When renovating, you are probably thinking about the big ‘must have’ items. Granite for your kitchen countertops, the best wood for your floors, or the double sized flat screen TV for your upgraded mantle. Right? While all of that is important to your happiness, you should also think about other renovating additions, like safety features and even green renovations that will improve the quality of your life.
Sure, the flooring that is waterproof is fantastic for kids and pets, but what if you didn’t have a front door that latched? Obviously, this is a dramatic example of why safety features are important, but think about it for a minute. Your home is where you live, where your children play, and where you let your guard down while you are sleeping. Ensuring that your home is a safe place for all of that should be top priority. Thankfully, there are easy additions you can add to make your home a safe place to live!
A security system is a great way to add peace of mind to your home. By adding one to your house, you will be protected when you are sleeping, when you are in the backyard, and even when you are not home at all. Safe Wise says the eight benefits of having a security system installed in your home are because it protects valuables, deters crime, allows remote access to your home, lowers homeowners insurance, notifies you of fire or gas problem, helps keep tabs on kids, improves electricity management, and makes room for peace of mind. In addition to all of those amazing benefits, it helps the re-sale of your home because a lot of families prefer to purchase a home with a security system that is already installed compared to buying a home without a security system previously installed - It takes away a lot of the leg work.
Upgraded landscaping is not only for curb appeal. Yes, upgrading your landscaping is a fantastic way to update the look of your home and also bump up the value of resale, but it can also have a huge safety value, as well. If you have tons of big bushes, it can be easy for burglars to hide around the exterior of your home. When they are able to hide, they feel more comfortable with being on or around your property, leading to a greater risk of break ins. Make sure you make them feel uncomfortable being on your property. Sure, you can have some shrubbery around your home, but do not have enough to fully hide a person, or multiple people.
Lighting can also deter break ins, but you have to be smart about it. NPR says that most break in activity goes on during the day, which surprises a lot of people. Exterior lights, that illuminate your home are always so helpful. Just like with the landscaping - you don’t want to make them feel comfortable. If there are no lights on the home, or no lights that activate with motion, the burglars will most likely feel better about breaking into that home. But, instead of just having exterior lights, make sure you are focusing on interior, as well. There are many timers that you can purchase to make it look like you are home, when you are not.
You probably have not thought of window films for an added safety feature before, but listen up! Adding window films to your already installed windows helps strengthen the safety and security of your home from the inside out. Adding them adds an extra layer of protection while preserving the appearance of your home and windows with 3M™ Safety & Security Window Films. They make windows harder to penetrate. In fact, they can help deter intruders for up to 2 minutes, so it helps deter break ins. In addition, if someone does break your window, the window films will help hold glass fragments together after impact, reducing potential injuries from flying glass. If you are ready to take your safety to another level by adding Window Films, I would definitely check out UHS Window Tinting and Blinds. They are fully licensed and insured for the protection of both themselves and you. Serving Metro Atlanta areas like Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Cumming, Duluth, Suwanee, Buford, Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Buckhead, Woodstock, Marietta, Kennesaw, Acworth, Vinings, Smyrna, and more, Co-Owners, Matt Erbrick and Robin Staveley are dedicated to offering the highest-quality craftsmanship out there, so you know that you are in good hands.
Air ducts are not the safety feature you are thinking about. Instead of protecting your home against burglars, cleaning your air ducts can prevent some pretty serious health conditions. Although there are no hard facts stating that cleaning air ducts improves health conditions, it just makes sense that it would. If your ducts are filled with black mold, isn’t it common sense that removing that mold and cleaning out your air ducts would make your air safer to breathe? I highly recommend having your air ducts at least checked to make sure you do not have rodents, mold, or built up dust or debris in your ducts.