For just $5.9 million, you could be the next owner of the world’s safest house — an 11,000-sq.-ft. home in the Hollywood Hills area of Los Angeles. It features two panic rooms, two bedrooms that can be sealed off from the rest of the house, and a heliport on the roof.
If you’re a 99 percenter whose housing budget won’t stretch that far, try these seven tips for improving your home security:
- A quick 5-step do-it-yourself home security check is fast and free.
- Doors are your first line of defense. Upgrade the strike plates for $3 and deadbolts for $20 to $80.
- An outdoor solar-powered motion sensor light spotlights anyone approaching your home and saves energy compared to a traditional motion-sensor light.
- Home security system installation and monitoring costs vary a lot from company to company, so to make a smart choice, get quotes from a local and a national company and consider DIY options, too.
- A home security camera gives you peace of mind while you’re away from home and costs. Add a web cam and remote access to your computer for about $30 and you can go online to see what’s going on when you’re not home.
- A home office security check tells you if you’re at risk of losing vital documents, business equipment, or pricey office equipment.
- Get protection when it counts: build a tornado storm shelter or safe room in your home for around $3,500.
Would you ever put a panic room in your house?