Purchasing a home is probably the most expensive investment you’ll make. However, this large purchase is only the first step in a long list of adult responsibilities that can drive you to distraction if you don’t plan and seek expert advice.
Home safety is one way you can protect your investment so it will continue to grow in value, as well as keep you, your family and your belongings safe.
1. Purchase a Security Camera System
When you think of ways to keep your home safe, the most obvious is usually protection from theft and burglary. A good home security camera system will take care of that, and with some of the newer set ups you can monitor your home from your cell phone – even create alerts to notify you when an alarm is triggered.
Plug-and-play cameras can be moved at your will, and footage can be uploaded to the cloud for later viewing.
2. Cultivate a Good Relationship with Your Neighbors
Of course, nothing beats nosy neighbors and if you’re friends with those on either side, you can all help combat theft when someone is away. Purchase automatic timers and have lamps and radios that come on at various times so you can turn them on and off while you’re away from home.
If you already have a security camera system installed in your home, you can also schedule and auto arm/ disarm your system while you’re on the go. You can learn how to use this feature using our alarm scheduling post.
3. Think About Fire Safety
Some other concerns that plague home owners are fire and flood. Apart from ‘acts of god’ that are true accidents in every definition of the word, there are some ways to prevent disasters such as these from cursing you. Basic home protection against fires include fire blankets and appropriate extinguishers for different areas of the home. Many fire stations can assist with training and advice, and can recommend where to purchase products.
Maintaining your lawns will prevent not only potential damage during bushfires, but deter thieves as your home doesn’t look abandoned. Keeping your gutters clean and free from debris can prevent fires during bushfire season as well as flooding during a severe storm.
4. Think About Flood Safety
Floods can be avoided in many cases by keeping pipes and whitegoods in good working order, preventing tree roots from coming close to ground pipes, and only utilizing machines such as washers when you’re home to act quickly if something goes wrong. Prevent pipes from blocking and regularly service your larger water-using devices to further help prevent flooding and flood damage.
5. Home Maintenance Will Keep You Safe
Other ways you can keep your home safe is through careful property maintenance and care. This includes protection from falling trees and tree branches (keep trees trimmed and remove unhealthy trees), wind and storm damage (forewarned is forearmed – bring small, loose items indoors, and secure larger items; if you live in cyclone-prone areas, consider permanent protection of windows and roofs), and termites (regular pest inspections can prevent termite infestation).
Keeping your home safe needn’t be an all-consuming process, and in many cases prevention is better than cure. If you really don’t know where to start, then speak to an expert for advice on what your area is at risk of. You can also browse a number of our blog posts that will give you some useful advice on keeping your home and belongings safe and secure.
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