Posts made in February, 2015

3 Steps To Securing A New Home

Moving into a new home can be a very exciting process. There are many things to consider, including the logistics of moving household items, fixing any problems, and getting adjusted to the new space. With everything that goes into moving into a new home, it is easy for homeowners to forget one important thing. That thing is safety. Whether a homeowner is moving into a previously occupied house or a brand new build, certain steps should be taken in order to ensure that the new home is safe and secure. 

Step 1: Hire A Locksmith

Many homeowners only think that they need locksmith services when they are locked out or are dealing with a broken lock. However, even if the locks on a new home seem to be in good condition, it is always a good idea to have a locksmith inspect the home’s locks to make sure they are secure. It is common, even in new homes, to find improperly installed locks. A locksmith can make sure that all of the locks in a new home are installed properly and are in working order. If new locks are required, a locksmith’s services will also be necessary for proper installation. Locksmiths can also re-key locks throughout a home for safety reasons.

Step 2: Secure Windows

One of the most common points of entry for break ins are windows. Securing windows is important for new homeowners. After purchasing a home, homeowners should check windows for broken locks, panes, and anything else that may make it easy for burglars to enter. New locks for windows can also be purchased to make them more secure. It may also be a good idea for homeowners to purchase window treatments that obscure the view of the inside of the home. Keeping valuables out of sight can help deter a robbery.

Step 3: Install A Home Security System

Home security systems may not be right for every homeowner, but there are many advantages. Homes without security systems are 300% more likely to be broken into. Home security systems have been shown to deter burglars since it requires more effort to break into homes with these systems in place. The cost of these systems do dissuade many homeowners from purchasing them. However, in some cases, home insurance companies will provide a discount to homeowners who have these systems installed.

Moving into a new home can be a time consuming task. Often safety is the last thing on the new homeowner’s mind. However, many safety concerns can be solved by calling locksmith services, securing windows, and installing a security system. 

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Choosing The Right Packing Materials To Make Moving Easier

Are you thinking about moving?  You’re not alone.  In fact, each year about 43 million Americans pack their bags and relocate.  If you organize and pack properly, you can save yourself time and prevent stress.  You can pick up these moving materials to make your life a lot easier. 

Clear Plastic Bins

Since you can see what is inside, clear plastic bins are great for storing items that you will need immediately at your new residence.  This includes items like utensils, cookware, paper goods, and chargers.

Wrap it Up

By using old clothing, towels, and newspapers to wrap breakables, you can save money on packing supplies. In addition, socks are the perfect padding for glasses.  If you run out of clothing, you can purchase plastic bubble packing material to help you finish the job.  For extra padding, invest in some biodegradable packing peanuts to put in the empty spaces.  

Put a Sticker On It

You may want to simply throw everything in a box and move on.  However, when you arrive at your new home, you’ll waste a lot of time going through boxes to see what is inside.  An easy fix is to use label stickers on the outside of each box.  Write a category on each label and also what is inside.  Other tips include:

  • Writing down what room the box will be going into so the movers know where to put it.
  • Putting all of the labels on the sides of the boxes so you can still see the sticker when the boxes are stacked.
  • Choosing labels with a “This End Up” arrow.
  • Using a different colored label or tape for each room.

For more information about labeling, visit http://www.northwestlabel.com/ or a similar website.

Secure your Boxes

After packing, it’s frustrating to pick up a box and have the contents fall out of the bottom.  You can avoid this.  When packing, you should place the heaviest items at the bottom of the box.  In addition, to secure the box, you’ll need to use heavy-duty packing tape.  Put one piece of tape down on the middle seam of the box.  Then put tape all the way down both sides, perpendicular to the first strip, so that it forms the letter H.  After packing your box, you can repeat the H pattern on the top.

Before you start packing, you need to take an inventory of how many packing supplies you will need.  After all, you don’t want moving day to come and suddenly be scrambling for more boxes.

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