Your home, and the belongings inside and outside, are your most costly investment. There are many ways you can secure a home. Most importantly, you want to do all that you can to protect your home and keep your family safe. Learning how to burglar-proof your home is something that you should not put off. There are many affordable home security systems, as well as do-it-yourself hacks to burglar-proof your home on a budget. If you can afford to invest more, the smart home security devices and systems might be an option you’ll want to consider.
If you’ve seen the famous Christmas movie Home Alone, you may have learned some handy tips. The key is how to scare off burglars and keep them from entering your home. For the family on a budget, there are plenty of do-it-yourself hacks to burglar-proof your home. From installing hardware to windows and doors to faking the appearance of someone being home when you are away, it pays to understand a criminal’s mind. You can learn what they look for when searching for the next home to burglarize. However, the DIY method is not for just anyone. Following, you’ll find three of the smartest ways to secure a home.
Today’s technology allows us to see what’s going on at home when we are away by checking our smartphones! We can even turn on our lights at home with an app on our phones. If you like the idea of using gadgets but don’t want to break the bank, there are many options for under $100. A few examples include wifi cameras, door and window alarms, and motion sensors.
The Best In Home Security
For those looking for the top line in home security, PCMag has put together a report on the best smart home security systems for 2020. The smart home security systems range in services, including full home surveillance by professionals 24 hours a day. If you want to monitor your home yourself, many options will allow you to monitor your home from your smartphone or tablet.
Upgrade Your Home With Smart Home Technology
Do you recall The Jetsons cartoon from the 60’s and 70’s? It was the first program to be broadcast in color on ABC. The show had you dreaming of the future and all of the technology your home would have. The smart home and smart feature devices are truly a step in that direction. Using your voice to control the home’s temperature, dim the lights, and turn on music to set the ambiance of a lovely evening is an affordable luxury that people crave. Our busy lifestyles have driven us to rely more on technology. Busy moms who are rushing their children off to school to get to work often forget to turn on the dishwasher or turn on the home security system before leaving the house. With smart home technology and devices, they can turn on appliances and the security system from their smartphone from nearly anywhere.
Smart home technology has been trending so much that it has become a bonus for realtors to sell homes with built-in smart home technology. Buyers seek homes with this upgrade not only for the home security features but also for the futuristic conveniences smart homes offer. According to a 2016 Smart Home & Realtors ® report, the most popular smart home features that buyers have listed as “must-haves” include smart locks, lights, and thermostats.
Now, nearly five years later from the time of that study, smart home features have grown beyond doorbell cameras and turning on lights to features for just about every room in the house. Homebuyers want to check security cameras to watch for package deliveries or check on their pets while they are away. They want to make sure their home is secure. Buyers also prefer security cameras that are hard-wired into the home instead of battery-operated. Property managers of luxury condos and apartments are also getting in on this trend to increase the value and attract more interest in buyers and renters.
If you’re considering selling your home anytime in the next couple of years, upgrading your home with smart technology now might be the best way to go with home security options. You can keep your home and family safe while increasing your home’s value at the same time!
Contributing author: Melissa Momcilovich