If you’re thinking of upgrading your home’s security system, or adding one in the first place, you may be wondering how much value it could actually bring to your home.
It goes without saying that new homeowners, especially those with children, have safety as a high priority on their checklist. And with the rise of smart technology comes a new, tech-savvy generation of parents looking to buy homes with up-to-date security features.
If you’re looking to upgrade to better security technology, consider these tips in order to make the best possible investments.
Consider Installing Smart Home Technology
When it comes to modern home security, automation is everything. We’ve all had that “did I leave the stove on?” or “did I lock the back door?” moment. Whether you’re naturally forgetful or in a hurry, everyone can benefit from an automatic lock system.
There are tons of smartphone technology systems that allow you to control pretty much anything from a remote location. Companies like Vivint, ADT, and SimpliSafe offer smart home security systems that allow you to activate the alarm, lock doors, turn off appliances, and even control your home’s temperature from your phone while you’re not even there. Some apps, like Lockitron, will even unlock your front door automatically as you approach it, using the phone’s Bluetooth.
While these examples are generally pricier than your average alarm system, it’s important to remember that rising homeowners are used to smart technology being incorporated into their everyday lives, and therefore much more likely to invest in a home with smart technology. Younger homeowners and parents are also more likely to have more advanced technology inside their home, increasing the desirability of the home as a potential break-in target, and ultimately making an advanced security system more desirable.
Tip: if you’re in the process of selling your home and have smart technology installed, make sure the potential buyers actually try it out for themselves; the hands-on experience will show them how easy it is to use.
There Are Other Ways To Upgrade The Security Of Your Home
While smart technology is definitely a desirable security feature, there are other, more cost-effective ways to update your home’s security. Security cameras go a long way in attracting potential buyers. Installing cameras at entry points will not only make the homeowner feel safe, but it will also deter potential burglars from breaking in out of fear of being caught.
Consider installing motion sensor lights near the entry points of your home; you won’t waste electricity by keeping outdoor lights on all night to deter intruders, and you’ll know when someone is approaching your home when the light goes on. Similarly, you can install window sensors that alert you when the window has been opened a certain amount.
There Are Even Simpler Ways To Update Your Home’s Security
There are several inexpensive protective measures you can take to upgrade the security and value of your home that are entirely worth the investment. Make sure all doors to the house have deadbolts. Install window shades so that intruders can’t see into the home. Make sure the locks on the windows work and can secure easily. Update wooden doors to steel doors. These measures may seem small and unimportant, but not having these simple features up to date will be noticeable and make your home less attractive to buyers.
Think Beyond Security
While security is extremely important, don’t forget about other threats to the home that can be thwarted using technology. Make sure there is a fire alarm in every room, and make sure there is one carbon monoxide detector per floor. If you live in a region that is prone to natural disasters like hurricanes or tornadoes, make sure you have sufficient, weather resistant doors and windows.
Bottom line: having updated security systems, especially those that utilize smart technology, will likely increase the value of your home. Not only could it increase the monetary value, but updated security will bring a peace of mind to potential homeowners that will ultimately make your home more desirable.
So while it may be an investment, it will upgrade the value of your home and ultimately end up protecting you while you live there, so it’s definitely worth considering.
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