I don’t know about you, but I’m counting down the days to cooler weather. Our summer temperatures here in the greater Houston area seem to be overstaying their welcome. Cool crisp evenings, smells of pumpkin or apple pie, warm coffee, and perfect temps for enjoying the outdoors keep me in anticipation. With all of these wonderful thoughts of fall also brings up another important topic – Protecting the exterior of your home from damage.
One of the most disappointing things I have discovered while showing homes for sale is to see a home in poor condition due to the lack of simple home maintenance tasks. A home can be a great investment if properly maintained. Not performing preventative maintenance tasks is comparable to tossing money to the wind.
In the past several months I know of two families who unfortunately suffered from the burglary of their homes. This prompted some research to discover how I can safeguard my home and share this knowledge with others to deter burglars.
According to the FBI’s crime reporting program, 60.5 % of all burglaries involved forcible entry while 33.2% where without force. The average dollar loss per burglary offence was $2,119 in 2010. One thing you may want to consider is replacement-cost insurance for expensive personal property that would only receive standard coverage under a basic policy. Check with your insurance provider to find out what options are available to you.
Most of these tips to safeguard your home are relatively inexpensive compared to the dollar loss of personal property as mentioned above.
I can’t stress enough the importance of maintaining your home. If you are like me, life happens and there are other things that take precedence over home maintenance. Taking care of your home will save you money. If you don’t catch problems when they are minor, over time the problems turn into costly disasters.