Your home is a place to relax and enjoy spending time with your friends and family. It’s important not to take the safety of your home for granted in case of an emergency. No detail is too small when it comes to home safety. Keep your home and your family safe with these five tips:
1. Install a Security System- Several companies, both local and national, offer different types of home security packages. Installing a security system in your home may also give you a small discount on your homeowner’s insurance. If a security system isn’t in your budget, just sticking a security sign in your yard or even a “Beware of Dog” sign in the window may be enough to deter unwelcome visitors.
2. Change the Locks Upon Move In- As soon as you move into a new home, it’s a good idea to change the locks to all exterior doors. Although the previous owners may have turned in the keys in their possession, you can never be sure who else has a copy. If your home has a keypad for the garage on the outside, be sure to reprogram the code, too.
3. Prevent Break-Ins- Plant thick or thorny bushes and shrubs around your first floor windows to deter broken windows. Install motion detector lights around your home to help alert you to movement outside. Simple adjustments around your home can go a long way to prevent break-ins to your home.
4. Get to Know Your Neighbors- Not only can your neighbors become your new best friends, but they can also help keep an eye out for suspicious activity around your home. Let them know if you’re expecting someone to drop by, or when you’re leaving on vacation. Return the favor by watching out for their home, too. If you don’t already know your neighbors, here are some tips to introduce yourself.
5. Keep Your Home in Top Shape- Regularly inspect your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they’re functioning correctly. Check for water and other damages to the exterior of your home often, especially after severe weather. If your stove or other appliances are in disrepair, replace or repair them as soon as possible to prevent fires.
We hope these tips help you keep your Austin home and family safe. If you’re thinking about buying or selling your home in the Austin area, our agents are ready to help! Contact us today for more information about Austin real estate.