It’s all finally coming together! The moment you have waited for, closing on a new home, is just a few short weeks away. Almost all your belongings are packed and ready to be moved and your new home is awaiting you.
At this time there are numerous potential security risks you should check out in order to make sure your new home will be as safe as possible. A couple of the initial security checks, such as checking the crime rate records in your area, should have already been completed. So, now is the time to determine any other likely security threats you may face upon moving into your new home.
First, start by preparing to change all the locks on your new home. There is no better way to ensure your security than by making sure no one else has access to your home (i.e. a workman, contractor, or previous owner). Also, it is a great idea to have all main doors, sliding doors, and windows checked for properly functioning locking mechanisms.
Next, on your check list should be to have the alarm system checked and activated. What type of alarm does the home have? Is the alarm system hard wired or wireless and does it have a motion sensor and glass break detectors? It makes sense to have a reputable company ready to come in and upgrade your system and even set it up to be controlled from your smart phone. Some other security measures to take include adding motion lights to the exterior of your home and putting in carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors (make sure they are working).
Finally, when moving into a new neighborhood it’s a good idea to talk to your children about being extra cautious in all aspects of safety. Children should understand that in order to live safely in their new home they will need to be cautions when answering the door and/or phone. Take a walk around the neighborhood with your family and get acquainted with your new community and neighbors.
The previous are just a couple of ways you can prepare to keep your family safe in your new home.