Now, more than ever, it’s easy and affordable to increase both the safety and value of your home.
By implementing the following safety measures, not only will you gain some peace of mind, but the value of your home could increase.
Replace Old Windows. Old windows can be weak points against intruders. Replacing older windows with newer windows that have reinforced locks is an easy project with big potential returns (about 80% of cost).
Upgrade to Steel Doors. Replacing or reinforcing entry doors can help boost your overall home security. Plus, in addition to that added safety, steel entry doors often yield a return on investment that exceeds 100%.
Start a Neighborhood Watch. Areas with less crime are more desirable places to live. Neighborhood Watch programs can help reduce crime, which has a strong correlation to increased property values (by as much as 13%) and reducing insurance rates.
Invest in a home Security System. Not only are homes with alarm systems less likely to be broken into (homes without a security system are 3 times more likely to be broken into), but around 50% of buyers report their desire for a wireless alarm system in their next home.
Deter with Cameras. When placed in ideal exterior locations, cameras can potentially deter would-be intruders who don’t want to get caught on film. Inside, you can monitor your kids and pets for significant peace of mind.
Don't Forget Emergency Detectors and Sensors. Homes that are equipped with smoke
, carbon monoxide, and flood detectors not only bring peace of mind which is worth something to potential buyers, but you could receive up to 10% off your homeowners insurance if you use water or gas sensors.
Protect with Automated Locks. Smart locks eliminate the need for a spare key and ensure the security of your house by letting you remotely monitor and adjust the lock status from anywhere in the world. This is a significant selling tool especially among younger, tech savvy home buyers.
Install Automated Lights. Installing motion-detector lights
can increase security by shedding light on potential threats. These lights can also increase safety for homeowners who leave or arrive at times of low visibility, all while increasing exterior curb appeal. Interior auto-lights can be programmed to turn on at dusk providing the illusion of occupancy even if the home is vacant.
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