| 12 JUN 2017
Moving into a new home is an exciting but daunting process. There are so many things that need to be done, including ensuring the safety of your family and possessions once they arrive in your new home. You have a chance to begin your life afresh in the new neighbourhood. Here are some security tips to ensure that your home is as pleasant as you want it to be.
- Hire Professionals to Inspect Your Home
If you are moving into your first home, you may not be familiar with the requirements for keeping a house safe and secure. So, the first thing you should do is seek advice from professionals. This is particularly important when moving into an older house that may have hazardous materials.
Ask a construction professional to inspect the home for hazardous or toxic materials such as lead paint and asbestos. Next, ask a professional electrician to ensure that there are no electrical problems that may start a fire. Also check the drainage, plumbing, gas, heating system and other systems in your home before moving in.
- Install a Home Security System
Residential alarm systems are great deterrents for burglars, reducing home break-ins by up to 60 percent. They also help to alert the authorities when your home has been invaded, reducing the extent of any loss or damage.
Buy your home security alarm from a reputable company that deals in residential alarm systems. Consider purchasing an integrated security system that includes CO detectors, fire alarm, motion sensors for doors and windows, video surveillance, and other vital features. Professional installation will give you and your loved ones peace of mind.
- Change the Locks
It is good practice to always change the locks when moving into a new home or apartment, to prevent intruders, including the previous owners, from accessing your home. Look for the best locks and install them yourself, or ask the local locksmith to change them for you. Ask the locksmith to install multiple locks if there is a high incidence of break-ins in your area.
- Secure Your Doors and Windows
Besides adding quality locks to your doors, consider reinforcing the windows to prevent intruders from accessing your home through these vulnerable points.
- Introduce Yourself to Your New Neighbours
Your neighbours are invaluable assets when it comes to protecting your valuables. They can raise the alarm when there is unusual movement on your property, act as witnesses to a crime or watch your property when you are away on holiday.
Final Tip: Set Up Home Insurance
Finally, don’t forget to set up home insurance before initiating the move. The policy can protect you against costs of unexpected events on your first night or week, such as vandalism. Some insurers can even give you better rates if you have installed a residential alarm system.