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One important factor to consider, when purchasing or selling a home, is how security features can have an impact on real estate value. While not every buyer may prioritize it, there are situations in which home security – or the lack thereof – may be significant. Especially if the buyer wants safety and security systems in place before their move, the presence of such systems — especially if they are up to date — may make it easier to sell your home, or help you get more from the sale.
When would home security systems be a priority?
Buyers who are concerned about theft and burglary, especially if they have been victims of break-ins in the past, may want good home security in their residence from the very start. Luxury buyers in the market for second homes tend to put a high premium on security since they will not be in their residences at all times. Older adults and those who are living with disabilities may feel more secure knowing their home is well equipped with a high-tech security system. Additionally, entrepreneurs who will be running a company out of their homes may want extra security to protect their business assets.
What security measures are available for homeowners today?
Home security has come a long way, thanks to advances in computers, automation, and surveillance technology. And thanks to wireless tech, security systems are easier to install and harder for burglars to deactivate. A good home security system should come with HD surveillance video cameras, spotlights, a video doorbell, and sensors to detect motion, breakage, or any activity with doors and windows. Another feature of a good security system is automation, which allows homeowners not only to detect but to control what goes on in their homes even from elsewhere. Homeowners who wish for additional security measures can invest in a panic pendant, which will allow them to easily contact emergency services. Those with pets or small children may also want to install nanny cameras as well.
What other features factor into home security?
Aside from high-tech systems, there are other elements that make a difference for home security. Simply having adequate lighting around a home can make a difference. Privacy walls and even hedges can help keep a home more secure and keep tempting valuables out of sight. Make sure your locks are all secure and not easily picked and update them routinely, especially if any show signs of breakage. If you need to bring in a locksmith, you can find dependable, well-reviewed pros on Angi.com. Avoid locksmiths who don’t offer a warranty on their work.
If you keep a spare key hidden somewhere outside your home, don’t put it anywhere easy to guess at or find. Adopting a dog can help with home security, but only as a deterrent. Trained guard dogs are usually not appropriate family pets, and you should never put any dog in a situation where they feel trapped, neglected, or in danger.
Consider adding or improving home safety systems, also.
Aside from maintaining home security, you may also wish to add to the safety features of your home, whether you have just moved in or are considering putting it on the market. A good fire and smoke alarm system is a must. Carbon monoxide detectors and flood warning systems can also help you rest more easily in your home, especially if you have children or vulnerable loved ones you are caring for.
How installing security features can help you sell your home.
If you are considering selling your home, adding security and safety measures may increase its sale value. Even for those who are less concerned with protecting their home, having security and safety systems in place can save on homeowners insurance, so this is something you should emphasize when showing your home to appraisers. Before having your home appraised, take before and after photos of these and any other improvements you have made to your home, including aesthetic improvements and touch-ups. Keep your receipts for documentation.
Of course, security systems can always be installed, but many buyers would rather not have to worry about that, on top of the hassle of moving and settling in. So when you update your home’s safety and security, you are both protecting your family and increasing your home value.