Safety is something everyone is concerned with these days, so why not take some time to learn how you can keep your family — and your investment — safe? Thanks to Business Insider, you can get the scoop on how to go about crime-proofing your home.
Whether you're buying a new home, renting out a property, or fixing up an old house to sell, you need to keep your investment safe. Realty Biz News recently published a list of 17 steps you can take to crime-proof your house. And while some of the steps apply more to property managers than to residential homeowners, everyone can learn a thing or two from these tips.
- If you're fixing up a property, then don't leave the tools at the site overnight. Always remove them or store them in a secure location that can't been seen from the street.
- It might seem obvious, but get an alarm. And make sure your alarm comes equipped with an external siren.
- Don't hire just anybody to work on your home. Research prospective contractors, seeking recommendations any time you can.
- If you're selling an already-vacant house, then make it look occupied. A quick but effective trick is to install inexpensive miniblinds on the windows.
- In the same vein, install inexpensive timers on a couple of lamps to give the house of a lived-in appearance.
- If you're selling a property, then don't let mail and trash accumulate in a visible place. That's a dead giveaway that the house is empty.
- Install motion-detector lights around your house. Make sure the lights are trained on anything that could be stolen, such as an air conditioner unit.
Continue reading to find out how to keep your home safe from intruders.
- If you have a fence, which you probably should, then secure the gates with a chain and heavy lock.
- Put cages on your AC units. Cages cost about $200 to $400 dollars and add extra security to a valuable item.
- Put locks on all major systems, such as the circuit breaker or fuse box.
- Copper thefts are on the rise, so try using other materials for your plumbing. Realty Biz News recommends using Pex Tubing.
- If you must have exposed copper wire, then disguise it by painting it black.
- Don't advertise the fact the house is for sale if it's in a high-crime neighborhood. "That's known as an 'invitation' in some neighborhoods," according to Realty Biz News.
- If you're fixing up a rental property, then get to know the neighbors. Let them know you've installed a security system, and make sure the neighbors have your contact information.
- Always keep your crawl spaces locked. If you want to be really cautious, then install a horizontal bar across the opening.
- If you're managing a rental property, then make sure it's completely secure as soon as the tenant moves out.
- It might sound like common sense, but having strong locks on windows and doors can go a long way toward crime prevention.
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