It seems like, no matter where you live, people are worried about rising crime rates, especially home invasions. When Candis and I renovate an old home, we sometimes have to think about this as we make updates because these homes were built in simpler times when people didn’t have to worry as much about burglary and other crimes. Fortunately, there are a few simple things you can do to improve home security while you’re renovating a house.
Install Motion Sensor Lights
When you think of motion sensor lights, you probably picture those clunky floodlights that you see on a lot of newer homes built within the last few decades. The idea of mounting one of those on the wall of your newly renovated historic home probably doesn’t have you too excited.
Well, those aren’t the only motion sensor lights available for home security. I’ve found models with styles and looks to fit just about any home renovation. And they give out a lot of light, making it impossible for would-be thieves to sneak onto your lawn without lighting up the night.
You might also want to consider adding automated lights that operate on a timer or with the use of a smartphone app. These are getting more and more affordable every day, and they add a whole new level of security for your buyers.
Upgrade Your Locks
I’ve had to replace at least the front door on almost every home renovation I’ve ever tackled. In addition to choosing solid doors that can’t easily be broken, I also go with upgraded deadbolt locks that can’t be picked as easily as other locks.
Go With a Door With a Peephole
Speaking of replacing the front door, I’m a big fan of adding a door with a peephole so that your buyers can check who’s outside before opening the door. If someone threatening is at the door, they won’t want to find out by opening up and letting them in. A peephole is a really useful security device, and getting a door with one of these isn’t going to cost you much more than getting a door without one.
Add Attractive Window Bars
Window bars are another security measure that most home renovators will overlook because they’re usually unsightly. However, you can find window bars in colors and shapes that will look really cool with your home, like they were part of the original design. Even if a burglar can reach through and get a window open, they won’t be able to get through the bars to get inside.
Remove or Prune Large Shrubs
If you’re renovating the whole house, like we do with our projects, you’re going to have to take care of any overgrown shrubs and bushes in front of the house anyway. Why not take this opportunity to either remove them or prune them down to the point where a thief or other home invader won’t be able to use them for cover as they try to get inside?
When people buy our renovation homes, I want them to feel safe and secure as they come home to their dream house every day. That’s why I think it’s important to consider home security when you’re renovating an old house. These houses may not have been built with modern security in mind, but it doesn’t take much to update them and make them safer for your buyers.