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Be Burglar Blockers - What To Do When You First Move Into A House

One thing you should do when you first move into a house, whether it's brand new or older, is make it hard for burglars to feel good about it.  So, be burglar blockers - what to do when you first move in.

Burglars are opportunists.  Burglars are predators.  What do predators do?  They go after the weakest, slowest, sickest, least able to defend itself in any group.  Most of us live in groups - apartments, neighborhoods and  developments.

Like predators, burglars examine those groupings very carefully.  They are very smart, in a criminal way.  Once a target is identified, they watch and plan.  And take advantage.

On average, burglaries take between 6 and 10 minutes.  They are very good at understanding human tendencies.  They know right where to go and what exactly to look for when they enter your house.

This post will examine what to do to deter them from ENTERING your house altogether.  The next post will explain what to do INSIDE your house if you already live there.

Given the choice to enter two houses, the burglar will pick the easiest.  So, what can you do?

1.  IF THE HOUSE HAS AN ALARM SYSTEM, USE IT!  If it doesn't, consider installing one.  Put stickers on the windows and a sign in the front yard.  Just seeing that will deter a burglar.  They don't want to take the chance that you have a monitored system with a silent alarm that calls authorities.

A smart alarm-system installer will put the keypads in a spot where they cannot be seen from a window or the street.  When they are engaged, usually, a red light comes on.  If a burglar can look through the window and see the system is turned off, you defeat the purpose of having it!

On inspections, I often give people burglar advice.  Here is a client who listened to his home inspector!  This keypad is visible from a rear deck!  I suggested he cover the system window, and red light, so it cannot be seen from the door.  He listened!

2.  Add lighting!  Burglars hate light!  If you have enough light, consider changing them to motion sensor lights, particularly in the rear of the house, or on the rear deck.  Keep trees and bushes far away because in high winds you can get a lot of turning on and off of the lights!

3.  Get a dog.  A big, loud one is best.  But at least a loud one.  Even a small, yappie dog is a deterrent because burglars don't want noise.  They might have watched the house and know you aren't home.  But they can't count on a neighbor NOT hearing the dog and calling the police.

I have a friend who is a federal agent.  He says that stickers, like the one to the left, are very, very effective.

Forget your politics.  Consider putting one on the front door even if there are no weapons in the house!  No predator wants to deal with a circumstance in which he doesn't feel superior or stronger.  He wants risk free.

4.  Change the locks.  Better yet, install locks that cannot be bumped.  Do you know what bump keys are?  If you don't, read this!

This will sound like a small thing and it is not.  Look carefully at the photo on the right.  That is the strike plate on my rear door, which I installed when I put in the great Medeco locks.

There are four screws.  First, the strike plate is secured with 3" steel screws.  They sink deep and all the way into the double stud beside the door.  Busting through that door will make a LOT of noise!  Secondly, the interior space has its own steel surround.  It is 1" deep.  The striker of the lock goes way into the jam.  And it is further protected by steel, which is itself attached with those same 3" screws and ALSO screwed to the studs with 2" screws!

5.  Get to know your neighbors!  I have not one, but TWO trusted neighbors who have my house keys.  This is good for emergencies - ever lock yourself out?  But also to check the house if we aren't home.  In addition, you can hide a key in the yard.  There are various things you can buy to hide keys - the hollow rock or little magnet box.  Or simply put keys in a spot nobody is likely to check.  THE POLICE HIGHLY RECOMMEND AGAINST HAVING KEYS IN A COMBO BOX SOMEWHERE VISIBLE AND OUTSIDE THE HOUSE.  They are too easily compromised with bolt cutters and the like.

6.  Keep the front door and windows locked all the time.  If your house is being watched and it is evident you are in the back yard and not paying attention, remember, the burglar will be in your house for only a few minutes and is very familiar with human tendencies. 

HE IS AN OPPORTUNIST, SO DON'T GIVE HIM THAT OPPORTUNITY!

My recommendation:  examine your house.  In most areas, the police will come over and actually give you security advice if you ask them.  Take advantage of that!  They know your area pretty well.  Inform yourself and make changes.  You will feel better if you do.

 



Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 70 commentsJay Markanich • September 16 2011 06:31AM

Comments

Good morning, Good timely post. I'm like the 2nd pic. Don't worry about the dog...

Posted by Michael Thornton, Nashville Area - Photography & Videography (RadnorLake Video) about 9 years ago

I invite people, particularly women, to come down to the NRA range so I can teach them how to protect themselves Michael.  And the Boy Scout troop goes all the time.  It is their favorite trip!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

Jay, this is an excellent post & I would like to use this in a current newsletter to clients...i had no idea about the bumped keys but now do...i like that sticker too...if you have a link it's a great gift for some of my older clients to put on their doors..thanks!

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) about 9 years ago

Ginny - thank you!  The best site for stickers is the NRA, but I picked out a special one just for you!

http://www.zazzle.com/momma_didnt_raise_no_victim_sticker-217835814187853150

I will have a follow-up post too.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

Jay, good morning and thank you for putting out this great information.  I am bookmarking to use in my buyer package when they move in their home.  I also "suggested" as it is excellent info for each of us.

Posted by Barbara Hensley, Homes for Sale in Rockwall County, Texas (RE/MAX Properties) about 9 years ago

Excellent post Mr. Jay.  May I add something from our lovely friend in upstate New York?

Debra Walsh has a great post on keyless locks.  see http://activerain.com/blogsview/2505855/wireless-keypad-schlage-locks-i-love-them-

P.S.  Where can I get that sticker?

Posted by Kenneth Cole, NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson (Weichert Realtors Appleseed Group, 2043 Richmond Ave. S.I.N.Y. 10314. office phone 718-698-9797, Appleseedhomes.com -) about 9 years ago

Thank you Barbara.  As always, I like to be instructive.  And hopefully this is useful too.

Ken - there are a lot of stickers on the NRA site.  Here are others:

http://www.zazzle.com/nra+stickers

I commented on Debra's blog.  You might be interested!  Those locks can be defeated electronically (but you need really sophisticated equipment) and if you are a clever home inspector...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

Jay: There is a wealth of information in this post. No neighborhood or area is immune and difficult times have made for a lot of bungling burglars. Best to prevent the entire situation.

Posted by Anne M. Costello (Weidel Realtors) about 9 years ago

Anne - one of the most well-to-do neighborhoods in a local city was ravaged by the same burglar.  All because everyone felt so safe that they didn't lock their doors or cars.

I just noticed - thanks for the reblog!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

Great Post Jay, my brother's home was broken into recently when he was away.  I want to re-blog this for my audience.

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 9 years ago

Thanks Chris.  I hope it helps your clients.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

Jay, I saw your post on Chris's blog and agree with everything you wrote regarding theft prevention, we all need to take a proactive stance against these thugs. The sticker sends out a very strong message too, thank you for that!

Posted by Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR (Red Rock Real Estate) about 9 years ago

Wanda - the sticker is very powerful.  And intended to be very strong.  Surely if someone comes in your house they intend you no good.  Best to warn them off.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

Good info Jay! Those stickers really do work (even on me when I'm handing out flyers!). This info would be great for clients. Thanks!

Posted by Ron Holborn, Commercial & SFR, Anaheim CA, Real Estate & Short (Short Sales, Foreclosures, Rentals, Income Real Estate) about 9 years ago

How true!  We have neighbor with two dogs, she was out of house for 15-20 minutes, and other dog didn't slow the burglars down a bit - most of her electronics were gone when she returned.

Posted by Steven Cook (No Longer Processing Mortgages.) about 9 years ago

Jay, this post is filled with valuable information for all of us, along with our friends, family and clients! Thank you for taking the time to put this together!

Posted by Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes (United Real Estate Dallas ) about 9 years ago

I really enjoyed this post. You have to learn to keep the idiots out because they will try. That's why they call them crimes of opportunity.

Posted by Robert L. Brown, Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Mic (www.mrbrownsellsgr.com) about 9 years ago

Jay - what a great post on how to prevent your home from being bulgarized. I like the gun part....haha.

Posted by Mike Yeo (3:16 team REALTY) about 9 years ago

Jay,

All good advice, but the big dog seems to be the best defence.

Brian

Posted by Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)) about 9 years ago

Jay, you are way too funny & i'm ordering a bunch of those for gifts for Christmas!! many thanks.

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) about 9 years ago

Excellent blog! And I can attest that a small yappy dog does just as much as a big one. My yorkie stopped a midnight burglar who had half the window glass out (bypassing the alarm system) when she jumped in the window and started barking to beat the band... he fled leaving all his tools behind! We didn't know till the following morning when we went out onto the pool patio, saw the tools, the half removed glass and the torn screening on the pool patio area AND realized she hadn't seen a cat or some other animal outside, she had chased off a burglar who was coming in at night with our entire family home asleep!!!

Also, the "House Key" situation: I am constantly amazed...to this day....at the number of buyers that try to make sure at the Closing that the Seller has given them ALL sets of keys to the new house...! I tell my buyers to check out what kind of locks they need and how many at the 'walk-thru' and then go to the hardware store and buy them on the way back to the house after the Closing and CHANGE THEM IMMEDIATELY!!! And if they aren't handy, have a locksmith set up to meet them that very day!

Posted by Beverly Jo Cole (Southern Cross Real Estate, Inc.) about 9 years ago

Great post! A lot of my past and present clients talk to me about the concern they have with their kids going into college housing. While they might not be able to make alterations to the house, putting up a nice alarm sign or sticker in the window can go a long way! My favorite sticker I've seen is a picture of a hand gun with "Think twice, I don't call the police." Simple but scary for criminals.

Posted by Sam Giannakakis, Mortgage Officer 612.816.1511 (Sam Giannakakis, Residential Mortgage Group) about 9 years ago

Ron - there is a tree-trimming company on a side road I travel now and then.  At the end of the driveway there is a sign on the tree with a pistol and words that says if you come in be prepared to have a gun pointed at you.  I bet they don't get a lot of visitors!

Steven - she did a lot of things wrong!  That guy was watching, knew how and when, and had probably made friends with the dogs prior to his visit!

You are welcome Sharon.  Hopefully you can use it.

Robert - certainly opportunistic!  That's the definition of predator!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

Mike - get a sticker like that whether you have weapons or not!

Brian - the right dog, trained in what to do when you are not home.

Ginny - I thought you'd get a kick out of that!

Beverly - it is cheapest to just take the door knobs to the lock smith to change the keys.  It's only a couple of dollars a knob.  Or just buy new knobs.  The bump-proof locks I recommend are the best, but NOT cheap.  You might like this blog:    http://activerain.com/blogsview/1387408/bump-keys-did-not-work-on-my-house

Sam - there are a log of those kinds of stickers.  Some of them are pretty funny, but right on!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

This is a post everyone should read. Burglars, for the most part are lazy--they want to take the path of least resistance. Have an alarm and use it, vary your routine, and dogs are a great deterrent! If you don't want a big dog get a dachshund. Not only are they a great pet but they sound a lot bigger thna they really are.

 

Posted by Steve Mangus (not active) about 9 years ago

Steve - thank you!  Little dogs are good for noise.  Big dogs for protection.  Our dog is medium and helped us a lot here:

http://activerain.com/blogsview/1387408/bump-keys-did-not-work-on-my-house

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

Usually I thank everyone for their blog but I want to thank you twice because you really brought some stuff to my attention! I would have never thought about putting the keypad where no one could see it! I will also check into those Medoco locks. I suppose they cost an arm and a leg right?!

Posted by Rosalie Evans, The Evans Group, Sioux Falls, SD Homes For Sale (Meritus Group Real Estate) about 9 years ago

May I re-blog this Jay? Thank you!

Posted by Janet Paris (RE/MAX Fine Properties) about 9 years ago

Yes, they are Rosalie.  I think about $250 a piece, including the key.  The keys are very expensive, and registered to your name.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

Janet - of course!  I think it has been already.  Thank you, and glad you liked it!

See today's post also!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

Great post.  I will add a couple more.  Most homes in my are have large front porches, usually with some minimal furniture (stuff you don't mind losing).  Leave a current newspaper and cup of coffee out on the table.  Also, leave a pair of gardening shoes by the door.  Do not leave anything in the yard. Ever.  No lawn mowers, gardening equipment and no toys.  None.  The point is to make it look like you are home, and not to leave things out that invite criminal behavior.

Posted by David Herren (Best Atlanta Properties, LLC) about 9 years ago

Great post!  I have a sign that says "This property protected by a German Shepherd security system", a sticker that says "Run Fast, Bite Hard" and a life size wood silhouette of a black german shepherd dog propped by my house.   Hopefuly that would deter people becasue the reality is my German Shepherds would welcome them into the house....  unlike the Golden retreivers and labs in 2 houses in my country neighborhood!  

Is the picture with the gun in the original post a sign or sticker and if so does anyone have a link to it.  I looked and can't find anything. 

Posted by Laurel Stone, Quality Online REAL ESTATE Education (Laurel Stone School of Real Estate) about 9 years ago

Jay,

I'd also like to re-blog your post. These tips are also great if someone has lived in their home for years and haven't completed these basic security precautions.

Posted by Gary Burleson, Myrtle Beach Homes, Condos, Foreclosures, Investment Propery (Beach Water Realty - www.beachwaterrealty.com) about 9 years ago
Just reblogged with this prelude... Change the keys, change the keys! Meet the Neighbors. Dog that barks, great! Lights, yes. Set the alarm, too. Google the instruction manual if it is not handy. All these are great tips for safely preparing your new Southern Maryland home. Photograph the inside for your insurance agent, too.
Posted by Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566 (RE/MAX Leading Edge www.GoldenResults.com) about 9 years ago

Grat post, Jay! I live in a very rural area where any car on the road is noticed and commented on by the neighbors. And when I lived in Dallas, we formed a neighborhood watch group. Burglaries dropped 80% the next year.

Posted by Tim Bradley, Commercial Real Estate Expert in Jackson Hole, WY (Contour Investment Properties) about 9 years ago

I'd be surprised if someone went throught he trouble to get in my lockbox outside my house.  It would be a lot easier to break in.  Of course, my huge dog door and two big dogs are a pretty good deterent.

 

Posted by Yvette Chisholm, Associate Broker - Rockville, MD 301-758-9500 (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) about 9 years ago

Excellent post-- great info!  I'm reblogging and sharing on Facebook as well for my friends, family and "fans!"  Looking forward to the next post.

Posted by Michele Rose, Burlington County Home Staging & Redesign (Rose-Colored Staging) about 9 years ago

Any advise that promotes security and safety is good advise!  Thanks!

Posted by Marshall Brown, BSEE, CHI (Mid America Inspection Services, LLC) about 9 years ago

Good advice.

Posted by Jim McCormack, Nashville Short Sale REALTOR - Stop Foreclosure (Nashville Short Sale Specialist - Jim McCormack - Edge Advantage Realty, LLC - 615-784-EDGE (3343)) about 9 years ago

Wow, thorough post on the subject!  Thanks.

Posted by Jayne Clement, Los Angeles Short Sale Agents (Keller Williams Realty) about 9 years ago

We give our clients gift certificates to Lowe's for new door locks when they close on their new home.  The first thing  suggest is they rekey the home, lock the windows and secure the property.

Posted by Kay Van Kampen, Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate (RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX) about 9 years ago

Hi Jay,

This is a great list. Make it as difficult as possible for those %$#@%$& opportunists.

Thanks for the post.

Posted by Dimitri Matsis-REALTOR® (818) 599-6083 (Troop Real Estate Inc. Westlake Village CA) about 9 years ago
Great information here, Jay! Will look forward to part two of this!
Posted by DeeDee Riley, Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas (Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA) about 9 years ago

This is a very good post and woth sharing with my clients thank you for the post.

Posted by Gene Riemenschneider, Turning Houses into Homes (Home Point Real Estate) about 9 years ago

David - thanks!  Those kinds of things appear in my post today!

Laurel - there are many sites.  NRA has stickers, Zazzle also.  Here is a link to that image:

http://media.photobucket.com/image/don%27t+worry+about+the+dog+/NAS-T-MAG/DontWorryAboutTheDog.jpg

Gary - thanks!  Today's post is about those who live in.  This one is for new buyers, but the tips work for anybody!

Thanks Cheryl.  There are more tips than I could include here!  Home inventory is a whole post in itself.

Tim - all the police departments recommend neighborhood watch groups!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

Yvette - the dogs are great.  Lose the outdoor lock box!  See my post today!

Thank you Michele!  The next post is up today.

Marshall - for sure.  After today's that will be it for a while though!

Thanks again Jim!  Stop buy today's post also.

Jayne - there is a follow up today.  Together they are full of info.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

Kay - all good advice.  Get bump-proof locks!

Dimitri - opportunists they are!  Keep them at bay, as much as possible.

Thanks DeeDee.  It is up and running now.

You're welcome Gene.  Share away!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

Hi Jay:

 

I am late commenting here but the information shared is so relevant in these times, that i am reblogging and reading today's post as well.

Posted by Markita Woods NMLS#196099, Queen of Mortgages - FHA, VA, Conventional, USDA (Fairway Independent Mortgage) about 9 years ago

Jay -- thanks for such an excellent, informative post!  You've no doubt deterred some burglar thugs with this one!!  I've learned some new things and plan to  print this out and make sure everything is covered that needs to be.

Posted by Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging, "Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes" (Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR) about 9 years ago

Jay another great post! (no I didn't miss-just hadn't made it here yet-LOL   :-)   )  This is such excellent advice-congrats on the well deserved feature!

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) about 9 years ago

Couldn't agree more 

Posted by Michael Singh,Broker (Singh Real Estate) about 9 years ago

Jay:

There is no way I want to use a gun.  Even with training I would not feel comfortable.  But I can and will do the other things you suggest.

Posted by Evelyn Kennedy, Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA (Alain Pinel Realtors) about 9 years ago

Thanks Markita.  Anything like this is relevant these days!  And I was happy to finally meet you the other day!

And thank you Debra.  We were kind of on the same wave length the other day.

Good Michael!  I hope you can use the info too.

Evelyn - if a predator even thinks you are armed, he will not bother you.  But our classes are 80% women.  That is a BIG deterrent.  Keep in mind - they are not going to treat you nice.  So you need to be less nice.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

Good advice, there are many people that don't feel the need to change the locks when they buy a home. Wrong thinking.

Posted by Lyn Sims, Schaumburg Real Estate (RE/MAX Suburban) about 9 years ago

Jay, I came here from the other one you wrote on the subject. Great series with very important information.

Posted by Sandy Acevedo, RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale (951-290-8588) about 9 years ago

Very wrong Lyn.  You don't know who has those keys - old boyfriends, uncle Fred, a maid service.  You don't know!

Sandy - thank you very much!  I hope you and your clients can use it!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

Jay - There are a lot of recommendations here.  I have several, and I think there are more that I need to do in my own home.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) about 9 years ago

Jay, wonderful post. Thank you for the great tips. It is important to stay vigilant about keeping your home safe.

Posted by Erna Neal, A Knowledgable Central Florida Realtor (The Viking Team, Realty) about 9 years ago

Christine - I hope there is something there everybody can use!  Keep safe!

Erna - I guess as people and families personal safety is paramount.  We need to keep it in mind always.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

Devils advocate here ;).  With the police not recommending combo locks outside the home, what about the lockboxes agents use?  Not everyone uses electronic ones.  Of course the ones with a hanger can be cut off with a bolt cutter, but how does that then free the key? 

Posted by Julie Babcock -Nook & Cranny Home Inspections (Nook & Cranny Home Inspections Tonawanda, NY) about 9 years ago

Hi Julie.  Realty boxes are temporary.  I am talking about people keeping "emergency" keys permanently on the hose bib or elsewhere.  Those boxes can be easily cut off with a bolt cutter.  I bet I could get one off with a Dremel tool!  As to getting into them, are you kidding?  One whack in the right spot with a screwdriver and they pop right open!

Keep nothing in plain sight!

It's the same with those locking, fire-proof boxes you can get at the hardware store for papers and such.  They are a cinch to open.  One whack.

I have never tried to get into a Supra key box.  But I imagine it would not be hard with my Fein tool or circular saw and a metal-cutting bit.  Literally just cut the bottom off.  But if you try it, put the box securely in a vice so you don't get any back jumping from the saw!   ;>)

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

Great advisory Jay. The mounting screws that come with door hard ware are a joke if you want a secure door. The small investment in screws long enough to lock into the house framing is definately worth the cost.

Posted by Robert Butler, Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection (Aspect Inspection) about 9 years ago

You've got to tie everything to the structure Robert!  If not, it isn't part of the structure!  Those little 1/2" screws they give with the kits are useless too.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

Great advice, Jay.  You seriously have Medeco locks on your house?  Wow.  I've never seen those on a house... ever.

Posted by Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth. (Structure Tech Home Inspections) about 9 years ago

Jay ~ solid advice!  Lights are a great idea.  I saw a cute sign on a house last week...." I would love for you to tresspass, my dog can use the exercise!"

Posted by Dawn A Fabiszak, The Dawn of a New Real Estate Experience! (Private Label Realty ( Denver metro area, Colorado) about 9 years ago

Um, Reubs, lock smiths around here are putting them in like "pancakes."  I recommend them on nearly every inspection.  My church uses them.  I have my house and church keys in my pocket and show clients how the cuts differ from "regular" keys!  The day after my lock smith put ours in we decided we needed one more key.  I went to his shop and even though he knew me, he still made me pull out my license to get my card to match things up before he would cut another key!

We have three locks and they are the smoothest I have ever used.  I shoot them with WD-40 once a year.

Dawn - those kinds of signs are more effective then people may realize!  And good lighting is essential.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

The relationship between humans and the domesticated dog began over 14,000 years ago. FOURTEEN THOUSAND YEARS of dogs protecting, guarding, helping, defending......(from NatGeo) That relationship has become so intimate that dogs are often viewed as creatures apart, writes biologist James Serpell. “The domestic dog exists precariously in the no-man’s-land between the human and nonhuman . . . neither person nor beast, showing traits of both.”

The value of a dog cannot ever be overstated.

 

Posted by Jayson Holland, Jay Holland (Listings.com) about 9 years ago

Thanks Jayson.  I have had many delightful dogs my whole life.  I hope to be with them all in heaven, well, along with some other people too!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

Dear Jay -
Yet another great post!

The worst is when BEFORE CLOSING you have shown the Buyer things to do immediately AND suggested that they buy the items ahead of time.  You may find out that they didn't take your advice when they get burglarized the first day!  UGH!!!
Have a happy day -
Lynn

Posted by Lynn B. Friedman, Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers (Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ...) about 9 years ago

I have given a lot of advice Lynn, but to my knowledge nobody has been burglarized the first day!  That's awful!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 9 years ago

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