With homeownership comes a sense of pride. If you’re like the majority of people, you probably grew up in your parent’s home, eventually reaching the age of adulthood where you were able to start making your own money. After renting a number of places in college and even as a post-graduate young professional, you eventually settled down and found a home worth investing in the long-term. Fast forward a number of years later and now here you are, a proud homeowner in our beautiful Stittsville community (or a resident of the greater Ottawa area). Seeing as you’ve worked hard to go from living in a home to owning one, you’ll want to do just about everything in your power to protect it, right? Fortunately, Bradley’s Insurance can help!
The Home and Auto Insurance Bundle Specialists
As community-oriented homeowners insurance providers in Stittsville and the greater Ottawa area, Bradley’s Insurance believes that your home should be a sanctuary, a place where you can always feel comfortable, relaxed, and most importantly, safe. While Canadians have a reputation for being honest, trustworthy and friendly people – which, for the most part, is certainly true – it never hurts to check your bases to protect the investment that you’ve worked so hard to earn.
Of course, should anything go wrong outside of your control, our homeowners insurance policies here in Ottawa are specifically designed to help out people like you. And when it comes to saving a “bundle” of money, bundling your home and auto insurance policies is something that we encourage our valued customers to do. You can learn more about home and auto bundles by contacting Bradley’s Insurance today.
In the interest of helping you as a homeowner, especially if you’re a relatively new homeowner, we’re going to cover some tips and tricks to better protect and secure your home.
Use Tasteful Window Coverings
We’re not suggesting that you need to hide what’s going on inside your house in any way, but at the same time, what happens inside your own home is your business, not the business of people on the outside. Our Canadian winters get pretty dark, and exposed windows offer outsiders a clear view of what’s going on inside. Not only will appropriate window coverings help you save money in heating costs by insulating the cold coming in from the outside, but they will make your home look tasteful and provide the privacy that you and your family deserve. Always keep your windows locked and additionally, if necessary, you can install burglar-resistant glass.
Use Sound To Your Advantage
Should you have the misfortune of having a burglar try and break in, a good defense mechanism is a loud noise announcing their arrival. If there’s anything that these ski-mask bandits hate, it’s a loud home security alarm or the piercing barking of a dog. Essentially, burglars want to be as stealthy as a silent ninja when committing crimes, and anything bringing them attention will cause them to scurry.
Light Up Your Home
It’s no secret that burglars and other criminals tend to stick to darker areas and dimly-lit homes because there’s less of a chance of getting caught. Homes with a ton of trees blocking the main entrance or poorly-lit homes on the interior and exterior tend to be perfect targets because these perpetrators can simply hide in the dark in case they get caught.
Instead of giving them this chance and practically inviting them onto your property, consider installing motion-sensing lights near your garage or driveway as well as your front door and any side doors or large windows. Keeping your trees and bushes trimmed also limits the areas around your house in which a burglar can hide. Of course, if you’re away for an extended period of time on a family vacation or another trip, tell your (trusted) neighbors how long you’ll be gone and when you plan to return. That way, they can keep an eye out for any suspicious activity. Speaking of neighbors…
Get To Know Your Neighbors
After moving into a development, assuming you’re not the first on the block, throw a mini-shindig or simply walk over on a Saturday afternoon and meet your neighbors – especially your next door neighbors. At the risk of coming across as nosy, it’s smart to know what your neighbors are like, to an extent. Knowing your immediate neighbors well enough to trust them when you’re on a trip (or vice versa) can save you the hassle of hiring a house-sitter or pet-sitter, providing you with the security of knowing that your mail is being collected and your home is being monitored…by the right people.
Beyond security matters, neighbors are helpful and a convenient resource literally located on the same street as you. After all, we’re Canadians, so be friendly and your friendliness is likely to be warmly received. Besides, where else are you going to get that cliche pinch of sugar when you’re all out?
Properly Insure Your Home With a Home and Auto Bundle Policy
No matter what you do to secure the wellbeing of your home, you can’t always be there to control what does or doesn’t happen. Fortunately, that’s why Stittsville insurance companies like Bradley’s Insurance provide generalized and specialized homeowners insurance coverage for new and long-time homeowners around the Ottawa area.
From high-value home insurance to seasonal and secondary home insurance, Bradley’s Insurance offers an impressive range of policies to meet your specific needs. Contact our dedicated Stittsville insurance professionals today to find great rates on a home and auto insurance bundle today!