If you, or someone you know, is buying their first home in Myrtle Beach or elsewhere, there are so many things to take care of! It’s exciting to own your own home. It’s also a bit intimidating and scary at times. The responsibility of a mortgage alone can create stress.
Besides working with a Realtor to view and buy a home and a bank to get approved for a mortgage you should also consider a relationship with your local security company!
Home maintenance bills mount and all repairs are now on you!
Preventing problems and maintaining a home and property become priority.
Preventing a home invasion, a fire or other disaster should also be high on your to-do list as a new homeowner.
We at Strand Security have put together this quick check list for the first time homeowner.
Feel free to share it with realtors, friends or family who are purchasing their first home. If you are a seasoned home owner yourself, it wouldn’t hurt to just double check to make sure you are doing everything possible to prevent a break-in or home invasion.
Here is our ultimate ‘Security Check List for the First Time Homeowner‘
✓ Always change the locks before you move in! Get several spare keys made and keep track of who has one.
✓ When hiding an extra key outside, do NOT hide your key under the front door mat or plant! You shouldn’t be hiding any key outside, however we know you will. When you do, be more creative!*
✓ Consider getting a security system. This is a huge deterrent to burglars. When you do get a security system and time comes to set it up, create a pin code that is NOT your birthday, your home address or your zip code!
✓ As you move in and get settled in your new home, go and meet your neighbors. Introduce yourself; knowing your neighbors and their habits is a good way to stay safe.
✓ If you do meet your neighbors and get friendly and you each want to hide a key, *hide a key at your neighbors home. So your key goes in your neighbors’ yard and your neighbors’ key is in your yard. You’ve now outsmarted any burglar trying to get in with a key.
✓ Install outdoor lighting if there isn’t any. Sensor lights that detect movement are great!
✓ After any workman has come to do work in your home, always recheck all windows and doors, making sure they are still locked!
✓ Buy a few timers and put a light or two on timers to go on and off at night and in the morning. Even if you are away for the weekend, it will look as if someone is home.
✓ Again, if you are friendly with your neighbors, ask your neighbors to bring in mail, your newspaper and your trashcan if you are away. Leaving mail, trashcans and newspapers on your lawn indicate no one is home.
Do all the things listed in the Security Checklist and the ‘odds are in your favor’!
Preventing a home invasion or burglary is always preferred over dealing with the traumatic aftermath of one!
As small business owners in Myrtle Beach, we know first-hand that start up costs for a business are nothing to laugh about! You will spend money on all sorts of things you couldn’t have imagined, unless you’d owned a business before, and many first-timers are surprised by bills they just didn’t expect.
However, now that you are a small business owner and you’ve invested money, time and effort into getting a business off the ground, how are you protecting that investment?
Really… how are you doing it?
If you do not have any of these safety features to safeguard your investment, you run the risk of losing it all! Now that’s something none of us want, right?
“Cameras are your extra set of eyes when you aren’t able to be in 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 places all at once!” Even if you are a very hands-on business owner who works hard and is involved in the daily workings of your business, there are times you need to step away from the showroom, the store or the office. You also need to sleep, we assume.
Having surveillance cameras set up to monitor your business makes great ‘cents’.
How does having a camera surveillance system protect your business investment?
Here are three ways you can protect your small business:
Don’t delay in installing a security system, if you do not currently have one. If you do have a system, but without cameras, consider upgrading ASAP. We talk to our customers often, and we KNOW having cameras installed, and security signs displayed, can actually prevent unpleasant events!
If you are like most people, you love seafood and if you love seafood, you especially love and appreciate the taste of fresh caught seafood. Did you know that Murrells Inlet (just south of Myrtle Beach) is the ‘seafood capital of South Carolina’?
One of Strand Security’s customers is Graham’s Landing.
If you’re familiar with our blog, you know that we just love to visit our customers and that we eat at, and support, all of our customers’ restaurants.
This week, Heather of Strand Security Systems went to eat lunch at Graham’s landing. She was lucky enough to sit on the deck overlooking the marsh and inlet and scored an interview with Graham of Graham’s Landing.
Heather: ‘Hi, I am Heather with Strand Security in Murrells Inlet and I am here with Graham at Graham’s Landing and I just had Salmon. Graham is getting ready to tell us a little about his specials this summer.’
Graham: ‘Every weekend we have smoked prime rib; Thursday, Friday, Saturday. We usually get a fresh fish in every couple of days. Hogfish, Trigger, Grouper, Mahi. And then Happy Hour every day from 4 PM – 7 PM, anywhere in the restaurant. In the far southend of Murrells Inlet.’
Heather: ‘I know where I’m eating!’
Click on each link to see the menu at Graham’s Landing
There comes a time for every new parent to hire a babysitter and leave their first-born child for the very first time! Just writing this sentence bring back memories…and anxiety! I remember that day way-back-when so well. Just thinking about that first time of leaving my child and going on a date to Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach gives me anxiety. It’s a super fun place to hang out – really, there not a single place in Myrtle Beach that’s NOT fun, yet I couldn’t have any fun…I was stressed out and felt guilty about leaving our son and I kept calling home for updates on the baby.
Often, a first babysitter is a family member; maybe a grandparent or aunt or uncle. Even though this first-time event should be exciting, it also could be stressful. If you are lucky enough to be able to leave your child with a trusted family member it might make things much easier to handle. However, not everyone is lucky enough to have family nearby!
As child number two and maybe number three are welcomed to the world, leaving multiple children of different ages with a sitter every now and then, might seem a necessity to keep sanity. 😉
If you are lucky enough to have a found ‘the perfect sitter’ the first time around, you are definitely in the minority! Many people struggle to find good babysitters and when they do, they hold on to them – this mom speaks from experience! It might take many tries to find the perfect fit and while you ‘try out a new sitter’, stress can get the best of you!
Therefore, hiring a new babysitter to relief parenting stress can in itself bring on …more stress!
We offer Honeywell Total Connect™ services for your home! In an earlier article, we joked around a bit with this concept, explaining how fun it can be to check on your dog while you aren’t home as Honeywell Total Connect™ lets you look inside your home with up to six cameras, real-time. We showed several videos of ‘dogs gone wild’.
All joking put aside, Honeywell Total Connect™ can be the peace of mind you need when hiring a babysitter – or nanny or housekeeper.
You will be able to watch in real time, what’s going on inside your home right from your Smartphone or mobile device. You can see the interactions between your babysitter and your child(ren)!
At the same time, we offer another service that you might find useful when employing help in your home.
We offer C.O.P.S monitoring service to our clients; this is a 24 hour service designed to help you, or your babysitter, in time of need! This would include a fire, burglary or medical emergency. Knowing that the necessary help is available with the press of one button, should give you additional peace of mind.
COPS Monitoring specializes in many types of alarm monitoring and delivers professional service with industry-leading response times.
NOTE: The ‘industry-leading response time’ bit is very important, as this will allow you, or your babysitter not only to talk to someone in time of crisis, but also get the help you need in the shortest amount of time possible! We are very proud to partner with C.O.P.S. and to offer this service to our customers.
We know there are many security companies out there. In Myrtle Beach alone there are several companies to choose from. Make sure to do your research before hiring someone. Installing a security system in your home (or business) is an important decision to make; be well informed and well prepared to hire the best!
Come talk to us to find out if we might be a good fit for your needs!
If you read this, you are most probably curious about home theaters. Maybe it’s a dream, maybe it’s a possibility in your near future, maybe you have the money for this project set aside and you are ready to get started. That fact that you found this article and you are now reading it indicates that you are interested.
We are a security company based in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina with a division in Maryland. We do many things for home owners and business owners to keep their home and business assets protected. Beside offering the best customer service, the most competitive rates and the best companies to work with (Honeywell, Bosch, C.O.P.S, Klipsch, GeoVision, Pelco, Nuvico) we also offer services that improve your lifestyle. Those include central vacuums and yes, home theater design and installation!
(all the wiring we do pays off; we know our stuff!)
Start by doing research!
Here are some ‘ideas on getting home theater ideas’
Above all, knowing what you like and don’t like in home theater design, what you need and what you think you can live without before contacting a professional will speed up the process!
Are you ready to hire an experienced professional for your home theater?
This is where Strand Security comes in!
Strand Security in Myrtle Beach & Southern Maryland will professionally customizes a home theater solution that fits your Myrtle Beach area home, room and desires. We offer our 25 years of experience for you to bring your favorite movies and films to life in the comfort of your own home. We provide complete pre-wiring for new homes or a blueprint plan and wiring for your existing room. Then we custom install your sound and viewing equipment putting you in control of your state of the art home theater.
We will customize a plan to meet your needs. Let us guide you in this process!
Call Chuck today to set an appointment; he’d love to hear from you.
You might have already seen one or two of these YouTube videos we’re about to show you! Dogs do the darnest things! These lovely pets, or should we say sometimes ‘naughty’ pets were caught on video by their curious owners. We’re also going to show you how sad one of the dogs is when her owner leaves. You can, of course, set up a camera and let it run while you are away to find out once you’re home and have downloaded the footage what your dog was up to. Did you know there’s a better way? At Strand Security, we offer the latest in technology and that includes Honeywell Total Connect™ for customers who want to know what’s going on with their pet, in real time!
Have you seen these funny videos? We love them!
Here is the first video. It shows a Beagle home alone! Turns out, this is a super smart dog.
In the second video, you’ll find a dog taking a dip in the family pool by using the water slide!
Now here’s the sad dog!
If you have a dog (or a teen – hey, why not?) and if you want instant access to live video of your home via your Smartphone or tablet, we highly recommend you come talk to us, Strand Security Systems in Myrtle Beach, about HoneyWell Total Connect™. We can give you a demonstration in our showroom, or you can watch this video demonstration right now which shows you numerous other ways Honeywell Total Connect™ can enhance your lifestyle!
From the Honeywell website:
“Live video; log on and look in” – View live video on up to six cameras at a time—a great way to keep an eye on your kids, elderly relatives, pets and property.
Your security IS our business. Talk to us and let us know how we can help you!
Whether you are in the Myrtle Beach area on vacation, or you are a local resident, may we assume you’ve got to eat? As a local B2B as well as B2C business, we see many businesses, inside and out, on a weekly basis. We visit current and new clients and work in their shops, restaurants, attractions and warehouses.
We see it all. New construction and remodels. Start ups and established businesses. We do new installations, updates and upgrades and while we are visiting, our senses are often inundated with the best views and smells!
We’ve been highlighting our current customers on our Facebook Page and we are excited to add our clients to our new blog as well! We’ll be doing this monthly; we are so excited!
Today, we’ll be sharing three local treasures with you, all Strand Security customers and all locally owned and locally operated, just like our business is. So if you are looking for a (new) place to eat in the Myrtle beach area, let us recommend a place for
for you and your loved ones!
Our Senior Sales Representative Corina, has been raving about this place forever. Bagel Cafe in Litchfield is her favorite place to go eat breakfast and we don’t blame her! Look at these yummy treats!
Debbie, owner of Bagel Cafe told us “We’ve had a few security issues and Chuck (Strand Security) was right there and very accommodating. They are excellent on service!”
Before you go, check out their menu online and ‘like’ them on Facebook! Then once you’ve eaten there, let us know how awesome your bagel (or other yummy treat) was.
Up next, we’d like to share anther local gem to go check out for lunch (or dinner!). Pastaria 811 in Pawleys Island offers both authentic Italian lunch and dinner to their patrons and has been for over 18 years! We’ve been lucky enough to eat both meals there and everything is so good, we really can’t recommend one favorite dish.
According to David, owner of Pastaria 811 they have been a Strand Security Systems customer for four years and they like our company much better than the previous company! “Strand is very reliable” says David.
If interested in checking out Pastaria 811, find their menu here.
So where will we send you to dinner? How about some pizza? In Surfside Beach, you’ll find this lovely family-owned pizza place! Lazer’s Pizza sits right on business 17 and customers rave about the italian subs, calzones and of course, the pizza.
We appreciate any and all feedback from our Strand Security customers; and we are especially pleased to hear that we’ve answered the phone each and every time they’ve called us! Customer service is paramount!
We are happy to come to your place of business, or home, to give you an estimate on security as well. We take it seriously and we also strive to give the best customer service, always.
Keep an eye on this blog as we’ll be featuring other Myrtle Beach businesses in the months to come, including an oyster bar, a bowling alley and more!
If you live in a home and you share it with a spouse, kids and/or pets, a central vacuum can make a huge difference in you lifestyle! What am I talking about? How often do you lug your vacuum around your house? Do you drag or carry it from the front of the house to the back, from the bottom floor to the bedrooms upstairs and from the house into the garage to clean out your car? And how often do you need to clean the filters, change the bag or empty our the canister? We live near the beach in Myrtle beach, so we are used to having sand in our cars…it’s a must for us to vacuum often!
Of course you do! Anyone who is looking to improve their lifestyle and is ready to invest money into a device that can cut time and effort, will of course be doing some homework on the pros and cons.
Before we share several links to articles about owning and installing a central vacuum in your home, we want you to know that we are a registered BEAM Central Vacuum distributor and installer in the Myrtle Beach, SC area! (the only one). We will be happy to give you a demonstration of the BEAM machine in our showroom. Just call us!
So, before you decide on purchasing and having someone install a central vacuum in your existing home, or in your soon-to-be-build home, read these articles chockfull of good information!
The first article we want to share is ‘How Central Vacuums Work‘.
“Cleaning the house may not be your idea of a fun activity. But while vacuuming may never be fun, there is a way to make the job a little easier.
Most of us vacuum with the standard moveable unit, but have you ever thought of installing a central vacuum system in your home? Central vacuum systems are becoming more common. According toCentralVacuum.com, a central vacuum system can cost less than a high-end moveable vacuum and can add around $2,000 to your home’s resale value.
In this article, you will learn what a central vacuum system is, about different types of systems and how each works, the benefits of central versus portable units, and how to choose the central vacuum system that is right for your cleaning needs.”
Central vacuum cleaners are becoming increasingly popular for many good reasons. They offer numerous advantages over traditional vacuum cleaners, i.e. portable vacuum cleaners. In this article about central vacuums, you will find a breakdown of eight of the top advantages.
If these 8 facts haven’t completely won you over, check out the last link and don’t forget to watch the quick video below!
If you still aren’t quite sure on whether you need a central vacuum, or if another vacuum would do the trick, keep reading.
Buying a vacuum cleaner for the first time isn’t as simple as it used to be. If you wish to make your house cleaner with dust-free floors and unblemished carpets, it’s time to upgrade. There can be many reasons why you need a vacuum cleaner, but have you thought about the kind of cleaner you want for your home.
If you’re thinking of buying an affordable and valuable vacuum cleaner that you wouldn’t mind replacing once every couple of years, there are plenty of options to choose from. And if you want to invest in a high-end vacuum cleaner that’ll last for nearly a decade, that’s fine too!
Read more on how to best choose a vacuum cleaner in this helpful article!
Lastly, we want to share this link to the BEAM website. Here you will learn why choosing a BEAM Central Vacuum is just plain smart!
Whether this is the right time for you, or not, educating yourself about your options is always a good idea. Let us know in the comments if you have any questions, too!
We operate our business in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (as well as Maryland) and we are often reminded how lucky we are as most people vacation where we live and work!
Myrtle Beach is an amazing place to live and a great place to raise a family. The Grand Strand is growing, expanding and that means more businesses are opening up and more people are moving here. We’ve been very busy helping many local home owners and new business owners with their security needs in the last few years installing cameras, panels, and more and there’s no end in sight! (Yes, we’re smiling!)
Sometimes, though, even we get tired of working hard all the time. Dare I say we get tired of the beach, the putt-putt and ‘gasp’, the tourists?! Eventually everyone needs a break, right? When we do get a break here at Strand Security, there’s ONE thing we do not worry about.
We at Strand Security do not worry about leaving our home or our business while we are on vacation.
Why? Be cause we know the signs thieves and burglars are looking for so we take measures to make it look like we are around and we have the best security systems installed, of course (did you expect us to not mention that?)
Here are 7 ways to protect your home while you go on vacation or ‘7 ways to deter a burglar from breaking into your home while you are on vacation!’
Doing all or some of these things will not 100% guarantee that your house will not be broken into. They will, however, make the chances of that happening much lower.
Smart burglars – and yes, there are some smart and sophisticated burglars and thieves out there – will avoid confrontation. They do not want to come to your home while you are home. They do not want to break down a door, they’d rather find one unlocked. They do not want an alarm set off. They’d much rather burglarize a home without a system.
Don’t make it so easy for someone to enter your home while you are away! Deter everyone and secure your home.
The last thing I want to mention is that with an active alarm system and monitoring company, you’d know INSTANTLY if something is going on in your home, whereas you wouldn’t know for days or even weeks if your home was vandalized without such a system.
Let us know if we can help you make your vacation just a little bit better with added peace of mind!
If you are anything like us, you want the best! You want and expect the best for your family, the best for your business and the best for your employees. We get it; we own and operate a business too, right here in the Myrtle Beach area – with additional services in Maryland!
You might think you know how to select the best security company, but if you are reading this article, you might not be 100% sure of it. We’d like to give you a few pointers as to what to look for in a respectable security company to secure your residence and your commercial properties.
It goes without saying that all of these pointers also apply to any other service company you are thinking of hiring. As always; if it sounds too good to be true, if someone or something makes you feel uncomfortable or if they are just too pushy… it’s probably not the right company to work with! You should feel great about this relationship and you need to trust the person who will do work in your home and/or your place of business!
We highly recommend you do your homework before deciding on hiring a security company. If you are in the market for either a residential or a commercial security alarm system in the Myrtle Beach and Grand Strand area, consider checking out Strand Security. We’d love your business as ‘your security is our business’!