Dan DeMarchis - Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. | Fredericksburg, VA Real Estate

You paid enough for your house and not just for the price of the house. It cost you plenty to cover closing costs, title fees, mortgage insurance, homeowner's insurance and realtor commissions. The last thing that you want to do is to see your belongings stolen.

Home safety may be more than you think

Turning your house into an island, a place that only you can navigate or enter is another thing that you likely don't want. Yet, both external theft and internal actions that make your house unsafe happen. That's because home safety is not organic. A house isn't safe just because you lock the doors. To keep your house safe, you need to be mindful.

An example of mindfulness is locking your second floor windows when you plan on being downstairs for several minutes or longer. Checking that you secured the window in the basement before you head upstairs is another example of mindfulness. Other home safety actions include:

  • Testing your home security alarm similar to how you test your fire alarm. Contact the home security alarm provider about testing. If you installed the home security alarm yourself, follow the product instructions on how to perform a self-test.
  • Closing curtains, blinds and drapes at night to keep passersby from seeing inside your house. From inside your house it may not seem like it, but it's easier to see inside a home when the lights are on and it's dark outside.
  • Driving large, empty product boxes to a garbage bin instead of leaving them at your house's front curb. Sight of these empty boxes advertises to people walking or driving down your street that you have these products inside your home.
  • Keeping your house clear of clutter, so you don't get trapped in the event of an emergency, including a weather storm like a flood, earthquake or tornado.
  • Letting friends and family who you trust know when you're going to be out of town and when you expect to return. Practicing home safety also means that you leave your contact information with these people you trust. It's also beneficial to have at least two contact forms for these people, things like email and telephone.
  • Developing relationships with your neighbors, people who can look out for you and your property while you're away.

You'll feel better after you make your home safer

Home safety requires action on the inside and the exterior of your home. It might go overlooked, but to be safer at home, you need to communicate certain facts to people who you trust. Staying up to date on security tools like house alarms,wireless security cameras and electronic notifications can lead to continual home safety.

Living in a safe house extends beyond locking your doors. It also involves more than you.If performed right, your home will be safe for you and everyone who enters it. You'll also gain another advantage. Your house will offer more physical support and reliability for you and  your guests.