Home Security Features that Matter
Whether you’re buying or selling, there are home security features that can make a difference throughout the process. Things like motion-sensor lighting, a fence, and proper landscaping contribute both to your home’s safety and its curb appeal. A security system and smoke alarm are other features that might be appealing to buyers. Taking steps to enhance your home’s security this spring and summer might make it more appealing to families looking to relocate outside of the school year. Here are some things to keep in mind from the Classic Real Estate School.
A Little Bit About Light
According to Kiplinger, 92 percent of buyers want exterior lighting. This includes a porch light, walkway lights, and even spotlights that aim toward the house. These increase the home’s safety and usability at night. Further, motion sensor lights turn on automatically when anything larger than a skunk gets too close to your house. Adding landscape lighting is not expensive, and it’s a feature that will have a positive impact while your home is on the market.
If you have children or pets, a secure barrier around your home should not be negotiable. Many parents specifically tell their realtor they would like a home with a fenced-in backyard. If you plan to install a pool or home spa, a gated fence may even be required by law.
Unfortunately, building a fence is not an inexpensive endeavor, especially if you have a large yard. If you are on the selling side, you may not recoup your costs, but you might find that your home sells faster — meaning, you will have fewer expenses maintaining the property, and you can move when you are ready. On the buying side, purchasing a home with a barrier already in place can save you money while safely keeping your children in your own backyard. If you have a rental property, this is a feature that can contribute to its success, as well.
Tech is the key when it comes to selling a home in the 21st century. Having high-tech home security measures in place, such as a spotlight camera or video doorbell is a smart way to get the attention of potential buyers. As a society, we have grown accustomed to relying on our gadgets, and home security is no exception. If your home is already wired and connected to an online monitoring service, that’s even better. This will give your buyers peace of mind and may be a factor in them choosing your home over a similar property without security features in place.
The Lay of the Land
There are also many low-tech features that can have a huge impact on a home’s security. When looking for a new home, consider the landscape. A house with many densely packed trees and bushes offers up plenty of space for burglars to hide. Total Landscape Care explains that an overwhelming percentage of burglars prefer to gain access to a home from the first-floor window. Look at it this way: If you can’t see the window from the road, it’s vulnerable to intrusion. If you are getting ready to put your home on the market, make sure your landscape is well-maintained. Not only will this enhance the security of the property, but it will also help you make a good first impression.
Will increasing security help you sell your home for more money? It’s possible, especially if your home security efforts increase curb appeal. Trulia explains that buyers are not likely to keep flipping through your listings photographs if the exterior doesn’t look its best. Coupled with the desire to keep their family safe, many buyers may be willing to pay closer to the asking price if they know their future home is secure and wired for modern technology.
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