Tips for Keeping Your House Safe

Posted on: April 22nd, 2017 by , No Comments

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As a home cash buyer, we often hear horror stories about landlords with vacant properties who had to pay thousands of dollars in additional repairs due to break-ins and theft; in other cases, the owner may not have had a homeowner’s insurance policy to protect their property from mother nature.  Whether it is protection from natural disaster, criminal activity, or accidents, there are steps that can be taken to keep your house safe.

Protection From Natural Disaster

No one’s house is safe from the threat of natural disasters like tornadoes, hurricanes, lightning, and earthquakes. The best thing to do is to have a plan to prepare in case of these situations. Be aware of local weather reports near the location of the home. Have boards or shutters on hand to fit in every home opening to prevent breakage of glass. Also, make periodic inspections of the exterior of the home to attend to loose siding or take note of roof shingles in need of repair. Keep nearby trees in mind for trimming or disease to prevent falling on home. Make sure proper insurance is available and in place in case of damage.

Guard Criminal Activity

The criminal element is a real risk in Indianapolis, which can be proven by checking out this local crime map . There are proven ways to make your house less of a target. The best recommended method is through lighting of possible entries into the home. The most likely areas are basements, garages, windows and front porches. Also, landscaping should be done in such a way that it won’t allow potential burglars to be hidden during attempted break-ins. Also, don’t neglect security measures such as deadbolt locks and reinforcing plates on windows and doors. Active alarm systems seem to deter many home burglaries.

Safe From Accidental Fire

One of the most common ways that accidental damage or injury happens in homes is through fire. It is best to fit appropriate smoke detectors on each floor. In choosing an alarm, a smoke alarm that is operated through the main or with a long life battery is preferred. It is important to have wiring installation checked by a licensed contractor every 5 years to keep the code or immediately when anticipating acquisition of an older property. Accidental fire damage can be isolated with extra precautions.

Rather than leaving a house vacant and worrying about additional damages to your property call us today to find out how we might be able to help you.  You don’t have to worry about making expensive repairs because we buy houses in any condition.