Studies show that summer is the peak season for home break-ins. Why? Because people tend to open the windows and forget to close them when they leave. They forget to lock the front door while working out back in the garden – often leaving purses, wallets, and other valuables out in plain sight. But regardless of the season, you can learn how to boost your home security.
• Kick proof your doors – Most doors, whether solid wood, fiberglass or steel, are resistant to hard blows. The problem is the door jamb area near the lock’s strike plate. You can strengthen these areas on exterior doors by using a one-inch long deadbolt lock and a reinforced metal box strike, which costs about $10. Use three-inch long screws to mount them so they lodge in the framing beyond the door jamb. (And don’t overlook the door that leads into your house from the garage.)
Buying a home is a huge investment for your future and perhaps, one of the biggest decisions that you would make in your life. To ensure that your dream home does not give you nightmares, here are a few things that every home buyer should know before finalizing a deal.
1. What are your needs?
Have a clear idea of what you are looking for. Do you need a home in the suburbs with lots of open space where kids could run around? Or would you prefer living in the heart of the city where you have easy access to malls and restaurants? If you have children, you’ll have to take into consideration the distance they have to travel daily to reach school. And don’t forget to ask yourself whether you are okay with spending three hours on the road every day traveling to and from work.
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