• Michelle Yarn

Simple Ways to Make Your Home Safe & Smart


You know the saying "Home is where the heart is", right? So it's well worth your time and efforts to make sure your home is secure! Here are some super simple ways to create a safe AND smart home.

1. Ditch the Social Media Details

Yes, social media has become a part of our everyday lives, but if you’re going out of town, resist the urge to post every little detail about your trip online. Posting a status that says where you’re going and how long you’ll be gone makes it so easy for potential burglars to know exactly when they could stop by your now empty house! Instead, post as many photos and details as you’d like once you’re back home.

2. Get Connected

The next tip is for creating a home that’s both safe and smart - get your home connected and use technology to your advantage! It’s actually really simple to set up a smart DIY home! For instance, SAGE by Hughes is a fully integrated, self-monitored security and home automation solution that you can use from the comfort of your couch with control from your TV and mobile devices. With SAGE, your TV is your central control hub, so you can control your home from the spot you spend most of your time.

When it comes to security, you can use your TV and your mobile device to keep your home secure. How cool is that?! SAGE makes it easy to customize your home in a way that best fits your lifestyle, and it's a super easy DIY setup. You can create rules that best fit your lifestyle. Maybe you want to have your lights and thermostat turned on when you’re leaving the office, or switch off all the lights and turn the front porch light on when you go to bed. There are so many possibilities!

If you’re headed out of town, don't stress because you can get SAGE alerts on your mobile device. Even if you’re far from home, if you recognize that an alert is actually an emergency (like a burglar is breaking into your house) SAGE has a “MyLocal911” feature, which allows you to call local emergency respondents in your city, you just need to make sure that you have a data connection. SAGE makes it is easy to protect and control your home, all while saving time and money.

For an added layer of security, SAGE deadbolt lock gives you complete control by allowing you to automatically lock or unlock your door, even if you are far from your home . Using the outdoor camera, you see who’s coming or going and you don’t have to worry about handing your keys out.

3. Change Your Locks

If you’re a new homeowner, congratulations! Buying a new home is a moment to celebrate, but keep in mind that during the sales process realtors, inspectors, potential buyers and workmen are in and out of your home and sometimes they come and go and use keys, unsupervised. Make sure to change your locks once you’ve moved in to make sure you are the only one who controls access to your new place.

So there you have it! Keep all these tips in mind and you can rest easy knowing your home is safe and secure.

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