Today, there are more ways than ever for homeowners to protect their home and both everyone and everything in it. But with so many options available, homeowners may be at a loss for where to start, so here are six of the different simple and high-tech ways to improve home security.
1. Buy Smart Cameras and Sensors
Security cameras and sensors are more accessible than they have ever been, and with smart technology, they’re easier to monitor than ever. Homeowners can purchase smart security cameras to place in and outside their home that can be accessed via any smart device, so checking in on home is only a few clicks or taps away. Smart sensors can be placed on nearly any door or window and can notify the homeowner by either text or email if the thing it’s attached to moves during a specified time.
2. Change the Locks
Changing a home’s locks is especially handy when it has just been purchased from another owner. Although all they keys are supposed to be turned over to the new owner at closing, there’s no way to be certain if other copies of the key were given to the previous owner’s friends or family and forgotten about, so homeowners should take initiative to change the locks soon after moving in.
3. Put Emergency Keys in a Creative Spot
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Homeowners need tools. Having the right tools on hand can make it easier to complete DIY projects and can make home maintenance easier as well. Knowing what tools to keep on hand can make homeownership simpler and more rewarding.
Hammer and Nails
A hammer and nails are the two most basic types of tools that must be kept in the house. A hammer and nails can make it possible to hang pictures and decorations, build small structures and make home repairs. Many homeowners find it helpful to keep a variety of hammers on hand.
For small jobs around the house, a small ballpeen hammer kept in a drawer is convenient. For hammering a nail into a stud, a 16 or 20 ounce hammer is necessary. In addition to a ballpeen hammer, many homeowners need a claw hammer for removing nails.
Screwdriver and Screws
Homeowners need two types of screw drivers on hand for tasks like installing shelves, hanging blinds and assembling furniture. A Philips screwdriver is a type of screwdriver with a plus-symbol-shaped end. A flat-head screwdriver has an end shaped like a minus symbol. Both are necessary for completing standard tasks. Homeowners also benefit from keeping a variety of screws and anchors on hand for projects as they pop up.
Wrench, Allen Wrench and Plumber's Wrench
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As one of the original 13 colonies, South Carolina is an ideal state for history buffs and outdoor enthusiasts to explore. A climate that remains warm even in the colder months lends itself to road trips throughout the Palmetto state. If a trip to South Carolina is on your calendar, here are some stops you won't want to miss.
Fort Sumter National Monument
History buffs, particularly those with a special interest in the Civil War, will want to visit the Fort Sumter National Monument, operated by the National Park Service. Textbooks link the start of the war to April 12, 1861, when Confederates opened fire on this Federal post. Union forces surrendered after 34 hours and continued to try for almost four years to regain the fort. Since the site is on an island in the Charleston Harbor, you'll take a boat ride to reach it. Tours last approximately 2 ½ hours.
Where can you take in a renowned sculpture garden, history, zoo, and art on the same visit? Brookgreen Gardens has all of these and more. With a Murrells Inlet location, this is an easy side trip when you're in the area. Kids and adults both love the boat rides that morph into lessons in history plus the conservation information available at the butterfly house. During the winter holidays, more than 5,500 hand-lit candles and sparkling lights plus a backdrop of holiday music help visitors feel a special glow. Learn some fascinating facts about natural history while...