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10 Ways to Make Your Home More Secure

How to secure your home

With close to 200,000 house break-ins in 2010, this offence was one of the most common property crimes reported by police, accounting for 15% of all property-related incidents.

Once you go through all the trouble and headache of finding and buying that perfect dream home – you want to enjoy it in peace. Breaking and entering crimes and theft incidents are happening all the time, with close to 200,000 house break-ins in 2010, this offence was one of the most common property crimes reported by police, accounting for 15% of all property-related incidents. In this article I’ll show you 10 top things to consider when make your home more secure and thief-proof.

  1. Get rid of excess shrubbery so you have a better view of the street and your neighbours. The less spots for the thief to hide the better.
  2. Install strong outside lighting with motion sensors and keep few main lights inside and outside on during night. Thieves hate being exposed.
  3. Add bars to your basement windows so nobody can enter through there. Also make sure you take the crank out of your windows if they have it. If you got the twist latch windows – pin two parts of window together. Close the windows, drill holes through the frames where they overlap on each side, then slide in long nails in each hole.
  4. Install a double-cylinder lock that takes keys on both sides. Consider the new safety glass designed for windowed doors. Consider heavy doors with as less openings (dog/cat doors, large mailboxes, etc.) as possible.
  5. Always keep garage doors locked! If you can install a web camera in there. “Recode” your automatic garage-door openers so thieves can’t try to open it using generic factory setting signal code.
  6. Install a solid security system. Make sure you inform yourself with the security company’s reputation and history to make sure you’re dealing with the best.
  7. Be part of the “Neighbourhood Watch” program. Keep an eye on your neighbours’ property, ask them to do the same for you, and call the police if you notice anything suspicious.
  8. Get a dog or at least pretend to have one. It’s a fact – dogs can be excellent watchers and warn you of an intruder.
  9. Hide you money, jewellery and very expensive stuff, either get a safe or put it in a bank vault. Don’t leave it exposed or flash it to everyone. Also lock up your ladders, tools and anything that might help the thief break into your home.
  10. Install a peephole in all solid exterior doors, including the door that connects to the garage so you can always see who’s on the other side.

If you have any great tips or advice on how to make your home more secure, please share it, drop me a line or leave a comment.

 


Lori VanDinther
is a professional Burlington Ontario real estate agent with RE/MAX Garden City
Realty Inc., Brokerage. If you’re thinking of moving into Burlington or selling your existing home – give Lori a call.

How to Research the History of Your House

Home History Research

It pays off to do your Home History Research

Researching the history of your home (or your future home) is important, as it can help you better understand the home maintenance schedule and potential problem areas. You could find out when the house was built, how, when was it modified or new additions created. Has it suffered any disasters like fire, flood, earthquake etc. Or perhaps some infestations. Yikes!

Home history research is also an exciting activity and can provide a great deal of fun to everyone who’s participating (everyone can play a role or tackles a certain area). At the end you compile all your research and thus create a chronological picture of your home.

Here is a shortened 10 step list of what you gotta do:

  1. Visit the local courthouse or historical society
  2. While you’re there, get a copy of the original building permit
  3. Dig up or get a new copy of your property’s abstract.
  4. Look through your city’s newspaper archive.
  5. Pay a visit to your local municipal planning agency
  6. Inspect your house closely
  7. Talk to your neighbours
  8. Track down previous owners to find out what improvements were made
  9. Research the history of your neighbourhood
  10. Consider using a metal detector in your yard

Read more at: http://www.wikihow.com/Research-the-History-of-Your-House

Environmentally Friendly Home Improvement

You may think that looking after the environment is some sort of new fad, however it’s just really using your common sense. Saving energy and reducing the amount of power you use seems like the logical thing to do when you’re trying to make your home nicer and more comfortable. As energy costs rise, we all have even more incentive to become greener in our choices, and the tips we’ll be sharing in this article can help to inspire you in this direction.

The kitchen is the very first place that people want to modify when they wish to remodel their homes. This is also a room that gives you many opportunities to make green choices, from the countertops you use, to your refrigerator and appliances. Making a green choice with worktops is easy because you can get a nice looking kitchen in addition to being environmentally friendly by simply choosing a natural material like stone or clay tiles. Also you should try to find out whether or not your kitchen appliances are up to date with the latest energy efficiency standards. Take a look for the Energy Star logo to see whether or not it’s efficient. Most new ones will have it.

Well, what do you think about that so far? There is a great deal in the body of knowledge surrounding green home improvement projects. A lot of people have found certain other areas are helpful and contribute excellent information. A lot of things can have an effect, and you should widen your scope of knowledge. It is always a good idea to determine what your situations call for, and then go from that point. The rest of our talk will add more to what we have mentioned so far.

Your roof is something to think about when remodeling your home. It would be wise to look into metal roofs when replacing your roof because they are energy efficient. This reflects the heat and prevents it from escaping, which can make a big difference in your heating bills. You could additionally paint your roof with white paint. What this will do is make sure your home stays cool during the summer because the paint will reflect the sunlight. You should certainly check that your roof is properly insulated because if it isn’t you will be wasting a lot of energy and money.

There are some ways of heating your home up efficiently, and this will greatly impact your energy bill. The traditional fireplace certainly looks very good and it’s a good old method of keeping your room warm, however it is in fact one of the most inefficient ways of heating up your house. On the other hand, there are fireplace inserts that can change this in your favor, so if you have a fireplace you should look into this option. Additionally you can try to heat up with a pellet stove. A pellet stove burns corn pellets. This is a much cheaper option when compared with conventional heaters. The most important thing when being energy efficient, regardless of how you heat your home, is your insulation.

When you make up your mind to make greener choices for home improvement, you realize that it’s not so difficult. Things actually become easier for you because you’re less dependent on others and you will be reducing your bills. Sometimes, however, as with insulation or solar panels, you do have to pay an upfront cost to reap these advantages. In the long run you will definitely get your money’s worth from environmentally friendly investments.