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Security Options for Your Luxury Home: Protecting Your New Investment

by Andrew Urban 01/05/2020

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

When it comes to protecting your high-value home in your absence, few things beat an actual living, breathing caretaker who lives on the grounds. And you'll score bonus points for hiring someone who's trained in fighting fires or apprehending invaders. Your second line of defense should be a local monitoring service that can respond on-site or that can dispatch first responders to your home should something happen while you're away. 

Security Is More Than Just Doors and Windows

The cost of your security system should increase with the value of your home, say the experts. It's no good to have a standard alarm system installed on a home that's worth a million dollars or more. High-value homes need increased security, including:

  • Monitoring of Doors and Windows
  • Monitoring of Perimeter Fences
  • Monitoring of Indoor Temperature and Humidity
  • Presence of Back-up Power Sources 
  • Presence of Indoor Sprinklers
  • Monitoring of Heat, Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Levels
  • If a pipe breaks or a basement floods in your luxury home, you should instantly be alerted. Likewise, if power to your home is interrupted. Having someone on site to keep an eye on things is paramount. Receiving alerts to your personal devices and having the ability to alert local authorities is also vital. 

    Begin With Thoughtful Construction

    The best home security begins with prevention, and this includes thoughtful construction as the site is being chosen and the home built. Homes built in storm belts need to meet additional specifications such as using reinforced glass on windows and doors and the addition of hurricane straps. Homes built in flood plains should be constructed on stilts or should at least allow space for water to flow under and around the home without breaching it. 

    Hiring professionals builders and contractors who are experienced in luxury home construction is key. And if you're buying a luxury home pre-built or opting for a historic mansion that was built a century ago, be prepared to upgrade and fortify it to deal with today's home security threats. 

    Be Discerning With Technology

    The more technology your home employs, the more opportunities bad guys have to hack into it. Technology is good, but you should have other fail-safes available in the event that it ultimately fails or worse -- it becomes the source of the intrusion. Today's newspapers are filled with horror stories from homeowners whose home security devices were hacked and used against them. Make sure your home tech is backed by a service that employs real humans who can respond in the event of an emergency.

    Securing your high-value home is a lot more complicated than it used to be, which is why a bigger investment is required. Play it safe and consult with professionals who have experience protecting luxury homes before purchasing a home security system and simply assuming it's good enough to do the job required. 

    About the Author

    Andrew Urban

     I want to take this opportunity to share a little of my story. A note my mother sent me a long time ago, still hanging on our refrigerator, reads: “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

    I experienced this philosophy in action for the first time when my father moved our family from Germany to New Zealand when I was a boy. It was a scary experience to uproot and move more than 10,000 miles away from home, literally to the other side of the world!

    I took to New Zealand well, attending school and earning a degree in accounting. It’s commonplace for young Kiwis to leave the country and see more of the world, which is how I found myself in the United States for the first time.

    I got my first job here as an accountant with a travel company. One thing led to another, and I ended up staying, building a career in finance through senior roles at Hyatt Hotels, a law firm, and a strategic consulting company.

    Corporate America started to wear on me, however, and I elected to leave before I was driven insane. For a change of pace, I founded a home repair company in Benicia with my wife, Dawson. Through our work, I gained deep knowledge of our real estate market.

    Between 2005 and 2006, I spent a lot of time in the hospital. When you’re confronted with your own vulnerability like that, you start to think about what you want to do with your life. I was stuck in a hospital bed, but I was determined to turn that difficulty into opportunity.

    One of the changes I decided to make was to pursue a career in real estate.

    It was a great place to start, but my timing was not ideal- the Great Recession began less than a year later. When the market downturn hit, I still wasn’t deterred. When I make a commitment I stick with it, and you already know my stance on difficulty and opportunity.

    Buying or selling real estate is an enormously important transaction, and the representation you receive from your agent will have significant impact on your results. I understand well the challenges owners and buyers face, and I invest time to educate each one of my clients and show them how we can win.

    I signed on with Keller Williams Realty, a worldwide brokerage that matches my mindset and provides me with support and training to keep my skills sharp. I look forward to reaching even more people in need, and I’m confident that our future is bright!

    It is important for you to choose the person who will do the best job for you, and who is the right fit for your particular needs. I’m committed as a professional to provide the highest level of service and I promise to work diligently to exceed your expectations.

    Thank you for taking the time to learn about me. When you or someone you know is in need of a real estate agent, I hope you give me the opportunity to demonstrate how my knowledge and experience will deliver value to you.

    Andrew Urban