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Vital Information About Home Locks Every Realtor Should Know

Growing a business as a realtor is more challenging than selling consumable products or an ongoing service. You can’t rely only on repeat business as it can be years between transactions. Studies show that the typical homeowner spends 7 to 15 years in their home before relocating, and many stay for their lifetime. What you can focus on instead is referrals. Providing stellar service to buyers and sellers is the best way to put word-of-mouth to work for you. There are many ways to endear yourself to your clients. The most notable is showing them they can come to you for the answers about anything concerning the home selection and closing process. Each tidbit of information you pick up gets you that much closer to being the omnipotent being they hope you are. You can’t know everything, of course, but one thing that is likely to impress them is being able to give good advice about home locks and security. Read More at ABC...

4 Easy Steps To Help Maintain Your Door Locks

This article will provide you the 4 easy steps to help maintain your door locks for your home in your normal monthly home maintenance routine. Lock Maintenance isn’t usually on a normal family maintenance “to do” list, but it really should be.  Maintaining your locks not only helps the locks to perform better, but it also may prevent you from having to pay a lot of money to a Locksmith for repairs later on. As with all mechanical items, dirt and grime will get in to a door lock.  Without proper maintenance the lock will eventually become extremely hard to operate, or even eventually break. Maintenance for Standard Door Locks 1.  Lubricate the Locks Purchase TDL Blaster Dry Lube, or Lockease from a Locksmith shop, or home maintenance store. You should never use powder graphite because it will clog your lock like sand, contrary to popular belief. 2.  Insert the tube stem (included with spray) Place the stem into the lock cylinder and spray liberally. Make sure to have paper towels handy as the dirt will be plentiful. 3.  Flush the lock Continue to spray until you no longer see dirt and debris draining from the lock. 4.  Bolts and Latches Make sure to also spray the bolt and/or latch on the side of the door. These are the mechanisms that actually lock the door and also need to be maintained. Like all home maintenance, it’s important you implement regular door lock maintenance into your monthly home maintenance routine. Following these 4 easy steps will help to ensure a longer lifetime for your door...

Dinner Time Burglaries – Crime Prevention

Dinnertime burglaries are a familiar occurrence in recent years. More than 40% of home burglaries occurred during these hours through unlocked doors and windows. Using caution and common sense can prevent most of these burglaries. Crime does not discriminate; anyone can become a victim. By making a small investment of your time and money you can make your home safer and less of a target for a “would be a burglar”. Secure your home prior to leaving by locking all doors and windows and if you have an alarm use it, and set it. Make your home appear occupied, use timers on lights, radios and televisions. Advertise your home as being equipped with an alarm system by using window stickers and yard signs. Alarms should be audible and loud enough to alert neighbors on all sides of your home. Your immediate family should be educated in the home security program and advised of any changes, i.e. alarm codes, re-keying of locks. Supplemental security devices such as pressure sensitive mats can be added to each room. These mats are useful and are easily disguised alerting you of any entry into the home. All exterior doors should be made of metal or solid hardwood at a minimum thickness of 1-3/4 inch. Hardware should include quality strike plates, hinges and single cylinder deadbolt locks with a minimum of 1-1/2 inch throw bolt. Sliding glass doors should be secured with commercially available supplemental locks or at minimum place a one-inch thick broomstick or wood dowel in the lower track. Install shims or self-tapping screws in the upper track above both doors to prevent...