You own a home and have children and work hard each day to sustain a comfortable lifestyle. However, there are many things that can disrupt your life and cause you harm or a major setback. Thankfully, there are things you can do to protect your home and your family.
Keeping your family and your acquired belongings safe and secure is important to you. The good news is that recent advancements in technology give you access to improved security. In the past, a lock on your doors and windows or a barking dog was enough to scare away a would-be intruder. However, today these safety measures simply are not enough. New high-tech security systems offer much more. They allow you to check on older children and pets when away and monitor deliveries of packages.
Many also include other beneficial features like responding to someone standing at your doorstep, raising or lowering the heat or even closing the garage door you accidentally left open, all while you are somewhere else. In addition to the security system, it’s essential to hold a family meeting and let children know that they are not to open the door to strangers when you are not around.
Make Necessary Repairs
Part of the responsibility of homeownership is maintenance. If you perform regular checks on the roof, plumbing, electric and your heating and cooling system, by a contractor, you can avoid a very costly repair. While homeowners insurance will cover you in the event of an accidental fire or a pipe burst due to a change in the weather, in most cases it will not cover neglect. Overall, performing these annual inspections will cost you less out-of-pocket and preserve your home.
Pests can present a huge problem for homeowners with costly outcomes if left unchecked. For example, carpenter ants and termites generally hide in your walls, eating away at the wood. And, unfortunately, most people don’t take notice until a ceiling collapses and thousands appear.
Rodents such as rats and mice also burrow in your home looking for food and in the process leave behind unsafe droppings, usually inside your kitchen cabinets that can pose a serious health risk to members of your family.
The good news is that you can eliminate any future unwelcome surprises by having your home inspected by a pest control company and then if they find anything that looks suspicious they will offer advice for the best treatment options.
In addition, a good way to keep many of the common pests away is to seal your home from the outside in. Take a walk around the perimeter and see if there are any holes or points of access. You should also remove any vegetation from the home’s foundation at least a distance of a couple of feet. Inside, make sure the basement is dry and that your pipes are in good condition, free of leaks. And, in the kitchen, clean up after meals and contain all food sources in airtight containers.
Staying Safe on the Road
The roadways consist of both good and bad drivers and for this reason, it’s always in your best interest to keep your eyes on the road and practice defensive driving. Every driver you come across on the road, you should pass with caution and always use your signals when changing lanes or making turns onto another roadway. You should also always look both ways even when your light turns green or you have the right-of-way. In addition, technology helps create a safer environment on the roadways. Apps such as Google Map give you the best routes to take to avoid heavy traffic or an accident, and hands-free phones allow you to communicate with others on a long trip or while on the way to the local store without the need for taking your eyes off the road.