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We all wish we could give our dogs a big house with an even bigger yard, but for some of us, that isn’t a possibility (at least not yet). On top of that, apartment buildings can be a bit chaotic. And, since your pet doesn’t have as much room to roam as he would in a big house, you can’t really limit his access to half the place, since that would put him near some hazardous areas. If you have to move into an apartment but are unsure of how your little one will react, your options may seem dim. But don't worry - living in an apartment with a pet doesn't have to be a bad thing! Be sure to take a few precautions into account and both you and your pet could lead happy, healthy lives in your new home. 1. Secure the balconies. If your balcony has bars, measure them to make sure your pet cannot fit through. You may think your dog is smart enough to never jump off the balcony, but there is no knowing what… Read more

Surveillance cameras can be invaluable in the event of a break-in, accident or theft in your home. But your surveillance cameras can only be of help if you take care of them. Should someone tamper with or disable them, or should a severe storm take them out, all of your important footage could be gone - or you may miss an important incident entirely. Don't let that happen! Keep your cameras in tip-top shape by following the tips below. Require a Password for Each Login You’ve likely noticed that after inputting the Wi-fi password into your phone or laptop the first time, you don’t need to do it subsequent times—your device just remembers that password. Your surveillance cameras can do the same thing, but that's not necessarily a good thing! Adjust the security settings such that a password is required anytime someone wants to use the cameras or review the footage. This can stop criminals from deleting the footage of the crime they just committed in your home. Add Password Encryption You can also add WPA2 encryption to your cameras, to… Read more

With the cold weather and hazardous conditions, you may be craving a weekend getaway to a beach-side home or little house on the lake. There’s nothing like staying in a real home when you want a cozy vacation, so you’ll probably turn to AirBnb. The hosts on AirBnb need to make an income, and in order to do that, they need to make their home as appealing as possible. But you can’t always be certain what you see online will be what you get in real life. So is your AirBnb safe? Here are red flags to look for. The price is too good to be true. If the price is too good to be true, it probably is. Remember that in major cities, walking just two blocks can mean a drastic change in your surroundings. If most places in an area are priced at $200 a night but one is $80, it’s probably just around the corner on the wrong side of town. It’s very far from other Airbnbs on the map. Take a look at the map that shows where… Read more

Tornadoes, hurricanes, snow and hail storms—these are all weather conditions we have a somber respect for. When the forecast tells us these are coming, we take that information seriously, fortifying our homes and even seeking shelter. But it always comes as a shock what devastation heavy rains can cause. It’s just water, right? Well, mother nature has shown us a few times that a lot of water can do a lot of damage. If you know heavy rains are going to hit your area, don’t ignore it. Fortify your property and start preparing- follow these tips to make sure your home is safe and ready to handle it. 1. Check your shingles & inspect your ceiling. Inspect your roof to make sure that all of your shingles are intact. Fix any loose ones or replace broken ones before the rain comes. You should check these again after the storm, since heavy weather conditions may cause some damage. From the inside, look up at your ceilings. Check for watermarks, dark spots or any evidence there may be a leak in your ceiling.… Read more

Moving into a new home is so exciting. It feels like a fresh start. But fresh starts go hand in hand with being a little naïve about your surroundings. You don’t know about the hazards in your neighborhood, you don’t know whom you can trust, you aren’t familiar with the streets, you don’t know the good delivery places - the list goes on. Worse, getting settled into a new home can make you a target for burglars and other criminals. If you're a new resident, make sure you pay extra attention to the following as you're moving - it could be what ultimately saves you from becoming a victim of burglary. Delivery Trucks Between the moving trucks lugging your belongings from your old home to your new one, and the items you purchased online to spruce up your new place, you might have delivery trucks pulling into your driveway several times a day. So you probably wouldn’t question it if a truck pulled up, claiming to have a piece of furniture you ordered. You’d let the delivery personnel into your home… Read more