Congrats on the purchase of your new home! You might be just out of college, or might be a little later in life just now purchasing your home. Whatever the case, it’s an exciting time. You finally have something that is all your own. No more landlords, no more parents telling you what to do, it’s all you baby! After the dust settles and the papers are signed, you want to make sure that you protect your new home. You’ve worked so hard for this accomplishment, you want to make sure you do everything right from this point forward. Consider the most important safety features of your home, including installing a privacy fence to keep your property safe. Keep reading!
Our Top 5 Tips to Protect Your New Home
#1: Buy a Home Warranty
The first thing any new homeowner should do is buy a home warranty. These can usually be purchased for around $300 for the entire year and you can make monthly payments if you can’t afford the investment all upfront. This will cover all of your major appliances- dishwasher, washer and dryer, oven, hot water heater and any additional coverages you choose to add. Home warranties typically do not cover anything outside- so if your main water line breaks outdoors or your privacy fence needs to be replaced, it typically is not covered under the warranty. The worst thing that could happen is that your hot water heater goes out 2 months into owning your home and you are responsible for the cost of replacing it. A home warranty is an excellent idea, especially for older homes, but newer homes can benefit as well.
#2: Use Proper Lighting
Take a walk around your home and make sure all of your outdoor lights are in good working order. Criminals tend to target homes that are dark, because they can get away with more without the neighbors seeing them. Make sure you have a working front porch light and have it on a timer if you aren’t always home at night. Consider using a motion detector light if you want to add extra security. Set lamps near windows to create the illusion that someone’s home, even if you’re not home. This can deter potential criminals from hopping your privacy fence and can help prevent property damage or theft.
#3: Install a Privacy Fence
This seems like a no brainer, but making sure you have a sturdy privacy fence is a smart thing for any young homeowner to consider. A privacy fence keeps your yard secured and criminals out. If your already have a privacy fence, make sure to walk the perimeter of the fence to check for any loose or rotted boards. You’ll want to replace those so you don’t give a criminal the opportunity to easily access your yard. Many new homes these days are built with a ranch rail fence or split rail fence which can be aesthetically pleasing, but might not give you the privacy you desire. There are ways to make these types of fences safer. By adding weld wire, you don’t only help keep your pets and kids in, but make it a little harder for people to access your yard. Proper lighting for yards that are exposed like this are key in protecting your home.
#4: Don’t Be Afraid of Using Technology to Protect Your New Home
Technology is your friend. Surveillance systems can be installed with affordable technology, it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. You can also utilize a 3rd party security company to give you the peace of mind that your property is protected. Just having the surveillance system visible to potential criminals can be enough to deter them. It’s as much psychological as it is physical. Even installing something as simple as a Ring Doorbell can help you feel connected to your home through a livestream if you are not always at home.
#5: Lock Your House
What’s the point of all of these extra security measures if you don’t lock your house? If you are from a small town or the country, this might be a hard habit to break- but if you are concerned about keeping your house safe, it’s a necessity. Make sure your locks are working properly and use dead bolts for extra security. Even with great lighting and a sturdy privacy fence, if your house is left unlocked for a criminal to access, then those measures don’t matter. Also make sure to lock the door from your garage into your house, for an added safety measure.
You’re going to be successful as a young homeowner if you follow all of these safety measures to protect your home. It’s time to kick back and celebrate that you are now a homeowner! Here at Rocky Mountain Forest Products, we just want to help you in any way we can. Though we may not be able to provide you with high tech security systems, we can offer highly competitive pricing on privacy fencing for your home! Give us a call if you’d like to know more!