, if you’re lucky, you’ll never really need it. But nothing is better for giving you and your family the peace of mind that you need than the knowledge that no one is able to get into your home without you knowing. The worst thing about a break-in is often the knowledge that someone else was in your home and you didn’t know it; an alarm system helps you avoid that feeling and will make it far easier to get a good night’s sleep.

Insurance

If something awful does happen, it’s important to make sure that you’re protected. Not only do you need home insurance but it’s a good idea to take out contents insurance as well. Make sure that you’re covered no matter what happens to your home. The last thing you want is for something to happen and then to find out that you’re not covered.

Be prepared

The most important thing to keep safe in your home is, of course, your family. The best way that you can ensure that they are safe is to have clear plans in the event of any problems. Make sure that you all know exactly what to do in the event of a fire or flood. That way you won’t have to worry about everyone panicking and making the situation even worse than it needs to be. This doesn’t mean you should make your family constantly afraid but it’s always better to be prepared than to be caught unawares.

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Securing The Home With Brain Power And A Small Budget

Securing The Home With Brain Power And A Small Budget

In today’s world, the need for security is only becoming more prevalent. The availability of tools and knowledge has made it much easier for criminals to beat traditional systems, and get into homes. Obviously, this is a problem for everyone. But, some of us don’t have the money to invest in high-tech locks and CCTV. So, to help you make your home more secure, this guide will give you some ideas.

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  • Get A Dog

In the past, before dogs were domesticated by humans, they were feral pack animals, known as wolves. Over time, certain wolves realized that they could get scraps of food from humans, in return for scaring away other animals. So, dogs first job with humans was as a security detail, not as companions. And, most dogs will happily perform this duty, today. You don’t need a huge, vicious dog; you can get something that meets the requirements to be with your family. As long as they are from a protective and loyal breed, they will work as a home-guard dog. They are hard-wired to protect their pack. And, once you gain a dog’s trust, it will consider you to be part of it’s pack. Most of the time, a simple bark at the door is enough to deter most criminals. And, if they do actually enter your home, having a dog snarling at them will usually make them flee.

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  • Alarm Systems

Of course, a natural alarm system like a dog isn’t enough for some. So, you need something a little more modern. Alarm systems are generally fairly cheap, and you only have to pay their service charges when you actually use them. Most of these systems can be installed by yourself, with the exception of the main consoles. This reduces their costs massively. Just like hearing a dog barking, seeing an alarm box will deter most burglars. And, if someone does manage to get inside, the police will be called for you. So, with one of these systems, you can rest assured that your house is safe.

  • Leave A Light On

Of course, there is usually a simple solution to most things. And, security is no different. Simply leaving a light on inside your home can deter burglars. Most criminals don’t want to be caught. So, they won’t break into somewhere where they know there’s people. Leaving a light on makes it hard for people to tell if someone is home or not, so, they won’t risk a break in. You can get light fittings that time your lights. So, even if you go away for a long time, you can have lights turn on for you when it gets dark each night.

Home security is more important than ever. So, even if you don’t have much to invest into it, it’s worth doing so. You can’t put a price on your family’s safety and wellbeing, so you can consider anything that you buy in this pursuit to be worthwhile.

Hopefully, this will give you some good ideas to secure your home. It’s worth doing research for yourself, though. This is a complex area, and the types of break in that occur are different from place to place. So, to stay ahead, you need to know what criminals are doing.

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Escape The Worry Of Home Security This Christmas With These Top Tips

Escape The Worry Of Home Security This Christmas With These Top Tips

Home security is obviously something we should be clued up on and aware of all year round. But the festive season just seems to be the time of year when a burglary is at it’s highest. Perhaps this is because many people are absent from their homes more often, visiting people for the holiday season. Or maybe it’s the increase of potentially high priced items being stored ready to be gifted on Christmas day. Whatever the reason, it’s important to ensure we give our homes a health check when it comes to security. Which is why I thought I would share with you the top tips for escaping the worry of home security this festive season.

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Checking your locks on your doors

Our locks on our home are the one thing we don’t change too often. Unless, of course, we are forced to. But old locks can break, and they can also be manipulated by people trying to enter your home without permission. Sometimes it’s worth updating and investing in new lock systems like rekey locks to keep your home secure. After all, it’s the main way our homes are kept locked. Why wouldn’t we check them more often?

Install an alarm system

An alarm system is a noise and visual deterrent. Often just having one of these on the exterior of your property is enough to deter anyone to even try and enter your home. But again, just like our locks an alarm system needs upgrading over the years. So it might be worth considering what is out there on the market. Often these more up to date systems can use video surveillance to add an extra security method.

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Keep your home lit

As the nights are getting darker, it can become very obvious when your home is vacant. At this time of year, you may be out and about quite a lot visiting family and friends. A great tip is to use timers to ensure that lights come on when it gets darker. It works for lamps and even Christmas tree lights.

Don’t put things on show

Another great tip is to ensure that you don’t have things on display. Having flashy gifts and technology on show is just screaming for someone to try and enter your home and steal it.

Consider more modern approaches

These days alarm systems, video surveillances, and even doorbells can all be linked to your smartphone. Allowing you to always be in control of your home. Ensuring that you have the maximum security. There are plenty of options out there to suit all budgets just by doing some research online.

Keep things off social media

Finally, it’s worth remembering to keep your privacy settings high on your social media profiles. We all have a tendency to overshare, at this time of year especially. From recording when you are not at home to broadcasting your latest purchases. Keeping things private on social media stops unwanted eyes knowing your business.

I hope these tips help you keep your home secure at this wonderful time of the year.

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