We all need to protect our homes from burglars, especially this time of year when many go away on their vacations, so how about a few tips and pointers on how to do so.
Did you know?
A high percentage of burglars enter through the first floor of the home, so insuring exterior doors and windows are secure is important.
Exterior doors should be constructed of a heavy solid material that are not easily broken, and should have good quality deadbolt locks.
Beware of leaving spare keys in what you believe to be hidden areas. Don’t hide keys in obvious places or close to the door, instead leave them with a neighbor you can trust.
Install a peephole, so you can see who’s at your door before you open it
If you absolutely must have a pet door, make sure it’s not located close to a lock and try to have it as small as you can.
What about sliding glass doors? A cheap fix would be to place a wooden pole or handle of a broom, and place it in the door track so it cannot be opened. These doors should also have top and bottom locks.
Windows want to be constructed with strong glass and screening should be a heavy-duty wire.
Burglars don’t want to be seen, so make it as difficult as possible for them by attaching motion sensored lighting all around the house.
What if you’re going to be away?
Try to make it look like someone's home. Timer activated lights, TV or radio are a good idea. Make sure the yard is kept neat while you are away, also try keeping a car in the driveway.
Contact us for more advice on how to protect your home.
We all see the need to be conscious of any potential fire hazard in our home, but what about our garage, especially when its attached to our house?
Garage fires can occur very easily, this is because our garage is where we store most of our flammable liquids ( paint cans, varnish, gasoline cans to name but a few). Its also the place we are most likely to work on the car, motorbike, lawn mower etc. Here are a few tips on preventing your garage from being a potential fire hazard:
It is recommended that you have the garage checked by a Certified Home Inspector, as they can check to see if your walls and doors meet proper standards of fire safety, and also point out any areas that might attention.
Please contact us, your Calgary certified home inspector for more assistance
Dave Graham, Tempest Home Inspection. Calgary Alberta