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Tips for Updating Your Home Security Features

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Home is where the heart is! And a part of having a home you love is making sure you feel safe and secure. This is why home security features are more popular than ever among homebuyers or those who just recently purchased a home.

If you just purchased a new home and it's not quite as buttoned-up as you'd like, then it's time to make changes. Our real estate agents know that home security features are both impressive and functional. Consider these security updates.

  • Check Your Window Locks
    People often focus on their doors in terms of security, but a lot of break-ins happen through windows. Window locks can fail and become less functional as windows age. So, especially if your home has older windows, it's a good idea to walk around and check all of the window locks.

    If you find window locks that don't work, you have two options. You can have that window replaced, or you can buy an aftermarket window lock to add. Most hardware stores sell them. Also, make sure everyone in your home knows to lock the windows before they leave home.

  • Install a WiFi Camera
    WiFi cameras, or smart cameras, have come a long way in recent years. You can set one up near your home's main door. You'll get an alert on your phone whenever someone walks within the camera's range. If you look at the video and see someone trying to break in, you can easily contact the police. You'll even have the video footage to help them catch the perpetrator.

    If you have multiple doors, set up a WiFi camera at each door. The apps associated with these systems make it easy to monitor multiple cameras.

  • Install Motion-Activated Lights
    Lights are a really simple deterrent for criminals. If a potential thief is walking up to your home and a light suddenly kicks on, they're likely to be scared off.

    You can purchase motion-activated lights at most hardware stores. If you don't already have wiring to connect them to, consider hiring an electrician to install them. Also, keep in mind that many WiFi security cameras come with a built-in motion-activated light for this purpose.

  • Add a Deadbolt
    Deadbolts have been around for years, but they remain a tried-and-true way to secure your home's doors. You can lock the deadbolt to keep yourself and your family safer when you're home.

    Today, there are even deadbolts you can connect to your smart home monitoring system. With this technology, you can lock and unlock them remotely. This makes it easy to let your kids in the door if they get home before you do or to let a trusted friend or family member into your home while you're away.

  • Adjust Your Door's Position
    Look closely at the way your door sits in its frame. Is there a gap between the door and the sash? Is that gap wide enough for someone to stick an object, such as a credit card, down? If so, you will want to adjust the way your door sits in the frame in order to close that gap.

    Often, you can adjust a door's position simply by tightening or loosening some screws that hold the door on its hinges. If this does not work, consider contacting a door company or handyman service.

With the tips above, your new home will feel like a fortress. If you're still looking for Albany homes for sale or Corvallis homes for sale, feel free to contact us. We'll help you navigate the housing market and find the perfect place for your family.


What You Need to Do Before Relocating to a New State

Relocation Tips

Relocating to a new state is a major life change. The process can be exciting, yet very overwhelming. With so many details and moving parts, we've found that organization and proper planning are the keys to a successful move. Below are some important things to do if you're planning to move here from out of state:

  1. Create a Budget
    The more distance between your old home and new home, the more expensive your move is going to be. Start by making a budget, which can help you get a handle on expenses. You don't want to spend more than you can afford, so it's important to figure this out upfront. Make sure to factor in mover fees, shipping costs, and shipping containers. It can be helpful to add an additional 10 percent to cover any unexpected surprises.
  2. Connect with a Local REALTOR®
    Establishing a good connection with a local real estate agent has major benefits. Nobody knows your future neighborhood better than a REALTOR®, so they can be a great resource for information and recommendations. Our REALTORS® have a large network of contractors, landscapers, financial professionals - anything you need to help make your move as easy as possible.
  3. Find a Reputable Moving Company
    After creating a budget, it's time to find the right moving company. Keep in mind, not all movers do interstate moves. It's important to get quotes from at least three companies to ensure you're getting the best price. If you've never hired a moving company, ask friends and family, for recommendations.
  4. Update Your Address With the Post Office
    About a month before you move, you'll want to be sure to update your address with the USPS so that any bills or important documents are forwarded to your new address. If someone is still living at your new address, you may want to temporarily rent a PO box near your new location.
  5. Contact Utility Companies
    Prior to your move, you'll want to get in touch with current and future utility companies to establish service termination and activation dates. Don't forget to schedule your cable and Internet installation appointment close to your move-in date.
  6. Decide If You're Going to Ship a Vehicle
    If you're moving across the country, you may want to ship your vehicles. The process is similar to choosing a moving company -- establish a budget beforehand and be sure to get quotes from multiple providers. Keep in mind, it typically takes one to two weeks for your vehicle to arrive at your new location.
  7. Develop a Packing Plan
    Putting together a simple packing schedule can keep you organized and even relieve some anxiety before the move. Non-essential items, such as books, movies, and decorative items, should be packed first. Your most essential items should be packed last. A good labeling system will go a long way when it's finally time to unpack.

If you're planning to move to the Albany area from out of state, our real estate agents can help! Contact us for moving tips and all your real estate needs.

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