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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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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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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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Are You Doing Enough To Keep Your Possessions Safe?

Are You Doing Enough To Keep Your Possessions Safe?

In theory, your worldly possessions should be safe at home. However, in practice, this isn’t always the case. Every home can be a target for thieves. If you’re keen to do more to protect your home and everything in it, bear these tips in mind.

Turning your home into an impenetrable fortress

You may not live in a medieval castle, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t turn your home into a fortress. Put yourself in a burglar’s shoes. Would you rather try and take on a home with electric gates and CCTV or a house with windows open and no visible alarms? There are lots of different types of deterrent you can use at home. Examples include:

CCTV

CCTV cameras are bound to put thieves off. Even if they manage to steal what they’re looking for the risk of repercussions is high. CCTV captures footage outside your house, and will show people trying to break in. It can also record people leaving, and give you information about what has been stolen. If you have footage, this can be passed onto the police. The camera recording can be turned into stills, which increase the chances of catching the offenders.

Outdoor lighting

External lighting is a highly effective deterrent. Every time the sensor is activated, the lights will come on, flooding the front or back of the house with light. This can make the job of breaking in much more difficult. If you’re at home, you’ll notice the lights come on. If you’re away, this could alert your neighbors.

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Security doors

The benefit of sliding security doors is that they provide another physical barrier between your home and a thief. It’s more difficult to break through two doors than one. You’ll also cause more of a disturbance if there’s an extra barrier to overcome, and the job will take longer.

Burglar alarm

Burglar alarms are a visual deterrent. If a thief spots an alarm, they’re less likely to target your house. An alarm will also generate interest if it goes off. You may find that the neighbors come out or a local police patrol car stops to see what’s going on. You can get all kinds of alarm systems, including those you can link to your phone.

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A safe

Do you have cash at home? Do you have expensive jewelry or items with sentimental value? If so, keep them in a safe. It’s much harder to steal items from a safe than it is a dressing table or a case under the bed. Combination locks are always a good idea, as it’s incredibly difficult to crack the code.

A dog

Dogs are not just great companions. They’re also excellent security guards. If you have a dog, it’s likely to make noise when somebody approaches the house. Many burglars may also be fearful of dogs, especially large breeds.

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The last thing you want as a homeowner is somebody to break in and steal your possessions. Sadly, these things happen, and burglary is more common that you may think. Hopefully, these tips will help you to turn your home into a fortress and keep thieves at bay.

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Tackle These Jobs Outdoors To Protect Your Home Over Festive Season

Tackle These Jobs Outdoors To Protect Your Home Over Festive Season

The festive season to a burglar means plenty of free loot from houses which aren’t properly protected. Don’t let yourself fall victim, and have the Christmas you have worked so hard for be cruelly snatched away. Unfortunately, break-ins are common over the festive season, and so it’s more important than ever to address your home’s security. Here are some of the things you should be tackling this November ready for the season ahead.

Tidy Your Garden/ Lock Up Your Tool Shed

Unless you’re a hardcore gardener, chances are you’re finished in the garden for the year now. But after you have completed your final odd jobs, be sure that all of your tools are put away correctly, and locked up. There is a whole range of things that burglars would love to get their hands on in your tool shed- not just to steal and sell but to gain access into your home. Things like ladders, hammers, even ropes are all going to make their job so much easier, and so this is one area you should ensure is tackled.

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Replace Company Security Systems With Generic Ones

Hopefully, you already have a burglar alarm fitted. Professional brands such as ADT home security systems are one of the most efficient ways to keep burglars out. But displaying security stickers which show the company you have installed allow burglars to bypass the system. Instead, replace these with generic security stickers instead. Such as ‘this home is alarmed’ or ‘monitored alarm system’ provide a deterrent without giving thieves clues. If you have company stickers on your windows, switch them out.

Add Lighting or Replace Bulbs

Outdoor lighting is an efficient way to put off passing burglars. A house that looks quiet and dark is going to be far more appealing than one that lights up when they walk down the path. A motion light is a good choice, install these by your front and back door, on any outbuildings and down entryways. If you already have lighting fitted, make sure the bulbs are in full working order and that the settings are correct. Once the light is activated, it should stay lit for a number of minutes afterward to prevent people being able to sneak around them.

Cut Back Bushes and Trees

Along with darkness, burglars also appreciate having tall bushes and trees to hide behind. This gives them cover from the street and allows them time to be able to make their break in. Cut back any tall shrubs to below waist height to prevent them from being able to do this.

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Install CCTV

Finally, a good CCTV system is a worthwhile investment. This helps to monitor your home, as well as any vehicles you have on the property. Do your research to work out the best place to mount them, and again putting security stickers warning that CCTV is being used may put off a passing, opportunistic thief.

Have you made sure your home is safe and secure ready for the festive season?

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