There are a lot of reasons to get started on home improvement projects and renovations. Aesthetic appeal is one of the most motivating factors; people just want their homes to look nice. Most people don’t need anything other than the vision of their dream home in perfect condition to motivate them to get started on home improvement projects. For others, they need the promise of something else to get them motivated. Probably the most important reason you should invest in home upgrades, is for safety reasons.
One of the best things about doing outdoor home upgrades, is that they instantly boost curb appeal. Not only that, but they add incredible value to your home, as curb appeal is one of the most valuable things you can add to your home. If safety is your goal, here are a few exterior updates that will not only increase curb appeal, but make your home a safer place for you and your family to live.
Update your door
The front door is the most popular point of entry for burglars. If you have a door with a weak frame, made from flimsy material, not properly weather, or with old locks, you’re making your front door an easy way for intruders to access your home. The ideal front door is made of a material other than wood, as wood is the easiest to break or kick through. Installing jimmy-proof locks, especially for the deadbolt, is a great upgrade if you’re not ready to handle the expense of a brand new door. Most burglars won’t even attempt to pick the lock if they notice a lock they’re not familiar with, so updating your locks is worth the investment.
While we’re talking about doors, your garage is another popular point of entry for home intruders. The easiest way to keep intruders out of your garage, is to keep your garage door shut. If you have a door that leads into the garage from outside, make sure that it has a different lock than your front door does. And always lock interior doors that lead into the garage. You store valuable things in the garage, but the most valuable things lay inside your home. If your garage door is installed properly, you won’t have any problems with burglars being able to break through it or lifting it manually. Like most areas of your home, your garage door needs updated and checked to make sure it’s functioning properly. If your garage door is old, or you have concerns about the safety of your garage door, call a garage door specialist to come take a look and make any necessary repairs.
Intruders aren’t the only thing that you need to keep your home safe from. When we think about home safety, safe from burglars is an important part of home safety, yes. But it’s also important that your home and all of it’s mechanics function properly so your home is safe at all times, inside and out.
Have appliances maintained regularly
One of the most important home upgrades is one that you can’t even see. Making sure that your furnace, water heater, and plumbing are all functioning properly and updated is one of the safest things that you can do for your home.
Install window treatments
Window treatments, such as blinds and curtains, not only make your home look better from the inside, but it also makes your home safer. These sorts of window treatments make it so you can completely obstruct the view into your home from anyone walking by. You’re less likely to experience a break in if potential intruders don’t have the ability to look into your home and see something that they’d like to steal. Having the ability to block the sun is also great to maintain the coloration of things like furniture, carpet, rugs, and even the paint on your walls.
Educate your family about safety
All of these upgrades can make a big impact on the safety of your family. However, in the end the most important thing you can do is open up safety discussions with your family. This will include outlining a plan for emergencies and disasters so that everyone knows where to go and meet up, and which places are safest in the case of different emergencies. This can also include stranger-safety with your children, and role-playing scenarios so that they’ll know how to respond when approached by a stranger, whether it’s online, at their door, or on the street.
For every upgrade that you put in your home to increase safety, ensure that everyone knows its function and purpose.