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Thinking about Purchasing Home Automation Product
Posted on Fri, 29 Sep 2017, 05:50:00 PM  in Home Security Tips,  FUTURE TECHNOLOGY,  Home Improvement Tips


Should You Buy the Latest Home Automation Gadgets?

You’re at work when the thought hits you, “Did I lock the door when I left this morning?” You check your smartphone, see that you didn’t, and click the “LOCK” button. Now your house is secure.

That’s home automation for you!

But, is home automation a good idea? That depends on a number of factors.

On the pro side, home automation can improve your quality of life. There are automation products that will adjust heating/cooling depending on whether or not you’re home, make your morning coffee when you get out of bed, and the list goes on and on. These conveniences save you time.

Home automation can also give you peace-of-mind. It’s comforting to be able to remotely see the inside of your home and check that everything’s okay.

Home automation can also make your property more appealing to buyers. Traditionally, buyers like homes with security systems, and will appreciate other automation gizmos, too.

The only downside is the cost. Like most new technology, home automation products can be pricey and may become out-of-date within just a few years.

Thinking about it? Experts advise you to do your research first. Check out product reviews online. Then, if you determine that a particular product is going to benefit you, go for it!


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How to watch out for poisons in the home:
Posted on Wed, 30 Nov 2016, 08:10:00 PM  in Home Security Tips
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How to Watch Out for Poisons in Your Home

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 90% of exposures to poisons occur inside the home. Almost all are preventable, if you follow some simple guidelines.

Look for the poison label on products you buy. Visually, it’s a skull and cross bones, often (but not always) with the word POISON above it.

Don’t make assumptions. Sometimes a seemingly innocuous product, like a shampoo, can contain poison or other ingredients which are harmful if swallowed.

Avoid mixing different cleaning products together. When chemicals are combined, they change. Combining some cleaning products can even create toxic fumes.

Keep all medication, even the non-prescription kind, out of reach of children. Never leave medicine on the bathroom counter.

Never use pesticides inside the home unless the product is clearly labeled for indoor use. Then, use only as directed.

Never use a charcoal grill or barbeque indoors, no matter how well ventilated you think you’ve made it. Doing so can easily cause carbon monoxide poisoning.

One final tip. Pay attention to the expiry date of products, especially cosmetics and cleaning liquids. As chemicals age, they change and can

emit harmful fumes.


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How to avoid a scam when it knocks on your front door:
Posted on Wed, 02 Nov 2016, 03:10:00 PM  in Home Security Tips

Knock, Knock. How to Avoid Door-to-Door Scams



It’s early in the evening and there’s a knock on the door. You answer and

are greeted by an official-looking man who claims he needs to see your

utility bill to confirm you’re getting your energy rebate.

Do you let him in?

While he may be legitimate, he may also be using deception to sell you

something you don’t want. Here are some suggestions for finding out:

• Ask for a business card. Then, check if it has an address, phone

number and website. If the salesperson refuses or just shows you his

ID card (which anyone can fake), that’s a red flag.

• Ask for the name of his employer. Sometimes salespeople will say

they “represent the phone company”. That doesn’t mean they

actually work for it.

• Ask if you can call his company to confirm details before buying. If he

refuses, or says the office is closed, shut the door.

• Ask if you can consider the offer and call the office the next day to

place your order.

• If you’re really suspicious, ask him to come back later. Then, call the

non-emergency police number. Police are aware of common scams

in the area.

Most importantly, use your common sense. Door-to-door salespeople can

be pretty persuasive, but if something doesn’t seem right to you, trust your

gut. Say, “No thanks.”

Of course, if everything checks out with the salesperson, and the offer is a

good one, consider taking advantage of it.


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Three reasons why moisture is building up on your windows
Posted on Tue, 04 Oct 2016, 07:25:00 PM  in Home selling tips,  Home Security Tips,  Home Inspections,  Home Improvement Tips

Should You Worry About Moisture on Windows?

You’re standing by your window admiring the view. Then you notice it. Moisture has built-up around the edges of the glass. Should you worry? It all depends on the reason for the build up.

Assuming you have traditional double-pane glass in your windows, there are a few things to look for if you notice moisture.

Often, moisture at the bottom of the windows is simply caused by too much

humidity in your indoor air. If that’s the case, simply adjust your humidifier. If the moisture is on the exterior of the window, typically there’s also no problem with the window itself. It may have rained recently or the outside humidity may have spiked causing the accumulation. Generally, there’s no reason for concern.

However, if the moisture is in between the two panes of glass, the seal has broken and surrounding air – along with its water content – has made its way in. This disrupts the thermal barrier of the window, reducing its energy efficiency. In fact, the glass might feel noticeably colder than your other windows on chilly days. In that case, you’ll need to replace the pane.

Similarly, if the moisture is coming in through only one spot — the bottom right corner, for example — then you might have a leak. If you have a wood frame or sill, you may also notice a growing water stain. It’s important to get leaks fixed quickly. There may be water damage occurring within the frame that you cannot see.


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Should you Own a Fire Extinguisher
Posted on Wed, 03 Aug 2016, 07:45:00 PM  in Home Security Tips

Should You Own a Fire Extinguisher?



You’ve seen fire extinguishers in commercial environments, such as schools, stores and workplaces. Does it make sense to have one in your home?

According to the experts, yes. In fact, a fire extinguisher can quickly put out a blaze that would otherwise quickly grow out of control.

There are several types of fire extinguishers that are made especially for residential use. That means they put out the most common fires that occur in the home (Class A, B & K fires), and they are easy to handle and use.

Since most residential fires happen in the kitchen, that’s the best place to keep your extinguisher. Make sure everyone in your household knows where it is and how to use it.

Keep in mind that a home fire extinguisher is meant for small fires that are easy to put out, such as a pan of vegetable oil igniting on the stove. If you find you can’t control the blaze within a few seconds with the extinguisher, get everyone out of the home and call the fire department.

Also, never attempt to fight a major fire yourself. Leave that to the professionals.


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How to Reduce the Chance of a Burglary by 90%
Posted on Tue, 05 Apr 2016, 08:30:00 PM  in Real Estate,Buying,Selling,Condominium,Semi-Detached-Detached homes, Mississauga,Milton,Brampton, Oakville,GTA WESTHOMES,Toronto-Maya Garg,Staging,Mortgage,Royal Lepage Signature,Relocation,UAE,USA,Canada,Emirates,  Home Security Tips,  Home Improvement Tips

How to Reduce the Chance of a Burglary by 90%

No one wants to deal with a burglary. How do you reduce the chances of one happening?

Fortunately, burglaries are a well-studied phenomenon — especially by law enforcement. These studies have identified specific things you can do to cut the risk dramatically. Here are some ideas:

• 34% of home break-ins occur through the front door. Experts recommend investing in a door with a top-quality locking mechanism. (The best are those that lock at three points of contact.)

• 50% of burglars will be deterred if your home has some sort of video monitoring system. A thief doesn’t want his face on YouTube!

• Unfortunately, signs and window stickers warning of an alarm system do not deter thieves. However, 62% of burglars will immediately run away when an alarm goes off. Always turn on your alarm system when you’re not home!

• 22% of burglaries occur through a sliding glass door or patio door. Make sure it’s locked and also use a solid metal jammer.

• Some thieves use frequency scanners to gain access to garages. Police recommend changing your remote entry code regularly and putting blinds or curtains on garage windows so thieves can’t see (and be tempted by) any valuables inside.

As you can see, there are many simple things you can do to reduce your chances of a burglary dramatically. The effort is worth it.


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Going on Vacation? Don't miss these Home Secuirty Tips
Posted on Tue, 31 Mar 2015, 05:23:36 PM  in Home Security Tips

Easy-to Miss Home Security Tips for Your Vacation

If you’re relaxing on a Caribbean beach, or enjoying a bus tour through

historic Paris, the last thing you want to worry about is your home. Most

people know the basics of keeping a home secure while away. Here are

some additional tips that are easy to miss:

• Tell your kids not to boast about your fabulous vacation plans,

especially on social media. The fewer who know that the house will

be empty, the better.

• Ask a neighbour to pick up any mail and flyers dropped at your

doorstep. But don’t rely on that alone. Also call the newspaper and

post office to temporarily halt delivery.

• You can buy timers to automatically turn lights on and off. However,

most will stop working if the power goes out and restart with the

incorrect time when the power comes back on. That’s why you

should keep at least a couple of lights turned on continuously, and

not connected to timers.

• If you’re leaving in the evening, or before dawn, don’t forget to open

the blinds. Closed blinds during the day are a dead giveaway that the

owners are away.

Finally, experts recommend creating a home security checklist, so you don’t forget anything. That will give you peace-of-mind


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How to keep insects from entering your home in the first place.
Posted on Mon, 29 Dec 2014, 07:43:52 PM  in Home Security Tips,  Real Estate Home Tips

Avoiding unwelcome guests



There are unwelcome guests that most homeowners dread. They come into your house, eat, sleep, make a mess, and never leave willingly. Each one has at least six legs and sometimes flies.

They are, of course, insects. They’ve been free loading in homes since homes were invented. Here are some practical ways to keep theseunwelcome guests out:

• Find out how they got in. Look for gaps around windows and doors,and cracks in the basement. If you find a spider web, there's likely aninsect entryway nearby.

• Watch out for standing water near the foundation of your home. Make sure rain gutters drain water well away.

• Eliminate clutter. Insects love warm, cluttered, moist areas.

• Check the seal around dryer vents and other vents, pipes and cable wires going through the wall. Reseal if necessary.

• Rinse recyclables before putting them into a bag or bin. Few things are more tempting to a bug than the dark, moist, sweet insides of anun-rinsed pop can.

If you do end up with a serious insect problem, call a professional

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Posted on Mon, 12 May 2014, 08:23:50 PM  in Home Security Tips


4 Home Hazards You May Not Know About


You have smoke detectors. Your doors have good locks. The bathtub has a

slip-free pad. By all accounts, your home is a safe and secure place for your

family to live.

However, there are some hazards that many homeowners don't consider or

even know about. For instance:

1. Blocked eavestroughs. Eavestroughs clogged with leaves and

other debris can cause rainwater to overflow next to your foundation

and create a basement leak.

2. Clogged dryer vents. High temperature air combined with lint is a

near ideal condition for a fire. Check and clear the dryer vent at least

once a year.

3. Dirty faucet heads. Kitchen and bath faucets often have built-in

screens to spray the water evenly. Unfortunately, dirt and other

contaminates can build up on these and, possibly, affect the quality

of the water. Clean faucet heads regularly.

4. Tripping hazards. You could step around a loose section of carpet

for years and then one day, in a moment of distraction, trip over it

and fall. When you see a potential tripping hazard in your home, don't

ignore it. Fix it.

Being diligent about home safety takes a little more time. But, if it prevents

one injury or illness, it's worth the effort.


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Simple ways to prevent electrical hazards in the home:
Posted on Thu, 06 Feb 2014, 04:09:38 PM  in Home Security Tips

Watch for these electrical hazards in your home

Electricity in the home is so commonplace that it's easy to forget how dangerous it can be. According to the American Institute for Preventive Medicine, an electrical shock can knock you unconscious, cause a serious burn, or even stop your heartbeat.

Fortunately, there are some simple things you can do to reduce the risk.

  • Install safety plugs in outlets that young children can reach.
  • Never plug in anything with a frayed or otherwise damaged power cord.
  • Never use a plugged-in computer, hair dryer, or other electrically powered item near a filled sink or bathtub. This includes phones with power cords.
  • Never touch anything electrical with wet hands or while standing in water. (Water is a remarkably efficient conductor of electricity.)
  • Always turn off the appropriate breaker before doing any electrical work, such as installing a new light fixture.
  • When replacing a broken light bulb, turn off the breaker first. Although the glass is broken, the filament may still be conducting electricity.
  • Finally, unless you're an expert or an electrician, never do any major electrical work on your own. Hire a professional.


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