Securing your safety and the integrity of your home should be the first concern of any homeowner or apartment renter. This is important whether you live in the middle of a big city or in a small town. Securing your home means more than just worrying about petty thieves and vandals, you also have to be concerned with the forces of nature: hurricanes, storms, tornadoes, and the works.

door lock

The first step is simple, invest in a good door, and install a strong lock in that door. The best lock in the world is useless if it’s installed into a 50-dollar piece of painted fiberboard. Get a door that is solid, steel or solid hardwoods work well here and now come in a variety of colors and styles so you don’t need to sacrifice style for security.

Now the lock – most hardware stores will sell an appropriate lock at a reasonable price, and as with doors, many styles and finishes are available. Perhaps the most important thing to remember with a lock, is that it doesn’t do you any good if you don’t lock it. So be sure to lock it every night and every time you leave the house. Try to create a routine when going to sleep and when leaving the house so that lock the door just becomes another task that you do almost automatically.

Florida Garage Door

Garage doors are a common target for burglars. If you have a manual garage door make sure that you lock it when you leave the house, and that the locking bars are in good working order. An electronic (or automatic) garage door system can be extremely convenient, but make sure you change the security code from the default the system arrives with. Also make sure that the code you choose isn’t something easily guessed, like your phone number or street address.
Storms and forces of nature are just as dangerous to your house as any burglar.

Make sure that you have thick double-paned windows and in the event of any damage, contact the professionals for replacement impact windows Englewood Florida. If you live in coastal areas that are frequented by hurricanes consider investing in hurricane shutters (remember that just like locks, these only afford protection if you remember to use them). Be sure to note the location of trees and power lines around your house that might pose a danger during a storm or high wind conditions, and contact a professional tree service if the surrounds appear to pose a risk.