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Hiring and Communicating with a Home Cleaning Service

Thanks for stopping by my website. My name is Annabelle Collins. My husband and I live in a large house with our two teenage children. We’re fortunate in that we’re able to have a cleaning service come and clean on a weekly basis. In the past, I found that it was difficult for me to exert myself when it came to hiring and communicating with our cleaning service. I’ve never been very authoritative, and that shone through in a not good way. I wanted things to be done in a certain way, but found it difficult to ask for what I wanted. I have come to realize that in order for the service to do the job I want to be done, I have to ask for it to happen. I doubt that I’m alone in the fact that this is difficult, and want to share my experience and growth.


Hiring and Communicating with a Home Cleaning Service

4 Ways To Modernize An Older Driveway Entry Gate

by Vicki Burns

Driveway entry gates are a simple and effective form of home security that have been used for numerous years. If your driveway gate has been around for a while, then it may be lacking in some of the features found in a lot of new gate installations. Instead of having a whole new gate installed, you can keep your same design and simply upgrade some of the features to give it a more modern touch. The following four features are easy to upgrade on your gate and can make a dramatic difference in the way it operates on a day-to-day basis. 

Solar Powered Gate Opener

When a gate is powered to your home, it uses electricity on a daily basis and must be manually opened when something occurs like a power outage. Instead of wasting money or dealing with the hassle, you can upgrade to a solar powered gate opener. Devices like a Liftmaster dual swing gate opener operate using a solar panel and built-in battery. During the day, the solar panel receives power from the sun and converts that into a battery storage compartment. As the gate is activated, the power is taken from the battery and immediately refilled from the panel. 

Batteries for these gate opener can typically operate for numerous days even there has not been any sun shining.

App Access

Gate opening remotes, garage door remotes, house keys, and so many other devices can create a lot of clutter in your car. Instead of constantly searching for your gate opening remote, you can upgrade the gate opener to feature app access technology. With this technology, you can download a basic app to your smartphone or tablet. As you approach the gate, it takes just a few taps to open the gate and gain access to your driveway.

This also allows larger households to all have gate access without the need to order additional remotes. It doesn't matter what vehicle you're driving in, as long as you have your phone with you, you can get into the gate. Some apps even have hands off features that will detect the phone as it approaches and automatically open.

Wireless Camera Surveillance

Instead of constantly having to walk out and check who's arrived at the gate, modern surveillance technology has made it easier to see who's arriving from the comfort of your own home. Using a WiFi connection, you can attach a small wireless camera to a point on the gate. The live video footage can be accessed through any WiFi connected device, allowing you to view the stream from anywhere in your home. With this access, you have the ability to see who is approaching the gate and then open it if you need to.

Advanced cameras also have additional features for extra security. A lens hood camera helps you see during all types of weather elements including rain and snow. A night vision camera can supply extended views when it is dark out. Built-in microphones allow you to hear greetings from visiting guests as needed. The installation can be done by yourself or with a professional.

Bluetooth Gate Monitoring

Along with the ability to watch the front gate of your home, you can receive alerts whenever the gate has been opened. Whether you're waiting for a delivery or monitoring your children, the alerts for your gate opener can also help you figure out if there is any suspicious activity. This also helps if you're at work or on vacation. By connecting to a hub in your home, the signals can be sent to mobile devices so you can receive alerts from anywhere. Once the alert is received, you can decide what actions to take or if you need to go check on your home.

Work with professionals to find the products and get assistance with installation if needed. You can choose one or more of these upgrades to have the best modern technology on your home gate.