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18 Tips to protect your new home

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Buying a house is a major financial decision that can give you peace of mind and a wonderful place to live. For most people buying a home would be the biggest investment and largest asset, this is why you need to consider these steps to protect it.

FIRE PROTECTION

  1. Install smoke/carbon monoxide alarms on every level. Test monthly and replace batteries each year.
  2. Buy an ABC multipurpose fire extinguisher for the kitchen, where half of all fires occur.  Check pressure annually.
  3. Plug major appliances into wall outlets, not extension cords, which can overheat.
  4. Create escape plans for all rooms and place escape ladders in upstairs bedrooms.

FLOOR PROTECTION

  1. Place wireless water alarms under washing machine and sinks.
  2. Install flood-safe hoses on washing machine.
  3. When leaving on trips, turn off water at main valve to prevent floods.
  4. Confirm that homeowner’s insurance covers water and mold damage due to leaks and sewer backups. Some policies don’t.

BURGLARY PROTECTION

  1. Change locks on exterior doors and confirm that all doors and windows lock securely.
  2. Add security bars to sliding glass doors.
  3. Trim shrubs near home to reduce spots where burglars might hide.
  4. Install motion-detector lighting to illuminate dark areas.
  5. Consider adding a home alarm system.

STORM PROTECTION

  1. Trim trees and shrubs so weakened branches won’t fall on home or be propelled into windows by high winds.
  2. Install downspout extensions to carry heavy rains away from the foundation.
  3. If you evacuate when a dangerous storm hits, turn off utilities to deter flooding and fires.

WEAR AND TEAR PROTECTION

  1. Inspect inside and outside of home monthly for signs of damage.
  2. Repair/replace broken items before small problems become serious ones.
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Luis Gomez

My name is Luis Gomez, Broker at LG Realty Group Inc. in Miami, Florida. LG Realty Group Inc. is a full-service, luxury real estate brokerage and lifestyle company in Miami, Florida representing clients worldwide in a broad spectrum of classes, including single-family residential, new development, residential leasing, commercial real estate and luxury vacation rental.

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