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Many times, when we talk about home improvements, we talk about what we’ll call the “elective” remodels. You know the ones: adding on another room, updating your kitchen, getting a new bathtub.

But what about the home improvements that actually play a practical role in our lives? There are always ways to make your house safer, whether they’re for preventing accidents or keeping would-be thieves away from our properties.

Let’s examine three examples of this so you can get a sense of where to start.

Get New Doors

It’s easy to let something like your doors go for many years. It’s kind of a hassle to choose new doors and then change out the old ones, but you really can’t skimp on your home’s entryways.

Aside from not being energy-efficient, older doors are also notoriously flimsy. If you want to save energy and keep yourself and your family safe from any kind of forced entry, invest in some strong modern doors. Chances are they will look better on top of offering you more peace of mind.

Get a Security System

Any house can be made just a little safer, and that can be helped along with one of the many home security systems that are on the market now. These systems come with control panels, security cameras, motion detectors, and alarms.

That means you can leave the house, go on vacation, and go to sleep in peace, knowing that if anyone were to try anything, they’ll be seen before they can succeed. You’ll also be alerted with a blaring alarm, which should be enough to scare the person away.

This is definitely a remodel worth the money.

Think About the Weather

If you know you live in a region that is susceptible to floods, tornadoes, and the like, it may be worth setting aside some money for extra protection. Roof shingles that are extra wind-resistant are a good idea, as is a safe room if tornadoes blow through your area once in a while.

When it comes to floods, you can reinforce your basement all you want, but sometimes the forces are too strong. One “remodel” to consider here is flood insurance if you don’t already have it. Otherwise, consider using topsoil to build up around your house’s foundation to keep away infiltrating water during heavy rains.

These are all common-sense solutions to problems, and we hope they’ve given you some ideas for how to protect your own home more effectively.