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How to Keep Valuables Safe

Safe deposit boxes inside the vaults of a Swis...

Safe deposit boxes inside the vaults of a Swiss bank. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The best place to keep valuables safe would be a safe deposit box at your local bank. It would probably be a good thing to investigate before-hand whether that bank has ever been broken into for the items stored in the boxes. My guess is that the majority of banks do not have crooks breaking into them, but it would still be a good thing to check out.

A lot of people do not utilize the banks for their valuables. For many of them they keep their jewelry in their jewelry boxes. Although that is the logical place to keep it, I am questioning the validity of that decision that many home-owners make.

The reason I have come to this conclusion is that two people who I know personally were robbed this year. I know that for one family it was only their jewelry boxes that was lifted from their home. I do not know what was taken from the other home at this point in time.

Most people keep their jewelry boxes in the most logical place, right on top of their dressers in their bedrooms; it is located in plain sight for any visitors to see. I am not suggesting that visitors come back to steal the jewelry, but that the crooks don’t have to look far to find what they are looking for.

Somehow, they find out when homeowners will be away from the property, and then break into the homes. For the one family that I know, the jewelry boxes were the only thing that was taken. The crooks hope to find gold within which can be sold easily these days.

I would like to suggest to those that aren’t going to utilize their banks safety deposit boxes to find other places around their homes to hide their valuables. I could suggest various places in your home to hide your own belongings that you don’t want stolen, but I don’t want to give the crooks any ideas. If you’d like some of my suggestions, send me a comment and we’ll go from there.

Don’t assume that it won’t happen to you. It’s best to take the offensive in the situation and be prepared. If you wait to take the defensive, it may be too late. If you collect or have some unique jewelry boxes and want to keep them on your dresser, store something in them that wouldn’t be missed like jewelry would.

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Some Things to Know When Picking Out Blinds for Your Windows

I thought I’d write this post for home-owners that are looking for new window treatments for their windows. The majority of this post will be about blinds.

My husband and I own a window cleaning business and one thing that we have found is that many home-owners purchase the wrong kind of blinds for their windows, or the blinds may be okay, but the way they are installed aren’t the best.

If you have windows that are considered double-hung windows, this is generally not a problem. For those of you that are not sure the difference, double-hung windows have two panes of glass that usually have a lock in the middle. The lower window can be raised to get a breeze into the home. Sometimes both the upper window can be lowered and the lower window raised. Either way, that is a double-hung window.

The others are casement or what I call sliders. Casement windows roll open, whereas sliders open by sliding one side to the other. I believe casement windows are the most problematic in this area of fitting blinds. The windows that slide generally have two or more windows within a window frame, but casement can have their own frame for each window unless several are installed side by side.

What seems to happen is that when blinds are installed, the hardware for the blinds are put inside the window frame, which means that it is flush against the tops of the screens. The only time this isn’t a problem is when the screen is removed from the bottom of the window, and even then it can be a tight squeeze.

When screens are removed they need to have an extra section to move the screen up into approximately the same width as the screen itself. If the hardware for the blind is put right next to the screen then there is not that needed space in which to move the screen into to pop it out of the window frame. This is even more of a problem if the screens are removed by pulling down on release pins located at the top of the screen.

This may seem like a lot of information, but you wouldn’t believe how many homes we clean in which we aren’t able to remove the screens to clean them properly and it also makes it harder to clean the windows since the windows then need to be cleaned from the outside. If the work is being done on ladders, then it’s harder yet.

We cleaned windows on a house today that had the heavy duty wide wooden blinds. For the windows that had several together, we were able to get the screens removed, but for the most part, they will not be removed until the home-owner replaces the blinds.

The only way to eliminate this problem in the first place is to put the hardware for the blinds on the outside of the window frame. Another option is to utilize a type of bracket in which the hardware can be attached to the wall. It may not seem like it would look as streamlined, and it probably won’t, but it would be better to be able to thoroughly clean the windows and screens.

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