By Lana Bingham
On Halloween night the streets are haunted by goblins, ghosts and witches as they scour your neighborhood in search of Kit Kat Bars and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. While outside may be crawling with creepy creatures, there is a lot that can be done to feel safe inside the walls of your home. A custom home is built to offer protection and comfort, making it easier to avoid homeowner horrors.
No Need To Cause Alarm - One of the most important safety features for new homes in Tampa Bay is an effective alarm system. As new home builders in Tampa we pre-wire our custom homes to allow for uncomplicated alarm system set-up. New technology and home automation allows home owners to stay more connected than ever before. According to Jeff Duncan of Theater Doctor, “Brands have recognized that we want to control our homes easily and efficiently… 2012 is the year of the connected home, so be ready for the future.” He had the opportunity to visit the CEDIA Expo in Indianapolis and learned a great deal about new trends in home automation. Voice activation and name recognition capabilities now allow us to further protect our homes and control who can be allowed in when we are not there.
Enforce All Entrances. In our custom homes, we use hurricane impact windows which are made of thicker glass, making them harder to break. These windows protect your home from threatening storms, as well as unwanted intruders. Don’t forget about your sliding glass doors, we use contacts on all windows and exterior doors as a further safety precaution.
Tighten Your Locks. Schlage has safety covered with their variety of door security solutions. They recommend a deadbolt lock for every exterior door, as well as the garage entry. Rather than hiding your house key under a welcome mat or potted plant, a keypad lock is a safer alternative for your front door. Their Nexia Home Intelligence Series allows you to use your smartphone to control your locking mechanisms from a remote location.
Take a Tip From Smokey. The fire prevention bear takes fire safety very serious, and as a home builder Tampa we do too. Our custom homes are fitted with combined smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. It is important that these detectors are located near every bedroom in the home. However it is the homeowner’s responsibility to test these on a yearly basis and swap out the old batteries.
Handle Hidden Horrors. Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it’s not there. No I’m not talking about ghosts, but there are a few unseen homeowner horrors that you need to be aware of. Mold and termites have been known to plague homes in Florida and it is important to have your home undergo proper prevention techniques. New home builders Tampa Florida use a mold prevention treatment which is sprayed on the entire home’s frame and block to kill existing mold and prevent any future growth. To ward off termites, we treat the soil beneath the concrete slab, as well as spray a termite treatment throughout the first floor’s frame.
Let There Be Light. It is important to keep the areas around your windows and doors well lit with motion sensors. Leaving your interior lights on the entire time you are away would eat up a lot of electricity, instead set them on a timer to come on every so often to create the illusion that someone is home. Lights may also be controlled through smart phone home automation.
Boosting home security is beneficial for you and your family and as a custom home builder Tampa we do our best to build safe and efficient homes for our customers. If interested in keeping your home safe, James Bond style, read our past blog to see some innovative SpyCessories. Visit our website to learn more about the safety features available for our custom homes, or contact us.
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