Home Security Tips Against Thieves this Halloween

It’s almost Halloween and before we participate in any trick-or-treat activities, it is important to secure your house. Many kids and adults will be knocking on your door soon for candies and treats, but remember to keep your house safe with our home security tips against thieves this Halloween.

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5 Home Security Tips Against Thieves this Halloween

Turn lights on

According to Crime Prevention Security Systems, burglars thrive in the dark. Halloween is a night that encourages you to keep your lights out for a more spooky experience, but keeping it on will keep you and your home safe. Importantly keep your porch’s light on so that you can see trick-or-treaters who will ring your doorbell.

Keep company

Celebrate Halloween at home with friends or family. Just in case an intruder is eyeing your home, they’ll get discouraged because you are not home alone. Most thieves target houses that are empty, so having companions at with you will put your house off their list.

Be prepared for pranksters

Halloween is a night full of treats and tricks, so prepare yourself for any pranks that people might pull off which can lead to theft.  Some people like setting up surprises so put yourself on guard by anticipating them. Watch out for the most common pranks like egging, spray painting, throwing toilet papers, spraying shaving cream, and smashing pumpkins. Some like leaving pranks inside the mailboxes so it is ideal to remove opportunities on Halloween to avoid unpleasant surprises.

Light up dark areas, so pranksters have no place to hide.  If you have a security system, ensure the security company’s logo is clearly visible.  Most Security companies have a yard sign that you can put in your yard to inform intruders and pranksters alike what they are getting into.  Even if you don’t have a security system, you can borrow a sign and put it in your yard.  Most people will not take a chance if they can be caught in the act.

Keep windows and doors locked

While your home should welcome trick-or-treaters, it is important to keep your windows, doors, and other entryways locked. This is the most basic security home measure that you can start with. Lock doors which you will not use during this time like your back door. In keeping your door secured, remember to use the peephole before giving out your candies. Also, store your garden tools inside your house. These are some items that thieves look for when breaking into your home.

Park your car in the garage

Some tricksters like targeting cars for pranks, vandalism, and theft. At this event where a lot of people are out on the streets, park your car in the garage to keep it safe. If your garage is used for storage, clean it out and keep your car in. Another reason stated by Safewise is because kids are more likely to get hit by a motor vehicle at this time compared to any regular day.

You can definitely enjoy Halloween this year while keeping your home safe with our security tips against thieves. Celebrate it with friends and family at home for a more fun experience. If you are planning on going out, don’t forget to secure your home by locking all your doors.  Have happy Halloween and safe trick-or-treating!

Is Your Candy Safe? – Trick or Treat Guidelines

Halloween is fast approaching and naturally, our kids get excited with the thought of trick-or-treating because of all the goodies they can get. Of course, as parents, we want them to enjoy while making sure that what they get as treats are safe. So we did some research and came up with some trick-or-treat candy safety guidelines that you can follow for your child’s protection before consuming their loot.

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Trick or Treat Candy Safety Guidelines

Meals before treats

Before sending out your child to trick-or-treat, give them a meal or a snack to avoid eating and binging on their treats as they go. This can avoid other potential candy risks before being inspected and sorted out. You can also prepare snacks like crackers, sandwiches or bananas which they can easily bring along.

Sort goodies

Before your kid dives into the bucket, spread the candies out on a table to inspect and sort them visually. Watch out for any broken wrappers or candies that look tampered.  According to HowStuffWorks, there have actually been documented cases of non-food items found in chocolates or candies. Nothing is scarier than food that surprises you! So it’s better to be safe! Get rid of any treats with broken wrappers including those that are out from their packaging. Even treats that aren’t commercially wrapped must be disposed.

Home-cooked treats

There are some who will give out homemade treats. While consuming these may be safe, you still don’t know what could be in them. It is best if you personally know who baked the goods or at least know where they came from. Otherwise, do not let your child consume them.

Check for choking hazards

Avoid a trip to the hospital and check for choking hazards in your child’s treats. Age-appropriateness also applies to candies and some may be too hard or difficult to chew for a small kid. This includes gummy and hard candies, gums, peanuts, and other that could get stuck in their throat. Some candies even have small toys in their packaging so look out for those too.

Watch out for allergens

Another thing that should be considered with treats is allergens. If your child is sensitive and often gets allergies, then you should check the labels to know the ingredients. This is also an advantage of commercially packed treats as they have disclosed product specifications on their wrappers.

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Halloween Trick or Treat

Trick-or-treat is a fun tradition that we want our kids to enjoy and it can be even more fun if we can ensure the safety of our children. Often missed out, candy safety is important and inspection of treats our kids get will make sure they are safe for consumption. Our candy safety guidelines is a good and short basic recommendation that will allow your kids to appreciate trick-or-treating even more. Happy Halloween!

Things to Consider When Buying a Home

Buying a home can be one of the biggest and most exciting decisions in your life. How do you know that the home you buy is for you? To make sure that you make the most out of that decision, there are certain things you need to consider.

Location

Your home’s location can have a very huge impact on your lifestyle. According to Realty Times, factors you need to think about to evaluate a property’s location are proximity, environment, accessibility, and positioning of the property.

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  • Proximity
    • Assess if it is close to areas that you would necessarily go to like work, park, schools, relatives’ home, or downtown areas. Think whether you want to stay near places for leisure and activities.
  • Environment
    • How is the ambiance of the location for you? Most people prefer a quiet and peaceful atmosphere rather than noisy ones. Houses are better located away from freeways, factories, or excessively noisy places.
  • Accessibility
    • Is the property located near public transportation? Commuting accessibility is an important factor to consider especially if you have trouble with your vehicle. See if the property is located near a bus or train station.
  • Positioning
    • The position of the home you buy is also an important component to evaluate. If you are a first-time home buyer, this is something you should not miss. Some cultures highly consider the direction where their house faces. You should also think about the position in terms of the sun. Some people do not like too much sunlight yet some do. Positioning can affect home temperature, lighting, and air flow.

So think about the location wisely and one thing to help is ask around the neighborhood for their opinions.

Security

Safety and security are a top concern when buying a home and usually comes together with the location. Read about local news and learn about the homeowner’s association of the area you plan to live in. This is very important to maintain a safe haven for you and your family.

Size

Think about what size of home you want. How many will be living in the house with you? How many bedrooms and bathrooms will you need? Do not buy an excessively huge house if only two people will live in it. Remember that along with size comes a higher price! Amy Fontinelle of Investopedia says that the bigger the property is, the higher the maintenance costs and utility bills as well. Also, you will need to fill in space with more furniture and house items if your house is bigger than you need. Live in a house size that you know you can afford and manage.

Structure

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Everyone wants a sturdy built house that will last for years. If you’re purchasing a house that is already built, know what kind of materials were used. According to SafeWise, hiring a reputable inspector to check the house is your best bet. The inspector can examine and verify the materials used to build the house. They will check window quality, roof materials, foundation, and flooring. You can hire specialized inspectors to double check for pests.

Knowing the structure of your home can ensure that your house is sturdy and doesn’t have any hazards for your family. 

Financial Situation

Knowing your financial situation is very important in knowing what kind of home you can purchase. According to Forbes, it is important not to get fixated solely on the purchase price because there are other costs to consider. Beyond the house price are real estate taxes, insurance costs, and homeowner association fees to name a few.

Carefully assess how much you can afford to buy a home. Having a clear picture of your financial situation can help you get your dream home for your family. This can let you know how much budget you have and the amount of loan you can get.

Real Estate Agent

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A real estate agent is very important in your house hunt. Forbes advises that hiring a trusted realtor is still ideal because they will be the one to guide you in the home-buying process. Going through the process alone can be very confusing and having someone professional to guide you will make it easier and more convenient.

Choosing a home may seem very simple but having guidelines to consider will make it even easier. Make sure you know what you want when buying a home and remember these things to find one that is perfect for you.