8 Jun 2012

Mark Zawaideh

Metro-Detroit Real Estate Tips - Prepping New Home Owners for Emergencies

There's a huge swell of pride when you purchase that first Northville home or other Metro-Detroit home for sale.  It's yours, metro_detroit_real_estate_emergency_250you worked hard for it, and you finally get to enjoy the fruits of your labors.  All the emotions can cloud your thoughts and make you lose focus on that investment.  You might already be thinking about upgrades and renovation, but your attention should really be on safe-guarding that new home.

A good Oakland County or Wayne County real estate agent will walk you through the entire process - and that includes helping you understand the best way to settle in and protect your home with insurance and other important items.  When you purchase your new home, there are some critical tools and items to have on hand, and action to take, in order to prevent damage and even disaster.

Essential Devices for your New Home

There's actually a lot you can do around you home to be proactive about safety and protection.  For example, installing water alarms on your sinks and in other areas where water could pool from a leak can help you avoid extensive water damage - the alarms go off at the slightest hint of moisture.

Get current fire extinguishers throughout the home that are A:B:C for doising all three types of fires (combustibles, flammable liquids and electrical).  When you do so, try to supplement any hard-wired smoke detectors with secondary battery-powered alarms.

Dealing with the Common Threats to Your Home

To provide yourself and your home with the best protection, use separate carbon monoxide and smoke detectors.  One on each level and one in every room and hall.  Simple plug in versions with a battery backup are the most discreet.

For your basement, laundry or mechanical room you may have a sump pump.  Getting an alarm for the pump provides a sensor that goes off if a probe detects rapidly rising water levels.  This can help you avoid a potential flood or at least safeguard and move critical items before water levels rise beyond what your pump can handle.

Your water heater should also have an automatic shutoff valve.  This device will cut off the supply to the water heater if it senses a leak of any kind on the appliance.  Also, washing machines can be a source for flooding and leaks.  An intelliflow shutoff valve for a washing machine will completely shut off the supply of water to the machine when it is off, and open the valve when the machine turns on.

Extra Tips for Home Emergencies

An emergency kit for your home is just as important as one in your vehicle.  Get a plastic tote and consider stocking it with a variety of items that will be useful in an emergency.  This way all the items are in a single place and easy to access.  When you're getting ready to move in, that is the best time to designate a spot for your emergency kit.

The kit in your home should include:

  • Duct Tape - perfect for on-the-fly repairs
  • Mylar blanket - lightweight and will hold in heat
  • Multitool - get a multitool with pliers and a can opener
  • Charger - invest in a hand crank charger to power phones and radios
  • Nylon rope - rope can be used to secure anything in the home and outside the home during heavy storms
  • Lantern - a battery operated lantern is much safer and more cost effective than a fuel-oil lantern or candles
  • First-aid - include a secondary or pair of first aid kits in your home emergency kit.

Combine the prepping and emergency kit when you first buy a home in Metro-Detroit and you'll be set to protect your family as well as your home .

Topics: Buyer Tips & Mortgage News