Posted: May 02, 2017
Warmer weather brings that special motivation we all seek year round and often fail to achieve. Suddenly, we are driven to shed that winter skin and partake in spring cleaning and home renovation projects. Since you’re likely to spend lots of sweat and maybe a few tears getting it just right, you should consider how you will help keep your home safe during the big project. What kind of home security equipment do you need to make sure all is safe and sound?
Although your spouse may claim to be a jack of all trades (you might even fancy yourself the one who can tackle any project), you’ll likely find yourself calling in some professionals to finish up any project that needs the expert touch. Depending on the size of the project, this could mean that you have a large crew of new people coming and going all day long for a span of weeks. Or perhaps, you just need that extra bit of help and it’s a half-day job with two specialists.
Either way, having new people in your home or seeing your house torn apart for weeks can make a person a bit edgy. Unless you want to hire a personal security team to keep a watchful eye on your humble abode, you’ll likely feel better taking a few precautions. Plus, you have to worry about protecting your home if your renovation project requires taking your house apart. How can you help keep your family safe if your windows are missing? Take a look at our home security tips.
While evaluating your home security, consider the problems associated with a disreputable company or contractor. You don’t want someone to take advantage of you while working in your home. You can take a few steps to make sure that all of your precious possessions are protected.
Some renovation projects can take a significant amount of time. There may be limitations to when you and your chosen hires are able to cross paths. In dire situations, there may even be health concerns with being in your home if you have mold or issues with hazardous situations. You may need to trust a person or company to be in your house without anyone else present. In this case, make sure you take the time to properly vet the contractor or company.
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Knowing that you are letting a trustworthy company or contractor into your home is the first step toward doing your due diligence. For more ways to ensure you are getting a reputable remodeling professional, check out these 18 tips.
Access codes are a great way to permit entrance to your home. If you have an automated lock on your doors or the best home security equipment that assigns access codes, you can program those devices so that your crew is given an access code only for the allotted time.
With ADT Pulse, you can even assign codes with dates so that codes automatically expire when the job is scheduled to finish. You don’t even have to log in and make changes. They magically (or rather, with the help of smart technology) vanish and your home is secured.
If you haven’t opted for the best home security equipment setup, you can always use a garage door opener app to allow contractors to come and go. If your garage door opener is attached to your home, these apps let you open and close your garage door remotely and see if it has been left open after completion. These have limited functionality, but could be an option if your home security equipment is limited.
One of the major trends in modern home security equipment is cameras. You can easily monitor what is taking place in your home without being there.
With little fuss, you can position indoor cameras to cover the most important areas of your home so that you can act as home monitor when you can’t be there in person. With ADT Pulse, you can even access your web portal or smartphone app to take a quick peek anytime you want.
On top of these best home security equipment tips, you can take a few extra precautions to help protect your home and loved ones.
The other home security concern that needs your attention is making sure that your remodeling project doesn’t give a green light to a would-be home invader after the crew is gone for the day. Exercise these measures to secure your home.
Home invaders are often opportunistic. As much as we may think that a mastermind hatches an evil plan which took months to refine, that is simply not the case (usually). Many burglars live nearby and seize an opportunity for easy theft when they see it.
Leaving ladders, hammers, or other tools lying around makes easy work for an opportunistic invader. These tools can be used to access areas of your otherwise secure home. Hammers can be used to break windows, while ladders provide entry to higher windows. Also, leaving tools scattered around sends the message that your home is in disarray and would make an easy target. Instruct your crew to pick up after themselves and make sure there are no errant items scattered around once your workers have departed.
Depending on how in-depth your home renovation project is, you might be making adjustments or upgrades that make certain points of entry easy targets. If possible, make sure all windows and doors are secure and locked at the end of each day.
Are you replacing doors or windows? If so, try not to keep these points open overnight. Schedule installation to occur as early in the day as possible to avoid any possibility that it may not be complete before night falls.
If you absolutely must leave a window or door space open, completely cover the area with plastic covering and some tough tape. Also, position motion sensors and an indoor camera near the opening giving you eyes on your weak spot. Lighting is also a good deterrent, so feel free to shine some light on the situation. In addition, you may consider staying in an alternate location, if possible.
Home remodeling projects can be a ton of fun. It is exhilarating to watch your home transform into the place you have always wanted it to be. To make sure it stays that way, follow some easy home security tips to help keep your newly remodeled home beautiful and secure.
Want to read more about how home security meets home renovation? Check out Bob Vila’s Guide to Home Security.