Your home should be a safe haven where you and your family can go at the end of a long day. Just the idea of that safety being compromised can be scary, and one incident can leave homeowners shaking. Unfortunately, a lot of safety upgrades can be expensive for the home.
It is important to consider the safety of your home utmost. Here are some safety upgrades that may be worth looking into in order to protect your home.
There is a reason the home insurance in gated neighborhoods is often lower than insurance for those outside. This is because having a gate or a fence can lower the risk of theft or burglary by putting an extra deterrent between your home and possible thieves. Not all fences are created equal, either. A chain link fence is much easier to climb than a plain wooden fence, for example. Consider where you can put a fence and if your city ordinances allow it. IT is generally recommended that you have a fence at the maximum height allowed.
Alarm and Camera System
Even just having a sign outside of your home stating that you have an anti-burglary system can deter possible thieves. Consider having an anti-burglary alarm system installed so that you are notified immediately if someone comes into your home who is not supposed to be there. There are also systems that offer camera notifications for anyone who comes to your door.
Storm doors are common in southern states and for good reason. A storm door can help protect your house on multiple levels, such as providing another locked door against theft and also protecting your primary door and the inside of your home in case of a vicious storm, especially those with high winds.
Weather Resistant Roof
Your home’s roof is one of the most important pieces of the house, as it protects everything beneath it from bad storms, rain, hail and more. Unfortunately, older roofs and damaged roofs can fail you when your home needs them the most. It is important to keep your roof up to date and make an upgrade when possible. Weather resistant roofs can lower the risk of leaks and hail damage.
All of these safety measures can also actually save you money on home insurance by lowering the likelihood that you will file a claim.