6 Home Security Gadgets to Protect You and Your Property

What does it take to safeguard your home nowadays? A guard dog? Maybe! A strong fence? It’s worth a shot! An alarm system? Definitely! These and more are all good features to have in and around your home so that it’ll be safe from intruders. But you have to understand that some criminals have become smarter over the years. No one is simply going to break in your house anymore hoping to not get caught. Even the simplest of intruders expect houses to have state-of-the-art home security systems in place. And you should. But which ones are the best to go for?

 

To beat intruders at their own game, you have to be one step ahead of them. These 6 home security gadgets can ensure that whatever happens to your home, you, your family, and your property will remain protected and safe. Criminals will have nearly an impossible time attempting to stay undetected when you have these set up in your home.

 

August Smart Home Access System

 

Protecting your home and property is primarily about who you give access. If people are suddenly on your front door and you don’t know who they are and why they’re there, that’s more or less a sign of danger. Fortunately, the August Smart Home Access System gives you ample opportunity to limit people’s access to your home when you’re not there. This highly advanced home-locking system, complete with security cameras and passcodes, is an interactive gadget that lets you specify the people allowed to go into your home. You can even give specific friends and family their own passcodes, ensuring that only they can go inside your home when you’re not there.

 

Skybell HD WiFi Video Doorbell

 

An intruder isn’t always a stranger to you. Thieves, robbers, and other sorts of criminals looking to invade your privacy cause havoc into your own home might be those you know and you’re just unsuspecting of their true motive. But once you get a hunch that someone in your circle shouldn’t be invited to your home, you can easily block them off with the help of Skybell’s HD WiFi Video Doorbell. Wherever you may be, once a person rings your doorbell, this nifty home security gadget will immediately analyze him/her, video record their presence near your home, and you get the power whether to let him/her in or not.

 

Canary

 

The Canary Home Security System makes use of all the senses—sight, sound, and temperature. Oftentimes, it’s not enough that you see or hear something strange happening in your home. A truly masterminded intruder is probably expert enough in the craft that he/she can hide, stay silent, and remain undetected as he/she invades your privacy. This particular gadget, however, can sense a person’s presence with the temperature. Since most people have their own body heat, it can detect an unseen and unheard presence in the room, possibly one that shouldn’t be there when you’re not home. Additionally, it also has your standard camera and audio-recording features that you can look and hear into wherever you may be.

 

Nest Protect Fire and Carbon Monoxide detector

 

Sometimes, the danger isn’t from an outside force, but rather from the inside. Possibly an incident of your own doing. This particularly relates to house fires, which can be incredibly dangerous but are also avoidable. Nest’s Protect Fire and Carbon Monoxide detector are some of many home security gadgets out there that can help you do that. One of the best parts about this detector is that you can connect it to your phone through an app. One whiff of smoke and you’ll be instantly notified of something wrong. And wherever you may be at the time, you’ll have more time to signal your neighbors and the right authorities to take out the fire.

 

Kuna Light Fixture

 

It can’t be stressed enough that criminals nowadays have gotten a lot smarter. And if you want to protect your home, you have to be smarter than them. A good way to do this is to go for home security gadgets that don’t look like what they are. When your system is camouflaged and doesn’t look like your ordinary security camera, alarm, and so on, it’ll be more difficult for intruders to try to avoid them. One such gadget is the Kuna Light Fixture. What might look like your ordinary porch light is actually a hidden security camera, audio recorder, and even a speaker system that lets you communicate with the person outside.

 

LG Smart Security Solution

 

The LG Smart Security Solution is an all-in-one of sorts. Most, if not all of the safeguarding features that some of the other gadgets contain are also in this sleek and compact security system. It has an HD-security camera that you can easily hide and camouflage, a motion-tracker to detect any presence not caught on camera, an audio recorder to let you listen in on what’s happening in your house when you’re not there, and many more. It’s easy to set up and you can connect it to your phone, allowing you to look over your property and family even when you’re not there to keep them safe yourself.

 

Sometimes, all it takes is a little modern technology to ensure that you, your family and your property are very much secure in your own home. These technologically advanced gadgets are the ones that you should go for the next time you need to upgrade your home security system to something a little more sophisticated.

 

This article was provided to us by our friends at OHMTECH

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Your home inspection list of 8 missteps to avoid

Once your offer has been accepted, the next step is getting through your inspections. As the buyer, you’ll want to make sure you’re prepared & know what to expect — and we’re here to help with that.

We’ve compiled a list of the eight biggest home inspection missteps that cost buyers money. Read them over to make sure you go into this process with your best foot forward:

1. Skipping the inspection entirely

You’ve probably heard that waving your right to inspections is a powerful negotiating tool to getting your offer accepted. While this is true, it’s also a risk. When you skip inspections, you’re essentially agreeing to buy the property, regardless of any damage that may be present. You’re also agreeing to take financial responsibility for the necessary repairs.

In contrast, if you elect to have a home inspection done, you’ll have the opportunity to walk away from the deal, if the damage is too extensive for you to handle.

You’ll need to weigh the pros and cons to decide whether not the extra bargaining power is worth it.

Ask yourself: Is this your dream home? Will you be devastated if it goes to someone else? Are you financially equipped to handle potentially-costly, unexpected repairs? Would you feel more comfortable looking at another home where electing to perform a home inspection is not a deal-breaker?

2. Hiring someone uncertified

As the buyer, you’re responsible for hiring the inspector of your choice. However, that doesn’t mean that you can bring in just anyone. While each state has its own specific requirements, most insist that in order for an inspection to be considered valid, the inspector must be properly licensed, certified, and up-to-date on their educational requirements.

You should look into your state’s specific regulations to make sure that any inspector you hire will make the cut, but in general, it’s a good idea to hire someone certified by one of the three, main associations. They are the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) , the National Association of Home Inspectors (NAHI) and the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI).

3. Neglecting to read reviews first

That said, being properly certified isn’t the only quality that you should look for in a home inspector.

Just as you would with any other contractor, you should do a little research to get a sense of their work history before hiring the person that you feel is the best fit. Reading reviews is a great way to know what you’re getting into.

Ideally, you’ll want to hire someone who has quite a few positive reviews to choose from. In particular keep an eye out for the following: Was the inspector on time? Was he or she easy to work with? Were the buyers able to understand the inspection report without too much difficulty? Were any mistakes discovered after-the-fact?

4. Having unrealistic expectations

The term ‘home inspection’ can be a bit vague, so it’s not all that surprising that many buyers aren’t sure what to expect. It’s important to know that this inspection only covers certain interior elements of the home – things like the electrical and plumbing, heating and cooling systems, and the condition of windows.

However, exterior elements like the roof, the sewage system, and any other exterior structures on the property are not covered. While you are, of course, welcome to have any of these other factors looked at, you’ll need to elect additional inspections in order to do so.

While putting your offer together, you should ask the agent you’re working with if any additional inspections are appropriate.

We’ve compiled a full list of home inspections we recommend you get right here.

5. Not showing up for the inspection

While the inspection report will give you a sense of the scope of the repairs a home needs, it’s not the same as seeing it with your own eyes.

The best thing you can do, as the buyer, to ensure that you’re going into the sale with open eyes is to attend your inspections. The home inspector will be there to explain any problems to you and answer your questions, if needed.

Arrive on-time and accompany the inspector as he or she examines the property. You should finish with with a realistic picture of the severity of any damage and a firm idea of when you can expect to have a report in hand.

6. Skimming the inspection report

Sometimes inspection reports can get a little long and dense, so buyers will make the mistake of skimming it rather than reading the whole thing. Unfortunately, this can have unexpected consequences, especially if you should happen to miss a huge – or expensive – issue.

The reality is, the inspection report is your get-out-of-jail-free card. If a problem is discovered during the inspection that’s too big for you to handle, you can walk away from the deal and get your money back – as long as you cite the problem during negotiations. If you don’t mention it, but discover the problem later, there’s no going back. Make sure you know exactly what you’re getting into before your money is on the line.

7. Negotiating poorly

Most buyers wish that they could ask the sellers to fix all of the problems found on the inspection report. While that would be ideal, it’s also unrealistic. Negotiations are a give-and-take, after all, and it’s a much better idea to make sure that sellers feel compelled to fix the most important issues with their home, rather than letting them cherrypick the easiest ones from a long list.

When negotiating, we recommend that you focus on the two or three problems that are most important to you and chalk the rest up to the cost of homeownership.

Keep in mind that structural or mechanical issues are often big-ticket fixes that you’ll want the seller to handle. Smaller fixes that can be done by a handyman can often be taken care of at a later date and at little cost to you.

8. Forgetting to collect documentation

If your seller does agree to do some repairs, you’ll want to be sure to collect any documentation on the work that was done. Contractor invoices can give you reassurance that the repair was made by a qualified professional and will also give you someone to turn to in the event that there’s another problem down the road.

This article was provided by Jennifer Miller and Originally appeared on OpenListings.

 

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Your Edmonton Home Inspections Team

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