When it comes to home safety, it’s important to protect your home against threats like burglary, intrusion and fire. Having a monitored home security system is one of the best ways to start protecting your home against all of these threats, but there are additional safety precautions you can take as well to help keep your home safe.
Below are 20 home safety tips to help bolster your home’s security as well as help protect your home against fire threats. Put these into practice starting today to help protect your home.
Home safety and security tips
The first 10 home safety tips focus on improving your home’s security. Use these tips along with your home security system to help protect your home and your loved ones.
Create the illusion that someone is at your house.
If you plan to be away for an extended period of time, leave a TV or stereo on in a room near the front door or other entry points like side doors or first-floor windows. Use exterior lighting and motion detectors to minimize places where a burglar could easily hide, as well.
Make sure all exterior doors have reliable locks.
Install 1-inch deadbolt locks on all exterior doors, and lock all doors before leaving your home or going to bed. You can also use optional home security equipment like smart locks to lock and unlock doors remotely using the ADT Pulse® app.
Always look before opening the door.
If you get an unexpected knock at the door, check to see who it is before opening it. You can also keep your home security system’s wireless keychain handy when there’s a stranger at the door, in case you need to call for help in an instant.
Don’t leave spare keys in obvious locations.
Don’t leave extra keys under doormats, potted plants or any other obvious outdoor location. Thieves will generally find them. Find an inconspicuous place to hide the keys, or give a set to a neighbor you can trust.
Secure your sliding glass doors.
Burglar-proof your glass patio doors by setting a pipe or metal bar in the middle bottom track of the door slide. The pipe should be the same length as the track. You can also use optional home security equipment, such as a glass break sensor to alert you if a glass door or window is shattered.
Keep garage doors closed at all times.
Your garage door leads directly into your home, so it’s important to keep it closed, including when you’re at home. Home security system components such as an overhead garage door contact can also provide added protection to your home.
Keep drapes and blinds shut.
Don’t allow intruders to easily see what’s inside your home – especially in rooms where there is expensive equipment. Drapes and blinds obscure a potential intruder’s view, making it difficult to see which rooms hold high value items, or even whether someone is inside the house.
Store cash, jewelry and other valuables in a safe or safety deposit box
Keep your valuables out of reach for an intruder. Use a secured safe or safety deposit box in a bank to stash away your valuables when they’re not in use. In addition, remember to arm your home security system every time you leave your house to ensure your home, pets and valuables are safe.
Don’t leave notes on the door for others when you’re not there.
Leaving notes for service people or family members alerts potential burglars that you may not be home. Instead, check in on your home using your cellphone or laptop with ADT Pulse®.
Adjust your telephone ring to its lowest volume setting.
If you’re going to be away from home for a few days, an unanswered phone may tip off a burglar that no one is home. Also, have a neighbor or friend collect your newspaper and mail. Never cancel delivery – since you don’t know who will get that information.
Courtesy : securitychoice
Residents of the newly developed node Ulwe in Navi Mumbai will have to wait for five to six months to commute by train as the first phase of Belapur-Nerul-Uran line is likely to be completed only by May 2018. According to officials, currently, the track is being laid down and the construction work is in progress.
City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) which has been constructing railway stations assured that the first phase of the eight-km stretch from Nerul-Belapur to Kharkopar station will be completed by May next year.
The earlier deadline for the first phase was December 2017, which was then extended to March 2018. CIDCO officials said that it may take longer as sanctions from the Railway Board and Commission of Railway Safety (CRS) will also be required.
The ambitious Nerul-Belapur-Uran railway project is a joint venture project between CIDCO, the state government, and the Central Railway, which will provide direct access between Uran township, Jawaharlal Nehru Port and the newly developed areas near the upcoming Navi Mumbai International Airport.
The 22.5-km rail line will have 10 stations, including Seawoods, Sarsangam, Targhar, Bamandongri, Kharkopar, Gavar, Ranjanpada, Nhava Sheva, Dronagiri, and Uran. “We have set a target to finish the first eight-km stretch by March 31, 2018. The work is in full swing, but it may get delayed by one or two months,” said AK Jain, public relations officer of the Central Railways (CR).
“The stretch between the eighth and eleventh km of the route from Nerul falls under the forest department and private land,” said an official from CIDCO.
He added that acquisition process is underway and it will be completed soon.
Courtesy : DNAINDIA
Land acquired for constructing Phase 2 of line from Kharkopar to Uran
The first phase of the the Nerul-Seawoods-Uran railway line is expected to be opened to the public in the first week of April.
The first phase of the 12-km stretch from Seawoods to Kharkopar, originally to be completed by December 2017. It is now expected to be functional by March. The entire 27-km stretch from Seawoods to Uran will have a branch line from Sagarsangam to Belapur.
Rise in real estate demand
The 10 stations on the line are Seawoods, Sagarsangam, Targhar, Bamandongari, Kharkopar, Gavan, Ranjanpada, Nhavasheva, Dronagiri, and Uran. The line is expected to lead to a steep rise in real estate demand in areas near Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust’s container terminal in Nhava Sheva, the fishing community in Uran, and ONGC and GAIL’s processing plants in Uran.
Around four hectares of land has been acquired for constructing Phase 2 of the line from Kharkopar to Uran. Mohan Ninawe, CIDCO public relations officer, said “The second phase will take another three years to be completed. We have acquired land for the project and are in the final stages of wrapping up the procedure.”
The entire line was initially scheduled to be opened in 2019, but owing to delays, the service is likely to start only in 2021. CIDCO officials said the delay was caused by the Railways, which took a lot of time to lay tracks.
A senior public relations officer of Central Railway said, “We have now laid the tracks from Seawoods to Kharkopar. Phase 1 is expected to have its trial run on March 31. Work on Phase 2 will begin once CIDCO completes all formalities to acquire land.”
The cost of the ₹1,782-crore project will borne by CIDCO and Central Railway in a sharing ratio of 67:33. Four bridges, five overbridges, 15 underbridges and one track underbridge will have to be built as part of the project. The project is also expected to provide rail connectivity to the proposed Navi Mumbai international airport in Ulwe. Central Railway authorities have said that Phase 1 of the suburban line would directly link Mumbai CSMT-Uran and Panvel-Uran sections.
Courtesy : The Hindu
The market dip that the real estate sector has experienced can be attributed to its outdated and medieval laws in the Indian law system. It’s the reason why the central government compiled and passed the Real Estate Regulation and Development Act, 2016. The new laws are expected to change the face of the real estate sector. Experts believe that the government hasn’t properly introduced certain sections of the act and it might take some time to charge up the positive effects of these reformations. We have composed a list of five important real estate laws that every Indian realty buyer should be aware of.
- The Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act 2016 makes the realty developer responsible for any damage found in the property within five years of the buyer’s ownership. The developer will be legally accountable to fix the problem without charging the buyer. This has to be done within 30 days of the notice or else the developer has to compensate the buyer.
- The Real Estate Act 2016 also binds the buyers with a penalty if they do not conform to the orders of the Real Estate Regulatory Authority. The customer will have to pay a penalty charged day-wise of the non-compliance period. The fine can go up to 5 percent of the property price.
- Landlords and property owners cannot enter the property of their tenants without a written notice in 24 hours. The notice is also applicable to the case where the landlord wishes to renovate the property. According to experts , this is in accordance to the Draft Model Tenancy Act 2015.
- The Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) orders overseas companies to produce a declaration to the Reserve Bank of India within a 90-day deadline when they book a property. Reimbursement of the same while selling will need the bank’s authorization in advance.
- As per India real estate laws, Non-resident Indians (NRIs) and people of Indian origin (PIOs) are free to invest in residential or commercial real estate without any limitations. However, NRIs have to seek RBI’s permission when it comes to the purchase of a farm house or a piece of agricultural land.
So you’re planning to move out of your current house and get into a new one? Don’t rush just yet; buying a new home isn’t walk in the park. You need to make sure that it sits well with your expectations and budget. You also need to ensure that it doesn’t have hidden risks.
No agent, No home
It’s never a good idea to go for home-shopping if you don’t have a real-estate agent. You need professional help if you want to find an economic and beautiful home. Sure, they might charge a hefty commission, but it’s much better paying them for their expert opinion on the real estate market, property prices and risks.
Exercise your options with the loans
Experts suggest making an inventory of the home loans that are available to you from different vendors. The magic word here is ‘comfort’. Choose a bank whose loan terms are easier to fulfill and is flexible at the same time. You’ll have to look through a heap of loan-providers if you want to find the best deal.
Don’t hide your budget
Hiding your actual budget can create complications for you. Most home buyers quote higher than their actual budget, so they can bargain to their actual price later. Others think that the agent is going to make them buy the most expensive house in the neighborhood. If you’re not clear about what you want, you might miss out on a really good property.
Don’t wait for the ‘dream’ house
Let’s make it clear. There are no ‘dream homes’. If you think that you’ll get the perfect home for the perfect price in a perfect location, you’ll be severely disappointed. Never mix your lists of ‘must have’ and ‘want’. If you treat optional features in your house as the basics, you won’t find a house easily.
Keep your wallet light before realty purchases
Make sure you avoid heavy purchases before you book a home. Adding a new debt on top of a home loan isn’t a smart idea. Moreover, you’ll need to make your credit score look reasonable to the banks.
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