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The Grand Strand area is seeing a huge influx of new residents.
People are drawn to South Carolina for many reasons, mostly economic reasons.
Taxes are fairly low, the cost of living is lower than in most states and the weather is great. Except for the occasional hurricane, of course!
Are you are looking to move to the Grand Strand, or have you recently relocated to the Myrtle Beach area and need to improve your home?
Did you purchase a newly constructed home, or are you in the market to buy an existing home?
Most women buy a home based on the features of the kitchen, bathroom, as well as the location of the home.
Men buy a home based on the opinion of their spouse. 🤩
A few things men do love and look at in a new purchase is a home audio system, a man cave, and home theatre options!
Who wouldn’t want to watch all the games on a big screen with surround sound?
Ask and answer the following questions:
Once you have answered these questions, it’s time to move to the next part.
Wiring the whole house for a home audio system is a large job, made much easier if it’s new construction!
If you want outdoor speakers for your home audio system, you will need to make sure that the brands you pick have speakers and systems that accommodate your outdoor space. Rest assured, most do.
The biggest question is next:
We understand wanting to save a bit of money.
However, installing a home audio system without the proper knowledge and understanding of how this works can lead to … home disasters.
We recommend you only attempt a DIY installation if you are a seasoned handyman or installation pro.
Only one name should come to mind when you need a home audio system installation!
Give us a call and let us help you rid your home of the sound of silence!
Did you know that as many as 1400 people per month are now flocking to the Grand Strand area (in 2019)? We are experiencing growth like few other cities and areas in the USA.
With growth comes growing pains.
Growing pains like these:
You might be looking for a home with a home cinema.
If you can’t find what you are looking for along with all the other new residents to Horry and Georgetown County, maybe you should consider building the perfect home cinema.
What you need to know is that you need to find the most skilled person to design your home cinema, before you hire any contractor to do the work!
As you think and start working with an expert in your home cinema design, the FIRST thing you will need to decide is who you will be invited to enjoy this home cinema with!
Before settling on a home cinema design you will need to know
Hold off on the invites until your home cinema is done..;)
You know you have home cinema design and installation choices if you live on the Grand Strand.
We encourage you to do a few things before settling on whom to hire to install your home cinema.
In other words, do your due diligence so you don’t get taken advantage of.
No matter who you pick to be your home cinema designer and installer; be sure to know s/he designs something you love!
Communication is important for all aspects of this process.
If you’d like to talk with Chuck, please give him a call. We would love to be considered for your next home cinema project!
Why Lynx Touch?
This system supports up to four cameras, which can be displayed individually or in a quad configuration on the touchscreen!
Through the touch screen, you can control security and home automation functions, and view videos on up to four cameras.
Through mobile access, you can keep an eye on your home and stay connected to your family and home whether you are across the street, or across the world!
The screen is a brilliant full-color touch screen, making the icons clear and easy to read.
The display also features two dedicated keys for easy access to the home screen as well as emergency functions.
Check it out in the video!
No matter where you are or what you may be doing, with this system, you can view up to four indoor or outdoor cameras right on the touchscreen or anywhere on premises on your smartphone, tablet or another WiFi-enabled device.
Lynx is a great system to keep an eye on your family as well as your property.
Think about keeping an eye on your
and so much more!
With Honeywell Lynx Touchscreen, you are in complete control of your thermostats, lights and locks!
Even when at work or on vacation, you have control all of these home functions.
All these actions can be taken from your smartphone or Wifi-enabled tabled if you are not anywhere near your home.
For our Grand Strand area, in particular, our customers have peace of mind with these systems when a hurricane rolls in!
A long as there is power to the home, or a generator is running, or the backup battery is functioning, even those who have evacuated can ‘see’ their home!
If you have multiple drivers at home or you have children who might enter and exit the garage with bicycles, it’s good to have some added protection in place.
It is easy to forget to close a garage door at night, or close it behind you when leaving, therefore having remote access to close, or open, your garage door is a wonderful feature.
✔️Control your security system and home automation functions from anywhere in the world
✔️View live video and receive email notifications
✔️Can keep tabs on vehicles and assets via GPS tracking
✔️Get location-based weather, traffic and news delivered right to the touchscreen
✔️Receive tornado alerts delivered to your touchscreen, based on your zip code.
What you get is complete peace of mind!
Total, constant access to those you love and those assets you care most about.
If you would like to know more, connect with us at Strand Security and will be happy to show you all the possibilities; we are happy to show you the options that work with your lifestyle and budget.
Zwave home automation is a way to transform any home into a smarthome!
You can use Zwave for your home, but don’t forget, Zwave can also work for your business!
Zwave can take over reoccurring daily tasks like
Zwave is world-standard wireless technology that lets all your electronics devices talk to each other and to you via remote control!
How smart is Zwave?
Pretty darn smart, even if we say so ourselves!
Zwave control can be added to just about anything electronic in your home, even devices that you would not think of as intelligent.
By utilizing Zwave, you unify all your home electronics into an integrated wireless network without any complicated programming and no new cables. Any Zwave enabled device can be added to your existing network and many non-Zwave devices can be made compatible simply by plugging it into a Zwave accessory module.
Zwave control is easily added to almost any device.
As stated before, simply plug your device of choice into a Zwave module and ‘join’ it to your Zwave network.
You can add as many devices as you need.
Zwave can be added to one device, a whole room, a floor or an entire home!
Unlike whole-home control systems, no special wiring is needed to utilize Zwave. If you are handy and have tackled DIY projects before, installing Zwave should be an easy task. Of course, we at Strand Security understand that even if you can do it, sometimes you don’t have the time to do it.
Our crew can set up your Zwave systems for you, saving you time and possibly a bit of frustration and some stress.
Zwave does ‘the thinking’ for you!
It understands the present status of any enabled device and gives you confirmation that your devices have received the automatic or manual commands you want!
Because there is no special wiring needed and Zwave can be installed by a do-it-yourselfer, Zwave remains affordable.
Last but not least, Zwave is brand-agnostic.
What that means is that you, the consumer, are not stuck having to buy from just one manufacturer or supplier.
We have Zwave in our showroom, feel free to stop by to see us in Murrells Inlet anytime you are in the area.
While you are visiting, ask about other demos including
We are located at 11810 Frontage Rd. Unit 10 in Murrells Inlet!
In case you don’t live on the Grand Strand or you’ve not been keeping up with the latest news; the Grand Strand was named the second-fastest growing metro area of the United States for the third year in a row.
More than 1,400 people per month are moving to the area.
How does the Grand Strand keep up with this influx of people?
New home construction!
Are you building a new home in the Myrtle Beach area?
There are several ways to save money during home construction.
In a previous article, we noted that
We are a locally owned and locally operated small business, Strand Security. We live and work right here at the beach with you, in a neighborhood just like yours.
If you are investing in the Grand Strand area, by buying a new home or establishing a business, especially a new construction, we want you to get more bang for your buck.
We work with contractors, builders and home and business owners on a daily basis.
Here is what we learned: It pays to think and plan ahead!
Meaning; when building a home or a business building, it is a good idea to add wiring and pipes for certain add-on features you might, or might not, want at a later date.
Here are three adds-on features (we feel these aren’t really add-ons but we’ve learned they are) you might want to consider planning for BEFORE construction on your home or business building is complete!
As stated above, it is easier to install a central vacuum during home construction and easier often means cheaper (less labor involved!)
If you are ready to learn more about BEAM Central Vacuums and the options for your home, give us a call at Strand Security! We are an authorized BEAM dealer on the Grand Strand and we work with contractors, builders as well as homeowners on a daily basis. We’ve love to be your BEAM Central Vacuum provider.
If you own a home and you have any combination of the following:
you already know how quickly your home can go from clean to dirty!
A BEAM central vacuum will allow for quick cleanup anywhere it is needed, at any time!
Not convinced you need one?
How about these FIVE amazing BEAM Central Vacuum Facts!
We have a BEAM in our showroom, feel free to stop by to see us in Murrells Inlet anytime you are in the area.
While you are visiting, ask about other demos including
We are located at 11810 Frontage Rd. Unit 10 in Murrells Inlet!
Believe it or not, the 2019 Hurricane season is right around the corner!
The 2019 hurricane season runs from June 1 – November 30, 2019.
How prepared were you last year and how prepared are you for an active Hurricane Season?
This week is Hurricane Preparedness Week 2019!
Here are the steps we suggest you take to prepare for the 2019 Hurricane Season
We suggest you
How do you do that?
We’ve got you covered.
Download our FREE Hurricane Guide for Homeowners today!
Download this FREE 2019 South Carolina Hurricane Guide for Homeowners now, to be prepared when the first hurricane of the 2019 season heads toward the coast of South Carolina.
With over 1400 new residents moving to the Grand Strand each month, there will be many questions from new residents about how to prepare.
The threats from hurricanes to you and your family can vary widely depending on where you live in South Carolina. It’s not just those along the coast of our state that can experience significant, life-threatening impacts. Evaluate what you need to do to protect your home and family today, before the first storm of the season even forms in the Atlantic Ocean.
Make sure you have a hurricane evacuation plan for your family. The first thing you need to do is find out if you live in a storm surge hurricane evacuation zone or if you’re in a home that would be unsafe during a hurricane. If you are, figure out where you’d go and how you’d get there if told to evacuate. You do not need to travel hundreds of miles. Identify someone, perhaps a friend or relative who doesn’t live in an evacuation zone or unsafe home, and coordinate with them to use their home as your evacuation destination. Be sure to account for your pets, as most local shelters do not permit them. There are some pet-friendly hotels who will allow you to bring your pets. Know which ones they are so you can book a stay in those! Put the plan in writing for you and those you care about.
Just having enough supplies to make it through a hurricane isn’t enough. You need plenty to make it through what could be a LONG recovery period too. Water and electricity could be out for a week or more. Have enough non-perishable food, water and medicine to last each person in your family for a minimum of one week. Also make sure you have extra cash, a battery-powered radio, flashlights, and a portable crank or solar powered USB charger to charge your cell phone. Having lived through several hurricanes already, we at Strand Security know the importance of preparedness and how quickly supplies dwindle.
Don’t delay. Get your supplies, including a generator now.
We encourage you to call your insurance company or agent and ask for an insurance checkup to make sure you have enough homeowners insurance to repair or even replace your home. …and remember, standard homeowners insurance doesn’t cover flooding. Whether you’re a homeowner or renter, you’ll need a separate policy for flooding. Act now as flood insurance requires a 30-day waiting period. Don’t forget to give us at Strand Security a call as well! You will want to know how to access your system remotely in case of an evacuation, and you’ll need a back-up battery.
If you plan to ride out a hurricane in your home, make sure it is in good repair and up to local hurricane building code specifications. Have the proper plywood, steel or aluminum panels to board up the windows and doors. Remember, the garage door is the most vulnerable part of the home, so it must be able to withstand high winds.
Many Americans rely on their neighbors after a disaster, but there are also many ways you can help your neighbors before a hurricane approaches. Ask your neighbors about their evacuation plans so that you can stay in contact during the storm. In case of a fire, downed trees, flooding or loss of power, it’s essential you can reach your direct neighbors.
The time to prepare for a hurricane is today before the season begins on June 1. Once you’re under pressure, having an actionable plan will take the guesswork out of what you need to do to protect you, your business, your pets and your family.
Know where you will ride out the storm and get your supplies now. You don’t want to be standing in long lines when a Hurricane Watch is issued. Those supplies that you need will probably be sold out by the time you reach the front of the line.
Being prepared now will mean the difference between your being a hurricane victim and a hurricane survivor.
Are you contemplating adding a home theater to your existing home, or are you building a home and want to have a home theater?
The first thing to do when looking for ideas is to do some in-person and online research.
We recommend sites like Pinterest and Houzz to get some ideas.
Before you can do your research though, about what is available, you need to know two things.
The first thing you need to do is set a budget.
If you are contemplating adding a home theater to an existing home, you might need to get a contractor in to help you decide what is possible, especially if you are repurposing a previously unused space like a garage or unfinished attic.
However, if you are building a home, it is much easier to work with the current builder to get a room marked for home theater use – and add all the wiring during the building process!
This will save you money, for sure.
We at Strand Security help homeowners and builders with this often!
Feel free to reach out to us today!
Of course, it is important to know what functionality your home theater has to have!
🎼Are you looking to entertain with music, maybe watch rock concerts and movies? You need the best audio system to enhance your viewing pleasure.
💥Do you want to record your own music?
🍹Will you want to prepare and serve food and beverages in the home theater?
👫How many people do you want to invite into your home theater? Will it be a small theater room or does it need to be large enough for a big crowd?
♟Do you need tables for board games, a jukebox, or room for darts?
You might already have an audio system, like our popular Sonos speakers.
If you have furniture that can be repurposed, that’s a great start.
Do you have a large TV that you want to relocate to the home theater? That will shave off some money of your overall ideal home theater price!
You will need to take a look at seating possibilities, table space, wall space and more.
There is really no ‘average’ price!
You could get a room set up for as little as $500 if you have some of the components and equipment already.
Some people spend $10,000 or even $30,000 for a home theater. They might have a large, expensive home (read: mansion) and spending that much would make no sense for a cheaper home. While adding a home theater adds resale value to a home, you should by no means over-spend!
We can’t look in your wallet, so it is important for you to decide what you want to spend.
What do you think a fair home theater price is for your home?
We assume you want (and need) safety for your family above all else.
You do not want uninvited ‘guests’ to join you in your home unexpectedly, correct?
Besides putting locks on doors and windows to keep unwanted guest out, what else can you do?
A security system would be next on our list, and with a good security system comes security cameras.
Here are some reasons to have security cameras. We think some of these reasons might resonate with you.
Your home is in need of security cameras if you
Do any of these apply to your living situation?
It is tough to say what the best security cameras are for your home.
Your security alarm dealer can help you figure out what you need, but here are some parameters to work with.
All these factors what type of cameras you need and where they should possibly be installed.
The best person to ask this question to is your alarm system dealer. They have experience with this and can give you an estimated number of cameras needed to monitor your home, depending on the size, location and your needs.
The best part is that if you currently have an existing system without cameras, it is fairly easy to add cameras, and even easier to add additional cameras at a later date since you’ll be wired already.
Here are your steps.
How often we hear this from our visitors? Oh my, all the time!
Do you hear the same thing about the Grand Strand?
We hear this from people on vacation who visit the Grand Strand and fall in love with our beaches, our way of life and the laid back attitude found in and around town.
However, living in a place you vacation is a totally different thing than visiting, as we all know.
Case in point; New York City is a great place to visit as a tourist, but how many of us really want to go live in Manhattan where the cost of living is high, traffic is crazy and one of the few places to go play outdoors is in Central Park?
We love our Grand Strand for all that it is and all that it offers.
Are you ready to make a move?
If you are someone who is considering, or is ready, to move to the Grand Strand, or you know someone who is contemplating making this move, this article is for y’all!
The U.S. Census Bureau says the Myrtle Beach metro area is the second fastest growing area, by percentage, in the country.
Statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau show from 2010 to 2018, the Myrtle Beach metro area grew nearly 28% and from 2017 to 2018 the area grew 3.8%.
According to Kruea, 1,400 people per month are moving to the metro area.
Read more about growth on the Grand Strand here.
In this article, we will give you five reasons you too should become a Grand Strand resident and move to the beach; the best beach in South Carolina, hands down.
Depending on where you are coming from, the weather can’t be beat! If you are contemplating a move here from ‘the north’, South Carolina and the Grand Strand will offer you sun, sun and more sun and very little, if any, snow and ice. Certainly not enough snow to have to own a snow shovel or a windshield scraper.
Locally we joke that we have a short Spring and almost immediately move from winter to summer and that’s no lie. Springtime is glorious and our weather is why millions of golfers descend on our town in the springtime (and the fall) to play on our beautifully maintained golf courses. A forecast of sun, decent temperatures, and low humidity make for a perfect golf paradise.
Summers are hot and humid, but all homes and businesses have central AC and we have pools and the beach! The Grand Strand sports 60+ miles of beach and thousands of pools!
If you love to play golf, swim and outdoor living, come live on the Grand Strand. We enjoy the outdoors all four seasons!
Have we mentioned our beaches yet?
They are beautiful, plentiful and diverse. If you like busy beaches with activities like parasailing and banana boating, try our Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach beaches. If you want nature and the beach, try the beaches at our two State Parks; Myrtle Beach State Park and Huntington Beach State Park. If you like more secluded beaches, visit The Point in Pawleys Island or Cherry Grove beach. Fishing can be done on all beaches and from many piers.
The beach offers great family entertainment; how about enjoying the beach year around?
Come move to the Grand Strand.
If neither the beaches nor the weather has convinced you of a fun lifestyle, maybe the entertainment options will.
Broadway at the Beach, Barefoot Landing, Tanger Outlets, Market Common, you name the type of entertainment, we have it.
Go Karts, Science Center, Aquarium, Putt-Putt, Bowling, Rides, Wheels, Games, Movies, and much much more! Anytime you want to get off the beach, come to town to have fun.
Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand are still growing and growing. New infrastructures, new hospitals, new schools, new restaurants, shopping malls, and new entertainment; in the nearly 10 years we’ve lived and worked here at Strand Security, we’ve seen lots of growth and change!
There is lots of new construction.
The housing market is great for buyers – homes are still affordable and there are many new neighborhoods popping up.
If nothing else will entice you to make the move to our beautiful area, the low cost of living on the Grand Strand should do it! Compared to other states, our cost of living expenses are lower than most and there are plenty of jobs to be had for those who are skilled and willing to work.
Property taxes are low and we have one of the best merit-based scholarship systems for college-bound students in the USA. If you have children, this alone could make a move to the Grand Strand attractive.
We absolutely love where we live and work, play and relax and we know you will too!
Come join us permanently and when you do buy a home, let us know how we may help make your move safer and more secure.
Alcohol and texting; sadly these are two of the leading causes of teenage car accidents.
If you are a parent of a teen, a teacher, a grandparent, an uncle, aunt, neighbor or friend of a teenager, please read and participate! Your safety and security is our business, and that includes your teenagers.
The Drive-N-Live EVENT will demonstrate the dangers of driving while under the influence of alcohol and technology. Participants will wear “drunk” goggles while driving go-karts on an obstacle course set up on the track at Fun Warehouse. They will also attempt to send a text while maneuvering the obstacle course, hear from speakers and more.
As parents of three teenagers, we at Strand Security are proud to sponsor this event in Myrtle Beach!
Check out these drunk goggles. You’d be surprised how off balance you are when wearing these.
This FREE event takes place on March 20, 2019, at the Fun Warehouse which is located on Dick Pond Road in Myrtle Beach. it starts at 5:30 PM.
To sign up, register on or before March 18 by clicking here bit.ly/DriveNLive
The event is FREE to the public.
This event has been put together with the help of the following local groups and businesses.
This program is for anyone age 13 and up, however, a parent MUST be present for participants between the ages of 13-17 years old.
It will be a highly educational and hands-on program and will help in preventing casualties.
Glad you asked!
We happen to have a SNEAK-PEEK of the event as we were invited to the media day on March 13!
Heather of Strand Security got to take two rides in the Go Karts:
First, she was asked to drive the course wearing Drunk Goggles.
On her second turn, she was asked to try to text while driving her Go Kart.
Needless to say, both were impossible to do without hitting cones.
Bring your teenagers and together you can take the pledge to not drink and drive, or text and drive.
This program was started in 2014 by retired Police Officer Cruz.
To learn more about the event from Mr. Cruz; watch this video we shot at the media day.
To register for the Drive N Live event in March 2019, go here.