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How to Protect your Home

Thursday, 20th September, 2012 9:30am

How to Protect your Home

One of the most important things in life is to have a safe and secure home. So much time and money goes into finding the perfect house and your home is the safety haven for you and your family. Making sure it is safe from obtruders then is of upmost importance to conserve this feeling of sanctuary.

There are many ways in which to protect your home, let's take a look at a few:

Security first

Locking doors and windows when you go away, or even just when you go out for the day is the first and most obvious way to keep your home secure. However, it is sometimes worth going the extra mile to safeguard your possessions against burglary. It is a good idea to decide on a safe place in your house in which to lock your higher-cost valuables so if anyone was to break in they wouldn't be able to get to them.

This is especially important if you keep anything with important sentimental value. Burglar alarm systems, CCTV cameras and other forms of household protection are all recommended to maximise the protection around your home. You can often find comprehensive security systems which include all the security features you will need within a single package.

Technological help

There are numerous technological devices ranging in price and complexity that can help put your mind at ease if you are going away and are worrying about your home staying safe. At the simplest, light-level timers can be purchased cheaply from most hardware shops.

These will turn your lights on and off at points throughout the day so it appears that your home is occupied even when it is not. At the other end of the spectrum is the option of installing an alarm system. This does not have to be an expensive one - even just having one of these visible makes its presence a deterrent to potential thieves.

Insure your home

As well as burglaries there are other things that can go wrong regarding your house from fires to broken down washing machines. Purchasing FBD home insurance can help cover the costs of damage caused to your home or belongings in such an event.

Insurance cover can be tailored to your needs, covering not only the structure of the building but also the individual contents; from expensive electronic equipment to wedding presents and family heirlooms. Knowing of all these things are protected whilst you are abroad for weeks, visiting the countryside for the weekend, or just at work for the day means there is one less thing to worry about.

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