If there is any place we should be able to relax, it should be our home. Our homes are our sanctuary and exclusive domain. They are the barrier to the outside world.

The key to enjoying your time at home is privacy. Having privacy is not only beneficial for yourself but also for your home’s security. Regardless of your property size or budget, there are cost-effective ways to make your home more private. Here’s how:

Install a Privacy Fence

One of the easiest and most common ways to add privacy to your home is to install a privacy fence. A privacy fence doesn’t take up a lot of space and comes in a wide variety of options. These include:

  • Chain-Link
  • Wood
  • Concrete
  • Composite
  • Vinyl
  • Metal
  • And more

The cost of installing a privacy fence largely depends on the material used and the size of the yard. For instance, a metal fence is typically more expensive than a wooden one.

Utilize Privacy Landscaping

An alternative to a privacy fence is landscaping along the property line. You can use larger plants, shrubs, bushes, and flowers as a natural protective barrier. It is ideal to use plants that will last year-round, which largely depends on your local climate.

A downside to using plants is they take up more space than a fence and require maintenance. Fortunately, there are low-maintenance landscaping options.  Not to mention, you can use artificial green barriers to reduce costs and eliminate maintenance.

If you decide to go the natural route, always make sure you keep your hedges or bushes well-trimmed. Potential intruders view an unkempt and overgrown yard as a sign of a vacant home or unwatchful owner, putting your home at greater risk.

Build a Shed

Having a shed in your backyard provides a trifecta of benefits. It provides storage, protects expensive equipment, such as tools, mowers, and other home supplies, and adds an extra layer of privacy.

The beauty of a shed is it can be as big or small as you want it to be and is a very budget-friendly project. You can either buy pre-made sheds or build one yourself. However, make sure you check with your local area code before putting a shed in your backyard.

Use Privacy Window Film

Tinted windows aren’t just for cars; you can tint your home’s windows too. With tinted windows, you can get a clear view of the outdoors without worrying about outsiders being able to see into your home.

There are four main types of window film. These include:

  • Solar Tint: Provides UV protection without darkening the window.
  • One-Way Window Film: Darkens the window but allows a clear view outside.
  • Blackout Window Film: Completely blocks view both inside and out.
  • Privacy Window Film: Allows light through but obscures view both inside and out.

With privacy window film, you are not just limited to basic tint. There are a lot of aesthetically creative films you can choose from. There’s everything from stained glass designs to murals and more, which can certainly add an extra flair to your home while increasing privacy.

Install Security Cameras on the Outside of Your Home

Outdoor security cameras can increase your home’s security while proactively protecting your privacy. Not only are they a great deterrent, but there are a wide array of options and features to choose from.

Want to more about learn how Vector Security can help increase your home’s privacy and security? Feel free to contact us today.