Whether you plan to buy your dream home in Maine soon … or have already lived in it blissfully for years … you know that home protection is a CRITICAL step toward safeguarding what likely is your most valuable investment. To help you with this all-important task, we’ve put together the following Home Protection Checklist:
Secure Doors and Windows
The first important step toward home protection is to consistently lock your doors and windows. This is even truer if you plan to be away for any length of time. These days, sensor devices can help you keep track of the status of your entryways, doors, and windows. (As an added bonus, you will help eliminate costly winter heat loss.)
Upgrade Doors and Door Locks
Despite your best efforts at locking doors and windows, this could prove inadequate if you don’t upgrade to high-quality locks. Make sure all exterior doors have a deadbolt, and that all hinges and door frames are strong enough to endure an attempted break-in.
Get a Home Security System
Here’s a chilling fact: Research shows that homes without a home security system are nearly 3 times more likely to be broken into. Avoid that by installing a home security system ASAP. There are plenty that are affordable and easy to install, and the peace of mind they bring you will be invaluable.
Install or Upgrade Outdoor Lighting
A burglar’s best friend can be the darkness, so don’t help them out. Install or upgrade outdoor lighting to illuminate key places around your house. Consider also investing in motion-sensor lights that illuminate your yard when they detect movement. To add even greater security, consider enhancing your upgraded outdoor lighting with outdoor security cameras.
Secure Your Garage
Some folks put thoughtful time into home protection—then all-but-forget the space ATTACHED to their home. Secure your garage by making sure all doors and windows are locked, and by keeping your garage door closed whenever you or family members aren’t out there.
Be Smart About Hiding Your House Key
Hiding an extra house key in an obvious place like under the doormat or a flowerpot can make finding it easy. But that’s not a good thing when it comes to home protection. So get smart and creative regarding that extra house key. Consider entrusting it to a friendly neighbor or placing it in a concealed combination lockbox.
Finally … If You’ll Be Away for Awhile
If you plan to be away from your house for days or longer, you should take extra precautions. First, try to make it look like someone is at your house. Do this by using lights programmed to come on at a specific time of day. Also consider having a neighbor, friend, or family member park his or her car in your driveway. And be sure to have someone regularly collect your mail, as piled-up mail can signal that you’re not at home.