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Home Protection 101 – What Do You Need To Guard Against?

Home Protection 101 – What Do You Need To Guard Against?

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I’m sure that like me, you consider your home your personal pride and joy. It’s your own haven where you can relax with your family away from the stresses and worries of the outside world. Plus, more often than not, it is a work-free zone where you can forget about your troubles in the office as soon as you walk through the door. As our homes are so important to us, there’s no wonder that so many of us want to ensure that our property is well protected against any threats that could cost our own security or cause damage that is extremely expensive to repair.

 

Are you happy that your home is well protected? There are a few different things that all homeowners need to put into place to ensure peace of mind when it comes to their property. Read on to find out more.

 

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Burglars And Intruders

 

One of the main things you will need to protect your home against is burglars. If your home isn’t quite as secure as it should be, it could be at an increased risk of being robbed. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways you can improve your home security, including by carrying out the following:

 

  • Add a burglar alarm. First of all, it’s worth adding a burglar alarm to your home if you don’t already have one. Whenever you leave, you can set the alarm. Then if it detects any movement, it will go off. This should then scare the intruders and it might also alert your neighbors who can always wander around the property to make sure everything is ok.
  • Install CCTV cameras. CCTV cameras can act as a deterrent. As soon as a potential burglar spots them, there is no way they will want to risk getting any closer to your property or else they’ll face being caught in the act. If someone does break in, then at least you can take the CCTV footage to the police to use as evidence.
  • Remove valuables from sight. Of course, if a burglar can’t spot anything of any value in your home, there is a lot less chance of them trying to break in in the first place. So, make sure that anything expensive and valuable is hidden from sight. It’s also worth closing your curtains when you leave your home so that no one can peek through the window and see large electrical items, such as your TV or washing machine.

 

 

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Pests And Vermin

 

Robberies aren’t the only thing that you need to protect your home from. In fact, there are some other kinds of intruders that you might need to guard your home against. I’m talking about pests and vermin. After all, you don’t want to come downstairs one morning and find a family of rats or ants have moved into your home, do you?! To ensure that this never happens, you need to take the following precautions:

 

  • Keep your home clean. One of the best ways to keep the pests at bay is to ensure that your home is always as clean as possible. If your home isn’t quite as clean as it should be, there could be crumbs all over that attract pests and vermin inside. So, make be sure to clean up regularly and remove any possible food sources.
  • Fix any leaks. Similarly, you need to remove any sources of water that pests and vermin might be drinking. To do this, you simply need to make sure all of your kitchen and bathroom pipes are tight and that there are no leakages at all. Water could drip from these and gather in small puddles, which makes it easier for pests to survive.
  • Take out your garbage regularly. Did you know that your garbage is a great food source for pests? It’s true! And that’s especially the case in the summer. All of the food and leftovers in the garbage will start to decompose quicker and the pungent smell could attract a lot of mice, rats, and bugs. So, be sure to take your garbage out as often as you can.
  • Find a local pest exterminator. It’s always a good idea to know the name and contact details of a local pest exterminator who can help you in the event that you do ever find some pesky pests in your home. This is especially important if you ever find any dangerous animals in your home as some exterminators now offer pest control snakes now as well.

 

 

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Weather Damage

 

Unfortunately, we aren’t able to control the weather and so your home could be at risk from suffering some very dangerous weather damage. This is especially the case during a bad storm when the wind and rain will be beating the property. Thankfully, there is plenty that can be done to protect your home from this kind of damage.

 

  • Maintain Roof Shingles. Keeping an eye on your property’s roof is very important as this will give you the chance to spot any broken or missing shingles. It’s crucial that you fix and replace these as soon as you can. If you don’t, then they will probably end up falling off during a bad storm, and that will increase the chance of your roof leaking.
  • Trim Back Trees. If you have any trees in your garden that are quite close to the main property, it’s necessary to trim these back. That way, there is no risk of the branches causing any damage to the windows of your house during high winds. Don’t worry if you don’t want to trim the branches yourself, you could always hire a professional gardener to take care of this for you.
  • Keep Gutters Cleaned Out. When was the last time you cleaned out your gutters? If you can’t remember, it’s probably time to do it right now. Unclean gutters are prone to blockages. Those blockages won’t allow rainwater to flow through and down the drain. This will result in water running down the wall of your home which could cause significant water damage to the property.

So, now you know what to protect your home against!

 

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Here’s Why Quality Home Insurance Is Now More Important Than Ever

Here’s Why Quality Home Insurance Is Now More Important Than Ever

The basic idea behind insurance is that you can get your money back if you happen to experience a loss. You agree to pay a small fee and this covers you if you happen to experience a fire, a robbery or anything else of the sort. For example, let’s say you own your own property but you don’t have insurance. As long as you keep up with your property tax, you own that house and you can use it for as long as you’d like. If a storm hits and your property gets flooded however, it is completely on you to pay for those damages and at the time, you may not be able to afford it. The house that you now own is worth much less with the damages, but all of this could have been avoided if you had insurance.

Do you Need Insurance?

If you don’t have insurance however and you want to find out if you actually need it, then you need to look at the many different factors that are involved. Companies like TrustedChoice.com can really help you with this. For example, if your home gets broken into, you will be covered, but most of the time you won’t be covered if your home is flooded or even if you get hit by an earthquake. This is actually a separate policy that you need to take out but it is well worth having. Another thing that you need to think about is the covering value of the property.

 

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What’s Not Covered

Businesses that are operated from home are not covered, usually. This doesn’t include your home study, but it does include customers who come to your house to visit your workshop, for example. If you want to have this insured then you may need to take out a separate policy. If you don’t and something happens to your house then you may not be covered. As a homeowner, it should be your first priority to protect your home and insurance policies are a great way for you to do this, but only if you have the right policies in place.

What Happens if You’re Not Insured

If you’re not insured and something happens then you could risk paying out thousands in expenses.  You may find that you have to cover all of the repairs yourself and if damage is caused to the property underneath you or even next to you as a result then you may need to cover this as well and this can really cause you to go into debt and in some instances even bankruptcy. You will want to avoid this at all times as not only does it cause you extra stress, it causes extra stress for your family.

 

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When choosing your home insurance policy, it helps to have one that covers your home from flood, fire and theft. If you want to go that extra mile, consider investing in a policy that covers earthquakes and other natural disasters as this can make all of the difference when it comes to the general cost of repairing your home should something happen.

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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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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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Safe (And Sound) Methods To Protect Your Home

Safe (And Sound) Methods To Protect Your Home

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Safety is not the sexiest of topics to talk about that it is an essential thing when you are looking to keep your family and your possessions safe. It takes 7 seconds for a thief to decide if your house is worth breaking into. And professional thieves know exactly what they looking for when they break into a home. So protect your home using simple yet effective methods, including the following:

The Doors And Windows

Your doors and windows are the easiest points of entry for a thief, so make them as secure as you can possibly make them. Make sure you fit secure locks, such as deadlocks, on your doors and use a security chain, which makes entry more difficult. Windows and doors should always be locked every time you leave the house, even if you are going out briefly and will return in a few minutes. Even in the summer make sure the windows are closed.  Sliding glass doors can be made secure with either a metal bar or a wooden dowel placed in the tracking of the door. In addition to that, all windows on the ground floor should be locked. If you have single pane glass, it might be worth thinking about upgrading to UPVC which is harder to break through.

Doors also can have access to keys. Make sure that you remove keys from locks and place them away from windows and doors as well as away from letterboxes as thieves can use mailboxes to fish keys out.

Household Items

For protection over your valuables, it is recommended that you write an inventory of your belongings that are of value. And make sure you place important documents in a safe place. If you can afford to purchase a home safe or security box, then it is worth investing in. You can purchase home safes online, such as a first alert home safe.

Also when it comes to household items that are of value, making sure you have contents insurance is a great preventative measure. If you need to claim on your insurance after a burglary the insurance company will replace your items like for like.

Give The Impression That You Are At Home, Even When You’re Not!

An excellent way to deter thieves is to give the impression that there are people at home. A way to do this simply is to light up your home.  It great cost effective measure to prevent thieves.  However if you are concerned about the electricity bill, you can set the lights to come on using a timer switch.

When you go on vacation, make sure that you are taking extra care. Make sure that your letterbox is not overfilled as this is a sure giveaway that nobody is at home. Ask a neighbor or a trusted friend to check on the house every couple of days for peace of mind. Another way to improve the security in your home, and to give your home an upgrade is to invest in an alarm system. This is probably the most effective measure. It shows thieves that your property is being constantly watched and that there is someone available if your alarm goes off.

Other Methods You May Not Have Thought Of

Do you have a pet? If not you may want to consider getting a dog. Police say that thieves tend to avoid houses where there are dogs because of the noise a dog can make, they also want to avoid getting attacked! But you don’t need to get a big German Shepherd, a small, loud dog will be enough to deter any thieves. Another approach is to get motion sensor lights which would come on if somebody entered the darkness such as a burglar. The great thing about motion sensor lights is that they are very sensitive and don’t need maintaining. Other handy deterrents include signs such as “beware of the dog” or signs that made outside is aware of your alarm system. But beware,  if you take the trouble to have so many signs scattered around your property it may make burglars wonder what it is you are protecting. A surprising deterrent is a neat and well-trimmed garden, and this is because it is more difficult for burglars to hide in bushes, shrubs or corners. Finally not forgetting having a handy neighborhood watch scheme is a great deterrent and is beneficial for the whole neighborhood.

Overall there are many ways to keep your home safe from prospective robberies. These are a few methods that you can put into practice so you can sleep safe and sound at night.

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