Any owner of Northern Virginia real estate knows the importance of keeping a safe and secure home to protect our families and our investment. It is important to periodically pay attention to the items on the below list because things change over time.
A quick once-over of the items on this list may improve the safety and security of your home and could protect your family and friends. If you currently have a house for sale in Northern Virginia, you can assure the safety of buyers and agents visiting your home as well.
- Does each exterior door have a deadbolt lock?
- Does the lock on each window work properly?
- Have you added pins or clips to your windows for additional security?
- Do you have poles or broom sticks in the track of windows and sliding glass doors?
- Do you have security company labels or signs displayed prominently on the property?
- Do you have an alarm system? Is the system monitored?
- Do you have a dog that barks when strangers approach the home?
- Are emergency numbers posted near all telephones?
- Do you have smoke detectors near all bedrooms and on each floor?
- Do you check detector batteries monthly and change them annually?
- Do you have two carbon monoxide detectors?
- Do you have an escape ladder for upper floors?
- Do you have fire extinguishers near exits and in the kitchen?
- Do you have an emergency escape plan and do you practice with your family?
- Are any outlets or switches warm to the touch?
- Are there any unused extension cords plugged into outlets?
- Are kitchen ventilation systems working properly?
- Is the dryer ventilated to the outside and do you clean the exhaust hose?
- Is the furnace cleaned and serviced on a yearly basis?
- Is the space around the hot water heater clear of combustible materials?
- Are all electrical and phone cords covered or out of the flow of traffic?
- Are rugs and runners slip resistant?
- Is your step-stool sturdy and in good condition?
- Are stairs clear of objects that could cause a fall?
- Are all entrance ways, exits, halls and walks well lit?
- Do you have flashlights or emergency lighting for power outages?
- Do bath tubs and showers have non-skid strips or suction mats in them?
- Are outdoor walkways free of roots, ivy or toys?
- Do you keep drugs and medicines out of reach and sight of small children?
- Are interior doors designed so small children cannot lock themselves in rooms?
- Are pool and outdoor play areas fenced to keep small children in and uninvited guests out?
- Are firearms kept locked and out of reach and sight of children?
- Is a well-stocked first aid kit available for emergencies?
- Is there one member of your family trained in first aid, CPR and the Heimlich maneuver?
- Do you have charts or directions on these techniques accessible for reference?
Monitoring this list not only provides your family and visitors a safe environment, but also increases the value and demand for your Northern Virginia home and the surrounding neighborhood.
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