Your home should be your safe haven. It protects you from the wind, rain and snow. It is a place you can retreat when you need to get away from the outside world. It seems so strong, but it actually needs your own protection. These tips can help you protect your house so it can be your fortress for years to come.
1. Use a home security system
A home security system is the first line of defense against thieves, and your package can also help protect your home against fires, floods, and other disasters. Install a home security system if you do not yet have one. If you already have one, take a careful look to be sure you are taking advantage of everything it offers, and to see whether you need an upgrade. Look for the following characteristics in a home security system.
- Offered by a company with a big presence in your area.
- Includes 24/7 monitoring of cameras, smoke detectors, and water pressure to contact you and local police or fire authorities should they be needed.
- Offers remote control, often via apps.
- Offers video cameras, especially if you travel frequently.
2. Make your property unfriendly to intruders
Intruders are most likely to go for the properties that are easiest. If you were an intruder, you would like a dark property with abundant foliage to hide behind as you approached the house. To discourage potential intruders, install bright security lights around your property. Also, cut back the bushes so there is nowhere for intruders to hide.
3. Maintain your home
To keep your home in good shape and able to stay strong for you, perform recommended inspections and necessary maintenance as soon as possible. For example, fix small leaks as soon as you notice them, not only to save water and money in the short term, but to prevent them from developing into more serious leaks and the possibility of water damage. If you notice termite shavings, call in an inspector to see whether you need to take action to get rid of them. Getting rid of termites early can prevent thousands of dollars of damage to structural components of your home, such as wooden floors and walls, as well as to wooden cabinets and furniture.
4. Set up remote monitoring and controls
Set up remote monitoring and control systems so you can keep an eye on your house even when you are away at work or on vacation. When you are away during the winter, for example, you can turn up the thermostat briefly using a smartphone app if you notice that there is a particularly cold spell that threatens to freeze the pipes. If you are at work later than you expect, you can turn on the lights and television remotely so it looks like you are home.
5. Get the proper insurance
No matter how careful you are to protect your home and prevent disasters, accidents and unforeseen incidents happen. Getting the appropriate insurance for your home can protect you against unaffordable costs should something unexpected happen.
When considering insurance packages, think about which ones you are most likely to need. For example, if you live in California, you may want insurance against earthquake damage. If you live in Louisiana, flood protection may be more appropriate. Always read the fine print to be sure you are getting the coverage you think you are getting. You might also find out about bundling your homeowner’s insurance with your car insurance to get discounts on both.