Your Home Is Vulnerable When You’re At Work–Secure It With These Tips

Almost everyone secures their home when they go on vacation or plan to leave the property unattended for a long time. It makes a lot of sense because the house is vulnerable and you are nowhere in the vicinity. But, what about when you are at work? The reality is that it is a very similar situation, yet you won’t take the same security measures. In fact, some people don’t even think their home is vulnerable just because they are a few miles away. Homes are always vulnerable, which is why you need to take its security seriously when you go to work.


Here is a handful of tips that will help you make the transition.


Ask A Neighbour A Favour


Thieves love properties with no one watching because they are an easy target. What they hate is a noisy neighbour that is looking for trouble. Although they can be annoying, neighbours do add plenty of value when it comes to security. By keeping a lookout, they will automatically scare away intruders. And, most people are happy to do it because they will expect the same in return. All you have to do is ask them to keep their eyes out for anything suspicious and to call you if anything happens. It’s a simple tactic but very effective.

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Big Brother Is Watching


Another thing burglars hate is cameras. They hate them because it means there’s a higher chance of getting caught. Cameras these days are so good they can identify an intruder from quite a distance. Thieves can’t take this chance, not if they don’t want to go to jail. For those of you that can’t afford a system, dummy cameras are available. They are a gamble, but it is a gamble that tends to work because it uses the law of averages to its advantage. An intruder can never know if a camera works or not, so they won’t take the risk. Instead, they’ll look for a house with less security.


Eyes And Ears Everywhere


Should anyone get inside your house, you want to identify the person as soon as possible. With that in mind, it’s a good idea to install cameras inside the property as well as outside. Hidden cameras and nanny cams can watch your house and record anyone that enters that shouldn’t be there. And, you can even link them to your phone to get live updates. Eyes are excellent, but eyes and ears are better. Micro recorders are available at Spycentre and other stores, and they are an awesome purchase. They record any sound that takes place in the property, which means you’ll get the audio as well as the video. Audio and video should be more than enough for the police to ID an intruder and put them away.


You might think that while you are at work nothing will happen at home. That is wrong because your house is empty and open to attack, which is why you should secure it every time you leave the house.

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Choosing The Perfect Property… Even If It’s Temporary!

A lot of people are having to avoid buying houses, nowadays. This is because of a surge in house prices, and all time lows in wages and salaries. Of course, people still need somewhere to live, though. And, this is where renting comes in. A large population of the world holds no claim to the ownership of their home. Instead, they simply pay a monthly rate to live there. But, this doesn’t mean that the property you choose to rent has to be anything but perfect. You just need to make the right choices along the way.

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The first part of this journey starts with some research. You need to figure out exactly what you want from your home. Some people don’t care about the inside of their place. Instead, they want to be a great location. Whereas others will care much more about the interior than their location. Think about what you need the most, and look for properties that have what you need. This will give you a good idea of the price you should be expecting to pay. If it’s too much, you might have to look somewhere a little cheaper.


Once you have an idea of the places and homes that you like, you can start talking to some estate agents. Companies like Houseen lettings and property services often have more houses on offer than they have on display. So, if you talk to loads of agents; you’ll be able to find properties that nobody else knows about. This can give you a great edge when it comes to viewing and securing the property. You’ll be surprised at the hidden options an agent can have waiting for you. These are usually only held back because they’re new and simply haven’t been posted anywhere yet.

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You may have to be willing to make some compromises along the way with a journey like this. The only thing you should avoid changing is your key needs for the place. But, exact locations and styles of property can be changed without much hassle. Houses will often leave the market very soon after they enter it. A  lot of people don’t mind where they live. And, so, will take the first house they see. But, you have to make sure that the place isn’t too big of a compromise to make you hate it in the future.

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Once you think you’re ready to choose a place, you’ll have to make sure that the landlord is happy for you to live there. This process will be different at each estate agent. But, this is usually the time you have to hand over all of your personal details. So, make sure that you have everything ready for the estate agent when you get to this stage. This will make the whole thing much faster.
Hopefully, this will give you a good idea of what you need to be doing when it comes to choosing the perfect rented property. You need to make sure that your home is somewhere that you love; even if you don’t own the place. It’s not worth living somewhere that makes you unhappy.

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Depression: Do You Have It?

The thing about life is that there will be times where we feel down. We might receive unpleasant news or perhaps have a bad day at work. There’s nothing we can do to always remain in a happy mood and in high spirits. We just have to accept that, at times, we’ll feel sad or upset about stuff.


Some people experience more downs than ups in their lives. If that sounds like you, it could be that you might be suffering from depression. Believe it or not, most people suffer from depressive stages in their lives. It can often stay with people most of their lives, or, if they’re lucky, they could only experience an episode of depression just once.


A lot of folks don’t realize they have depression until an extreme action or series of events occurs in their lives. In today’s blog post, you’ll learn more about depression and what you can do to combat it.

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What is depression?


In a nutshell, depression makes it hard to lead a “normal” life. When a person suffers from it, emotions such as hopelessness and despair take over and leave them in permanently low spirits.


Learning more about depression can help you understand why you feel like you do and how to get help.

Symptoms of depression


Some sufferers describe having depression as feeling like they are permanently living under a black cloud. They’ll also say things like they feel nothing ever goes right for them, and that they just feel emotionally hollow inside.


Common symptoms of depression include:


  • Feeling helpless;
  • Finding daily activities uninteresting;
  • Unexplained weight gain or loss;
  • Problems sleeping;
  • Feeling angry and irritable, and having a low tolerance level;
  • Feeling physically drained and having no energy;
  • Inability to concentrate;
  • Behaving in a reckless manner (compulsive gambling, substance abuse, etc.);
  • Feeling suicidal.


There are also differing forms of depression. Many people get diagnosed with chronic depression, for instance. People with severe depression and extreme mood changes may even get diagnosed with bipolar disorder.


The weather can also be another form and cause of depression for thousands of individuals. S.A.D. or “Seasonal Affective Disorder” can make people feel depressed during the winter months of the year. Or, indeed, any of the other seasons. The Canada Pharmacy Online offers some telltale signs of S.A.D. in case you feel that is something you are suffering.


How to treat depression


Admitting that you have a problem and that you think you might be depressed is the first step to getting help. The next, of course, is to talk to your doctor about your depression. They’ll ask you some simple questions to diagnose your level of depression.


Once they do that, you can agree on an action plan with your doctor. Usually, that means starting a course of antidepressants such as fluoxetine (i.e. Prozac) and seeking cognitive behavioral therapy. You may also benefit from counseling to help you beat your depression.


Final thoughts


Depression might feel like you’re in a black hole that you’ll never escape, but that’s not the case at all. There are people out there that care and want to help you get better. Remember that there’s always someone to talk to, even if you feel like all hope is lost.
Good luck, and thank you for reading this article.

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Professional Cleaning At Home

Urgh cleaning! Why does it seem to take up so much of our lives? Surely no matter how much you love to have a spick and span home, there are better things that you can do with your life? But its seem like it’s a constant battle, to get a professional standard of cleaning in your own home, by doing it yourself. But wait, what if you used the tips and trick that the professional did? Read on to find out more.


Base Boards


So one of the mortal dreaded cleaning jobs is making sure that the baseboards in your home are clean and dust free. You have to get on your hands and knees and gives over every square inch, right? Well, wrong actually. This is a job where you can really benefit from working smarter not harder.

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For example, did you know that you can get telescopic baseboard cleaning tools? Which mean all you need to do is walk around the edges of the room, and the tool will collect all the dust for you? You can even wet it slightly to get rid of stains.


Then, and this is a real professional gem of a tip, take some dryer sheets and rub them around the baseboards. Why? As they repel dust, so the job will last for longer, and be loads easier to do, the next time!


Treating wood


Another hugely time-consuming job is cleaning wooden items like floors in your home. Especially if they are made from expensive materials. Of course, you don’t want to leave anything that can cause a stain, but you also don’t want to be stressing that if you don’t catch a stain or mark immediately that it will be there for life.


But this is where some insider knowledge can really pay off. Instead of varnishing your wooden surfaces use a product like Real Milk Paint Company Wood Oil. This protects the wood, but also give you an easy clean surface to work with. Making, cleaning up any spills and keeping wooden items in good repair, a lot easier.


Robotic Vacuums


So, if you are cleaning as a profession, anything that takes a job away from you and gives you more time is a bonus. That is why robotic vacuum cleaners are such a good idea. These are little circular robots with built-in vacuums that you can program to run around your home independently.


That means the vacuuming will always be done because you can set them off when you are out of the house, and they do it all for you. Easy!




Lastly, as we all know dust is the enemy of a clean home, and while you can use an air filter to help reduce this you will never get rid of it completely. In particular, it can stick to surfaces and items like drapes and be very tough to remove.


But of course, the pros know this, and have the perfect if a little unexpected solution. A hand towel. Yep, that’s right beating the drapes with a hand towel will dislodge way more dust that the diaper attachment on your vacuum. Then all you need to do is vacuumed up the dust when it falls to the floor.

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Protect Your Home While You Are Away

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The security of our home is a concern we all have before we head away, whether on business or a holiday. It’s that thing that gets us hot under the collar as we are sat in our seats on the plane, wondering if we did enough to protect our castle from an intruder. We question any weaknesses in our defense.


Well, before you go away on your next trip, here is a checklist of things you can do to better protect your home from coming under any harm.

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Stay Away From Social Media

It only takes a like for your Facebook or Instagram posts to become visible to unwanted eyes, and leave your home open to attack. As such, make sure you avoid every temptation to increase your social standing until you have got back from your trip. Posting a picture of your morning view of white sandy beaches and endless oceans is an attractive proposition in a social media-addicted world, but while you’re busy being pleased with yourself, someone else may be alerted to the fact you aren’t home, which could wipe a smile off your face.


Over Sell Your Security System

If you don’t have one, then investing in the best home security system should be your very first move. Your second move should be to advertise your security system. Burglars cannot be deterred by a system they don’t know about. Of course, you could run the risk of telling a thief what system you are using and thus how to get past it. So why not buy window stickers that advertise a different company, and install fake security cameras, and anything else that will make them think twice. There are plenty of homes, so make yours the least attractive proposition to thieves.


Make It Look Like Someone Is Home

A great way to do this is by actually having someone look after your home while you are away. Perhaps your best friend has a daughter that wouldn’t mind a break from her parents and a bit of extra cash. If not, then buy a few timers and spread them out over your home. Don’t just limit them to the lights, though. Have the television come on, or the radio. The outside lights and the cellar. Anywhere and everywhere you can think of. Leave your car in the driveway. Have the gardener come in a couple of times that week. The cleaner too. The more activity there is at your home the better. Think Home Alone.


Your Post Is A Giveaway

Before you head off for a week or two, always head to the post office and ask them if they can hold your post. The same goes for milk deliveries and newspapers. The reason for this is simple. If you have a ton of letters poking out of your letter box or a hundred milk bottles, a thief is going to realize that something is up; namely the fact that no one is in. They’ll sense a weakness and they will pounce, so don’t let your post give you away.

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