Home repair is always challenging, some days you are fixing it as it breaks and can hardly keep up let alone do preventative maintenance, and then you have to decide what preventative tasks are most important. In my last post I discussed safety issues, today we are looking at security issues:
• Electrical outlets: Outlets should be periodically tested to ensure the ground-fault circuits are working.
Addressing security concerns should be another top priority when considering home repairs or upgrade projects. Protecting your home, your family and your possessions often involves investing in your home's indoor and outdoor security.
Some common security-related home repair and upgrade projects include:
• Windows: Repair any loose or faulty window latches, and carefully check the security on lower level windows that could be accessed from the outside.
• Doors: That loose exterior door knob is more than a slight nuisance, it also represents a security risk inviting potential burglars into your home. Promptly fix any finicky doorknobs, deadbolts that won't turn or other door security problems.
• Outdoor lighting: Just as replacing lighting indoors can be a safety measure, making sure your home is adequately lit outdoors adds another layer of security. Exterior security lights, often operating on motion sensors, illuminate the darkness around your home when someone enters the immediate vicinity. Promptly replacing burnt out bulbs in exterior security lights, porch lights, and outdoor walkway lighting helps make your home a less attractive target for would-be thieves.
• Garage doors: Burglars frequently target garages as a weak point by which to gain entry into the homes they rob. Garage doors that aren't closing properly or unreliable automatic garage door systems represent a significant home security disadvantage. Promptly address garage door problems as soon as they crop up to avoid leaving your home vulnerable.
• Security systems: Adding even a basic electronic security system can enhance your piece of mind and provide added security to your home. Alarm systems provide a deterring factor, but they also need to be maintained to work effectively.
Until Next Time,