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As a homeowner, you probably make upgrades to your house constantly. Whether you’re replacing a dead light fixture, upgrading flooring or just changing batteries in a smoke detector, you know that a house can feel like a money pit from time to time. One place you can’t afford to skimp though is home safety.
While many of the issues in a home might seem small today, the fact is that they add up over time. If you don’t deal with them now, you might just find that you’ve got thousands of dollars in repair bills you can’t really afford down the road.
Keep reading to learn more about how you can protect your home, your family and your valuable possessions without emptying your bank account. It might seem impossible from time to time, but it really is something every homeowner can do.
Upgrade Your Alarm
Alarm systems work to keep your family protected from intruders, but newer systems do more than just that. Newer systems can also tell you about fire, smoke and other problems like radon gas through updated detectors.
While many of the older alarm systems out cost a ton of money, many today are portable and relatively cost-effective. You can even take them with you if and when you move, so they’re an ideal investment for many people.
Focus on Flooring
Uneven flooring or flooring that’s warped or wobbles when you walk on it can be very dangerous, especially if you have children or pets in your home. After all, small kids are prone to falls and pets have a tendency to get in the way at exactly the wrong time.
Fix uneven or damaged flooring as soon as possible. This isn’t something you want to live with – even for a short period of time.
Update Your Windows
Like an alarm system, your windows have likely been in place for quite a while. If that’s true it could be time for an upgrade if you want them to look their best and keep you safe.
Upgrade your windows to heavier, thicker ones that will save you money through reduced emissions. Double-pane and lo-E windows are your best bet. You’ll also want to upgrade any locking mechanisms you have on your windows to help keep people out of your home.
Windows are still a viable entry point for thieves.