There’s no more important goal when it comes to home renovation than making sure that the property and therefore your family is safe. It’s sometimes an investment you’ll need to fund, but if you plan out the renovation on time, it doesn’t have to be that hard on your budget.
The key to this type of renovation is that you evaluate your home carefully and try to find out what its weak spots are. This will show you on which areas your safety renovations need to focus on.
Don’t overlook the yard
The yard of your home is often the most overlooked area when it comes to security. It’s a mistake because when a yard is maintained and designed for security purposes, the whole home becomes much safer. The first step is to make sure that there are no bushes, hedges or tall grass in which someone can hide.
After that, the homeowner should make sure that the whole yard (or as much of it as possible) is visible from the home itself. This will alert you about possible dangers and allow you to notify the police on time, if needed.
Making sure your windows are both safe and comfortable may be a bit of a challenge. The windows need to provide enough light and to be well insulated so as not to lose heat. When a home is designed in this fashion, the windows become rather large and therefore, the weak points of your security system.
Installing custom window screens that are made to deal with this problem may be the solution. Using a 16 marine grade mesh and an extra strong aluminum frame will ensure that the home is both safe and well-lit at the same time.
Needless to say, proper lighting is essential for making sure your home is protected. This goes for indoor and outdoor light equally. The goal should always be for the lighting to provide with enough visibility to notice any dangers. That’s why you should pay special attention to pathways, the backyard and any other areas that could be used for hiding such as sheds and garages.
Lighting could also play a role in keeping your home safe when you’re away. If you have smart lights, they could help make the property appear lived in by turning on, when scheduled and thus discourage any intruders.
An alarm system
In the end, you should make sure that you’re taking advantage of the latest technologies when it comes to alarm systems. The goal should be for the alarm not to notify the intruder, since that can lead to a dangerous situation, but to notify the police silently.
For dangerous home intrusion situations, you should also find an alarm system that uses the “dead man’s switch” system. That means that occupants need to press a button when they enter the home and when there’s no danger. If the button isn’t pressed, it signifies that someone has intruded in the property. That’s safer than having to notify the police during a dangerous situation.
There are always ways to make your home safer and to make sure that the authorities are notified if something happens. Sometimes, these are as simple as installing new windows that use more sturdy materials and in other cases, this involves installing a complicated security system.
It’s also important not to overlook the yard because that’s what often happens and the yard could be a place for the intruders to hide. A well-lit home is also a safer one.