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OKC Realtors: The most vulnerable parts of your house Pt. 2

OKC Realtors has some more home weak points and how you can strengthen them

Last time OKC Realtors went over some security weak points in homes, this time we’ll go over a few more.

Windows: Windows are vulnerable because it’s easy to forget about them as a homeowner. Often times we leave them open during hotter months or during nice days to let some natural air in. Sometimes, we can forget to close them leaving an easy entrance for an opportunistic burglar.  In older homes, the glass can become weak and brittle with age making it easy for a burglar to smash through. Older windows can also have weaker locks that can be easily forced. In order to strengthen windows, maintain them with regular repairs and replace old windows as soon as possible. If you can’t replace old windows for whatever reason, install new window locks that can be seen from the outside. These locks will slow down and potentially even stop a would be burglar.

Side Yards: Side and back entrances are a favorite of burglars. Homes next to alleyways can be especially vulnerable as these features grant easy, hidden access to your home. There are a few ways you can help make these easy entrances a little less enticing. First of all, installing stronger locks on your back entrances will help deter burglars. Building a fence, if possible, is also another great way to limit access. Installing motion activated floodlights can also help deter would be criminals. A cheap way to deter burglars is to install some fake security cameras. Just having them there will deter some burglars, it doesn’t matter if they work or not.

Keeping your home safe is one of the biggest responsibilities as a homeowner, and now you’re a little better prepared to keep you and your family safe. If your in the home for a new home give Metro First Realty, OKC Realtors, a call today at 405-242-4004.

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OKC Realtors: The most vulnerable parts of your house

OKC Realtors: What parts of your house are most vulnerable to break-ins

We all want to make sure our homes are as safe and secure from burglars as possible. But which parts of our home are most likely to be targeted by a burglar? OKC Realtors has some answers and some DIY tricks to help strengthen these weak points in your home.

The Front Door: It might seem paradoxical at first, a burglar trying to remain hidden busting into your home right through the front door. Sadly however, that’s how many choose to do it. Many homes have features that can help hide a burglar as they break into your home. recessed doorways, nearby trees, and potted plants can all hide a smart burglar just long enough to get into your home. The key here is to make your front door more visible. Lights are the best way to do this. Painting the door a bright color is another way to make it less appealing to burglars. “Beware Dog” signs and stickers can also deter some burglars not wishing to get chomped.

Specialty Doors: By specialty doors we mean things like sliding glass doors and French doors. These can be a beautiful addition to any home, but they are also particularly vulnerable to burglars. One of the many small glass panes on a French door can be busted open and the lock undone. Sliding doors might have tougher glass, but they can be undone with something as simple as a screwdriver. These doors can be strengthened in a couple of ways. When installing locks on French doors, make sure the locks are at least 36 inches away from the glass panes. For sliding doors, a simple, sturdy rod placed in the track can stop a burglar in their tracks.

These are just a couple of ways you can make your home burglar proof. If your in the market for a new home, give Metro First Realty, OKC Realtors, a call today at 405-242-4004.

 

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OKC Realtors: Tips for setting up those Christmas lights!

OKC Realtors: How to Safely String up Christmas lights

Christmas is fast approaching, and that means Christmas Decorations are out in full swing! You may be feeling the urge to get those lights set up. For most people, lights are a big part of their decorations. It’s important however, to follow some important safety rules when putting up these gorgeous decorations. Aside from Christmas tree lighting fiascos, outside lighting issues cause hundreds of severe tragedies on an annual basis from improper hanging? The first thing you should do is test your lights to make sure they work, even before you hang them up. A burning house isn’t anyone’s idea of a christmas miracle. OKC Realtors has a few more tips to help you decorate safely.

  • Follow Instructions. Not hard to do and can save you a not-so-happy accident!
  • Make sure the lights are plugged into a plug with a ground fault circuit (GFCI).
  • Don’t hang lights with sharp fasteners. (Nails, Staples, Hooks, etc.)
  • Never use cloth or paper as a cover
  • Never use a frayed or damaged cord.
  • Additionally, never use cracked or broken bulbs and sockets.
  • Check to make sure the lights are designed for outdoor use.
  • Check your extension cords are fray free and that they can handle the load you put on them.
  • Again, make sure those extension cords are plugged into a GFCI outlet.
  • Replace any lights that go out.

In addition, keeping the lights unplugged until you have them all strung is the safest bet. If you’re planning on hanging your own lights our realtors would encourage you to keep ladder safety in mind as well. Our OKC realtors advise on using a good, sturdy ladder and make sure it’s on level ground before you start climbing up to the roof! It might not hurt to have a helper so you don’t have to climb up and down the ladder too much.

Additionally, keep the lights unplugged until you have them all strung up. It’s the safest way to hang them! If you plan to hand your own lights OKC Realtors would also encourage proper ladder safety. OKC Realtors advise on using good, sturdy step-ladder and make sure to place it on level, steady ground. It also helps to have a helper hold the ladder while you climb up.

Our OKC Realtors love Christmas lights as much as you do, but they’re not worth risking an accident. On behalf of our realtors at Metro First Realty, we wish you a safe and happy holiday season!