Your home is where you are supposed to feel safest and most comfortable. To do this, you need to make sure that you have taken all the possible precautions in all the potential vulnerable entry points of your home.
When it comes to keeping your home safe, there are several things to consider. While we’re not experts in this space, we have tried to share some thoughts we have from addressing this issue when building our own home. You can check out our thoughts below and leave any additional suggestions you may have in the comments section at the end of the article.
The first thing that you should be thinking about is your roof. Now, you might not think that your roof being broken in any way makes your home vulnerable, but if you think about it, your roof provides the most protection to your home.
If there is an issue with this, your home is more open to the elements and ultimately more open to the elements. For this reason that you should be checking your roof regularly for any cracks or leaks.
It might be the case that you don’t feel as though you can get up on your roof, and if this is true for you then we recommend hiring a roofer/joiner to check everything out for you.
If there is any work required – like replacing roof tiles or felt or fixing any damage – you’ll need to address this urgently to avoid a small problem growing into a bigger problem. And any serious damage to your roof can potentially result in huge costs to fix.
Another area that you need to check is your windows. For unwelcome guests to your home, the window can often be the first place they will check or be able to gain access from.
If you know that you have a window that is either broken or in need of replacement for whatever reason, then you need to look up a company that offers replacement windows in your area as soon as you can. You don’t want to be unintentionally inviting strangers into your home by having a damaged window.
It’s also important to ensure you check your windows every night before going to bed and ensuring they are closed. Some windows will have vents and additional safety locks, but always ensure you have your windows securely locked, especially those on the ground floor.
3. Home Security System
If you want to make sure that your home is as safe as possible, then we recommend you get a security system for it. While this might cost you a pretty penny initially, they are going to give you the peace of mind that you need to leave your home and know that it is completely safe.
There are a variety of different systems available, so you’re going to need to go through and look at what is available, and then decide which is going to be the best for you. There is nothing wrong with talking to an expert if you’re finding it hard to decide on a system for your home.
You can get ones that make big blaring noises in an attempt to scare someone off, or you can get one that silently trips an alarm, notifies you and the police so that they can get there without tipping them off. It depends what you are hoping to achieve with your security system as to which is going to be best for you.
4. Keep It Locked
When you are not at home or getting ready for bed at night, everything should be locked. Your windows should be locked. Your doors should be locked.
We know that some people think that they live in such a safe neighbourhood or estate, but it takes no time at all to securely lock your home at night, and you never know what opportunist is lurking about trying to gain access to homes.
Taking a few minutes each night to properly check you have everything locked and secure, can help you avoid any unnecessary worry or expense should the unthinkable happen and an intruder ends up entering your home.
5. The Front Door
It’s important to regularly check your front and back door to ensure they open and close easily and there are no issues with your door handle or any locks. Of course, you can provide an added sense of security by investing in a more contemporary front door like a composite door or aluminium door. These doors will be harder to gain access through and will often come with a multi point locking system which provides added security.
Technology can also help here by adding sensors or digital doorbells at your front door to detect any movement. This can be particularly useful at night if you are in your home and get a notification of any unknown visitors to your home. While in most cases this is likely to be a false alarm and it could merely be a neighbour at your door, it’s still nice to have this peace of mind so that you can act quickly to any unknown visitors to your home.
Got Something To Add?
Hopefully, you have found this article helpful, and now see some of the things that you can do to ensure that your home is safer. We know that the safety of your home is a high priority for most home owners so hopefully these suggestions give you some food for thought.
Let us know if you have any additional tips to share by posting them in the comments section below.
Until next time, stay safe.
Helen, Nial and Lewis