Posted in Home Improvement, Security How would you rate the overall safety of your current home?
And what kind of safety features would you look for if you’re looking to replace your current home? These aren’t the kinds of questions that most of us ever really think about much, but they’re incredibly important nonetheless. Basic safety features like security systems, fire escapes, and even updating your heating and cooling systems can go a long way towards creating a safer home environment. Not only that, but these kinds of updates can also seriously up the overall resale value of your home.
The good news for homeowners is that many home safety enhancements are both surprisingly affordable and easy to install. Better still, a lot of the big insurance companies offer discounts to homeowners who make them, and many municipalities offer tax breaks once they’re installed. If you’ve been considering home safety enhancements, here’s a few of the big ones you’ll want to consider.
Home Security Systems
One of the first home safety enhancements most homeowners consider is installing a burglar alarm/home security system. These systems can be about as simple, or as complicated, as you want them to be. The biggest factor here is (surprise) how much money you’re willing to spend on the system.
If you’re just looking for something simple, you might find that many of the big alarm installation companies are more than willing to provide the basic equipment and installation at no charge. What they’ll want in return, however, is a multi-year contract that includes some pretty stiff penalties for early withdrawal.
We’d also advise homeowners to do a little bit of research on the company that’s actually going to be doing the installation of the alarm. Most of the name brand alarm companies you’ve seen on television contract out their services to a string of sub-contractors. While most of these outfits are pretty reliable, there’s no shortage of them that could only be described as fly-by-night.
When most of us think of fire escapes, we picture a set of metal stairs and ladders on the side of a big city apartment building. The truth, however, is that most modern fire escapes actually move from the basement on up.
In fact, nearly every newly built home in the United States, at least the ones that have basements, includes what is known as basement egress. That’s a fancy construction term for window wells and basement windows that are big enough to escape from in case there’s a fire. These builds usually include a pop-out window and ladders to help children climb out in case of emergency.
Finally, Safety improvements are an investment that does double-duty for cash-conscious homeowners. On the one hand, these types of projects offer some pretty serious piece of mind. You know you’ll sleep soundly knowing that your children are safe in their basement rooms.
On the other hand, safety enhancements, especially those that enhance basement egress, can be real value adds when it’s time to put it on the market.