In our post on Safety for New Homeowners, we discussed the importance of making smart decisions about gardening and outdoor safety. Creating an addition to your home could require rethinking your outdoor security. Does your addition provide new potential access points for thieves? If so, consider adding new lock equipment. If your extension prevents neighbors from seeing parts of your house, consider adding outdoor lighting and other security measures.
Thieves seek convenient access to entry points and places to hide while exploring a home. An addition in the back of a house could end up providing both. See our post on patio and driveway security for some specific ideas on how to add security to your new home addition. Brown recommends repainting the blinds on the front door and windows.
Making sure that the neighborhood meets your expectations is just as important as securing the house itself. To investigate a neighborhood, drive Monday through Friday and on weekends, during the day and at night. Are neighborhood homes consistent in size and features? Do the neighbors keep the yards clean and tidy, or are there old cars and trash lying around? Is the neighborhood safe enough for people to walk, run, or ride bikes? Also, check if it's a kid-friendly neighborhood or if it's pet friendly, if that's important to you. In addition to addressing any new outside entry point, your renovations can create new unique security needs.
The California Metropolitan Patrol can bolster your security system to ensure that it's fully covered while the remodeling takes place, and then help you expand your system to any new area. On the one hand, you can better monitor your home and your new home in the event of a fire or carbon monoxide emergency. Avoid being impressed by a very large house or a house with a unique feature, such as a sauna, if you're never going to use the space. Allowing others to help you complete a home renovation increases the need for security in other parts of the home.
You may have decided that your remodel is a good time to install a new residential or commercial security system. Consider adding locks on all doors and windows, motion-sensor lights around entry points, an alarm system with sensors on all doors and windows, and cameras with night vision capabilities. You can also install window bars or grates for extra protection against intruders. When it comes to home remodeling projects in New Orleans, it's important to consider all aspects of security before beginning any work.
Make sure that you take into account any potential access points for thieves, as well as any unique security needs that may arise from your renovations. Investigate the neighborhood thoroughly before committing to any project, and consider installing locks, motion-sensor lights, an alarm system with sensors on all doors and windows, cameras with night vision capabilities, and window bars or grates for extra protection against intruders.