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Protect Your Home With These 12 Tips

Posted on: October 21st, 2015 | No Comments

Protect your home with security systems and other tips.It’s important to protect your home not only when you’re out of town, but on a day-to-day basis. People often think that burglaries only happen at night, but many burglaries happen in plain sight while you’re at work or even at home! Protect your home and family with these 12 tips.

  • Close your blinds. Windows give the outside world a sneak peek of what’s inside your house and whether anyone is home. Close your blinds when you’re away to keep burglars from knowing for sure.
  • Trim your bushes. Bushes and other landscaping around the perimeter of the house provide easy hiding spots for perpetrators. Keep bushes neatly trimmed, and get rid of dead foliage altogether.
  • Install motion sensors. Motion sensor lighting is a highly-effective way to protect your home after dark. Lights draw attention, which no burglar will want when trying to enter a home.
  • Turn on the radio. Playing talk radio at a moderate volume while you’re away can protect your home by leading outsiders to believe someone is at home.
  • Turn off your landline phone ringer. A constantly ringing phone is a sign of an empty house. Disable your landline phone ringer!
  • Use device timers. When you head out for an extended trip, protect your home by creating the appearance of activity. Use device timers to turn on lights automatically at certain points throughout the day.
  • Keep recent purchases out of sight. Did you just purchase a new flat screen TV, stereo, or computer? Great, but don’t advertise it to the world! Instead of putting large electronic boxes next to the trash, cut the boxes into pieces small enough to fit inside the trash can. We also recommend keeping these purchases off of social media, as burglars have found ways to use social media as research for houses to hit.
  • Update your locks. Have you recently moved into a new home? It’s important to change the locks to be certain you control the only set of keys. It’s also a smart idea to make sure all exterior doors have deadbolts.
  • Lock your windows. People almost always remember to lock the doors, but often forget about the windows. It doesn’t take much effort to open an unlocked window, and burglars know it.
  • Install a security system. Perhaps the best way to protect your home is with a home security system. In addition to the added security, the security companies will often place signs and stickers around the home to advertise that the home is protected.
  • Have a family member check on the home. Ask a close friend or relative to check on the home when you’re away for an extended period of time. Ask them to empty the mailbox and remove fliers that may be stuck in the door as these are two signs that someone is home.
  • Get a dog. Man’s best friend is also a great home security system. A barking dog draws attention to the home and can also pose a threat to intruders.

Protecting your family and valuables is incredibly important. With these 12 tips, you can protect your home and give yourself peace of mind. Before you move into a new home, the best way to protect your investment is with an inspection from Inspect-It 1st. Our licensed home inspectors will give you an honest assessment of the property so you can understand any issues before you commit.

7 Open House Tips to Increase Appeal

Posted on: October 7th, 2015 | No Comments

Open house tips to boost your home's appeal.Utilizing open house tips can be a game changer when trying to sell your house. If you are trying to sell your house without the help of a realtor, it’s important to keep a few things in mind when marketing your home for sale. With the housing market bouncing back, it’s likely that you’re going to notice more homes in your area popping up for sale. We’ve put together 7 basic open house tips to help your listing stand out from the crowd and gain attention from potential buyers.

Open House Tips:

  • Declutter the home. Before you even consider hosting an open house, it’s important to declutter the home. This tip could be the most important of the 7 open house tips on this list. A cluttered house, no matter how clean, will always appear messy and potentially turn away potential buyers. Get rid of items you no longer need in your home to help rooms feel larger and more open.
  • Depersonalize the environment. When buyers walk through a home, they want to envision their lives in the environment. Removing personal photos and artifacts can increase the appeal in a big way.
  • Use technology. Studies show that the average American spends 11 hours per day using electronic devices. Using social media outlets can have a huge impact on your open house. Set up an event on Facebook and post classified ads on local digital news sites. Post high-quality photos and encourage your network of friends to share your open house info across their networks.
  • Promote with signage. Seems simple, right? Post details regarding your open house on the signs and place them within a mile of the property. Take advantage of high-traffic intersections and local landmarks.  You’d be surprised how much exposure you can get from eye-catching signs. This is one of the most basic, but incredibly important open house tips in the book.
  • Talk with your neighbors. Ask a few of your neighbors to take a walk through your home. Point out the selling features and get them excited about the house. They likely won’t want to move next door, but they will often share the information with their friends and family.
  • Create a neutral atmosphere. Did you paint your daughter’s room bright pink, or put dinosaur wallpaper up for your son? While it may be fitting for some families, the majority of home buyers may not enjoy some of the vibrant choices you made. You can dramatically increase the appeal for a wide range of buyers by choosing a neutral color palate for the home. Keep rooms gender neutral, especially common areas and the master bedroom.
  • Brighten the space. It’s showtime, and people will be arriving at your front door any minute. Perhaps the easiest trick of these open house tips is to simply brighten the interior of the house. Turn on all lights in the home and open the shades. Light helps create a warm and inviting atmosphere while also making a room appear open and large.

In addition to these 7 open house tips, it’s never a bad idea to have your home thoroughly inspected for issues. Fixing small issues that may draw red flags during an open house can be the difference between someone walking away or staying and making an offer. Take the initiative ahead of time to show buyers that you are serious about the sale. Get in touch with a local Inspect-It 1st home inspector for an unbiased, honest property inspection today!

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