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Home Security Assessment: Why Does It Matter If My Garage Is Attached?

07/15/2014

You want to know your security needs. So, you took a home security assessment – maybe even this one. Halfway through the questions about how many floors and stairwells are in your house (find out why the number of stairwells matters), you wonder what the difference is between having an attached or a detached garage in putting together a security plan.

You’re not the first to hesitate when asked so many seemingly invasive questions about your sanctuary. But, if you hold on one minute and read on, you’ll see exactly why the attached/detached status of your car garage matters.

An attached garage wins on convenience. You stay dry, save footsteps, and can even use part of the space as a pantry, mudroom, laundry area or other extension of your house. With security on your mind, an attached garage lets you tap an opener and drive right in without setting a foot outside.

Home Security Assessment: Why Does It Matter If My Garage Is Attached?

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A detached garage offers distance from exhaust fumes and the dust and noise of a workshop. In the case of a fire starting the garage itself, the secluded building slows down the flames and may prevent the fire from reaching the main house. On top of that, a detached garage limits the entrances available to your home where an attached garage would have an interior door providing easier access for thieves.

But, you already knew all of this.

So, why is the security company asking you about your car garage?

If you have an attached car garage, the security provider will want to take a look at windows and exterior doors. If you have a detached car garage, a more detailed analysis of the surroundings is needed. Considering the added cost for securing a detached building, the items stored in the standalone garage may not be worth your while to protect.

In both situations, the security provider is trying to figure out if any locks need to be replaced, how many security cameras are needed, and where the best spots are for motion detectors and burglar alarms. They want to be ready to meet your security needs. And, the best way to do that is to get information on the layout of your house, including whether your car garage is attached or detached.

Next time you’re filling out a home security assessment (like this one), remember that the more information the security provider knows about your house upfront, the better they can customize a security plan for you when they show up at your door.

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