There's a lot to consider when deciding where to purchase your home. A recent survey by BMO Bank of Montreal asked Canadian homeowners to rank their decision criteria when choosing where to live. The results show that at the top of most Canadians' lists is security. Buying a home is the biggest financial decision a family will make and there are many factors to consider before signing on the bottom line.
"Everyone has a unique set of personal and financial priorities, so it's important that those particular needs are considered when deciding on the right location to purchase a home," said Laura Parsons, Mortgage Expert at BMO Bank of Montreal. "Taking a practical approach to home buying is the key to preventing yourself from getting 'swept away' by the bells and whistles of a house. Home buyers should make a list of needs versus wants and prioritize them in order of highest to lowest importance."
Here's how the respondents ranked their top 5 criteria:
- Safe Neighbourhood
- Quiet Street
- Good Neighbours
- Short Commute to Work
- Near Friends and Family
Purchaing or building a home in a safe neighbourhood will definitely help to keep your home safe from crime. However, there are additional steps you might be interested in taking in order to protect your family. Learn more about home safety in our home invasion demonstration video.
Recently, one of our clients wanted to see first-hand how secure our Tilt + Turn Windows really are. We said, no problem!
The following is a video that shows us hitting our Tilt + Turn Window with an 8-lb. sledgehammer. We also use large crowbars to see if the frame can be cracked open.
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In a recent article in the Vancouver Sun, Peter Simpson, president of the Greater Vancouver Home Builders' Association, reminds homeowners to make sure to secure their homes before going on vacation to prevent break and enters. He lists a number of useful tips to help thwart the bad guys, including making sure all your windows and doors are locked and bolted.
We'd like to take that tip one step further: When buying new windows and doors for your home, make sure to purchase windows and doors that offer built-in security against casual break and enters. Third party locks and bolts are good, but steel reinforced and multipoint locking windows and doors are even better. Don't make security an afterthought!
Innotech manufactures one of the most secure windows and doors on the market. In fact, during our annual open house, we have a competition we like to call "Break In and Win!". We give guests a sledgehammer and a crowbar and if they can break into the window or door, we give them a prize. So far, there haven't been any winners (except for the "fake house" behind the window or door!).
Learn how our Defender Hardware System can help protect your valuables.