Categories Home safety, Home Technology

Seven Ways to Protect Your Home from Theft

We’ve talked time and time again about how home safety is important, because your home is a huge investment after all. However, today we want to turn our attention to another aspect of home safety — protecting it from outsiders and theft.


While many of our tips have gone over how to keep your home safe for your loved ones, now we’ll focus more on how to make your home secure.


Each year 2 million home burglaries are reported in the U.S. Even with the highest percentage coming during summer months, you can still implement these home safety practices year-round.


Protecting Your Home


1. Check Your Doors

Close to half of all home burglaries are through an open window or unlocked door. So naturally the best and easiest first step to take is to check your doors and windows religiously.


Additionally, you should be checking for exterior damage, loose knobs, jiggly handles, missing screws, glass near a deadbolt, etc. All of these aspects could affect the integrity of your doors or windows.



2. Security Lights

Burglars are looking for the easy target — if your home is well-lit chances are it will deter your home from being targeted in the first place.


Installing exterior lighting, motion detector lighting, door lighting, etc. can scare off unwelcomed guests. Consider timers for interior lights or leaving a TV or radio on to simulate presence within the home when you’re away.



3. Secure Patio Doors

If you have sliding glass doors, an easy fix is to throw a large stick in the door track, but that’s not the most attractive option. There are some great auxiliary foot locks, like this one, that are easy to install and use.



4. Alarm Systems

A great investment is a security system. Your home insurance company might even offer discounts for having your house monitored this way.


If you aren’t ready to go for a big home system, you can get inexpensive door and window alarms as your first line of defense. These are especially good ideas for unused corners of the house that are often dark or unoccupied.



5. Maintaining Landscape

Perhaps a lesser-known tip, but if you have shrubbery around entrances and walkways, it’s a good idea to keep them trimmed. These could be potential hiding spots for thieves, so don’t make it easier for them.



6. Put Away Expensive Items

If you have a nice grill, lawnmower, bike, etc. be sure to put them away. If you don’t have a garage, then get a storage shed (with a lock!) and don’t leave items unattended.


Leaving out nice things could attract unwanted attention to your home.



7. Smart Technology

Nowadays there are TONS of smart home tech solutions floating around the market, so take a look at some of the options.


A few popular items include:

  • smart door locks
  • security cameras
  • doorbell cameras
  • digital door locks

Most of these can be controlled remotely and connect to apps on your phone, allowing you 24/7 access to your home.



We hope these tips are helpful and can take away some of the stress of life, allowing you to enjoy your home with your loved ones.


If you want to take extra steps to ensure the structure your home is safe, schedule your home inspection today!


Our trained professionals will make sure there are no hidden dangers lurking in your home.




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Categories Home Maintenance, Home Technology

Three Common Smart Home Technology Issues and Their Solutions

While having a smart home may feel like a thing of the future, it’s actually quite common. And the trend is expected to grow in coming years. Not convinced? Take a look at these facts:

According to SmartHomeUSA, a “smart home” is “a residence that has appliances, lighting, heating, air conditioning, TVs, computers, entertainment audio & video systems, security, and camera systems that are capable of communicating with one another and can be controlled remotely by a time schedule, from any room in the home, as well as remotely from any location in the world by phone or internet.”

Smart homes are possible in new home construction as well as in existing homes that are receiving upgrades. So, whichever category you fall into, you should be aware of some common issues and how to tackle them.

Let your smart home work for you rather than against you by staying on top of these problems:

1. Integrated Technology

When it comes to choosing smart home tech appliances, you have lots of options. But the problem is that many manufacturers don’t want to make their products compatible with products coming from other companies.

This can lead to having multiple apps or controllers just to have all products communicating.


The solution: plan out the functions you want, the hardware you will need, or look for a smart home hub package and voilà!


2. Battery Drains Quickly

What’s the point of having nifty wireless smart devices, if you have to perform a lot of upkeep?

Many smart home products, like door sensors, are low-energy and will only require battery changes once or twice a year.

However, cameras and motion sensors will need lots of energy to get the job done.


The solution: go through the settings and turn off features you never use, since they drain the battery. And be sure your devices are in a good WiFi signal range. If they’re constantly searching for signal, they’ll die more quickly.


3. Poor Internet

Smart home products need reliable two-way communication over the Internet (meaning fast download and upload speeds).

The most common example is a doorbell camera. This is because they need good two-way communication to send messages between the person at the door and the person receiving the message.


The solution: you may need to look into upgrading your Internet or changing providers.


Chances are, if you’re looking at modern homes (or wanting to update your existing property), you’ll run into smart home technology. Whether it’s a safety feature or an energy saving technique, problems can arise. Knowing the common issues and how to solve them can save you a lot of time.


Do you have any smart home technology in your house? What would you add to our list?

What would you like to use? We want to hear from you in the comments!


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