7 New Home Upgrades that Could Save Your Life

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Mortgage and Lending with CrossCountry Mortgage, LLC NMLS #3029 NMLS #126036

One of the best things about moving into a new home is personalizing it and really making it yours. From hanging wall art to arranging furniture to finding the perfect spot for your grandmother’s hand crocheted afghan, it’s a real joy to decorate.

But are you forgetting about the big investment you just made? Consider the following important home upgrades that will protect your home and your family.

1. Smoke Alarm

Take an afternoon and upgrade all your new home’s smoke alarms. Smoke alarms save lives and it’s not worth it to assume that just because it’s there it’s working. 

2. Carbon Monoxide Alarm

Do the same upgrade with your carbon monoxide alarm. If your new home doesn’t yet have one, go ahead and pick up the latest model. Even if your home has all electric appliances, it’s worth it to have this added protection.

3. Trim Bushes

It’s lovely to have a home that’s nestled behind evergreens, but you should know that this gives intruders easy cover around the perimeter of your home. Trim bushes so they are no more than four feet high so intruders have nowhere to hide.

4. Outdoor Lighting

Outdoor lighting adds to the curb appeal of your home and also deters intruders. Install solar lighting to highlight attractive areas and motion sensor lighting around windows and doors. 

5. Security System

Consider enrolling in a security alarm system for your new home. Several companies offer this option. These systems come with cameras that you can have in/or around your home. The mere presence of cameras is often enough to ward off unwanted persons. 

6. Fire Extinguishers

Stock every room with a fire extinguisher. Many times people only put these in the kitchen, but a candle or electrical fire can break out anywhere, including the garage. This isn’t technically an upgrade, but this could save your live and your property.

7. Door Alarm

If you have children, consider installing a door alarm on your sliding patio doors. This is especially helpful if you have a backyard swimming pool. A door alarm can be picked up at the local hardware store and installed within minutes if you’re even a little bit handy.

These seven tips will help to ensure that both you and your home are well-protected. After this, you can get back to decorating comforted by the knowledge that you’ve taken care of the important points first.

Another way to protect your family is to be sure that you have the best financing options available by staying in contact with your trusted home mortgage professional.

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Security and safety are both important in one's own home. These days video cameras are useful to document events.

Jun 11, 2019 06:45 AM #1
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Great tips. Also, consider staging personal protection items in the home. "Can you get to it before someone can get to you from the closest entry point?"

Jun 11, 2019 07:16 AM #2
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Brian England
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This reminds me that I should change out my smoke detectors and convert them to ones that also detect carbon monoxide.

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Good morning Joe. This is excellent and could be a handout. That said please increase your font size so it is readable.

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Joe Gonzalez very valuable home upgrade tips could save a life.

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