As a homeowner, home safety and security are likely one of your top priorities. It’s not just because you have a need to keep your family safe; it can also help your home sell.

In our increasingly digital world, it makes sense that all the recent home security innovations are electronic. Security systems are almost necessary nowadays for anyone serious about safety. The following post from Minyanville details why home security systems are so important nowadays:

Home Security Systems Advantages Home Owners Must Know

A number of studies reveal that those homes that are not having security systems installed are more three times more vulnerable to burglar breaks than those that have them. This is because burglars always hunt targets that are easy and unmonitored. Those homes that do not have security systems are high on their list. It is hence essential that every home installs a professional home security system and have the home monitored. This arrangement can be further augmented by displaying yard signs and window stickers that will announce the burglars of the security system installation in the premises cautioning them that the likelihood of being caught is high.


Adding a security system to home can also help make it more attractive to potential buyers, so it’s something you might consider before listing.

It’s not just your home that should be protected. Neighborhood security is as important as having your home safe and secured, especially if you’re living in a new place you’re not familiar with. Next up, Madison Slinker of Trulia lists some crucial advice on improving the safety of your neighbourhood:

How to Make Your Home and Neighborhood Safe and Secure

Time and again, buyers on the hunt for a home rank neighbourhood safety as one of their top priorities. To dig deeper into this sentiment, Trulia teamed up with Kwikset, a leading residential lock manufacturer, to survey more than 800 recent homebuyers about how they think about home security when searching for a new home.

According to our survey results, a whopping 76% of respondents said that neighbourhood security was very or extremely important to them as they looked for a new place to live and six out of 10 respondents felt that they could do more to make sure their home was secure. In fact, 78% of respondents felt it was very or extremely important to replace or rekey their new house’s locks after moving in, and 48% wanted to install a security system. Read more…

As the article states, home buyers find neighbourhood security important, regardless of how safe the house itself is. If you’re looking to list your home in the near future, it’s probably a good idea to factor in security.

Even if you aren’t selling, you might still be leaving your home this summer. Vacations are an integral summer tradition. Whether it’s a camping trip, or a day at the lake, your home will be empty for a while. This is the time that your home is most vulnerable. The following post from Safety presents tips on how to protect your home while you’re away or on a vacation.

10 Ways to Protect Your Home While You’re Away/On Vacation

Here are a few things I always do before leaving my home for an extended period. To me, that’s 24+ hours. What does extended mean to you? What’s the threshold that propels you from your normal locking-up routine to more detailed preparations?

1. Hold Your Mail

A huge pile of mail on the front doorstep, or envelopes pouring out your mail slot is an instant tip-off that no one’s home. If you’ll be gone for more than a few days, go to the post office to place a hold on your mail. Put a hold on your daily paper, too. If you don’t have the time or inclination, ask a trusted neighbour to collect the goods daily. Read full list here…

So, you can take some basic safety precautions as necessary to keep your house and belongings as safe as possible.

All in all, home security is another thing to think about as a potential seller, who is considering listing.

Disclaimer: The A-Team is a team of associates at Walsh Real Estate (2010) Ltd o/a RE/MAX® Fort McMurray, 9919 Biggs Avenue, Fort McMurray, Alberta, T9H 1S2. Each office is independently owned and operated. The licensed associates are Tom Albrecht, Breanna Albrecht, Denise Hildebrand, Aaron Chalmers, Erin Ogren, Heather McCandless, and Rita Sobkowich. Eric Dunham, mortgage specialist with RBC®, is not affiliated. We also recommend Amanda Stuart at TD Bank® and Mariam Fawaz at Mortgages for Less®.

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