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Flipping Houses: Turning a Wreck into a Gem


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Flipping Houses: Turning a Wreck into a Gem

Five years ago, I decided to start my own side business. Along with keeping my job as a construction worker, I decided to use my savings to purchase an older residence. The plan was to fix up the place and then sell it at a profit. It didn't take me long to figure out that while my side business would take up most of my free time, it would make me a lot of money. Today, I still flip three or four houses a year. My strategy developed through trial and error, and I've learned how to evaluate the potential of a property first, then buy second. I know what must be done in the way of exterior painting, making the place secure, and ultimately finding the right buyer. If you are thinking about trying this kind of sideline, read on. What I've learned will help you a lot.

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4 Things To Know About Locks When Building A New Home

When building a new home, it is easy to focus on all the big things. However, the security of your entire new home really comes down to the little things; the locks on your home. Here are a few things you need to know and take into consideration concerning the locks that you put on your new home.

#1 Use A Locksmith

If you are in the process of having your home built, do not have your general contractors install your locks. They are not trained in the art of installing locks, and although they may be able to do it, they are not the best person for the job. Instead, when it gets time to put in the windows and doors, call up a locksmith like one from Pinnacle Lock & Safe and have them head over to your new home construction site to work on installing locks on your windows and doors with your general contractor.

#2 A Dead Bolt Is The Most Secure Lock

For all the primary locks in your home, the most secure lock that you can put on your doors that enter to the outside are dead bolts. Dead bolts are secured deep inside of your door frame, making them hard to break or just knock through. Additionally, dead bolts are generally designed so that they are not that easy to pick and open either.

#3 Double Cylinder Window Locks Will Increase Your Security

Your windows can pose a security risk to you. You should have additional locks installed on all windows that are the base level of your house that someone could easily push open and climb through. See if a locksmith can put double cylinder locks on all of your windows. These locks require keys and make your windows much more difficult to slide open from the outside. Make sure that you keep the keys right near the windows so in that an emergency, you would be able to easily open your windows.

#4 Secure Your French Doors

Finally, if you have French doors installed in your new home, make sure that you take extra steps to keep them secure. Have your contractor install the hinges on the inside of your home so that they cannot be removed from the outside of your home. Have your locksmith add a deadbolt to your French doors and have your locksmith also add sliding locks that go into the ground or the ceiling above it. More security rather than less is always a good idea when it comes to your French doors.

Once the doors and windows are put onto your new home, call a locksmith out to install dead bolts on all of your main doors, double cylinder locks on your windows, and to secure specialty doors. With all the work and money that you have put into your new home, you don't want to it ruined by someone breaking in.