Buying your first home is a significant achievement. It is often the result of a lot of hard work, saving, and sacrifice – so protecting your investment should be a high priority. As a first-time buyer, you may not have a lot of cash left over for home improvements or additional security, so finding cheap and easy ways to secure your property is an important task. How can you improve your home security affordably?
Reinforce doors, windows, and gates
Burglars often target doors and windows to gain entry into a property, so reinforcing these is always a good idea and can be done relatively cheaply. You can invest in new locking mechanisms or add additional door and window restrictors to limit accessibility.
External gates and barriers are also important to limit access to areas surrounding your property, so it may be worth looking to replace locks and hinges available from suppliers like RS. Window and door sensor alarms may add another layer of protection for the ground floor.
Add security lighting
Lighting can help to deter burglars and alert residents if someone is coming close to the house. Installing motion sensor security lighting around your property is an easy way to protect your residence overnight, whether you are home or not.
Place lights near entrances, windows, and in dark alleys if you have any leading to the garden. Test these regularly so they are always working when you need them.
Invest in a video doorbell
The digital age has provided homeowners with affordable and smart home security technology. Products like video doorbells and security cameras are now easily managed through a Wi-Fi connection and can be installed by anyone.
Such systems don’t have to break the bank either, giving you external visibility of your home even when you are out and about.
Use security stickers
If you have security measures installed, or even if you don’t, placing warning stickers in windows or on doors can act as a further deterrent to ward off burglars.
These can alert people to surveillance and alarm systems, reducing the risk of a break-in attempt. You can even warn people about your dog if you have one.
There are effective and free things that you can do to keep your home secure. For example, ensure you lock all doors and windows when leaving the house, and stay alert when at home with windows open.
It’s also important to keep valuable items and keys out of sight, so someone doesn’t take their chances.
Protecting your home is essential to give you peace of mind whilst you are in and out of the property. As a first-time buyer, you may not have extra funds to upgrade your security straight after your purchase, so finding ways to reinforce your protection on a budget is very important.
Consider some of these when you move into your new home and hopefully, your investment will be secure for many years to come.
- About the Author
Alex Grigoryan is a Professional Home Improvement and Lifestyle Writer. He has been in the industry for over 6 years and has been writing for Chique Home Living since 2019. His work has been featured in prestigious blogs such as Spruce Home, Better Homes & Garden, and more.