Increase Your Home’s Value and Desirability With These Top Security Features

Posted by Rhett C Cork on Tuesday, March 22nd, 2022 at 5:10pm.

Home security is becoming increasingly important with each year that passes. Many cities worldwide are experiencing an increase in criminal activity, including break-ins. That’s why it is critical to equip your home with the best residential security products and features. Those who plan to sell their home in the near future should especially consider installing and upgrading various security elements, as this can increase the value and desirability of your property.

For tips on how to make your home as safe and secure as possible, explore these expert recommendations presented by Realtor Rhett C. Cork.

Install an up-to-date home security system with monitoring

An intrusion alarm system should always be the first line of defense. When a criminal attempts to enter your home by breaking a window or through the front or back door, a monitored system will alert the authorities immediately. It will also sound a loud alarm that will alert you and cause the criminal to flee quickly.

Although there are numerous self-install security systems available these days, you should always have your home security installed by a professional. Why? Despite having similar capabilities, self-install systems do not come with 24/7 property monitoring. Having your equipment linked to a reliable security company can save lives in the event of an emergency. On top of break-in detection, professional home security systems can also alert emergency services if your smoke alarm goes off.

Upgrade your system with indoor and outdoor cameras

Camera systems — when used both outside and inside your house — provide a second layer of protection. You can keep an eye on what is going on at all times by monitoring cameras from your smartphone. This is especially helpful if you need to check in on your pets, teenagers, or anything else while away from home.

Security cameras can also be programmed to start recording if a break-in is detected. Having video evidence can help police track down criminals more quickly. Additionally, if there is suspicious activity in your neighborhood, you can capture video to help police resolve the situation and keep your community safe.

Use smart landscaping techniques

Of all of the security improvements that you can make to your home, one of the most valuable is professional landscaping. Not only does landscaping provide high ROI when selling your property, but it can also deter criminals from trying to break into your house.

There are several proven techniques that you can utilize all around the perimeter of your home. First, keep all hedges and plants trimmed and low. Large greenery that obscures doors and windows can help criminals stay hidden and out of view. When there is nothing for them to hide behind, they are less likely to target your home. Additionally, consider planting flowers that have thorns, and using noisy gravel instead of mulch.

Keep your home’s interior and exterior well-lit

In conjunction with landscaping, installing lighting on the exterior of your home is another break-in deterrent. Add lights to your landscaping, and on the sides of doors and your garage. Leaving select lights on in your home — especially when on vacation — can also be a great security measure. While you certainly don’t want to waste electricity, you can turn lights on and off on your smartphone when using smart plugs.

Upon listing your home for purchase, the suggestions listed above will help your property stand out among the rest. Prior to moving, these security recommendations will also keep you and your family safe and sound.

When you’re ready to put your home on the market, you’ll need someone by your side to help you navigate the market. Get in touch with trusted Realtor Rhett C. Cork, who can help you through the process from start to finish. Call 352-219-7942 today.

This information was written by and generously shared with me by Alyssa Strickland.   Thank you so much!

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