The safety and well-being of your family are of utmost importance. There are many technological upgrades you can make to your home to help make it safer, and boost its value. This is something to keep in mind if you are thinking about putting your home on the market in the next few years.
Here are some simple and relatively affordable safety upgrades you can make to your home.
- Maintain the lawn. Be sure to keep bushes trimmed and neat in appearance. Additionally, clean up and remove piles of dead leaves or limbs, as these could be areas where thieves try to hide themselves. This won’t just make your property safer, but it will also boost the curb appeal of your home.
- Install security systems. Needless to say, if you are thinking about adding modern technologies to your home, one of the first things to do is install a security system. These investments practically pay for themselves over a year or two with savings on homeowners insurance. For many homeowners, their premiums can decrease by nearly 20% after they install a system for security. For individuals who are thinking about putting a “for sale” sign on their homes, this is a great selling point.
- Add lighting. Consider adding walkway lighting, and think about ways you can illuminate the sides and back of your home. This won’t just deter thieves, but it will also add aesthetic appeal to the exterior of your home, another selling point for prospective home buyers.
- Install “smart” technologies. There are “smart” locks, smoke detectors and cameras that can be installed in your family’s home. Most of these devices can be monitored 24/7 from your phone. That means, if you are out of town and want to keep an eye on your property, simply log in to the device’s app on your phone to see exactly what is going on, any time of day. Prospective home buyers may see this as another selling point.