Safeguarding Your Space: Is Your Home REALLY Protected?

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Your home is your sanctuary, and whether you live in a bustling city or a quiet suburban neighborhood, taking proactive steps to protect your space is crucial. From the obvious threats to some lesser-known ones, here’s what you need to know about protecting your home. 

Protect Your Home from Unseen Threats 

When protecting your home, it’s important to be aware of both the obvious threats and some rather unexpected ones as well.  

Home Title Threats 

Title theft occurs when someone fraudulently transfers ownership of your property to themselves. Cybercriminals can forge documents or online records to take out loans or even sell your home. Check your credit scores for monitoring alerts and protect your property by checking title records, using strong passwords for online accounts, and being cautious with personal information.  

Smart Home Vulnerabilities 

While smart home devices enhance convenience, they can also pose security risks. Even smart light bulbs, cameras, and voice-activated systems may have vulnerabilities that hackers exploit. Regularly update firmware, use strong passwords, and secure your Wi-Fi network to mitigate risks. 


It’s hard to imagine that a person could move into your home and have rights, but squatting has become an increasingly worrisome trend in America. Place “No Trespassing” signs on all doors and gates to protect your property from squatters. Regular property checks are crucial to detect any signs of squatters, especially if you don’t live near the property.

Additionally, the property must be maintained to show that it is actively monitored, and a burglar alarm and security cameras should be installed.

Lastly, thoroughly vet rental applicants by verifying their rental history and references. 

You might not think anyone would be interested in your humble little home, but for someone, it’s a palace waiting to be looted. 

Protect Your Home and Loved Ones from Burglars

In 2023 alone, there were over 1.1 million reported burglaries in the United States. You are 300% more likely to become a victim if you don’t have a home security system. But what makes a good home security system? 


Your security system should be tailored to your specific needs. Consider factors like the layout of your home, the number of entry points, and your family’s lifestyle. Customization lets you choose the right sensors, cameras, and features for your unique situation. 


A reliable security system should be protected against power failures. In addition, pair your system with monitoring services to provide 24/7 surveillance. Invest in quality sensors, alarms, and control panels and test the system routinely. 

Security Cameras, Motion Detectors, and Floodlights 

Surveillance cameras play a crucial role in home security. Choose surveillance equipment with features like motion detection, night vision, and cloud storage to enhance their effectiveness. Potential burglars hate the light, so pair your security cameras with sensor-activated flood lighting. 

Don’t Forget the Basics 

Sturdy locks on all doors and windows should always back your home’s security system. Install timers on lights and TVs, and while on vacation, arrange to have mail and deliveries paused or picked up by a neighbor. Never share vacation plans on social media. 

Protect Your Home from the Elements 

Protecting your home from the elements is essential for maintaining its longevity and ensuring your family’s safety.  

Regularly inspect and maintain your roof and Install weather stripping around doors and windows. Seal any cracks to keep moisture outside where it belongs. Regularly cleaning the gutters and downspouts protects your foundation and walls from water damage. 

Install and routinely test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Using fireproof materials inside the home further reduces your risk of fires, so consider furnishings made of flame-retardant materials. Finally, ensure your chimneys are cleaned and inspected annually before seasonal use. 

Protect Your Home and Appliances with a Home Warranty Plan 

According to a Forbes Home survey, homeowners saved an average of $200 to $300 per covered repair. But not all home warranty plans are alike.  

Choose a Customizable Home Warranty Plan

Find a home warranty provider that features customizable plans. Older appliances might need a different level of coverage than newly purchased ones. Likewise, newly constructed homes might need slightly less coverage for systems like HVAC, sump and septic, and large appliances. You might think some repairs are an acceptable risk, or you may want complete coverage for the entire home. Customization is key.  

Get the Most Coverage from Your Home Warranty Plan

Look for a home warranty plan that covers your home from roof to basement. Key elements include coverage for HVAC systems, major appliances such as clothes washers and dryers, and kitchen appliances like stoves, dishwashers, and refrigerators. Plumbing systems, including water heaters, pipes, and drains, should be included in the coverage alongside electrical systems, including exhaust fans and ceiling fans. 

Ultimately, it’s up to you to take care of your home – and with so many threats, you need to be cautious and make wise investments.