Improving the Safety and Security Around Your Home
Home improvement and home security really aren’t all that different. In a not-too broad sense, both fields are geared toward improving the quality of living in your home and there are lots of little things you can do to not only improve your home but make it safer, as well.
Outside Your Home
There are plenty of outdoor projects you can embark upon outside and around the home including:
Good exterior lights can be purchased at any of the major hardware stores around the country. They are both affordable and rather easy to install yourself. Some even come with motion-detecting sensors that can shine a light whenever something or someone wanders into range.
As for the lawn, it’s always fun to experiment with paths and flagstones. A lot of homeowners have gravel paths that they use to tastefully section off the lawn and create a pleasing contrast between the stones and the green grass. Gravel paths also serve a practical purpose in that the distinct sound of the stones crunching can give you an early warning sign when someone’s approaching.
Tending to the bushes is another important home improvement project that, unfortunately, a lot of homeowners don’t always keep up with. It’s imperative that if you have any bushes taller than you – especially flanking the doorway – you keep them trimmed and manageable.
In the Inside
Inside the home, there are plenty of projects you might want to consider, as well. Things like:
- Replacing Locks
- Putting Up Shades
- Switching Out the Front Door
Just like the exterior lights, you can find good, sturdy locks and door knobs at the hardware store. These are easy enough to install yourself and it’s a good thing to do if you’ve recently moved into a new home or the current locks are at least five years old.
Adding shades, blinds or curtains is also something you should look into. I’ll leave it up to you to decide on the color and style. Just remember, when installing, to measure twice – maybe even a third time. You want these things to be level and if you’re off by too much, it will be apparent when the shades don’t lower properly.
As for the door, that’s up to you and how confident you are in its integrity. Believe it or not, a lot of home invasions occur through the front door and anyone skilled and dedicated enough can make short work of an old, brittle, wooden door. Slab doors are cheap and easy enough to put in yourself.
And if these projects don’t give you the peace of mind you deserve as a responsible homeowner, there are plenty of home security services, such as http://www.besthomesecurity.com out there that might be able to help.