A Trio of Tips to Protect Your Dream Home

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You worked hard for years, saving up money for a down payment. You looked at countless houses and neighborhoods and spent hours researching the best schools and cities. And now, it’s official — you have just signed the closing papers and have the keys to your new dream home. It has everything you were looking for and more and now it’s time to do everything you can to protect it. The following tips can help you to keep your new home as safe as possible:

house-insurance-419058_1280Keep burglars at bay

Unfortunately, as the FBI notes, burglary is a real concern for homeowners; the latest statistics show that there are over 2,100,000 burglaries every year, about 60 percent of which involved forcible entry. According to Bankrate, the average homeowner has around $2,000 in property loss or damage during a burglary.

Before you move into your new home, spend some time trimming back any overgrown trees and bushes that are covering windows and doors. Instead of keeping your new picture windows wide open, invest in some nice window treatments that will prevent people from peering in and checking out your cool new big screen TV. Also, make sure you install outside lighting that runs on a motion sensor; most burglars prefer homes that are dark so if the lights come on whenever someone is walking by, this will definitely make your dream home less inviting to burglars.

Invest in a good security system

To put your mind at ease, it’s also a good idea to invest in a top quality home security system. As On Element notes, an alarm system helps to keep tabs on your home when you are not there. If the system detects someone trying to break in, it will typically sound a loud alarm that will startle the intruder, while also contacting the police department directly. In addition, the alarm can be armed when you are at home and sound asleep; this will help you to snooze easy, knowing the home security system is watching your home 24/7/365. Because there are so many companies that sell security systems, it’s a good idea to call around or research the companies online to see who is offering the best equipment for the most affordable price. As a major bonus, QuoteWizard notes having a home security system installed can allow you to save money on your home insurance policy; in time, the system might even pay for itself.

Devise a security plan

Being in a new home can throw you off your routine for awhile. In your old home, you probably knew how many outside doors there were and made a point to check them regularly, but in your dream house you might forget to lock a patio or garage door. To prevent mistakes like this from happening, go around your home and familiarize yourself with the exterior doors and all of the windows and make sure you know the different ways a bad guy or gal could get in. Then develop a security plan or routine you do every day without fail. As part of this plan, make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working, and check them routinely to make sure the batteries are good. Also, never leave a spare key outside the home; even if you purchase a fake rock that will hold a key, chances are good the burglars know about these products too and will find it and be able to gain access to your home.

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