Wednesday, October 19, 2016

North Shore Homeowner Home Security Tips to Follow This Fall

Whether you're a new homeowner on Chicago's North Shore or have lived in the same place for decades, home security remains an important issue. Simply forgetting to close the garage door at night or even not changing the locks after you've moved in can put you in a vulnerable state, regardless of where you live.

As your North Shore real estate expert, I've listed five home security tips to follow this fall—and all year long!

Research before you buy
Before you buy a home, research the neighborhood extensively. Know what you're getting into, what the homes are like in the neighborhood, the noise, and everything in between. The more you know about an area, the fewer surprises you will have after you have keys in hand.

Meet the neighbors
New homeowners and long-time homeowners alike should get to know their neighbors! Get involved in neighborhood watch programs, talk with them about local crime and reports of anything out of the ordinary. You can also, if you feel comfortable, ask neighbors to watch over your home if you go out of town or have to leave unexpectedly.

Keep a list of security services
Regardless if you've joined a neighborhood watch, you will want to have a list handy of all local security services. Make a plan of what to do if something suspicious comes up, who to contact and their phone numbers. Post this in a common place where all members of your home can see or find it.

Pay attention to prevention
There are many things you can do to prevent theft in your home. For instance, close all curtains at night, avoid showing any valuables through open windows, do not place packaging of valuables on curb or near trash, lock all doors before you leave the house, close the garage door and be mindful of who has a key to your home.

Consider installing a home security system
You don't have to break the bank to install a security system in your Glencoe, Winnetka, Northbrook, Deerfield and Highland Park home. Shop around for the best system that provides the peace of mind you're looking for— monitoring on your phone while you're away perhaps. You can also install a wireless alarm system yourself without paying for installation. What's more, the home security sign in the front yard is often enough to keep burglars away!

You can count on me to help you find the best home in the Glencoe, Winnetka, Northbrook, Deerfield and Highland Park areas this year. Give me a call today for more information!

Janie Bress
Your North Shore Real Estate Expert

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