Five New and Improved Ways to Protect Your Home

While most people know that the best way to keep your family and home safe is to install an alarm system, new innovations in home security have made older alarm packages nearly obsolete. Because of this, it is important to know about all the must-have features for today’s home security systems before you start looking to buy and/or upgrade your current home’s security features. This includes easy, do-it-yourself additions, as well as more complex systems that may require the assistance of a professional.home security

Security Feature #1: Video Surveillance Systems

While video surveillance systems have been in use for years, new advances have made them far more reliable and useful. You will be able to tap into your home’s video system from your laptop, phone or tablet, making it easy to monitor the interior and exterior of your home on the go.

Security Feature #2: Doorbell Cameras

Many newer doorbells are equipped with cameras or video surveillance. For example, one popular model will send a photo to your phone every time someone steps onto your front porch. This will let you know who is there before you even open the door. This can be useful for security purposes, but also for more mundane purposes. For example, if you know that your visitor is just the delivery man dropping off a package, you will not need to rush to open the door.

Security Feature #3: Door Chimes

Many security systems will allow you to set a door chime to go off every time a door is opened or closed. This is useful because it is active at all times — not just when the alarm system is armed. Having a door chime will let you know anytime an exterior door is opened in your home. This chime can alert you to any number of things — from unwelcome intruders to wayward children wandering out of the house.

Security Feature #4: Bluetooth Deadbolts 

Many newer door locks are Bluetooth-enabled. This makes getting in a snap — if you have your phone on you, simply tap the deadbolt and it will unlock due to the close proximity of your phone. This is more secure than a traditional lock that can easily be picked. You will also be able to remotely monitor your door using your smartphone. This way, you can double-check that the door is locked when you are at work or out running errands.

Security Feature #5: Floodlights

Having a motion-activated floodlight in your yard can help alert you to any nighttime activity outside your home. The threat of being detected can frequently scare away would-be intruders, so the floodlights alone are often enough to protect your home from a break-in.

Consider adding one or all of these features. They can provide you with both convenience and peace of mind.

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Millennial Inspired Amenities

Every generation takes a fresh look at home design and decoration. Now think about what you might want to do to keep your house looking up to date, whether it’s for your own comfort and enjoyment or because you may want to make it more appealing to millennial buyers someday.Millennial Inspired Amenities

Here are some home amenities millennials can’t live without…

  1. A walk-in closet — This bedroom feature is something millennials look for in houses and apartments, so embrace the age of excessive online shopping and expand your master bedroom to include a larger closet, or fashion one out of your home’s spare room.
  2. A balcony or rooftop deck — These can be a lot of fun, and millennials look for them when buying a place. Consider ways to create comfortable living areas throughout your home’s outdoor spaces for your own family and to help buyers envision how they’ll spend time outside with their family and friends.
  3. A high-speed internet connection — The ability to get online fast is a key amenity millennials require in their living spaces, so make sure your place is outfitted with the latest plug-ins and gadgets to show young people they’ll be connected.
  4. A convenient washer and dryer — Don’t put your washer and dryer just where you have room — think strategically. Should you have stackables next to the downstairs bathroom? Maybe there’s a room right off the basement. Give some thought to where they’d be convenient and yet not distract from your home design.
  5. A private gym — Millennials like to work out! Consider carving out a space in your basement or garage to create a comfortable and well-ventilated workout room. If you can, set up a TV so there’s something to watch while you’re on the treadmill.
  6. An open space — A backyard or courtyard is an outdoor feature that millennials really enjoy, so cultivate and maintain the landscape surrounding your home. Think about sprucing up your plantings and adding a patio with coordinating furniture.

These home amenities millennials can’t live without are excellent ideas not only for your own enjoyment but also for tailoring your house to a larger audience of potential buyers if you’re considering putting it on the market in the foreseeable future. You can offer exactly what millennials are looking, and your single-family home will probably sell in no time. Once you integrate these amenities into your living spaces, and you’ll meanwhile have the pleasure of knowing you’re living in an up-to-date home!

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Tips For Keeping Your Patio Furniture Looking Its Best!

Whether you lounge in handcrafted teak Adirondack chairs or pull up your favorite metal frame seat to your vintage glass-top table, patio furniture requires some necessary maintenance. Keeping Your Patio Furniture Looking Its Best!

Here are seven tips for maintaining your patio furniture
and keeping it looking its best!

1. Cover patio furniture when you’re not using it. Sun, wind and rain will eventually take their toll on fabrics, paint and stain. Using a custom cover or all-purpose tarp will help extend the life of your furnishings.

2. Clean it periodically to prevent dirt and debris from dulling the finish. Regardless of the material, the finish will eventually lose its sheen if left unattended. Besides that, you don’t want pollen pants after sitting down on an unkempt chair in the springtime.
For that initial cleaning at the start of patio season, do not be afraid to rent a power washer. You’ll save time and elbow grease by enlisting the help of a power washer in that scrub session.

3. Mildew is not your friend for many reasons. It’s smelly and unsightly and can cause health problems. It is a survivor, though, and will cling to surfaces like gum on the bottom of your shoe. Mildew does not fare well in the presence of vinegar or baking soda. Both readily available agents will eliminate blight on the surface and the interior of cushions. Plus, you can use it to clean umbrellas or other colorful accessories without the adverse effects of bleach.

4. Keep rust under control by addressing the problem as soon as you notice it. If you’re in a humid climate, your metal patio furniture (or components like nails) is susceptible to rust. The brown, flaky stuff is the result of exposure to oxygen and moisture, unavoidable for outdoor furniture. Grab some WD-40 and a wire brush and scrape off the iron oxide before it spreads.

5. Paint is your friend when it comes to maintaining your patio furniture. If your metal table and chairs need a facelift, grab a few cans of spray paint formulated for outdoor use. Refresh the appearance with minimal monetary investment.

6. Water always wins. Even if the fabric or treatment claims to be waterproof, at some point water will penetrate the coating. If at all possible, move furnishings indoors when the season is over. Inside is also the best place to avoid damage from high winds and hail.

7. Table glass looks best when you can see through it. Prevent scratches, residue buildup and other blemishes by grabbing the rubbing alcohol and newspaper. Pour or spray liberally and wipe down with something you can recycle.

Whether you’re planning to list your home for sale or cleaning for house guests, contact me for more ways to keep your home in tiptop shape.