Whether you’re at home sleeping or away on vacation, it’s important to know that your home is secure. A secure home is also much more attractive to potential buyers when it comes time to sell.
Smart lighting, remote locks and wireless cameras can all make your home safer; however, the issue of cyber criminals hacking into smart home systems is a valid concern so homeowners shouldn’t forget about the basics.
Eliminate potential hiding spots by trimming down bushes that are around your windows and doors. Most thieves are opportunists who see an open door or window and decide to take a chance and see what they can make off with.
Next, install strike plates on your doors to help protect the deadbolt from crowbars or kick attacks. Thieves want to get into your home as quickly as possible so if one forceful kick doesn't work, they’ll likely turn and run.
Windows are also popular break in points so install heavy sash or keyed locks. Installing an eyebolt in window corners also prevents the window from being opened from the outside. Glass block windows are an excellent choice as they look attractive, can't be opened and are extremely difficult to break.
Give the impression your home is lived in while you're away on vacation by installing a dusk-to-dawn porch light. Although technology allows you to control blinds and lights right from your smartphone, you'll still need to find someone to rake your leaves as there isn’t an app for that yet!
When it comes to home security, paying attention to the little things can often make a huge difference so take time to "case the joint" and list all the security failures that burglars would appreciate. Potential buyers will prefer a secure home as it's one less thing for them to worry about so you may as well do it sooner than later so that you can enjoy the benefits as well.