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Great Tips to Gain More Value When Building Your Home

Posted on April 13, 2018 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (0)


Building your own home gives you the incredible opportunity to customize the space exactly to your specifications from day one. While you understandably want the house to look amazing, it is also essential for it to be fully functional for all of your needs and desires. You can add real value to your home and improve your quality of life when you think about Installing useful technology during the construction process.

Sound System Wiring

Regardless of whether you have a dedicated media room, a man cave or a basic family room, you want the sound system in these gathering places to be amazing. You can install wiring for a quality sound system when the rest of the installation is finished. The smart idea is to incorporate sound system wiring throughout the entire home and even in the garage and on the patio. This can improve your quality of life dramatically and can make your home more valuable when you decide to sell it in the future.

Smart Home Technology

Smart home technology is more than a fad, it is changing lives by adding convenience and function to homes. Some smart home features are decorative or plug-in, in nature. However, others are more permanent. For example, you can connect smart home technology to your automatic blinds, your HVAC system, your light fixtures, your doorbell and more. Your home automation system should include garage door monitoring as well for more comprehensive benefits. Another idea is to connect your home's built-in sound system to the smart home controls.

An Automated Security System

Installing a security system after the construction is completed can cost a fortune, so it makes sense to add a system during the construction process. Choose a smart technology system so that you can arm or disarm the system from any location. Connect this automated system to your flood sensors, fire sensors, smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Think about installing video cameras that you can monitor remotely and even speakers so that you can speak directly to intruders. According to ADT, “monitored home security systems are an efficient way to alert law enforcement and emergency services that you or your home is in need of assistance.”


Through automation, you will benefit from convenient and immediate control over all aspects of home security.

Choosing thoughtful features to add to your home during the construction phase requires careful research and planning. It is much easier to add these thoughtful features to your home before the construction is complete, and these features can add value to your property and convenience to your life in numerous ways. Examine the various features available for these technologies before you finalize your plans.


5 Ways a Security System Can Improve Your Home

Posted on January 22, 2018 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)


Why should you install a home security system? Cost aside, there are many reasons, not least of which is the peace of mind you'll enjoy knowing that your home is as safe and secure as possible. Here are just a few of the benefits you should consider, all of which far outweigh the initial price tag.

1. It protects your valuables

Beginning with the most obvious, it is just a good idea to keep your most valued possessions safe -- and your home should indeed be counted among these, as it is likely the most significant investment you've ever made.

That beautiful necklace your husband bought for your anniversary is something you treasure. A security system will help keep it safe. The big-screen TV, the priceless flatware, and the confidence that comes from being secure are essential reasons to have a security system.

2. It helps keep crime rates low

Home security systems can prevent burglars and other criminals from achieving their ends, which translates into a lower crime rate for the neighborhood at large. This lower crime rate, in turn, makes the area seem more desirable for potential buyers, thereby increasing the value of your home.

Plus, you want your children to be able to play in the yard or at the park in safety. It is about protecting your family as they are what is most important. That security system can provide that sense of security that you are seeking.

3. It lowers your overall costs

Indeed, it costs money to install a security system. But most insurance companies provide lower premiums when a home has additional security, as this means the homeowners are less likely to make a claim. The reason they are less likely to make a claim is the risk that lead to claims is reduced with a security system. The security system protects you from burglars and potential vandalism or violence. It also can warn you of any flooding issues or a possible fire with that smoke detector.

4. It keeps you informed in case of emergency

Essential security devices such as smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are required in any home on the market. But other systems can alert residents to issues that aren't supported by primary insurance, such as water damage. While flood insurance is rarely required unless the home is located in a hazardous zone, flood sensors are for more than just flood detection. If the line breaks on your fridge water dispenser, the sensors will let you know before the water reaches a destructive level.

5. You can keep a closer eye on the kids

A surveillance camera allows you to not only keep an eye on what the kids are up to but also keep tabs on the babysitters. While young ones are likely to complain about an invasion of privacy, parents can rest easy knowing that their offspring are far less likely to engage in dangerous or reckless behavior if they know they're being monitored.

These are compelling reasons to protect your home, but they're only the beginning. Keep your most significant investment safe with the minimal additional cost of a home security system.

Don't stop at a security system when protecting your home.

In addition to having a security system in your home, we highly recomend having a Home Watch company that can respond to emergencies when the alarm is triggered.  Of course, first responders should always be the first people to report to an emergency and make sure the area is safe and secure, but if you are away and a break-in is discovered, they police will expect you to have the ability to secure the broken window, or whatever other actions are required.  Short of getting on a plane yourself, having a Home Watch Professional on retainer will allow the issue to be addressed and corrected quickly.  Keep in mind, first responders only respond to emergencies and a burst pipe in your home may not qualify as an emergency in their book.  Having a Home Watch professional on your side also means helping to mitigate any additional damage that can occur from a minor water leak that can turn into a major repair very quickly.

Don't wait, contact us for your Home Watch needs today!

Sources

https://www.protectyourhome.com/adt-home-security-install-locations/arkansas" target="_blank">Protect Your Home

https://www.landmarkhw.com/resources/home-warranty-education/use-a-home-security-system-to-protect-your-family/10/263" target="_blank">Landmark Home Warranty

https://www.digitaltrends.com/home/sens8-smart-security-system/" target="_blank">Digital Trends

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Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years

Posted on October 10, 2016 at 6:25 AM Comments comments (0)

The National Fire Prevention Association has announced that October 9 - 15, 2016 is Fire Prevention Week.  This year the focus is on educating people about their smoke detectors.  A recent study showed that "only a small percentage of people know how old their smoke alarms are, or how often they need to be replaced."

 

Here is a reminder for you:  

  • Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.
  • Make sure you know how old all the smoke alarms are in your home.
  • To find out how old a smoke alarm is, look at the date of manufacture on the back of the alarm; the alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date.

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To learn more from the NFPA, check out the NFPA Journal

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