Is Your Home Secure?

Recently, our neighborhood has had a few burglaries during the day. This served as reminder for us to update some of our home security features.

SECURITY SYSTEMS:

We have had a security system through Monotronics for years now. It allows us to have sensors on all of the doors and windows. If any of these entry points open a loud beep goes off for 1 minute before the alarm is triggered. At that time, a message is sent to the security company and they call police. We can also set the alarm when we are away so that sensors go of if someone is walking around the house. The feature that makes me feel the best is the fire alarm. If our fire alarm goes off then the fire department is dispatched to our house. We always set our alarm at night but at times we do forget to set the alarm when we leave for the day. Our company also allows you to set the alarm through your cell phone. There are so many different companies available. SimpliSafe offers many of the similar features.

We have also considered getting RING.COM so we can see who is at the door.  https://ring.com/

A quick google search and you can find different companies in Omaha that offer a variety of security systems

DEADBOLTS

When we purchased our home we inherited some drilled out deadbolts that needed to be replaced. After replacing the deadbolts we decided to also add another security feature (for those times we fail to set our alarm), Dead Bolt Secure. Apparently for a few bucks it prevents “lock bumping”. Lock bumping is a fairly simple way for thieves to enter your home.

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SLIDING DOORS

If you have a sliding glass back door, here are some options for you:

  1. security bars
  2. double bolt locksdownload-11
  3. sliding door lockdownload-12
  4. door sensor

Ideas to prevent thieves from breaking glass:

  1. window film, blinds, or curtains so they can’t see in
  2. glass break detectors that sound your alarm systemdownload-13

GARAGE DOORS

We often forget this is another point of entrance.

  1. Motion Lights above your garage
  2. Window film
  3. Secure your doors emergency release with zip ties
  4. Don’t leave your garage remote in your car
  5. Frequency changers – Modern automatic garage door openers now feature rolling-code technology. Prior to this thieves could just drive through a neighborhood pushing their purchased transmitter. If they had the same brand that you purchased than your door would open. 
  6. MyQ alerts when a garage door opens. https://www.liftmaster.com/for-homes/accessories/myq-accessories

    Hope these few ideas help make you feel safe and sound in your home!

 

Front Door Update

When we moved into our current house, we inherited an outdated front door. At first we thought that we would replace it. We priced out some front doors and quickly realized that a new front door would have to wait. Fresh paint and updated hardware would have to do for now. As with any old house repairs, none of this would be easy. Here is what we started with:0710161347

A few problems here. 1) The door is hollow. 2) There is a hole for a deadbolt at the bottom of the door. 3) The lead of the glass has been painted. 4) The window leaks when it rains 5) The antique door knocker that was given to me screws do not line up with the current door knocker holes. 6-8) problems that we would find out later as we put in the new hardware.

Knowing the obstacle that lie ahead, I ran down to my local ACE Hardware. Luckily, I was helped by an older man who was very experienced in home improvement. He set me up with some good products.

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Durham’s Rock Hard Water Putty = awesome! This product comes in a powder form which you mix with water to the desired consistency. So I took the deadbolt out, stuffed with newspaper, puttied, and sanded.

Then I puttied and sanded the door knocker and sealed the window with caulk. I also scraped the paint off of the lead of the window.

After everything dried I painted the door the same color as the brown trim.

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A couple months have past and we recently added new hardware and worked on a better seal for the bottom of the door. Here is the finished product which cost about $150. A little hard work saved us some money!  Final product with a little fall decor.

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NEW LISTING!

New Listing!  Click here for more pictures!

Wow! What a great value! Enter into the unique foyer w/space for a drop zone. Then, head up to the large living room w/vaulted ceiling, wood beam & cozy fireplace. Just imagine this cute kitchen with a large farm table for entertaining! Updated main floor bath w/skylite + addl ¾ bath. Large master bedroom! Fresh paint throughout, new kitchen flooring, newer carpet, all appliances stay (including washer/dryer), newer windows & roof, fenced back yard w/shed & garden area. Make it your own!

Table and Chairs Brush Up

About 15 years ago, we purchased a formal dining room set. Over time the dark cherry wood became worn and the cream colored fabric that lined the seats had been stained. It was dark and needed a face lift.

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I decided to paint the side chairs, table apron, and legs.  I have had luck with using Annie Sloan chalk paint so I decided to use French Linen for this project.  It took two coats to cover the dark wood.  I distressed with a sanding pad and applied the Annie Sloan clear wax.  The chairs were recovered with updated fabric.  For now I decided to leave the Captain’s chairs the same color as the tabletop however I might change my mind and paint them too. imag3029

Here is the finished product.  It definitely lightened up the dining set. Next up… center a new light fixture over this large table!

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11 Best Omaha Boutiques

11 Best Omaha Boutiques

If you have a free afternoon in Omaha, we suggest you spend it exploring some of the best local shopping boutiques in the area! Whether you’re in Old Market, West Omaha, or you’re venturing all over the city, you’re sure to find something for yourself, for your home or for the Husker lover in all of us.

Your shopping trip will be made much easier with our guide to the best Omaha boutiques. We know you’ll find something spectacular, vintage, and adorable on your next shopping spree with a visit to one of these great local shops!