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How to Be Safer At Home

How to Be Safer At Home

The home is your castle, and that means that you want to be able to step through the front door every evening after work and relax. The best way to relax? To know you are as safe as possible at home. At work, your employer puts measures in place to keep you safe and keep your job safe, too. Feeling safe at home and actually being safe are not the same thing, and you can never guarantee your safety in your home. However, you can work to make your living space the safest possible place to be. Let’s take a look at how you can be safer in your home.

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Light It Up.

You need to add some exterior lights to your house and brighten your surroundings as the first step to making your home a safer place to be. You may have your license to carry application in, but you have to wait for that for a while. Lights are the alternative! You want to make sure that you light up the area to startle possible thieves, and you want to know that if you have CCTV installed, you can see everything the video catches. Think about your interior lights, too. They need to be up to date and energy efficient so that you are not at risk of fire in the house. It’s a big part of safety, to avoid fire hazards, and your lights need regular checks to ensure that they are not going to burn out.

Add Blinds.

When the night rolls in and the lights are on, you need to consider that people can see right into your home with the lights on and the curtains open. Blinds will block out the light and allow you to keep your valuables hidden away.

Cut The Bushes Back.

Overgrown bushes out the front and back of your home provide excellent cover for those who want to rob your house. Don’t give people the chance to hide away – cut them all back and you can ensure that there are no hiding places for those with negative intentions. There’s nothing to fear of the dark when there are no hiding places for shadows to go!

Make The Right Repairs.

When the house is creaking and groaning, you can bet that there are some issues that need to be fixed. When it’s windy, the house will creak, but you’ll definitely hear the difference between a creak and an actual loose part of the house blowing in the wind. Make the fixes that are necessary and you can keep the house from falling down.

Add a Night Light.

If you add a light in the house in the evening when you’re not home, it gives the illusion that you’re indoors and therefore make your home less of a target. 

Join Neighborhood Watch.

If you have a neighborhood watch group, join in! You can all look after each other and keep an eye on the local area as a whole. This will mean that you are all taking responsibility for the local street together. You can feel better secure when this is the case.

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Security When Moving Home Or Going On Vacation

Security When Moving Home Or Going On Vacation

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In this post, we are going to take a look at home security in two very important situations – when you move to somewhere new and when you go on holiday.

Security before a vacation

Are you going on holiday? If so, you will need to secure your house before you go away. There is nothing worse than getting home from an amazing vacation to discover you have been broken into. With modern security solutions, you can have complete control over your property no matter where you are.

Things to do before going on holiday

It is important to make your house appear occupied while you are away, as more than 80 per cent of burglaries take place when a property is empty. Here are some crucial steps to take:

  • Avoid advertising your holiday on social media.
  • Invest in light switches that turn on and off at various intervals to make it appear like you are still at home.
  • Make sure you have sufficient locks on all doors and windows. Don’t forget your garage door!
  • Ask neighbours that you trust to keep an eye on your home.

Make your home more secure

Now would be a good time to make your property more secure with effective security systems. There is a wide range of home security options available today, including CCTV, door entry control, and intruder alarms. An alarm system cannot only alert the neighbours but it can be connected to your devices too, so you’re alerted. 

Have complete control with SMART security

SMART technology solutions are ideal for home security when on holiday. With SMART technology, you can connect your security systems to your smartphone or tablet. This means you can view CCTV footage on your home while away or double-check that all of the doors are locked. You will immediately be alerted if the system has been breached and you will know exactly what is going on while you are away. So, if you have left the kids in charge of the house, you can make sure there are no wild parties!

Security when moving home

Are you moving to a new home? This is an exciting time in anyone’s life, but it’s important that security is one of your priorities during the process. We know you probably have a million different things to think about, but make sure that changing the locks is one of them. After all, you don’t know who has access to the property! The previous owner may have given keys to everyone from their best friend to their aunty and uncle.  

What does a new homeowner need to do?

There are a number of security checks that new homeowners need to conduct. This includes:

  • Changing the external locks and getting new keys cut.
  • Consider fitting a five-lever deadlock and a night latch to your front door. Most front doors only come with a basic Yale lock in place.
  • Install window locks.
  • Invest in home insurance before moving into your property.

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5 Low-Maintenance Decorating Tips for Frequent Flyers. By Guest Blogger, Aimee L.

By Guest Blogger, Aimee L.

5 Low-Maintenance Decorating Tips for Frequent Flyers

 

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Frequent flyers know the best routes to the airports, the fastest ways to make it through security, and the best luggage for racking up miles. But, frequent flyers may not know exactly how to decorate their homes in a low-maintenance way, so that they can spend more time relaxing at home when they aren’t on the road. If you’re looking for low-maintenance decorating tips so that you can enjoy your home more between trips, you’re going to love our five tips for frequent flyers.

  1. Opt for a No-Fuss Look

Clean lines are a good option for frequent flyers because furniture and accessories or window treatments with skirts and fringe collect dust and pet hair. It’s also helpful to go for a casual and comfortable look. Any furnishings or accessories with extra fabric or expensive fabrics require more cleaning time and more care if there are spills or messes. The less clutter, the less fabric, and the less throw pillows and throw rugs in your home, the less time you have to spend dusting, sweeping, and fluffing, and the more time you have relaxing and enjoying being home.

  1. Avoid Solid Colors

Solid colors show everything, from pet hair, to dust, to scuffs. To hide these blemishes, consider patterns or medium tones for your furniture and bedding. It’s also a good idea to think about your wall and flooring colors, bath towels, and other décor when selecting colors; avoiding black and white is a must for low-maintenance decorating.

  1. Decorate with Low-Maintenance Flowers

It may seem counter-intuitive to decorate with flowers when the goal is to create a low-maintenance space, but choosing low-maintenance flowers gives you a fresh look without extra fuss. Indoor plants also improve the air quality in your home, and it’s nice to come home to greenery after a long trip. And, decorating with low-maintenance flowers adds color, texture, and visual interest to your home in a less-expensive way than pricey accessories.

Some of the best low-maintenance indoor flowers and plants are African violets, aloe vera, snake plants, and peace lilies. If you want to decorate the exterior of your home with low-maintenance flowers, opt for impatiens, liatris, marigolds, peonies, and irises.

  1. Allow for Storage

Storage areas and accessories are a must for low-maintenance decorating, because the less things that are lying around, the easier it is to clean and remain organized. One of the best low-maintenance decorating tips for frequent flyers in terms of storage is to consider the storage potential in every possible place in your home. Think about what needs to be stored and where, and then select pieces that will accommodate those needs.

Choose ottomans that open to reveal storage compartments for blankets, remote controls, and games in the living room. Consider built-ins and window seats for extra storage in every room of the house. Opt for vanities with doors and drawers for bathroom spaces, rather than pedestal sinks. You’ll be surprised how much time you save cleaning when your belongings are organized in storage areas.

  1. Avoid Tile Flooring and Showers

While tile can be beautiful, it definitely will not aid in your low-maintenance decorating efforts. Tile flooring requires a lot of care because it can crack or chip and is difficult to repair. While the tile itself is easy to clean, the grout between the tiles is not. Grout often becomes discolored over time and is very difficult to clean.

Tile in the bathroom is anything but low maintenance, as it attracts mold and mildew. Again, the grout in tile shower stalls is very difficult to clean. Opt for solid materials for tubs and showers because they easily wipe clean and do not require extra cleaning time or effort.

Frequent flyers should be able to relax and enjoy their homes when they aren’t traveling. That’s why it’s important to keep your home as low maintenance as possible. Getting started with our five low-maintenance decorating tips for frequent flyers is a good start.

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Aimee Lyons is a twenty-something free spirit who loves crafting, painting, building, and anything else that lets her exercise her creative muscles. A born do-it-yourself kind of girl, she started DIYDarlin.com to inspire others to embrace their inner creators and tackle projects with confidence. When she isn’t crafting, you might find her vintage shopping or taking her Corgi Champ out exploring in her hometown of Austin, Texas.