Add Inexpensive Door and Window Alarms
Attach the alarm to the door or window (with a screw or double-sided tape) alongside the magnetic contact strip (they don’t have to be touching, but within 1/2 in.). When the door or window opens, breaking magnetic contact, the alarm shrieks (these little units have a piercing alarm). The door alarm has a delay feature, giving you time to set the alarm and leave, then open the door and deactivate the unit when you come home, without setting it off. The window unit has an on/off switch. The alarms will work on any door or window, and the batteries last two to three years.
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Within the First Six Months:
Install a whole house surge protector to prevent your plug-in electronics from voltage surges.
Replace traditional rubber washing machine hoses with no-burst hoses to prevent a costly flood.
Flush the water heater to remove sediment that reduces efficiency.