Protecting Your Home From the Outside-In We all want to feel safe and protected, especially when it comes to our home and family. Protecting your house is no small task, especially when there are multiple options for home tech and security systems. For those not equipped to splurge on a state-of-the-art alarm system or guard dog, there are several things you can do to make you and your family safer from the outside-in. Outside the Home Install Motion Sensor Lighting Outdoor lighting has come a long way, especially motion detection fixtures. Installing motion sensor lighting around major points of entry around your home, or around the entire property, can help deter intruders. Keep Expensive Items Locked Up Barbecues, smokers, outdoor culinary equipment, bicycles and other items are meant to stay outdoors. If your home doesn't have a garage, shed or secure fence, these items are easy targets for theft. Keep your valuables locked up when not in use. Lock Fences, Gates, and Garage Doors Secure your yard and home by ensuring that intruders can't gain access to them. Install a fence latch with a lock or lock the latch with a removable lock. If you have a garage, lock the door when not in use. Even if you have installed a garage door opener, thieves can still find ways to open the door, but securing the door from inside the garage makes it much harder to gain entry. Secure Your Vehicle Many people don't lock their vehicles, especially when parked in a driveway or in front of their home. Even if it's parked on your property, it's still accessible to anyone. Keep your windows up, lock your doors, and refrain from leaving expensive items and important/personal documents in your vehicle. Inside the Home Keep Windows and Doors Locked We all would like to live in a world where we can leave our front doors unlocked without the fear of burglary, but we don't. Even when home, secure the main points of entry to your home -- including windows on the ground floor. Utilize a Safe or Lockbox If you're one of those homeowners that has piles of documents around the house, you can help make your life more secure by storing those important documents in a home safe or lockbox. Not only will they be secure, but many home safes are also water and/or fire resistant, preventing you from losing your vital information should a natural disaster strike. Add Privacy Film to Windows and Doors If you have windows around your front door or your ground-floor bathroom has large windows, adding privacy film can prevent people from seeing inside your home. Privacy film is inexpensive, can be installed in a matter of minutes, and it can help add a designer touch to a plain window. While You're Gone Don't Post to Social Media It can be really tempting to share your travel plans on social media, but if you're going out of town, don't post it on the Internet. If your profile is in any way public (or you have a friend or relative that shares your messages), people you don't know will know you're gone. You can always post your photos after you get home. Install a Timer on Indoor Lights A dark home at night can be a welcome sign to a thief. If you're going out of town, or even if you work during evening hours, create the illusion of being home by putting one or two lights on a timer. Not only will it look like someone is home, you also won't come home to a dark house. Secure Your Garage If you're going out of town, make sure to disengage an automatic garage door opener. Should a thief somehow acquire the remote, the door will not open. Also lock the garage door from the inside for extra security. Tell Your Neighbor One of the best things you can do when you go out of town is to let your neighbor know you'll be gone. They are familiar with the neighborhood; they're right next to your home, and they'll be able to tell if a stranger shows up in the area. There's also the added benefit that they can contact you should anything happen to your home while you're gone. If there's one place you should always feel safe, it's in your own home.
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1217 W Faldo Drive, Oro Valley, AZ 85755 5 Bedroom, 3 Bathrooms, 3 Car Garage, Pool and Spa, 3261SF $395,000 Move-in Ready home in desirable Somerset Canyon community in Rancho Vistoso. This 5 BD/3 BA/3,261 SQ.FT/Loft/3 Car Garage home is ready for a new owner. Inviting floorplan offers formal dining, living space, family room off kitchen, casual dining space, guest bedroom & full bath downstairs. Upstairs offers a large loft, 3 guest bedrooms, bathroom, laundry room & master suite. Kitchen offers plenty of cabinet space, island, NEW Stainless Steel Refrigerator & gas stove & double sinks. Master suite is enormous & offers dual vanities, separate tub/shower & large walk-in closet. Backyard offers mature vegetation, large covered patio, brick pavers & sparkling pool & spa (fenced).
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Oro Valley Homes for Sale - Long Distance House Hunting
House hunting can be stressful for many buyers, but long-distance house hunting can be overwhelming, especially if you're searching in a city or area you've never lived in. If you need to find a home in a different city or are looking to move cross country, the following suggestions can make the process as stress free as possible. Find An Experienced Relocation Agent One of the most important things you can do when trying to find a home in another city is to find the right agent. Many agents can help you find a home, but you want to find someone experienced in relocation. He or she will need to be willing to look at properties for you, be able to send you pictures, videos, and even do live tours via cellphone, tablet or drone, as well as be available if/when you get to visit the area. You also need to find someone who will find properties that fit your tastes, not just match a specific number of bedrooms or bathrooms. Since you won't be there in person, you want to make sure whomever you pick to represent you on your home search knows everything you want and need in a property, all the way down to the overall feel and mood of the home. Research the Area When you live in an area for some time, it's easy to take for granted the things you love about your community. When planning to move a different city, remember to do your research to find those similar traits in your new destination. Be open to new opportunities that have not been available in your current area. It can be a positive part of the move. The internet is the first place to go for community information, stores, medical centers, and other important amenities. Check to see how safe the community is and if you have children, also consider the quality of the schools and childcare in the area, like licensed daycares and preschools. You might want to find out what outdoor activities are nearby, such as parks or community gardens. Research is vital when relocating to a new area and can ensure you're comfortable in your new place. Visit Before Moving If you are moving to another city, there's nothing better than visiting in person. You can do as much internet research as possible, but physically visiting the city will give you insights you cannot garner through a website. Take this time to meet with your agent and visit neighborhoods, check out schools, see where the shopping is, and get a feel for local traffic. If you have a specific area or community you're looking at, you can see how walk-friendly the community is, whether there's ample public transportation, or whether you'll need a vehicle to get around. Visiting is a must if you're house hunting long distance. If you have the means, visit more than once to get a true understanding of the area. Before you move, find an experienced agent, spend ample time doing thorough research, and plan a trip to your new destination. All these steps will help make the process a little easier in finding the perfect home in the best location.